The first leaked images of the Fujifilm X-T200 have emerged, and they’ve bolstered early rumors that the beginner mirrorless camera will be even more of a vlogging-friendly all-rounder than its predecessor.
We were big fans of the Fujifilm X-T100 when it launched back in May 2018, but it fell just short of making our best vlogging camera list for a couple of reasons: it could only shoot 4K video at 15fps, and its autofocus was only average when shooting video.
Well, the first leaked images said to show the X-T200 have now emerged from the usually reliable Japanese site Nokishita, and they show it in full vlogging mode, with an external microphone sitting in the hotshoe.
It’s tricky to draw anything definitive from the photos, but speculation from Fuji Rumors suggests the X-T200 will have a fully articulating touchscreen (instead of the X-T100’s rather handy three-way tilt-screen).
That change to the screen design could prove controversial for those who enjoyed the X-T100’s slightly less fiddly affair, and the leaked images also suggest the X-T200 will still need a 2.5mm microphone adaptor; but otherwise its all-round improvements suggest it’s shaping up to be a fine vlogging camera.
A Fujifilm X-A7 with a viewfinder?
The rumors so far suggest the Fujifilm X-T200, which could be announced as soon as 23 January, will offer similar specs to the recent Fujifilm X-A7. This is good news, because that includes the ability to shoot 4K/30p video, and some impressive autofocus performance, including rock-solid face and eye tracking.
This could potentially make it a great option for those who need one camera that can manage both vlogging and smartphone-beating stills shooting. The viewfinder is essential for shooting in bright conditions, and Fujifilm’s X Series has arguably the best range of lenses of any APS-C sensor camera, with a new XC 35mm f/2 lens likely to be announced at the same time as the X-T200.
The only major vlogging-friendly feature it appears to still lack is in-body image stabilization (IBIS), but this usually either adds size to the camera body or is only possible on a camera with a smaller sensor, like the Micro Four Thirds Olympus E-M5 Mark III.
We’ll bring you official news of the Fujifilm X-T200 as soon as we get it.