Fujifilm has found a niche for its models\u00a0in the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) segment of the market, creating a handful of units\u00a0that have a retro look and feel. But as my Fujifilm X-T10 review shows, the performance of this camera is anything but retro. The X-T10 is a camera with fast performance levels and strong image quality, especially against other mirrorless models.\r\n\r\nPhotographers seeking a Fujifilm mirrorless camera often will consider the Fujifilm X-T10 vs. X-T1, as the two cameras have plenty of advanced features. The X-T1 is a far more expensive camera than the T10, offering weather sealing (proofing) and a larger electronic viewfinder screen. But the X-T10 Fujifilm still offers a lot of similarities to the costlier X-T1.\r\nOverview\r\nWHY IT'S A TOP PICK:\u00a0Retro look of\u00a0buttons and dials yields great manual control options.\r\n\r\nSummary:\u00a0With all of its dials and buttons, the Fujifilm X-T10 offers an interesting retro look, along with\u00a0plenty of manual control options, all in a camera that produces vibrant and sharp\u00a0image quality.\r\n\r\nPrice:\u00a0$899 from Amazon\u00a0(with kit lens)\r\nAvailable:\u00a0May\u00a02015\r\nModel:\u00a0X-T10\r\n\r\nWhat We Liked\r\n\r\n \tWell above average image quality in nearly all\u00a0conditions, including low light photos\r\n \tCamera operates quietly\r\n \tPlenty of easy to use features for an interchangeable lens camera\r\n \tCamera's autofocus system\u00a0works fast and accurately\r\n \tLightweight camera, but still has sturdy design and feel\r\n\r\nWhat We Didn't\r\n\r\n \tVideo features and quality could be better; video recording button is too small\r\n \tNo touchscreen display\r\n \tMaximum ISO setting is limited to 6400 in RAW image format (51200 in JPEG)\r\n \tBattery life could be better\r\n \tPrice is at high end of mirrorless market\r\n\r\nFujifilm X-T10 Specs\r\n\r\nDesign and Build\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Fujifilm X-T10 has a great looking retro design that has become a calling card for\u00a0the manufacturer in both mirrorless and fixed lens advanced cameras. In the photograph above, you can see the three dials on the top of the T10, which allows you to control the shooting mode, shutter speed, and exposure valuation. Having dials to control these\u00a0settings is great, because you can twist the dials much faster than you can work through an on-screen menu to access the same settings. Such dials are similar to how photographers\u00a0controlled film cameras.\r\n\r\nFujifilm typically\u00a0provides a Q button\u00a0with its advanced digital cameras, which is a shortcut to commonly used camera settings, and the X-T10 has this button on the back of the camera, making it easy to adjust settings that don't have dedicated dials or buttons.\r\n\r\nTwo other\u00a0aspects of this model that simplify its operation are the tiltable LCD screen and electronic viewfinder. You can select whichever method you want to use to frame the particular scene you're facing, which gives the X-T10 plenty of versatility.\r\n\r\nRead through a Fujifilm X100T review, and you'll find another advanced camera from Fuji that has a similar price point to the X-T10. But the X100T's design is a fixed lens model that contains a prime lens (meaning it has no zoom capability), whereas the T10 makes use of interchangeable lenses, offering more flexibility.\r\nImage Quality\r\nMany of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras make use of the same APS-C sized image sensor found in the X-T10. There's a reason Fujifilm continues to use this image sensor in a variety of its cameras: It's a reliable, functional\u00a0image sensor that produces outstanding images in a variety of conditions, even if its resolution count of 16.3 megapixels is a little dated.\r\n\r\nThe X-T10 is a fast performer, thanks to its 77-point autofocus system and a burst mode of up to eight frames per second in the JPEG image format. You can shoot in either the JPEG or RAW image format with this model. In manual focus mode, the zoom can be adjusted by rotating the rear command dial and the wide tracking modes allow the user to track subject movement across a large 77-point area, significantly improving the camera's ability to capture moving targets.\r\n\r\nAnother interesting imaging option\u00a0available with most advanced Fujifilm cameras, including the T10, is a film simulation mode. You can apply an effect to the digital images that simulates classic film types from the past, which is a great effect to find in a camera that has a design reminiscent of old film cameras, such as the X-T10.\r\n\r\nWhen reading a Fujifilm X-T1 review, you'll see\u00a0another strong mirrorless camera that often is compared and contrasted against the X-T10 (as mentioned above). The T1 is a much more powerful camera, offering better recording speeds than the X-T10, especially in RAW image\u00a0format shooting. But\u00a0in terms of image quality, both cameras have the same type and size of image sensor, resulting in very similar image quality.\r\n\r\nA Fujifilm X-T10 vs. Sony A6000 comparison is another common one that those considering the X-T10 make. The A6000 provides 24.3 megapixels of resolution to the 16.3 megapixels found in the X-T10, but the Fujifilm model's individual pixels on the image sensor are larger in physical size than the Sony camera's pixels, giving the X-T10 better low light image quality than the A6000. Both mirrorless cameras have a similar price point.\r\nLow Light Performance\u00a0and Movie Mode\r\n\r\n\r\nLow light image quality is good with the Fujifilm X-T10, at least up to a point, with a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400. The image sensor produces good results up to an ISO of 6400, but you'll find significant noise when you increase the ISO beyond 6400 when shooting in JPEG. That's part of the reason why you're limited to an ISO setting of 6400 when shooting in RAW.\r\n\r\nShooting movies is a bit of a disappointment with the X-T10. Although the camera body has a dedicated movie recording button, it's too small to be easily pressed when you're in a hurry, meaning you may miss the start of a video from time to time, as you attempt to press the button.\r\n\r\nYou can record full HD movies with this Fujifilm model at frame rates of up to 60 frames per second. However, the X-T10 doesn't offer many options for adjusting the movie recording settings manually, which may disappoint some serious video-graphers, who want full control.\r\nBattery Life\r\nFujifilm estimates that the X-T10 mirrorless camera can record about 350 shots per battery charge, although real-world battery testing shows\u00a0more like 300 shots per charge. Battery life is an area where the XT10 matches the mirrorless Fujifilm XT1, XPro2, and XE2S, as all four\u00a0cameras use the exact same battery.\r\nKit Options\r\nThe Fujifilm X-T10 is available in either black or silver with a variety of kit options. You can purchase the body only set or have it fitted with either a Fujinon 16-50mm f\/3.5-5.6 OIS lens or a Fujinon 18-55mm f\/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. Though the f\/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens upgrade will cost you roughly an extra $200.\r\n\r\nBut thanks to the interchangeable lens, you're free to look at other options. Consider paring the T-X10 with the XF23mm f\/1.4, the XF 14mm f\/2.8 R, the XF 16mm f\/1.4 R WR, or the XF 27mm f\/2.8.\r\nWrap Up\r\nRead through any Fuji X-T10 reviews, and you'll find\u00a0a camera that has a great look and design, giving those who love the idea of vintage film cameras a nostalgic feeling. But it takes more than\u00a0warm fuzzies to make a great digital camera. All of those extra dials and buttons may look great, but they'd better\u00a0contribute to the camera's ability to create\u00a0images with tremendous quality. Fortunately, Fujifilm didn't forget about this aspect of the X-T10. It does a very good job of recording well above average image quality, while providing all of the manual control features you could want.\r\n\r\nAlthough it's\u00a0a pricey mirrorless interchangeable lens camera versus models from other manufacturers, it\u00a0does cost less than some other Fujifilm retro-looking mirrorless options. If you can fit this model in your budget, there are a lot of things to like about it.