New Fujifilm X-T200 4K Camera Improves Rolling Shutter and AF Performance

X-T200
Latest Fujifilm mirrorless camera packs decent punch. 

The Fujifilm X Series adds a new camera model. The X-T200 has solid features to match its sub-$1,000 price point. It replaces the X-T100 with an updated sensor, improved autofocus, an articulating touchscreen and 4K UHD recording via 6K downsampling. Let’s take a dive to see what we're getting. 

Key Features

  • 24.2MP 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C) CMOS Sensor
  • 4K (3840 x 2160): 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080): 120, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps
  • ISO 200-12800 (Extended 100/25600/51200)
  • 3.5" Articulating Touchscreen (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Headphone Jack
  • 3.5 Microphone Jack
  • 8fps photo burst
    X-T200

Sensor 

An APS-C 24.2MP (23.5mm x 15.7mm) CMOS sensor uses copper wiring that will contribute to faster speeds. You can expect its performance to be on the same level as the Fuji X a7. The X-T200 will have better low-light performance than the X-T100 with less rolling shutter. While not a full-frame image sensor the images you do get from this APS-C sensor are promising. 

4K UHD 

The X-T200 surprisingly generates its 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video from an uncropped 6K (6032 x 3392) recording and downsamples it to a tack sharp image with very little noise. 4K recordings have a max frame rate of 29.97fps with a continuous record time of up to 15 minutes. Full HD, on the other hand, provides up to 120fps at 30 minutes of continuous recording. The mirrorless camera can record in 16:9 or 1:1 square aspect ratio for those keen on social media. SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 3 or higher is required for 4K. The X-T200 doesn't feature a dual-card slot. 

Recording Formats

  • 4K (3840 x 2160): 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080): 120, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps 
  • HD (1280 x 720): 120, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps
  • 1:1 Full HD (1080 x 1080): 120, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps 
  • 1:1 HD (720 x 720): 120, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98fps
    X-T200

HDR / Color Modes

There's a HDR video mode to increase the dynamic range and give images more detail in highlights and shadows. Fujifilm also added a dozen+ color simulation modes which are all grounded in Fuji color science. 

Digital Gimbal Stabilization / AF Performance 

There is no IBIS on the X-T200 but Fujifilm has added a Digital Gimbal Function to help smooth shaky footage through in-body gyro sensors. No word on how many stops but for an entry level camera it's an interesting concept.

On the autofocus side of things, he X-T200 provides one-hundred percent autophase detection point coverage. There are 425 autofocus points each one is selectable. Both face and eye detection options are available and are quite responsive. It's able to pick up faces from a distance. The touchscreen makes it easy to focus in on a particular part of the image and even when the touchscreen is articulated the focusing still works. 

Audio 

There is a headphone jack but it is USB-C type. However, Fujifilm smartly included a USB-C to 3.5mm  adapter in the box. The X-T200 does have a 3.5mm microphone input but the quality is relied on sub-par preamps. You can get away with decent audio recordings with a microphone with a higher sensitivity, reducing the signal-to-noise ratio. 

X-T200

Touchscreen/Body

A 3.5" LCD touchscreen touts a 16:9 aspect ratio and is fully articulating. When using the menu, options appear outside the image which is a nice touch. There's also an EVF. Nothing special here but it is available for those moments when the sun is glaring. The body itself is similar to the X-T100 but much lighter at roughly 13 oz (370g). That's about 2.8 oz (80 grams) which is a good amount of weight to shed. The grip on the X-T200 is more noticeable but it does have a plastic feel which is as expected at this price point. It also comes in three colors: silver, dark silver and champagne. 

FUJINON XC 35mm F/2 APS-C Lens

With the release of the X-T200 a new compact 35mm prime lens is available with some good edge to edge sharpness. It's a 9 element lens in 6 groups with two aspherical elements. Its aperture range is F/2 to F/16 with an angle of view of about 44°. The lens is compatible with all X Series cameras and uses a stepping motor to autofocus for quiet operation. The lens is 4.59 oz (130g) and measuring 1.83" (46.5mm). It has a 53mm full-frame equivalent. Price: $199 USD ($259.99 CAD). 

Price & Availability 

Expected sale date is late February 2020 with a retail price of $699.95 USD ($899.99 CAD) for the body only. It does come in kit form with a XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens for $799.95 ($1,049.99 CAD).      

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A good mic with higher input gain would increase the signal to noise ratio, not decrease it.

January 24, 2020 at 4:21PM

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