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The Fuji X-T5 is a pixel-packed CSC that upholds tradition

Dedicated dials stick around, while pixel count grows to 40MP

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Fujifilm might have embraced modernity elsewhere in its system camera line-up, but the new Fuji X-T5 remains committed to the old school. The fifth-gen CSC lands as the firm’s mainstream flagship, improving on the five star scoring X-T4 with a 40MP sensor but keeping dedicated dials for fans of manual controls.

It shares its 40.2MP X-Trans 5 sensor and X-Processor 5 image processor with the X-H2, which rocks a PASM dial (heresy in some Fuji owner circles) and top plate LCD display. There’s none of that for the X-T5: shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation remain on separate physical dials, for that traditional SLR feel.

There’s plenty of tech underneath, with up to seven stops of in-body image stabilisation, 15fps continuous shooting (20fps when swapping from mechanical to electronic shutter) and 100% sensor coverage phase-detect autofocus. Fuji’s subject detection algorithms also make a return, detecting humans, pets and vehicles for rapid focusing. A 160MP pixel shift multi-shot mode will please landscape photographers, while everyone else can experiment with 19 different film simulation modes.

Another return to form for the X-T series is a 3-axis touchscreen viewfinder. Instead of the flip-out display seen on the outgoing X-T4, which could be a little cumbersome for low- and high-angle shooting, the X-T5 gets a flip up/down mechanism that can also angle to one side for surreptitious shooting. The move was apparently down to customer demand, with videographers expected to either stick with the X-T4 or make the jump to the X-H2.

That’s not to say the X-T5 can’t also shoot top-tier footage. Resolution tops out at 6.2k/30p, with 4K/60p recording possible at 10-bit 4:2:2 colour with Fuji’s F-log2 format in-camera. ProRes RAW and BlackMagic RAW are also possible to an external capture device. Stills shooting can be in 10-bit HEIF or RAW as well as JPEG, with in-camera RAW conversion available.

At 475g without a battery (or 557g with one fitted), the X-T5 is 50g lighter than the X-T4, and around 5% smaller. It’s a closer match to the original X-T1, while staying weather resistant and delivering 20% better battery life. Fuji reckons 740 frames is achievable in economy mode. There’s no battery grip this time out, though, as there wasn’t enough interest in one for the previous-gen camera.

The OLED electronic viewfinder has a slightly lower resolution and refresh rate to the X-H2, which also has a larger memory buffer for continuous shooting. That camera also supports CFexpress memory cards, while the X-T5 sticks with twin SD cards. Fuji has also included geotagging, tethered shooting, a 4K/60p webcam mode that doesn’t need any extra software, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless control and speedy file transfers.

The Fuji X-T5 goes on sale on the 17th of November, in black and silver colours. Prices are set to start at £1699 for the body only, rising to £2049 for an 18-55mm f/2.8-f/4 kit and topping out at £2149 for a 16-80mm f/4 kit.

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A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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