Quick Start Guide FUJIFILM X-T5

Congratulations on your new FUJIFILM X-T5! This quick start guide introduces your camera’s features and functions and will help you get more creative with your photography.


Features Common to All X Series Cameras

The MENU OK button is used to access deeper levels of camera functionality beyond what is offered by function buttons, dials, and switches.

Note: On FUJIFILM X-T5, MENU OK options will change whether you’re in stills mode or movie mode – this is also applicable to the Q MENU options.

  • Named menu tabs are what you use to change capture settings. Press the left button on the Selector pad to scroll by tab (so you don’t have to scroll through every function to get to the next page), and press the right button on the Selector pad to access the desired feature, then MENU OK to select.
  • The wrench icon indicates SET UP and features settings including Power Management, Button/Dial Setting and Screen Set-Up. Choose DISP. CUSTOM SETTING from the SCREEN SET-UP menu to select what information shows on the EVF/LCD.
  • Finally, the MY menu is a customized menu that you create based on your most frequently accessed menu items. Add and rank to move them in any order you like and remove them under USER SETTING in the SET UP menu.

The DRIVE settings give you access to high-speed burst modes, bracketing, single frame, Advanced Filters, and more. On X-T5, Drive functions are set using the top-plate dial under the ISO settings dial.

Press the center of the ISO dial to lock and unlock DRIVE settings, in order to prevent accidental changes of mode.

Note: When the FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING is turned on, choosing different PHOTOMETRY types will be disabled.

The AE-L button allows you to lock exposure in a specific part of the scene, allowing you to recompose while maintaining the exposure. Auto Exposure Lock is also linked to shutter button pressing, but can be unlinked in the Menu OK>SETUP>BUTTON DIAL SETTINGS.

The AF ON button initiates autofocus in all FOCUS MODES including AF-S, AF-C, and Manual. Autofocus will still be attached to the SHUTTER button, but can be removed by MENU OK > SET UP > BUTTON DIAL SETTINGS> SHUTTER AF > AF-S or AF-C. This will remove AF from the shutter button when turned off and can be isolated to AF-S, AS-C, or both.

The white balance button allows you to select WB options that match your light source. You can also customize to create your own shade of white or select a specific kelvin value, which is a measure of the color temperature of light. The default setting for quick WB access is the right button on the Selector pad, but it can be assigned to other Fn buttons as outlined below.

Use the View Mode button to change view from LCD to viewfinder only or EYE SENSOR + LCD IMAGE DISPLAY (for using both), which senses your eye at the viewfinder and instantly switches from LCD to EVF.

The DISP BACK button allows you to select how you’d like information displayed on the LCD and/or EVF. You can customize the information being displayed in SET UP > SCREEN SET-UP > DISP. CUSTOM SETTING.

Personalizing your camera

Many aspects of the X-T5 can be customized to suit your preferences, such as controls, displays and shooting modes.

Controls, swipes and dials

Customize the behavior of the camera’s controls and touchscreen swipe gestures.

  • Press and hold the DISP BACK button to go straight to the FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING customization screen.
  • Scroll through the various options, scrolling right to change the default behavior of each button or swipe.

Customizing EVF and LCD information

The information you see when you compose a scene can be changed so that only the data you want is shown.

  • Press MENU OK and scroll down using the rear command dial to the SET UP menu tab.
  • Choose the SCREEN SET-UP setting and scroll to DISP CUSTOM SETTING.
  • Scroll through and choose the items you’d like to see in the viewfinder and on the camera’s screen.
  • Highlight the item required and press MENU OK to select or deselect it.

Customizing the Q Menu

The Q Menu gives you information at a glance and quick access to camera settings. You can also change what’s on the Q Menu screen to suit your way of working.

  • Hold down the Q button for a couple of seconds; the customization screen will appear.
  • Choose the menu item location you want to customize and press MENU OK.
  • Find the function you’d like to appear in this menu location and press MENU OK.
  • Repeat the above steps for each menu location you want to change. Press DISP BACK to finish.

Customizing Film Simulation modes

You’ve probably discovered your camera’s Film Simulation modes by now, but did you know that by altering the color and contrast, you can create picture settings to your own tastes, too?

  • Hit the Q button to display the Q Menu.
  • Adjust highlights, shadows and color saturation with the H Tone, S Tone and Color options. Use the rear command dial to make the changes.

You can save these new settings as a custom preset for instant recall.

