The first Fujifilm camera with a joystick is the X-Pro2, then the X-T2… Just Fujifilm doesn’t call it a joystick, it calls it a “focus stick”.

The joystick implementation came from Canon. It’s so useful. It’s easy to use without having to take the eye from the viewfinder. The D-pad only has 4 directions: up, down, left and right. The joystick has 8 directions, up,down,left, right,up-left,up-right and down-left,down-right. Plus there the middle that can be pushed in.

Once you are used to a joystick, it’s difficult to go back to the D-Pad.

Often people will complain that the joystick is not working. Fuji has 3 settings for the joystick:

WRENCH > BUTTON/DIAL SETTING > FOCUS LEVER SETTING

  1. LOCK (OFF): Basically, the joystick is disabled.
  2. PUSH ON TO UNLOCK: Press the joystick to enable the joystick after locking it.
  3. ON: The joystick is enabled.

Most of the time, the joystick has been locked and then they think that it’s “broken”.