Fujifilm X-T5

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Fujifilm X-T5

The X-T5, Fuji’s most popular compact system camera gets a new 40.2mp sensor and faster X-Processor 5 doing the brain work.

The camera’s general layout hasn’t changed from the previous version, although its volume has shrunk by about 5%. It keeps all the physical controls, with double-stacked dials putting shooting modes, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation all within easy reach.

It will feel instantly familiar to Fuji owners, with the focus joystick and command dials just where your right thumb and index finger rest naturally. It’s the 3 inches touchscreen on the back that sees the biggest physical change, returning to 3-axis articulation instead of the vari-angle display of the X-T4.

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Fujifilm X-T5 display.

Continuous shooting tops out at 15fps using the mechanical shutter, but can climb to 20fps if you use the electronic one and don’t mind cropping the sensor slightly.

Autofocus is equally speedy, with 100% phase-detect coverage letting you place the focus point anywhere within the viewfinder. Object detection now extends to pets and vehicles, and can be astonishingly accurate even when tracking moving subjects.

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Fujifilm X-T5 top controls.

There’s no shortage of options to tweak, with the Q menu putting regularly-changed settings just a few taps away. Multiple function keys can be customized for even easier access to things like film simulations or swapping between RAW and jpeg shooting.

Battery life has taken a proper step up compared to the outgoing model, with a 700-shot average in regular power mode despite using the same size of battery pack. An external battery grip option isn’t on the list this time around, though.

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The new Fujifilm X-T5 comes in silver and black.

Regarding video recording, it can shoot at 6K if you don’t mind 30fps footage, as well as 4K at 60fps and 240fps slo-mo at 1080p. And there’s a microphone input in case you demand pro audio.

Offering identical stills performance to the more modern X-H2, while retaining the dials and compact dimensions that will please purists, the X-T5 is the sweet spot of Fuji’s revised lineup. The sensor is even more adept at low-light shooting than before, and the wide choice of lenses means everyone will find something to like.