Originally Published March 13th, 2019
“Put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you.” – Dorothea Lange
I’m writing today about my new EDC (Everyday Carry) Camera—the Fujifilm XF10.
I just got the camera this week. I made an unboxing video that you can watch here.
I’ve been searching for an EDC camera for many years now. I started with the Fuji X70 which is a great little camera with tons of pro features however, it wasn’t quite small enough to fit in my pocket.
I tried again with a tiny Lumix point & shoot but I wasn’t happy with the image quality.
I bought the Fuji X30 (you can watch my X30 review here) but again, not small enough to fit in my pocket and although the image quality was good, it wasn’t the best.
I came across the Fuji XF10 while chatting with some photographers on Instagram. It’s not the successor of the now discontinued Fuji X70—but more like a cousin. The XF10 is much smaller than the X70, with some of the same features including the awesome 18.5mm lens. However, there are a few differences. In order to make the camera more compact, the aperture adjustment ring is gone—along with the articulating screen. I’m ok with those changes, I just want the thing to fit in my pocket—which it does.
Why The Obsession With A Point & Shoot?
For the type of photography that I do (street, documentary, personal), I need a camera all the time. Phone photos aren’t good enough, smaller point and shoot cameras are better, but they all have 1 inch to 3/4 sensors—still not good enough.
Why The Fuji XF10?
There are really only two cameras on the market that have an APS-C sensor in such a compact body—The Ricoh GR & The Fuji XF10.
I chose to go with the XF10 because I love Fuji cameras and I’ve had excellent experience with them over the years. I also didn’t feel like learning an entirely new camera system with the Ricoh GR. Who knows, maybe I’ll try it out some time? But for now I’m sticking with the XF10.
There’s No Perfect Camera
No matter which camera you chose, there’s always a compromise. Even with the larger sensor, the XF10 lacks a lot of things that I loved about the X70 & the X100F. But the purpose of this camera is portability—I’m not shooting magazine covers with it.
I’ll have a more in-depth review of the camera once I’ve had some time to shoot it.
Thanks for reading!