8 Best Fujifilm cameras for travel (Buyer’s guide 2022)

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As I get more into travel photography, I hear more and more about the Japanese multinational Fujifilm. Readers of my website have requested more information about the company and have specifically asked what is the best Fujifilm camera for travel.

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Before writing this in-depth article, I consulted with many owners of Fujifilm cameras and tested a few models. Trust that I have left no stone unturned in my quest to bring you the highest-rated Fujifilm cameras to document your travel adventures.

This list takes into account reliability, build quality, ease of use, size, weight, cost, and after-sales service.

How to pick the best Fujifilm camera for travel?

If you’re as much of a travel fanatic as I am, exploring the planet armed with a good travel camera is essential. It enables you to bring back vacation images that you can share with loved ones and that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

But how do you pick the best travel camera to capture your epic moments?

There’s no one size fits all answer to this question. Each of us will have slightly different requirements and budgets when choosing a camera for traveling. Having said that, here is a short list of the main considerations before you make a purchase.

  • What will you use the camera for?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Which type of camera do you need?
  • Speed & performance
  • Number of megapixels
  • Ergonomics
  • Image stabilization
  • Video capabilities
  • Weatherproofing

Yes, that’s a lot! And that’s exactly why I have written this article. I have carefully selected the best Fujifilm cameras for travel and have categorized them according to their usage. I hope that you enjoy the article and that it helps make your decision a little easier.

Why is Fujifilm a good camera for travel?

Fujifilm cameras have a fantastic reputation and are among the most stylish on the market with their retro design and easy-to-use controls.

The X-series has proven extremely popular over recent years as they are sleek, attractive, and full of the latest imaging technology.

The straightforward functionality of Fujifilm cameras makes getting that perfect shot very instinctive and they are often the first choice of professionals and amateur photographers alike.

Fans of Fujifilm often refer to the dials. They are very tactile and offer a ton of functionality that is usually not too difficult to master.

Another major benefit of owning a Fujifilm camera is the range of interchangeable lenses. This means that you can decide on which camera body you like best and worry about your lens after that. This is a huge benefit over the likes of Sony and Canon.

With regular firmware updates, amazing build quality, versatility, and beautiful aesthetics, they really make a camera to suit every kind of photographer. In this article, I have reviewed the 8 best travel cameras from Fujifilm and hope that you get value from my research.

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Best for beginners and vloggers – Fujifilm X-S10

The Fujifilm X-S10 has many of the great features of the awesome X-T4 but it is cheaper and has a more compact body.

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This model is one of my favorite mid-range mirrorless cameras and it’s a great camera for beginners with lots of shooting power packed into a small shell.

It actually feels like a DSLR camera because of the comfortable chunky grip and easy-to-use dials. Fortunately, this retro-styled model doesn’t have the bulk of a DSLR.

Featuring the established APS-C sensor and X-Processor 4 combination makes the X-S10 a very versatile and functional all-rounder that is just as comfortable taking stills as it is taking high-quality 4K video at 30fps.

Autofocus speed and accuracy are high on the list of must-have features for travel photography and the X-S10 is pretty impressive in this arena. It also has an eye-detect feature that allows you to track moving subjects which is very useful.

It’s also very effective at shooting in low-light conditions. This is thanks to the built-in image stabilization (IBIS) which is very handy when shooting with longer lenses.

The X-S10 is fully customizable in that you can set up the buttons and dials just the way you like. You can connect the camera to your phone via the Fujifilm Camera Control app which means that your shots can be sent to your phone and onto Instagram in just a matter of a few seconds.

The X-S10 has a heap of features that include USB charging, a pop-up flash, and a flip-out screen which makes it a popular choice with vloggers.

The only downside is that it is not weatherproof. If that is a make-or-break factor in choosing a travel camera, you should opt for the Fujifilm XP140 (which is reviewed later in this article).

Other than that, the X-S10 is a great camera to begin your photographic journey and is also my top pick for vloggers.

Best for landscape photography – Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm x100V is a worthy contender for the best Fujifilm camera for travel.

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Fujifilm’s 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens is legendary and has now been improved in the new X100V. It enables bright and colorful shots with an excellent depth of field. 

One of the X100V’s big pluses is the hybrid viewfinder. By peering through the eyepiece, you are able to overlay digital information or switch to full EVF (which displays a high-resolution LCD image). This feature is very useful for zooming in on subjects while checking focus and seeing what your shots look like in real time.

Other benefits of the X100V are the autofocus and low light ability but my only gripe is the lack of image stabilization.