  • Press MENU OK, navigate to the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING menu and choose EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING.
  • Choose a custom preset number and scroll right.
  • Select SAVE CURRENT SETTINGS. The camera will ask you to choose OK to confirm changes.
  • You can also choose to EDIT CUSTOM NAME and give the new preset a name you’ll remember.
  • To load your preset, press MENU OK, navigate to the IMAGE QUALITY SETTING menu and choose SELECT CUSTOM SETTING, then find the one you saved and press MENU OK.

Focusing modes

Focus point place and size

The size of the active focusing area used by your X-T5 can be changed in size and moved around the frame. In the camera’s Q Menu or AF/MF Menu, choose from Single Point (highly selective), Zone (for erratically moving subjects) and Wide/Tracking (uses the whole frame). Selecting a fourth ALL mode enables efficient switching between the previous three options via the rear command dial. To move the active point or zone, or change its size:

  • Move the Focus Lever to shift the focus point/area up, down, left or right.
  • To change point/area size, first press the Focus Lever in so the point turns green.
  • Rotate the rear command dial to change its size.
  • Press MENU OK or half-press the shutter release button.

Did you know that pressing the Focus Lever while you’re adjusting the focus point moves it back to the center of the frame?

Custom AF-C modes

The X-T5 tracks and focuses on moving objects differently, depending on the kind of focusing behavior specified in continuous AF-C mode.

  • Put the camera in AF-C mode using the Focus Mode selector, then press MENU OK and navigate to the AF/MF SETTING menu.
  • Choose AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS, then choose a preset 1 to 5 based on the action you’re shooting.
  • Or try setting number 6 to specify your own focusing behavior.

An advanced autofocus algorithm can also detect a range of specific subjects. In the AF/MF SETTING menu, select FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING or SUBJECT DETECTION SETTING to track human eyes or non-human subjects respectively.

Making the most of manual focus

When you’re focusing manually, the X-T5 offers all kinds of aids to help you nail critical focus.

  • Put the camera in M focus mode using the Focus Mode selector, then press MENU OK and navigate to the AF/MF SETTING menu.
  • DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE and FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT can both be customized to your preference.
  • Switch on FOCUS CHECK from the AF/MF SETTING menu and the camera will enlarge a central portion of the scene when you begin to focus manually.

Switch on AF+MF from the AF/MF SETTING menu and you’ll be able to focus manually just by turning the lens focus barrel – no change of focus mode necessary.

High-speed shooting

The X-T5 is exceptionally fast. With its electronic shutter turned on, you’ll be able to shoot at up to 20fps, in complete silence, and at shutter speeds up to 1/180,000 sec.

To select electronic shutter

Press MENU OK and navigate to the SHOOTING SETTING menu.

  • With the electronic shutter activated, you can select frame rates up to 20fps from the SHOOTING SETTING > DRIVE SETTING menu.

Using in-body image stabilization for stills

The X-T5 uses an in-body image stabilization (IS) system, which helps keep images sharp when shooting handheld at slower shutter speeds. It can be used with any lens, including those with an Optical Image Stabilization mode of their own.

You can set the IS system to be on all the time (CONTINUOUS), only when focusing, when an exposure is made (SHOOTING ONLY), or off entirely. The latter is useful if you don’t need IS, for instance when working in very bright light, with the camera on a tripod or when using creative techniques like intentional camera movement. If you’re using a lens with an OIS switch, the OIS switch must be set to ON for these menu options to be available.

  • Press MENU OK and navigate to the SHOOTING SETTING menu.
  • Select IS MODE and scroll right to choose the option you require.

Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode

The X-T5’s 40.2-megapixel sensor is exceptionally high-resolution, but in Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode, even more detailed 160-megapixel files can be created. Using its in-body image stabilization mechanism, the X-T5 shifts the sensor by half a pixel 20 times over, ensuring every red, green and blue pixel receives the same information.

Using Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode

Press MENU OK and navigate to the SHOOTING SETTING menu.

  • Select PIXEL SHIFT MULTI SHOT and choose an appropriate interval between frames. A range of options from SHORTEST INTERVAL to 15 SEC INTERVAL can be utilized.
  • Press the shutter button once to begin shooting. To minimize camera shake, set a delayed shutter release using the SELF-TIMER setting within the SHOOTING SETTING menu.

Combining the images

The 20 frames created in Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode must be combined on a computer, using FUJIFILM Pixel Shift Combiner, available for download on the FUJIFILM-X.com website. To save high-resolution RAW pictures in other formats, use Capture One Express for Fujifilm, Capture One for Fujifilm, or Capture One Pro, available from Capture One A/S.

