Why the Fujifilm X-T5 is Not my Favorite Camera (…and the X100V is)

Someone asked me for advice: should they sell their Fujifilm X100V (plus the wide and tele conversion lenses) and buy an X-T5 (plus some f/2 Fujinon lenses), or just keep the X100V? They really like the X100V, and it works well for their photography, but they think the X-T5 might be better. I was going to answer this question personally, but I can’t find the email or DM (sorry); instead, I will answer the question publicly, and hope they find it. Maybe it will also be helpful to some of you considering a similar scenario.

Because there is so much demand for and so little supply of the X100V, they’re selling for an inflated price right now. If a camera like the X-T5 is financially out-of-reach, yet you can get a good amount for your X100V, now the X-T5 is a possibility. But is it worth it?

I have a Fujifilm X100V. It was a birthday gift from my wife over three years ago, and it’s been my favorite camera ever since. Even though my X100V is far from new, it is still such a great camera, and I use it all of the time. I feel like it is the perfect tool 90% of the time, 8% of the time it’s not ideal but can be made to work, and 2% of the time it is just the wrong tool for the job. That’s for my photography. You might find it to be perfect 100% of the time for yours, or only 50%, or something else entirely. Each person is different. My opinion is that, while the X100V is my favorite camera, it is best when you have an interchangeable-lens option for those situations when it is not ideal.

I have a Fujifilm X-T5. I purchased it when it was announced so that I could try the new Nostalgic Neg. film simulation. The X-T5 is such a great camera, too—very wonderful! Fujifilm did an excellent job with this one. But I don’t like it nearly as much as the X100V. If I put the two models next to each other, most of the time I’d grab the X100V and not the X-T5. Let me give you five reasons for this.

Before I do—just real quick—I want to make it clear that this article is not about bashing the Fujifilm X-T5 or any other camera. I’m sure for some of you the X-T5 is your all-time favorite model, and you’ve never been happier. It could be that if you purchased it, you’d find the perfect camera for you. Each person will have their own preferences because we’re all different, and we have some excellent options to choose from. I’m simply speaking about my personal experiences and preferences.

First, the Fujifilm X-T5, while still fairly small and lightweight, is bigger and heavier than my X100V. This matters a lot to me, because the X100V rarely gets in the way, while the X-T5 can and sometimes does. After awhile of carrying around, the X-T5 gets tiring a lot quicker than the X100V. Also, I have a travel kit that I really like, and the X100V fits really well in it, while the X-T5 doesn’t.

Second, the Fujifilm X100V has some features that I find especially useful, such as the built-in fill-flash that works incredibly well (thanks to the leaf shutter and Fujifilm’s programming) and a built-in ND filter. The X-T5 has IBIS, which is also a useful feature, so this isn’t completely lopsided in favor of the X100V, but I use the fill-flash and ND filter fairly frequently, while IBIS is only occasionally useful for me—you might find the opposite to be true for you.

Third, the Fujifilm X-T5 is designed like an SLR, and the viewfinder is in the middle; the X100V is designed like a rangefinder, and the viewfinder is on the corner. When I use the X-T5, my nose gets smooshed against the rear LCD, and often leaves a smudge. With the X100V, my nose sits next to the camera completely unsmooshed (did I just make up a new word?), and the rear LCD remains smudgeless (another made-up word?).

Fourth, the X100V has more manageable file sizes than the X-T5. The 26-megapixel images from the X100V are plenty for me. I’ve printed 2′ x 3′ from straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, and they look great. I don’t print larger than that, so I don’t really need the extra resolution. If I needed to crop deeply I could with the X-T5, but since it’s an interchangeable-lens model, I’d simply change the lens as my first option. The X-T5’s 40-megapixel pictures fill up an SD card and my phone’s storage noticeably quicker. Sometimes more resolution means more problems.