It’s a subtle little camera which has made it a popular choice with many street photographers. Its easy-to-use practicality is one of the main reasons for its growing popularity. It also provides a choice of mechanical or electronic shutter which is handy when shooting quietly is necessary.

The Fujifilm X100V is one of the best travel cameras on the market right now and has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon (at the time of writing).

Best for low light photography – Fujifilm X-T4

The Fujifilm X-T4 is aimed at professional photographers that shoot a variety of subjects while they are on the go. The body of the X-T4 is strong and well designed and the top dials have a very familiar and intuitive feel.

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A big reason for its success is that it has the best image stabilization in the Fujifilm range with just 6.5 stops. When used with a long telephoto lens, it’s actually one of the best travel cameras for shots in low light conditions.

About 600 shots are possible with the new battery which is a major improvement over previous models in the X-Series range. For you techies, the X-T4 now uses the NP-W235 Battery.

A welcome new addition is a switch just below the shutter speed dial. This allows you to change between taking still images and video. I love that your settings are stored making the transition between the two modes much smoother.

Regarding the video functionality, the Fujifilm X-T4 doesn’t disappoint with 4K at 60fps. The image stabilization works like a charm to keep handheld shots as steady as a rock. Customers are also raving about the new flip-around LCD which is appealing to all those vloggers out there.

My final thoughts on the Fujifilm X-T4 are that it’s a great camera for professional shots but not so technical that it’s unsuitable for newbies either. With pro-level functions for video and stills, it’s a versatile camera that really can’t be faulted.

Best Instax – Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is an entry-level instant camera from Fujifilm. The camera makes use of the Instax Mini film format.

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There are a few improvements since its predecessor hit the market including a cool ‘Selfie Mode’ and also much better auto-exposure.

The camera is really easy to use and actually takes very nice images in all kinds of lighting conditions.

The Instax Mini 11 is very simple in its operation so it is a great camera for children to get in on the action.

The operation couldn’t be any easier. Just press a button to extend the lens, switch the camera on, and hit the shutter button. There are no other buttons to complicate matters and when you’re finished, just push the lens back in and turn the camera off.

To complement the selfie mode, the camera has a small selfie mirror on the front of the lens which is a nice touch. To activate this mode, you just have to pull the very front of the lens outwards and you will see the words ‘Selfie on’ appear.

By default, the Instamax is held vertically which makes it great for portraits. The viewfinder is a bit on the small side but that’s the norm with this kind of Instax Mini format camera.

The focus is ok (not great) but the exposure is excellent. Image quality, on the whole, is pretty good and much better than its competitors with the camera’s flash doing a good job of balancing ambient light.

As with most Instax Mini cameras, it works best in good to moderate light when the subjects are close. The flash range is approx. 2.7 m / 8.85 ft).

To sum up, the Instax Mini 11 is the easiest to use of all the instant film format cameras and will keep the kids happy while the grown-ups use one of its higher-end siblings.

Best minimalist – Fujifilm X100F

The X100 series has been a favorite of serious photographers for a while now with the X100F being the fourth generation of the series.

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Featuring 24.3 MP, a fast image processor, an improved AF system, and a new button layout with joystick autofocus, the Fujifilm X100F has been called the best camera in the world by many.

It actually took Fuji over two years to release this very refined camera with many X100-series owners eagerly awaiting the chance to upgrade to this worthy successor.

The top and bottom of the camera are both made from magnesium alloy so you can imagine how solid it feels and how well it withstands daily use. The middle section is made from plastic and synthetic leather to save on weight.

In my opinion, the addition of a joystick for quicker autofocus point selection is the most important change from the previous model. The joystick enables users to quickly move a focus point toward the subject.

There’s no denying the X100F looks very cool with its stylish retro design and has sold in the thousands due to its unique character. In addition, the X100F handles like a dream with just the right weight, size, and balance.

It has a tiny 23mm pancake-type lens which is light enough to retain its balance in use and it’s also small enough to slide into your pocket when you’re on the move. It’s light enough to wear around the neck which has made it very popular with street photographers and travelers alike.

One of the highlights of the X100F is the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. It also has a built-in flash which can be activated with the rear rotary dial.

Operating the camera and navigating the menu is a pleasure with all key functions and customization options. There are also extra features for you to explore including an intervalometer and digital teleconverter.

The beating heart of the X100F is an updated 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor. This is the same one that Fuji uses on their X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras. The increased resolution from 16.3 MP to 24.3 MP is very noticeable when you look at the details in your images.

