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A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Fujifilm X-T5 and the X-T2

Another day, another post but this time we’re focusing on a side-by-side comparison of the Fujifilm X-T5 and the X-T2!

Hopefully you’re not bored yet of seeing posts all across the internet, especially here, about the brand new and beautiful Fujifilm X-T5. I’m here again to share something that I would appreciate if I was considering upgrading to a newer camera.

I haven’t been able to share posts like this before as I haven’t had the opportunity of shooting with any camera newer than the X-T2 which I bought back in 2016.

This post therefore will share a few photos showing a side-by-side comparison of the Fujifilm X-T5 and the X-T2. Some of the differences in looks are minor but hopefully these will help show exactly what’s changed and what hasn’t.


I’m not going to delve into the specifications here, I’m saving that as I want to get to know the X-T5 first, this is primarily to consider the looks, the size and the button layout etc. It’s quite simple but I am almost 100% sure that it will help someone out there to make a decision as to whether to upgrade or not. Many people may not have as old a camera as I did before upgrading and the differences for me are probably more noticeable than for someone who may have the X-T3 or X-T4.

Head to Head

Let’s look at the basic stats in terms of size and weight. All the below are in the format of X-T5 vs X-T2.

Weight: 557g vs 507g (with battery) [The X-T5 is 50g lighter than the X-T4]
Size: 129.5 x 91 x 63.8mm vs 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2mm [The X-T4 is 134.6 x 92.8 x 63.8mm]

As you can see when offering a basic comparison of the Fujifilm X-T5 and the X-T2, you’re not dealing with something overly large. The biggest difference is the depth. This is a very compact camera and, whilst it weighs a little more than the X-T2, to me this is not noticeable at all.

Sometimes however you don’t need to look at stats or pictures, you just need to feel the camera for yourself. In my opinion, it just feels sturdy, built to last and easy to hold. The grip is deeper than the X-T2 and feels perfect for me without ever feeling too bulky. The dials feel firmer with a more satisfying ‘click’ (both on top and the front/rear ‘wheel’ dials). The rear screen is bigger and sees the return of the three-way tilt which I guess I’ve never missed out on as the X-T2 had that too.

In terms of button layout, you can see that not much has really changed. On the back, the Q, AE-L and the AF-L buttons have all had a switch around and the AF-L becomes AF-ON. The photos below clearly show the button design has radically changed and the new version is much more tactile if that’s the right word. They are bigger and more clickable. You’ll know what I mean.

For me as a photographer, the only issue I have (and it’s very slight at that) is that the dial below the shutter speed is solely used now to switch between STILL and MOVIE. It doesn’t do anything for me and will probably become redundant. I did regularly use that dial on the X-T2 for switching between metering modes which now will have to take up a place elsewhere, probably on the D-Pad. If I had more time, maybe I would use the video settings to create something but you’ll never find me posting regularly on YouTube that’s for sure.


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4 thoughts on “A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Fujifilm X-T5 and the X-T2”

  1. Great writeup and photos! I LOVE what they did with the X-T5. My X-T2 is my favorite camera ever and this feels more like the successor to it than the 3 or 4 did. I can’t wait to upgrade once they start hitting the used market in about 6 months.

    Great blog overall! I am glad I found it.

  2. I had the same issues with the removal of the photometry knob. Perhaps that’s part of why the X-T2 remains my favorite camera. I’m not sure what it is. I’v had all three X-Pros and a few different X100’s, but there’s just something about the T2 that I never could shake. I never worried about damaging it, or pampering it, I didn’t covet its design or aesthetics -it was more practical than that.

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