The Fuji X-T10 is a smallerized version of the X-T1, packing most of its goodness without its bulk (and without some of its features, but we’ll get to that in a separate post).
Although the X-T10 is a different beast altogether than the Lumix LX100, the two cameras share more than a few characteristics – both have the combination of an exposure compensation dial, a shutter speed dial, an aperture ring on the lens (depending on which lens you mount on the Fuji) and an electronic viewfinder – all creating a resembling control flow in spite of the cameras’ different looks (is that a film camera!?).
Fuji X-T10 (left) and Lumix LX100 (in scale):
I received the X-T10 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, which matches the LX100’s 24-75mm range but not its f/1.7-2.8 max apertures. Anyhow, I put the two to the test, aiming to find out how the two lens/sensor combos stack up against each other.
First, I set both cameras to a manual white balance and the same exposure settings and created these examples, showing the colors rendered by the cameras’ jpg engines:
Lumix LX100, ISO 400, 1/125, f/5.6
The images above show a large variation of color rendition as well as a slight exposure difference between the two sensors and JPG engines. Remember that both were set to standard colors with a fixed white balance.
Detail And Sharpness
The next test compared the detail and sharpness of the two cameras, baring in mind that the 16-50mm is far from being the best lens in the Fuji line (click on the images for their full versions).
Fuji X-T10, ISO 800, 1/15, f/5.6
Now here’s a normalized 100% crop of those two images, clearly showing the advantage of the X-T10’s sensor over that of the LX100, even with this inexpensive kit lens.
The Bottom Line
The LX100 is a wonderful camera, no doubt about that (hey, I chose it as my own), providing an unmatched sensor size / zoom / apertures combo, both in the compact and mirrorless camera markets. The X-T10, being new to the mirroless family of the Fuji X, is proving itself right off the bat to be a worthy contender and a desired option on your shopping list, should you be in market for a small but highly capable camera.
My full review of the X-T10 is already on youtube, I refer to this comparison at 21:00 :
If you’re already convinced and want to pre-order the X-T10, please do so by using these links: