Fujifilm recently launched the latest model of its X-mount range of mirror-less cameras, the Fujifilm X-T1 Compact System Camera. Designed to look more like an SLR with mechanical dials rather than a rangefinder, the X-T1 comes with an array of new features such as an ultra-fast real-time electronic viewfinder and an auto-focus system that’s currently the fastest at 0.08 seconds. This camera comes packed in a weather sealed magnesium alloy body — a sure winner!
– 16.3 MP APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II Sensor with EXR Processor II
– Shutter Speed 30sec – 1/4000 sec, Bulb (max. 60 min)
– ISO 100 – 51200
– 2.360K-dot OLED EVF (0.77x magnification)
– Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)
– 8 fps continuous shooting
– Lens Modulation Optimiser Technology
– 1080/60p Full HD
– 10-Type Film Simulation Mode/Digital filters
– Compatible with Ultra-High Speed UHS-II SDXC Memory Card
– Weather-Proof Body
Heart of the Fujifilm X-T1
The X-T1 is powered by a 16.3-megapixel, 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C sized) X-Trans CMOS II sensor. This sensor size is commonly used by DSLRs rather than the majority of the Compact System Camera which uses a slightly smaller sensor at Micro Four Thirds 4/3-inch (17.3 x 13 mm). And with no optical low-pass filter, the X-T1 is optimized for higher resolution images and provides more details on the image. It also comes with a primary colour filter which allows it to mimic a film grain.
To maximize this feature, the X-T1 has a film simulation mode which gives you an option to imitate the response of Fujifilm’s popular films: Provia (standard), Velvia (vivid), Astia (soft), Pro Neg Hi and Standard, Monochrome and Sepia. It also comes equipped with a host of other digital filters: Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, etc.
With the EXR Processor II, Fujifilm is able to offer the Lens Modulation Optimiser feature. This allows the camera to correct the diffraction distortion or blur caused by stopping a lens aperture down.
Real Time Electronic Viewfinder
The X-T1 comes with a new and better high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder offering the best in magnification, speed and display.
With magnification, it offers the highest that is available for an electronic viewfinder in the market today having a magnification factor of 0.77x. For speed, it has a lag time of only 0.005 seconds, allowing you to view your subject almost in real time. This is nearly comparable with an optical viewfinder and addresses the most common complaint of an EVF’s slow response.
And for display, it offers 4 settings:
- Full Mode (default setting) displays an uninterrupted view of the scene with all shooting information displayed outside the frame.
- Normal Mode provides an optimum view including the shooting information.
- Dual Mode displays a split view of the scene, with the full frame on the left and a smaller manual focus area on the right. The manual focus area includes either Focus Peaking or Digital Split Image. The latter is similar to those found in the old SLR film cameras for easier manual focusing.
- Full and Normal Modes automatically rotate to portrait orientation.
The X-T1 has an Intelligent Hybrid AF System that uses both conventional contrast detection and phase detection systems. This allows the camera to focus and lock quickly and accurately on your subject. Currently the X-T1 holds the distinction of having the fastest AF of 0.08 seconds. This complements the camera’s continuous shooting rate of 8fps for up to 47 JPEG files or 23 simultaneous raw and JPEG files using UHS-II SDXC card.
Overall, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a well-designed, well-built compact system camera. It’s portable, light and weather-proof. It is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and freeze-resistant down to -10 C. All these make the X-T1 an attractive choice not only for street and documentary photographers but also for wildlife and landscape enthusiasts as well. Expectedly photographers who are familiar with traditional SLR cameras and enjoy having more direct control over their shooting will certainly enjoy this camera.