While the new Fujifilm X-S20 camera and XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR lens are exciting for a wide range of Fujifilm X photographers, the company’s new XApp smartphone app appeals to nearly every Fujifilm photographer thanks to its expansive compatibility list and impressive suite of features.
The Fujifilm XApp is designed for use with X Series and GFX System cameras and joins the existing Fujifilm Camera Remote app to expand the connected experience for photographers with iOS and Android devices.
XApp has been significantly enhanced and includes an improved design, quicker transfer performance, a smoother connection process, and many exciting features that help photographers keep track of where they’ve been, what they’ve shot, and what gear they used.
“Fujifilm listened carefully to user feedback when developing the Fujifilm XApp. The new XApp has been engineered to provide superior connectivity and a host of useful functions that will enable our users to document, archive, and share photos created on Fujifilm cameras. We are passionate about the digital advancement of our electronic imaging business, and the new XApp is a perfect example of our continued evolution,” says Lisa Baxt, marketing director, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation.
The new XApp supports the newly introduced X-S20 camera, plus the X-H2S, X-H2, X-Pro3, X-T5, X-T4, X-T3, X-T30, X-T30 II, X-S10, X-E4, and X100V X Series cameras. The app also supports the Fujifilm GFX 50R, GFX 50S II, GFX 100, and GFX 100S medium-format mirrorless cameras. The app works on devices using iOS 13 and newer and Android OS 11 and newer.
While the Camera Remote app still exists, XApp also offers remote control functionality and promises faster performance. The connection process is much easier, with users able to connect their compatible camera to XApp in just a few steps. There’s no need to close and reopen the app or dig into a camera’s menu system. In a live demo before today’s announcement, PetaPixel was impressed by the setup process.
The app’s interface is also impressive, sporting a sleek, high-contrast look. Within the app, beyond remote control functionality, users can browse and transfer images (although RAW files can’t be transferred to the app), and view date, time, and geolocation information for images. This info automatically syncs with the app.
Users can also save camera settings, like settings from the Shooting Menu and Setup Menu, and restore them to connected cameras. This makes it easier to sync camera settings across multiple cameras and allows instant settings recovery when needed.
New Activity and Timeline features enable personalized data display. XApp automatically aggregates and displays image information, such as the number of images created and the camera/lens/Film Simulation a photographer used. The Timeline function shows when and where a photographer captured their pictures. The Film Simulation tracker includes fun icons shaped like film canisters, giving the app a bit of nostalgic flavor.
Rounding out the XApp’s key features is firmware notifications. The app will alert users when a connected camera has a new firmware version available.
The Fujifilm XApp will be available tomorrow, May 25, for compatible iOS and Android users. The app is also compatible with tablets, such as Apple iPads. To download the necessary firmware for X Series and GFX System cameras, visit Fujifilm’s website.
Image credits: Fujifilm