Lovers of fast cameras won’t be disappointed with 8 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. The X100F was given a boost of 2 fps over the X100T which as pros will tell you, can make the world of difference for action photography.

The X100F can manage approx. 390 shots before the battery starts to fade. This is thanks to a faster processor and larger battery than the X100T (which could only manage around 300 shots). Please bear in mind that these numbers are based on a combination of different modes and the use of flash. In reality, you’ll get much more than 390 shots on a single charge.

To conclude, the minimalist X100F looks absolutely gorgeous, has excellent image quality, and is the perfect camera for travel and landscape photographers.

Best weather-resistant – Fujifilm FinePix XP140

The Fujifilm Finepix XP140 is the toughest of the Fuji range and is waterproof to a depth of 25 meters making it the most weather-resistant Fujifilm camera ever made.

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Believe it or not, it can operate in temperatures as low as -10C and it can even be dropped from a height of 1.8m without suffering damage.

The funky XP140 was introduced in 2019 as Fujifilm’s annual update to their XP waterproof cameras to supersede the still impressive XP130. Like the previous model, Fuji has kept the 5x zoom and 16 Megapixel sensor and even the body looks very similar.

Waterproofing is slightly improved over its predecessor by adding 5 meters to the maximum depth range but the main improvement is the new 4K video functionality. Other new additions are the new square video mode, an enhanced maximum ISO sensitivity of 12800 ISO, a new auto self-timer mode, and extra filters.

The Finepix XP140 is equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth but what is new is that you can actually transfer photos to your smartphone while you are taking more shots!

There’s a lot to like about the Fujifilm XP140 from the cute design, good range of features, and most prominently, the very reasonable price. Of course, you’re not going to get the control of the X100F but it does produce nice shots under the right conditions.

To be honest, you’ll probably get better photos with your phone but can your phone still work 25 meters underwater and survive being dropped repeatedly onto rocks at the beach?

With that in mind, if you don’t need the 4K video and scene recognition, the XP130 is an even bigger bargain. And if you want something a little more advanced, you can look at the Olympus TG-6 which is waterproof to 15 meters, has manual control, macro shots, raw shooting, and stunning 4K footage.

Best zoom – Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

The FinePix SL1000 is a fantastic bridge camera that sports a 16-megapixel resolution, a 3-inch tilting screen, 920K dot EVF, RAW format support, Full HD video, and a stunning 50x optical zoom.

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Other cool functions to get budding photographers excited to include a 3-level zoom switch, 1cm Super Macro mode, and a customizable Function button.

The SL1000 is primarily aimed at more advanced users but that doesn’t mean that novices can’t get in on the action. The modes that are more aimed at amateur photographers include manual controls, RAW recording, and an external flash hot shoe.

The manual controls for the camera are found on the command dial. They include the following:

  • Program (where the camera controls the shutter speed and aperture)
  • Shutter priority (where you can control the shutter speed and the camera controls the aperture)
  • Aperture priority (the same Shutter priority, but reversed)
  • Manual (where you control the Aperture and Shutter speed)

Start-up time is high on the list for travel photographers so as not to miss the best shots. The SL1000 is no slouch in this department with a start-up time of just 1.6 seconds. This time includes switching on the camera, focusing the image, and taking the shot. This is pretty impressive compared to around 2.5 seconds for most digital compact cameras.

Fans of continuous shooting will be happy with the three modes offered by the SL1000. They are simply classed as Low, Medium, and High. The idea here is to take a certain number of pictures in a similar time frame (fps or frames per second). The number of frames available is:

  • Low mode – 3fps
  • Medium mode – 5fps
  • High mode – 10fps

One of my favorite features of the SL1000 is found in the Playback menu. If you choose the first option called “Photobook Assist”, you can create a list of images to include in a “photobook”.

You can make a maximum of six books to keep your shots neatly ordered while you are on the go.

After creating your photobooks, you can search for particular images using parameters such as the face, date, favorites, and upload mark. The last option gives you the capability of allocating images that can be uploaded to your social media accounts such as Facebook (for images) and YouTube (for videos).

“What’s in the box?” I hear you ask:

  • A lithium-ion battery and charger
  • A lens cap
  • A neck strap
  • A USB cable to download your images/videos directly to your computer
  • A users manual
  • A warranty booklet
  • A CD containing the full manual and a basic editing suite called MyFinePix Studio Version 4.2

In conclusion, the Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is not the cheapest camera on the market but it’s definitely worth the money. And if you are on the hunt for the best Fujifilm zoom camera, you’ve found it.

