The camera uses the same sensor, and processor as the x-T4 but is slightly smaller and lighter. It also has 5 axis stabilization but this smaller system is a half stop less effective than the one in the T4. Unlike most Fujifilm cameras it has a good-sized grip, which makes it easier to balance with larger lenses, although the space between the grip and some of the lenses is quite narrow. Like the X100 series and the XE series it only has one SD card slot.
The big surprise no retro dials, instead, it has a PASM dial like a traditional DSLR with a back and front dial. If you are a beginner this will make the camera a little more difficult to get off the automatic modes. The traditional dials on the X series tend to be easier for beginners, once the camera is set up you do not need to go into the menu, and it is relatively easy to operate it in manual mode. The problem I have found is all camera menus are filled with camera jargon that is not familiar to beginners. The jargon also varies from manufacture to manufacture. Although the Fujifilm menu system is easy to navigate, it can still be difficult to interpret for some beginners. On the other hand, someone coming from the DSLR world might find this camera very easy to use, and perhaps more fun than a number of cameras that would be its direct competitor.
The camera is light, small and at a very attractive price point. To get to that price there have been a few sacrifices such as the loss of a second SD slot, weatherproofing, 1/2 stop less on the IBIS, medium quality viewfinder, etc. All of which most reviews are finding very reasonable compromises, as image quality is still the same as the flagship X-T4 camera. Below is a size comparison between the smallest XE series and the larger X-t4, as you can see without the grip is almost the same size as the X-E3. It does appear to be a fairly small camera.
|Nikon Z50 (no IBIS)
Size Comparison with Competing Cameras
You can see from this comparison that the X-S10 is close in size to the other two cameras, but compared to the Sony there does seem to be a better grip, and it appears it has more generous finger spacing than the Nikon, which has a similar size grip. The X-S10 does appear to have more dials and more customisation buttons than the others.
Why You Might Consider this Camera
The camera would make a good backup camera, for someone with an X-T4. The camera also can be quickly turned onto automatic modes so for someone who needs this sort of feature or prefers to operate in the automatic modes this camera might be a dream come true. The other consideration of course is the price. This camera with the same image quality (IQ) as the X-T4 is $950 less! So you get the best IQ Fujifilm offers for a lot less money, leaving your camera budget more flush for further upgrades.