Fujifilm just announced the upcoming X-T200, which is the successor to the X-T100. While the X-T200 looks a lot like the camera that it’s replacing, and some of the specs might seem identical, this is definitely an improved model. Essentially, it’s a Fujifilm X-A7 that looks like an X-T100, but with some brand new features. The camera will ship on February 27, but you can pre-order now.
The main upgrades on the X-T200 are auto-focus, video, and the rear screen. For still pictures, there’s not much to distinguish this camera over the previous model. Auto-focus got a very nice boost, with the same capabilities as the X-A7. This camera also now has the same rear screen as the X-A7. Video is a night-and-day difference. The X-T100 has disappointing video capabilities, while the X-T200 overflows in this department.
One of the interesting new features is called “digital gimbal” which essentially crops the image slightly to make a smooth video without image stabilization. It’s similar to what GoPro has on their new models. It’s a great addition for those who plan to use the camera for video.
Who is it for? The X-T200 would make an excellent first interchangeable-lens camera for someone new to photography. It could be a great second body for someone who already has another Fujifilm X camera. Those who vlog or make YouTube videos might especially appreciate this model.
The X-T100 was clearly a step-down from the X-T20, both in price and features, while the X-T200 keeps up with the X-T30 quite well, and is a little cheaper, but not by a huge amount. It is a Bayer sensor camera and not X-Trans, and because of that it’s missing some of the options that the X-T30 has, yet the X-T200 has some features that the X-Trans model doesn’t. I would recommend the X-T30, but if you want to save a little money, the X-T200 is a surprisingly solid alternative. The X-A7 doesn’t have the “digital gimbal” feature found on the X-T200, but it’s also a little cheaper, so if you don’t need it, you might as well buy the X-A7 instead, because it’s essentially the same camera, just in a different shape. For still photography, the X-T100 is basically just as good as the X-T200, and you can pick it up for much less, but if video is important to you, the X-T200 is the camera to buy.
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My site had become unbelievably sLow.
I’m sorry to hear that.
I need to rethink things again. I had the photo a day thing. Then my last iteration was going real well. I had a nice workflow. But I was uploading the full imagine. I didn’t realize that was a problem until the loading speed started getting terrible. I researched resizing the photos. I would have to put a plug in onto my blog. to do that I would have to upgrade at a fairly nice cost. I started working with a consultant (I have a webpage for my business that I wanted to have updated). He identified some other problems, including the hosting at wordpress. He offered to get everything going well again, including moving the hosting service. The cost, including a year of hosting, would be $1,000. I was ok with that (two websites..). He couldn’t migrate the webpage over…too many photos. He had a workaround but that was going to involve more money…more time. So in my frustration I just shut it all down. I have some regret, but the cost was approaching what I might have to pay for a new x100v (!). I did enjoy the writing and regular posts, so I think I’ll start a new blog (I’ll link over) and upload correctly sized photos. I just don’t want to spend a bunch of money on the site…since it doesn’t generate any money.
Honestly, if I could go back in time, I would have done WordPress.org and not WordPress.com. It’s not too late, but as you discovered, there’s a large cost and hassle to switching. Even though I had a different photography blog before this one for many years (I do understand starting over from scratch), I have discovered that I am quite ignorant of the technical side of a website. I’m learning as I go, mostly by mistakes. Sometimes a restart is necessary, even if it’s painful to do. Let me know what your new website is when you get it going.
That was my problem. I learned much along the way, unfortunately, it was like going down the Grand Canyon in a raft. A beautiful trip, but I didn’t realize I missed my portage until I was several miles downstream. I am starting to think about what and where I want my photos to be when I get older and even when I pass on. I started with the WordPress.com. Learned that mistake and switched to WordPress.org. but that really wasn’t enough.
Who would you use for hosting?
I’ve used bluehost. But my consultant said there were issues with that site. It really comes down to the volume of photos in was posting and the manner in which I was doing it. I think if I went with smaller sized photos everything wouokd have been fine.
Yeah, I use small photos, not because I was smart enough to think about storage and site loading, but because I have had pictures stolen, so I figure it is better that if a picture is stolen that it’s a small version of it and not a larger version. In other words, more dumb luck than skill. It’s all been a huge learning experience.
It’s good to think about the future. It’s easy to get lost in the here and now.
It’s hard to think about the future. I could move everything back to Flikr. I used to like that site. There’s been changes there…but now the financial issues could sink that ship too. Do I want to take all that time and effort to run into another deadend? Probably not. I am also thinking about printing more. Doing some zines (either with inDesign or Blurb).
Printing is great! I’ve been doing a lot more of that, but I’m still far from where I want to be. I’m hoping to publish a book or three in the coming months/years, even if it’s self published with a limited number of copies. I’d really like to get more large prints made, perhaps in the 2’ x 3’ range, but space is a challenge.
I think printing, and learning more about that, is where I need to go. Blogs, instagram, facebook…all that is great. It’s great to build a community of like minded people. But 5, 10, 20…25 years from now, no one that cares about me will be able to go and see my work. (most likely). The work will be locked away in hard drives and on webpages that they might not be able to find or might have vanished. Printing, storage and display. Those are tough issues too. I’ve started collecting zines. Love them. I have also started collecting photo books (and map/altases). I might be answering my question for 2020. I can follow you (and others) and comment on these sites. Post to instragram https://www.instagram.com/j_rockne/ but really work on an analogue workflow. I could put my weekly photos into a zine. Have a four issue run (one for each quarter) and then they go on the shelf. I think I like that.
That sounds awesome! Keep me updated on how this goes.
Looking at your last paragraph, you could forgive someone new to Fuji being put off by the confusion of offerings. I was also a little confused about where the X-T200 falls, and how someone would choose between this and the X-T30. But I think I’d say to a Fuji newbie that the X-T30 is a photographers camera with good video capabilities, whereas the X-T200 is a vloggers camera with good photo capabilities. And I can definitely see Fuji owners looking to the X-T200 to scratch that YouTube itch with a camera that can also take their lenses.
Yes, that’s a great way to put it. You said it better than I. Thank you!