The camera has been extensively reviewed, So I’m not getting technical. Instead, I’d like to discuss my thoughts regarding the X-T5’s use in my daily work.
In the past two wedding seasons (Covid took the other from us), I’ve used two Fujifilm XT-3 cameras. Even though they were only not that long ago, they worked flawlessly for my wedding photography. The resolution of 26 megapixels was sufficient, and the autofocus function worked for the majority of the time. But, they were tired from a lot of usage, and I was feeling a bit sluggish with the cameras Fujifilm is currently offering.
The Elephant in the Room, X-H2 & X-H2s
If I knew that the cameras were able to be upgraded and I was aware of the possibility, why didn’t I do it earlier? Fujifilm has released two cameras earlier this year. Neither would have been an important upgrade for my X-T3. It’s the Fujifilm XH2s featuring lightning-fast operation, as well as it’s the Fujifilm X-H2 featuring a stunning 40MP sensor.
The issue with both the cameras was my fault and not the reflection of the bodies. In the past, I’ve used tiny bodies; the two XH cameras were way too big for me. But, I am aware that for certain people, this is why they are comfortable with the cameras.
So, I was in the dark about what Fujifilm would announce the next time. There were two options: the X-T camera was getting a refresh or a brand new X-Pro. We were also yet to determine which of two new sensors the coming release would feature. In reality, for my nearly 100 natural wedding styles, I would have been looking to upgrade to any of these models.
I alter the size of my photos prior to delivering them to my clients, typically to 4500 pixels at the long edge of the image. This is equivalent to 13.5 megapixels. I’ve never had problems with printing resolution. So, why could a 40-megapixel sensor be beneficial to me? Could it be a naughty addition I’d be paying for in storage space?
No battery grip is available. I’ve never tried one, but it might be needed for you. Concerning that, however, I’m yet to swap batteries during the wedding. I shoot using boost mode. However, I shut off the camera and turned it on again when active. This enhances the experience and also gives me an issue that I don’t have to think about. The camera is solid in my hand and has seen improvements over the XT3. For instance, the dial for exposure compensation is easy to turn and reach with just one hand (or thumb), and the layout of certain buttons makes it easier to use. I would have liked the photometry setting in a dial that was physically accessible, but we’re not able to be all things to all people! It’s just a minor issue for me however, it’s personal to me.
In terms of the enjoyment factor, the X-T5 is comparable to my X-T3 model from earlier. It is superior to the X-T4 and any other model that comes from Sony, Canon, or Nikon. The camera also outperforms old Olympus Digital cameras; however, the gap is smaller. The only contemporary rivals are the Fuji products X-pro, X100v, and the Leica Q2 or M11. Someone in the comments will scream at me for having said that!
I want to make an explanation. I’ve only used this camera for weddings. I’m not yet able to test the advanced tracking features; I’ve only tried it with those who move at a walk or dancing speed. But, the autofocus is much better than what I’m used to with the X-T3 and as precise as I’d need it.
My usual settings are single shots rather than continuous. If someone is about to be moved in an image, I’ll switch the front switch to the C. Also, I’m using the latest Fujifilm lenses that have high-speed linear motors. I have trouble keeping an eye on the focus of the image when I push the shutter release with a single autofocus. It’s that fast. I don’t know how to describe it.
I’ve been using facial detection more frequently with this camera. The primary reason is due to the new method to control it. The camera will choose to focus on those faces closest to the single focal point. This tiny and subtle feature has changed the system’s reliability and makes it more usable. Many other reviews highlight the camera’s ability to track, and the XH2s are more efficient for athletes out there. But, my rate of success is greater than ever before for a wedding of my typical size.
In low light conditions, the camera also did a good job.
If you’ve shot weddings with Fujifilm cameras, you’ll have a harder time making an informed choice than with the X-T5. There’s a lot greater to the cameras that I’ve previously mentioned. This is my take after two weddings. I’m sure I’ll have other things to write about, but I have yet to try the IBIS or any other video features. Some reviewers have tested the camera extensively, but my impressions of the camera in general are positive to date.