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Fujifilm X-t5: Everything We Know So Far

Fujifilm X-t5: Everything We Know So Far

So far, everything is just guesswork, but we have an idea of what the X-T5 might look like – and what we’d like to see!

It seems certain that Fujifilm will at some point release an X-T5 model. It would be the logical continuation of a highly successful series of compact but powerful semi-professional mirrorless cameras that started with the 16MP X-T1 way back in 2014.

The X-T2 followed in 2016 with a new 24MP X-Trans sensor, the X-T3 came along in late 2018 with a 26MP X-Trans sensor and the X-T4 added in-body stabilization in early 2020. From the start, these have been amongst the best mirrorless cameras you can buy, the best 4K cameras for video, and even the best cameras for professionals.

This line of cameras has been at the heart of Fujifilm’s success in the enthusiast/expert/professional market, so it’s hard to believe Fujifilm won’t continue this line with an X-T5. But what will the specs be and when will we get it?

What sensor will the Fujifilm X-T5 have?

We can think of three possible candidates, all with various degrees of likelihood:

  1. Fujifilm uses the same 26MP non-stacked sensor used in the X-T4 in order to protect its new X-H2 models. This doesn’t seem very likely since it’s hard to see how Fujifilm could make any meaningful improvement on the X-T4 with the same sensor.
  2. The X-T5 uses the same ‘stacked’ 26MP sensor as the X-H2S. This would give the X-T5 a huge performance boost but perhaps bring it too close to the X-H2S, which is why many commentators think this won’t happen.
  3. The X-T5 uses the 40MP non-stacked sensor we expect to see in the X-H2 later this year. There are similar arguments against that too, of course, though most Fuji-watchers seem to think this is the most likely option.

Fujifilm X-T5: what we’d like to see

Well, for one thing, the X-T4 is hard to beat. For a pro-am camera, its speed and video capabilities don’t need much improvement, so let’s assume Fujifilm goes for the 40MP sensor and leaves the real speed to the X-H2S.

If that’s the case, we’d like to see the body design stay the same compared to the X-T4, and a 40MP sensor with a higher resolution would seem like a big enough step up on its own.

The X-T4 already has everything else we like, like good in-body stabilization, a screen that can be viewed from different angles, and powerful 4K video capture.

Fujifilm’s best cameras have been the X-T4 and the one that came before it. We’ll just think of the Fujifilm X-H1 as a failed experiment. We think that any new X-T5 will be a step up from the X-T4, but the X-H2 models will be the ones with the real tech, power, performance, and feature improvements.

Will there be an 8K video on the X-T5?

That depends on what 8K means to you! If you think of it as an 8,000-pixel-wide video, you need a sensor with a 3:2 ratio that is equivalent to 42MP. But camera makers define 8K as 2x 4K UHD, which is 7,680 pixels wide. Yes, a 40MP sensor can do that. In fact, the pixels match up pretty well, so there’s no need to oversample or crop the image.

Fujifilm’s upcoming X-H2 and any new X-T5 could be set apart by the fact that they both have 8K video. We’d like to see an 8K video on the new X-T5, but if it’s possible at all, we’ll see it on the X-H2 first, and Fujifilm might keep it for that camera.

When and where to use the Fujifilm X-T5

It looks like the X-H2 will come out in 2022, and the X-T5 probably won’t come out until 2023. If that’s the case, it would come out after both X-H2 models had been on the market for a long time. This would make it less competitive.

Being a smaller camera with a lower price, it’s likely that any X-T5 model with either the stacked 26MP sensor or the 40MP variant would also be a little behind in speed, video features, performance, and other areas. We don’t think Fujifilm would “throttle” the X-T5 on purpose, but there are technical limits to what can be done in a smaller body and for a lower price.

And that’s all we know so far about the X-T5! Check out our guide to the best Fujifilm cameras to learn more about the whole Fujifilm line. We also have a list of the best lenses for Fujifilm cameras.

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