Top 10 Fujifilm X Camera Flops and 10 Errors Fujifilm Should Avoid in Future

Top of the Flops

We did talk about the top 10 most important cameras of Fujifilm in the last 10 years.

But not all was successful that Fujifilm did.

So why did some cameras fail?  Bad timing? Bad specs? Too strong competition? Killed by Kaizen? Complicated usability?

Let’s look into it today, because knowing the errors of the past, will help to avoid to make the same errors in future.

Let’s start!

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Fujifilm Releases New Firmware Updates for X-T4, X-T3, X-E4, X-Pro3, X-T200 and X-A7

Fujifilm has released a couple of new firmware updates. Down below all details and download links.

In theory this is just a minor bug fix update, but I remember when I was on holiday last year in South Italy and Fujifilm released a new X-T4 firmware with “minor bug fixes”. Intrigued by that, I tested the new firmware during my holiday, and found out that it fixed the exposure stepping in video, which is all, but just a minor bug fix.

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This is why I generally always recommend to update your cameras. Fujifilm can fix a typo in the menu, but also way bigger issues with such “minor bug fixes”.

Also, Fujifilm promised us a major GFX100 firmware update and also a major X-S10 firmware update. Sadly they have not been released today. I hope this does not mean there was some sort of last second delay (wouldn’t be the first time).

In any case, here on FR I’ll let you know as soon as the new firmware for GFX100 and X-S10. So follow us.

With all that said, you can find all details and links for the latest firmware updates down below.

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Fujifilm X-T200 Firmware 1.11 Released

Fujifilm X-T200 firmware 1.11 has been released – download here

  • Fix of minor bugs.

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Fujifilm X-T200 Discontinued After Just 9 Months at Some Stores – is This The End of Fujifilm’s Entry Level Line?


Fujifilm X-T200 Discontinued

The Fujifilm X-T200 was announced on January 23, 2020 and started shipping in February 2020.

Now, just about 9 month after its release, some stores marked it as discontinued (see image above for example – google translated)

To my knowledge, this is not happening because an X-T300 is on the way (at least I have not heard about it). The reason is probably very simple: it did not sell well at all.

The Fujifilm X-T200 is a very fine camera for its price, but it failed in its purpose: attack the best selling camera in this price segment, the rather old and yet still strong selling Sony A6000, which was released in 2014 and is still in top selling raking at AmazonUS (currently 22th).

In the entry level segment, the Sony A6*** line is apparently unbeatable, and Fujifilm was not able to break through with excellent products like the Fujifilm X-T200 or even the X-A7.

That’s unfortunate.

The Unbeatable Sony A6000

But what could be the reason for the failure of the X-T200 and the ongoing success of the Sony A6000?

Well, in part it could be quite simple: people in the market for such a camera are usually not big photography enthusiasts and have not a huge photographic culture. They mostly just buy a camera because they want to have something that takes better pictures than their smartphones.

Those people know the Sony brand very well from their TV’s, their PlayStation’s and other electronic products that they use in their daily lives already. It’s a brand they know and associate with quality electronic products, and they therefore grab a Sony A6*** rather than a Fujifilm, which is for them a rather unknown brand they can’t relate to at all.

The Future for Fuji’s Entry Leve Line

Is this the end of the entry level line-up of Fujifilm?

Well, as we discussed in an earlier article, that shows Fujifilm’s own 2020 Fujifilm camera range pyramid, I believe that sooner rather than later the whole entry level line of Fujifilm will be dropped. It’s not a rumor, to be clear, but just my evaluation after seeing how this segment has developed over the last few years.

The only entry level line that did sell strong for a while, was the X-A line. But it looks like also that one is suffering, forcing Fujifilm to discontinue the X-A7 just 11 months after its release.

I am very pessimistic about Fuji’s entry level line, which, as we also told you already back in 2017 here, is no longer developed by Fujifilm anymore, but by the Xacti corporation. This means that already in 2017 Fujifilm struggled to justify that line any longer, and outsourcing its development was a last move to try to safe the line.

With the Fujifilm X-T200 and X-A7 failing to meet their sales targets, I am just becoming even more pessimistic about the future of those lines.

It’s a pity, I have personally recommended the X-T200 to a few of my friends, and they are all happy with it. But the market is not rewarding the best cameras for the reasons we told you above.

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Fujifilm X-T200 Suffers Slight Production Delay, Release Pushed Back to March

Fujifilm has announced that the release of the Fujifilm X-T200 has been pushed back from February 27 to March 2020.

At the time of this post, BHphoto & Co still show February 27 for delivery, but I guess they will change that soon.

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