Fifth, the Fujifilm X-T5 is subject to dust on the sensor. Technically, it’s possible to get a dirty sensor on the X100V (and that would be a big problem), but it would take a combination of a crazy scenario (I’m thinking haboob) and mishandling (no filter attached). I’ve never had a single dust spot (knock on wood) on my X100V, but it’s a constant battle with my X-T5 (and my other interchangeable-lens models).

So my recommendation is to keep the Fujifilm X100V, and not sell it to fund the purchase of an X-T5. That’s my advice, but it is up to each person to determine what is most appropriate for their unique situation. What’s best for me may not be what’s best for you.

With that said, I do think it makes a lot of sense to have an interchangeable-lens option to go with the X100V. I have a Fujifilm X-E4 that I especially love, and I use it more often than the X-T5. Yes, you heard that correctly: the X100V is my most used camera, the X-E4 is number two, and the X-T5 is in third place right now. They’re all wonderful options, and you should be happy with any of them. In the specific situation I was asked about, I do believe that cost is a significant consideration, and I’d look into a used Fujifilm X-E3 as a companion to the X100V, since the X-E4 might be too expensive or difficult to find.

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Fujifilm X100V — Amazon   B&H  Moment
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Fujifilm X-T5 —  Amazon  B&H  Moment

11 comments

  1. Ty Smith · July 19

    Hello! I was widening if you had a tutorial on how it use the flash? Or maybe your techniques? My flash doesn’t work well and I’m starting to wonder if it’s defective. THANKS

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 20

      I don’t have a tutorial. I haven’t watched this video, but it claims to be a tutorial:

  2. Richard Burn · July 20

    The X100V is my all time favourite camera; I’m also a long-standing XT2 user about to buy an XT5.
    I need IBIS due to a genetic tremor, so looking forward to the benefit of that.
    I’d be happy if the XT5 was 26 megapixels as I don’t need 40!
    I’m a left eye shooter so always have the smudging issue on whatever camera I have!
    At least the XT5 has a proper screen, along with twiddly dials, unlike the XH2…..

  3. Philippe Debieve · July 20

    Hello, Ritchie,

    I have an X100V that I’ll probably never sell. It’s also my favorite camera. You can buy the WCLII and TCLII additional lenses, which are excellent.

    Once again, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

    My x-pro 3 is also extraordinary, with the 23, 27, 35 and 50mm WR, perfect for the field. I’d use the 90mm WR more if it were lighter… It’s exceptional. The 18mm WR is excellent but I use it too little, while I’m disappointed with the recent 33mm WR.

    So I wouldn’t change my X100V for an XT-5, and neither would my X-pro3…

    I really enjoy using my XT-3 with lenses like the 58mm Helios 44 or TT artisan or 7 artisans lenses, for f, series work. With the central viewfinder, you have to disable the touch screen at all costs!

    Kind regards,
    Philippe

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 21

      Yes, I agree: if I don’t disable the touchscreen on my SLR-styled bodies, I’m constantly accidentally touching it with my face. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Oli · July 21

    Same same here.
    X100V vs. XPro3 is a unfair game, both have their battlefield.
    I enjoy the XPro3 shutter noice for shooting portraits and the size and weight of the X100V for traveling. Just got a XE4 for my son as upgrade to my XT20.
    No need for 40MP, no need for ultra-fast AF tracking. Just happy with the setup as it is.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 21

      Sounds like an awesome setup! X100V + X-Pro3 would be a great combination. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Freethinker78 · September 25

    Does the fact that the X-T5 has poorer performance in low-light (noise) subconsciously contribute to your demoting it to third place?

  6. Keith Aitken · 1 Day Ago

    Ritchie
    Nicely balanced piece thanks!

    I used to travel with two dslr bodies and 5/6 lenses. That was then.

    Now my travel kit is:
    x-30, x100v and Xe-3 with 2 or 3 lenses. My x100v percentage split is a bit lower than yours, but they all play well together.

    Thanks again for your perspective!
    Keith

    • Ritchie Roesch · 1 Day Ago

      The X100-series and X-E cameras pair so well together for travel photography. Thanks for the input!

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