“You’re going to have a difficult time returning this”, the product specialist said with certainty, as we parted ways.
The loan was only for a week. Yet as I made my way back to return the beauty, I couldn’t help but cradle it in my hands for the last time. I was clearly smitten head over heels with the Fujifilm X-T10 – a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera – which surprised me through and through. There was no doubt that I was going to miss using it.
I’ve always wanted a premium compact camera as a complement/back-up to my D-SLR. I was swooned by the Fujifilm X series camera when I first saw it being featured in a lifestyle magazine. Then, I was still an avid hobbyist photographer, and told myself how it would be the perfect back-up camera to my D-SLR. I was also a complete sucker for aesthetics (well, still am). I loved how the vintage styling of the X series resembled a traditional SLR camera.
And then motherhood happened.
My Photography hobby took a back seat as breastfeeding and parenting duties took priority. I swapped my heavy, bulky camera bag for an equally heavy, bulky diaper bag, relying on my mobile phone as the “default” camera. Yet once in a while, I made it a point to take my D-SLR out of the dry cabinet for a photowalk. Never mind that it was cumbersome to use while babywearing, or that I had to upload the photos onto the comp via SD card before being able to send access them. It sure wasn’t the most practical camera for a newly-minted mum, yet I revelled in the image quality it produced.
And then Ollie happened.
With 2 kids and a heavier, bulkier diaper bag in tow, days of using my D-SLR reduced significantly. I yearned to feed my occasional photography lust again, and I had to find a better solution than lugging a DSLR around.
I’ve always thought Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC),
or also referred as the Micro Four Thirds, which was fast gaining popularity among bloggers and Instagram Influencers, sounded intimidating. What did those 4 words even mean? What was the hype about? And more importantly, was it easy to use? I was however attracted by the promise of “DSLR image quality” minus the bulk and weight mentioned in advertisements. The only thing stopping me from making the purchase was its hefty price tag.
If I was going to fork out close to S$1K for a premium compact, I needed more than a “showroom test” of a few random clicks of random objects. I had to be sure that it was going to be money well-spent. I had to be sure it was going to serve my photography needs. I had to at least take it for a “road test” of sorts, and more importantly, I had to like it enough.
In the last 6 months, I’ve left enough comments on Facebook and Instagram for most of my friends on social media to notice that I was shopping around for a camera. Once, I came close to finding “the one”, only to be reminded of the not-so-good memories I had with the brand, back when they still insisted on using memory sticks when most of the other camera brands had moved on to SD cards.
Until I got acquainted with @i_post_for_love on Instagram through my good friend Bumblebee Mum. I was blown away by his minimally edited (if any) for slight exposure photos, and found out that he was using the Fujifilm X-T1.
And then serendipity struck.
While snooping on the Fujifilm Singapore website to read up on their range of digital cameras, I left an enquiry, asking which camera would be suitable for my current needs. Within the day, I was promptly recommended to try the X-T10 for a week. Woohoo!
I had so much fun taking photos with the X-T10 ! It was ridiculously easy to use, thanks to its rudimentary knobs and dials to control the camera settings.
Even my helper liked using the X-T10 too! She enjoyed it so much that she kept offering to take family photos of us at different spots against different backgrounds. Yay for us – no more needing to purchase $20 Groupon vouchers for family photoshoots, and being restricted to photographer’s choice of venue and time!
When it came to capturing kids at the playground, all instructions of “stay still, don’t move” fell on deaf ears. But of course, how could I expect my kids not to get all excited and stay still at a playground? So all I did the next best thing – flick the lever on the camera to “Auto” mode and clicked away!
The versatility of the camera continued to surprise me when it came to capturing my foodie adventures. I didn’t have problems of the food looking too “flat” in photos. And I didn’t have spend too long taking and re-taking photos, I could dive straight into eating after a few clicks.
In the case of the cookie with matcha molten lava photo below, I managed to eat the dessert while it was still warm!
During my week spent with the X-T10, I finally realized why mirrorless cameras were so well received! Unlike DSLRs, there were no camera vibrations and shakes before they’re mirror-less! Bet you didn’t realize I was that clueless. Still, good information to know nonetheless. Heh.
Final verdict? I had such an enjoyable time shooting with the Fujifilm X-T10 that I barely took a photo using my phone in the past week. I especially liked the FUJIFILM Camera Remote App (you have to download it from the app store), which was such a joy to use. It made the wireless transferring of photos from camera to phone so quick and easy, I was using the app so often!
That’s not all.
The app is perfect for group and family photos too. If you don’t trust your helper or kind stranger to take a proper photo of you, just ask her to stand with the camera facing you and make all the adjustments you want remotely from your mobile phone! YES, I’m talking about being able to view that all of you are in frame, ensuring that you don’t expose your unflattering bits before clicking the snap button, adjusting camera settings whether it’s too bright/dim, choosing popular filters such as ‘Film stimulation’ mode which will gives Instagram a run for their money and even doing a hi-definition video recording of yourself. #mindblown
2 things that I wished was better on the Fujifilm X-T10 were the battery life which was usually drained at the end of the day – but this can be easily solved by getting extra batteries; and the display screen. I wished the display wasn’t as old school as its design, which made selfie shots a lot more challenging because I couldn’t flip it upwards to see ourselves on the screen (then again, that’s probably why their Fujifilm Camera Remote App is so outstanding in having so many features).
The husband has started looking at camera promotions whenever we receive a one of those Courts/Harvey Norman/Best Denki brochures in the mail, while I’m pretty much convinced that I like the X-T10 enough to part 2 terms of enrichment class fees with it.
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in collaboration with Fujifilm Singapore, for which I offered to review in exchange for their kind generosity to loan me the X-T10 (with a standard 18-55mm f/2.8 lens) for a week for my personal “road test”. All photos, opinions, words, and inclination to purchase the X-T10 are my own.