The New Fujifilm X-T50 Goes Steady Against High-End X-T5

Kimmy Jo By Kimmy Jo - June 17th, 2024
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Fujifilm has just launched its FUJIFILM X-T50 mirrorless digital camera - the latest model in the X series. It’s a big step-up from the FUJIFILM X-T30 II, bringing with it a raft of impressive upgrades such as IBIS, sharper resolution, 6K video and more. In fact, this mid-range camera may be better compared to the high-end FUJIFILM X-T5, offering the same core qualities, only in a smaller, lighter, and more affordable body. However, they do have some important differences which we’ll touch on more further down.

Like the X-T5, the compact and lightweight X-T50 features an illuminated 40.2 MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor and the high-speed image processing engine X-Processor 5, delivering sharp high-resolution images. Additionally, 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) helps capture sharp, steady shots, even in low-light. AI-based subject detection autofocus (AF) will detect animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, insects, drones, and more! When used in Auto mode, both cameras will even track the subject while keeping it in focus.

The X-T50 has great video capabilities, recording up to 6.2K/30P and 4K/60p, along with a Tracking AF functionality to ensure subjects stay in focus. An extensive 13+ stop dynamic range on F-Log2 also makes it perfect for colour grading. The X-T5 shares the same video and autofocusing capabilities. Both models also share an impressive shutter speed of 1/180000 sec for the electronic shutter (the X-T5 has a dedicated dial) and can shoot bursts of action at up to 20 fps using this. However, the X-T5 can provide 15 fps continuous shooting, while the X-T50 is limited to 5 fps.

While the X-T50 and X-T5 are quite similar, these are the differences to note.

  • The X-T5 features Multi Shot Pixel Shift - a mode that allows you to capture 160MP high resolution images.
  • The X-T5 can provide 15 fps continuous shooting, while the X-T50 is limited to 5 fps.
  • The X-T5 has a larger battery which offers almost twice the capacity.
  • The X-T5 has dual memory card slots while the X-T50 only has a single SD card slot.
  • The X-T5 has a slightly superior EVF with a 3.68M-dot OLED and 0.80x magnification vs. the 2.36M-dot resolution and 0.62x magnification on the X-T50.
  • The X-T5 features a 3-way tilting LCD screen while the X-T50 features a 2-way tilting LCD.
  • The X-T5 is more solid and has better weather-sealing.
  • The X-T50 features a dedicated simulation dial, which also adds a new Reala ACE simulation, bringing the total number up to 20.
  • The X-T50 is much smaller and lighter, weighing just 438g vs. 557g.
  • The X-T50 is cheaper than the X-T5.

Stacked up against the high-end X-T5, the mid-range X-T50 is seriously impressive, offering very similar performance at a lower price, and in a smaller body. However, the X-T5 offers enhanced features that make it better for professionals and those who do longer shoots (the larger battery and dual SD card slot are major points!). If you prioritise price and portability, however, the X-T50 won’t require you to sacrifice too much for it. Both are a superb choice for anyone looking for a classic retro style camera with great creative possibilities.  

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