Best for video/vlogging – Fujifilm X-S10

As I have already reviewed the Fujifilm X-S10 earlier in this article, I’ll just make a quick comment on the camera’s video recording abilities.

The Fujifilm X-S10 is the company’s best vlogging camera.

Just add a nice wide lens onto the camera and you can hold it in your hand to make your vlogs. The inbuilt stabilization is very effective and will ensure your videos look professional.

Another key feature that is attracting filmmakers to the X-S10 is the true flip-out screen! I wasn’t the biggest fan of these until recently but now really appreciate being able to get low or high while still having an excellent view of the LCD screen.

Let’s also not forget the hot shoe mount. This is perfect for adding a shotgun microphone alongside a 3.5mm mic input. The X-S10 also has a USB C-type headphone jack so that you can monitor your audio.

You can record 30-minute clips by pressing the dedicated video record button for beautiful footage every time.

This is the best Fujifilm camera for shooting professional videos in 4K at 60p so pick one up and begin your vlogging adventures.


How do I choose a camera for traveling?

First of all, you should read this article (lol). But seriously, consider if you really need a separate travel camera or whether the one on your smartphone can do the job.

Obviously, smartphones have limitations. You may decide that you want to get more creative with your photography. You might also get annoyed with the blurry backgrounds and would rather invest in a high-quality travel camera. Then you just have to decide between a compact camera or an ILC (interchangeable lens camera).

Decent cameras these days don’t have to cost a fortune. There are a heap of amazing models for under $500 and if you stick to a Fujifilm, you will get many years of use out of it.

I have made a shortlist of considerations when looking for your first travel camera:

  • Small enough to fit in your pocket
  • Lightweight enough to wear around your neck on a strap
  • The best image quality that you can afford
  • The camera should be inconspicuous
  • Build quality and durability
  • Ease of use

The ideal travel camera for me is one that can easily slide into my backpack, is light enough to wear around my neck, doesn’t look too expensive (as I don’t want to get robbed), takes great shots quickly every time, and doesn’t break if it gets bumped once in a while.

Is Fujifilm a good first camera?

The latest Fujifilm cameras are some of the best-looking, well-designed, and easy-to-use cameras available today.

From the cheap and cheerful SL1000 to the mighty X-S10, you can be confident that a Fujifilm camera will deliver a fantastic shooting experience that will enrich your traveling experiences.

Fujifilm X cameras are well known for their amazing shots straight out of the camera. While all of this range shoots in RAW format, you can also shoot JPEGs which look more punchy with vivid colors.

Fujifilm has a massive range of cameras so whether you are a beginner, enthusiast, or expert, you’ll find one that suits you perfectly.

What is the best Fujifilm camera for street photography? – Fujifilm X-Pro3

Anyone that is involved in street photography knows that it requires a good eye, a lot of discretion, and a nimble camera.

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Good street photography cameras need to be lightweight, small, have easy-to-use settings, fast lenses, and excellent autofocus.

In my opinion, the Fujifilm X-Pro3 is the best camera for street photography in 2022.

Although it’s not the smallest option, the ability to change lenses makes this the best all-around option. This gives the X-Pro 3 the versatility that fixed-lens cameras just can’t match.

You only have to look at it to appreciate its unique design but what elevates this camera is the reverse-tilting screen. This enables street photographers not to depend so much on the camera’s screen and interact more with their subjects.

Fujifilm states that the X-Pro 3 is good for approx. 370 shots photos on a single battery charge but in reality, you’ll probably get more than this depending on your settings.

While not quite as discreet as a compact camera, it is weather-sealed which is a huge plus. So if you’re on a quest to find an interchangeable lens camera that’s well adapted to street photography, the X-Pro 3 is tough to beat.

Which Fujifilm camera has the best image quality?- Fujifilm X-T4

I think the Fujifilm X-T4 is the top dog for image quality based on versatility, size, and pricing.

I’ve reviewed this stunning camera earlier in this article but let’s look at the highlights once more.

The X-T4 is probably the most sophisticated APS-C camera on the market today for the following reasons:

  • 6.5 stops of in-body image stabilization
  • High-quality 4K video
  • Excellent range of codecs
  • Very fast burst speeds
  • Highly responsive EVF viewfinder
  • A fully articulated screen
  • Long battery life.
  • 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor

It’s a bit more expensive than its predecessor (the Fujifilm X-T3) but you get a lot more features for your dollar.

Fujifilm hasn’t said too much about the X-T5 as yet but with their record of constant improvements and upgrades, you should keep an eye out for its release.

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