Shooting video

Picking the right settings

The first thing to do when shooting video on the X-T5 is choose a combination of resolution/frame rate from the MOVIE SETTING > MOVIE MODE menu. To access these settings, move the STILL/MOVIE mode dial to the MOVIE SETTING.

  • 6.2K (3510p) resolution offers the best quality on the X-T5.
  • Full HD (1080p) resolution is a good compromise between quality and storage size. And in 1080p, you can also access a 240p frame rate for slow motion via MOVIE SETTING and HIGH SPEED REC.
  • When it comes to frame rates, 24p, 25p or 30p are fine for most normal applications; 24p is sometimes favored by creative filmmakers for its cinematic look and feel.
  • Footage shot at frame rates of 59.94p or 50p can capture motion more smoothly. Plus, when played back at normal speeds (30fps or 25fps) during editing, this can deliver silky smooth slow motion.

Did you know that 25p and 50p frame rates are best for European countries, while 30p and 59.94p are more suited to the US? This is because of the different frequencies of mains electricity in these territories, which can cause lights to flicker slightly at 50Hz or 60Hz, respectively.

Exposure settings for cinematic video

Here’s a group of standard settings you can use in manual (M) shooting mode that will create great-looking, cinematic video.

  • Choose a frame rate – 24fps is a standard used in the movie industry and has a top-end look and feel.
  • Select a shutter speed that is ‘double’ the frame rate you’re using, so that each frame is exposed for 50% of the time. So, if you’re shooting at 24fps, pick a shutter speed of 1/48 sec or 1/50 sec.
  • Select the aperture you need for the required depth-of-field.
  • Adjust the camera’s ISO sensitivity to get the proper exposure.

Continuous focusing with video

Switch to AF-C using the FOCUS MODE selector and the X-T5 will adjust focusing as you film, tracking people around the frame if face detection is switched on. You can turn this on from the AF/MF SETTING > FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING menu. (You can also assign this to the Q Menu.) In MOVIE MODE, you can choose from two focus areas in the AF/MF SETTING > AF MODE menu: MULTI, which uses the whole frame, and AREA, which lets you be more selective.

ETERNA and F-Log

To protect highlights and allow video to be color graded during editing, videographers often shoot very low-contrast footage with muted colors. You can do this in a few ways on the X-T5.

  • Set ETERNA as the Film Simulation mode to recreate the look of this classic FUJIFILM emulsion, used widely in the film industry.
  • Set one of the F-Log/HLG RECORDING modes to ON (you’ll find this in the MOVIE SETTING menu). F-Log produces flat-looking footage straight from the camera, which can be color graded with very good results in post-production. F-Log2 offers an even wider dynamic range of 13+ stops.

Using in-body image stabilization for video

When you’re in Movie mode, there are separate controls for the X-T5’s in-body image stabilization. You’ll find these in the MOVIE SETTING menu.

  • Locate IS MODE and scroll right to choose the best option for you. IBIS/OIS uses just the sensor-shift mechanism in the X-T5’s body, and any optical stabilization in the lens that’s attached. If you pick IBIS/OIS + DIS you’ll also get digital stabilization, which adds further stabilization, but will crop the footage very slightly. Choose OFF when IS is not required.
  • IS MODE BOOST is designed to further improve the smoothness of footage. Choose ON when you’re shooting handheld from a static position and OFF when panning with the subject.

Connecting to your smart device

X-T5 can communicate wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can transfer pictures to your device, where they can be edited and shared with friends and followers online. You can also use your smart device to shoot remotely, controlling the camera via a remote live view, and even view a record of your experiences.

*Images for illustrative purposes. FUJIFILM XApp functionality remains consistent, regardless of X Series or GFX System camera connected.

Linking to the camera for the first time

  • Install the free FUJIFILM XApp on your iOS or Android device.
  • Open XApp and select Pairing a new camera, then follow the initial instructions on the screen.
  • Please wait until pairing is completed.
  • Within XApp, tap Register.

Transferring images to your device

  • Open FUJIFILM XApp and select Image Acquisition/Photography.
  • Tap the small circle in the top-left corner of each image you wish to transfer. A green check mark will appear in each.
  • With all your desired images selected, tap Transfer the selected images. The process will automatically proceed.

Remote shooting and control

  • Open XApp, tap the Image Acquisition/Photography icon, then select the camera icon at the top of XApp’s display.
  • Your smart device replaces the camera’s LCD. You’ll see a view that emulates the camera display, including a live image.
  • Tap the image to change your focal point. Select S.S., F, and ISO icons to adjust exposure settings. Press the Film Simulation or WB icons to control the in-camera look.