After exploring its options with the X-Pro1 and the other X-series mirror less cameras that were designed to appeal to a more diverse audience, Fujifilm once again moved towards the high end market with the release of the X-T1 – a 16.3 megapixel mirror less camera equipped with an X-Trans CMOS II sensor that has the vintage look of a true classic.
The X-T1’s 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor’s on-chip phase detection works well with its EXR Processor II in delivering clearer images that capture a large amount of detail. The camera is well-built, and sports a weather-resistant magnesium alloy body that has a rubberized texture on the front. Unlike most of the other X-series cameras that have that rangefinder look, the X-T1’s design is a veritable throwback reminiscent of classic SLR cameras.
One of the most notable features incorporated into the X-T1 is the camera’s massive 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder, or EVF. Compared to that of other mirror less cameras in the same price range, the X-T1’s EVF is noticeably larger, and offers additional features that are hard to find in other similar models.
It has a Dual View option that is great for manual focusing. It shows the full scene with a magnified view in a smaller window, similar to what the picture-in-picture or PIP feature looks like on a modern television. The X-T1’s EVF also offers a portrait orientation view, where camera settings are set at the top and bottom of the image when the camera is set at a 90-degree angle. It also has 0.77x equivalent magnification.
Aside from being the first X-series camera to have an ISO dial, the X-T1 is also the first in the series to have an optional battery grip. On top of the standard battery inside the camera, the VG-XT1 battery grip holds an additional WP-N126 battery that allows the user to take an extra 700 shots before the batteries need to be swapped out.
For users who simply wish to make the standard grip larger and easier to hold, the MGH-XT hand grip is a great accessory especially for shooting with large zooms. The hand grip provides easy access to the battery compartment, as well as a quick release fitting for mounting the camera onto a tripod.
Tilting LCD Panel
Users who are familiar with the Fujifilm X-E2 will notice that the X-T1 is equipped with the same 3-inch LCD panel, but will be surprised to see that the X-T1’s screen can be tilted up or down at a 90-degree angle. This makes it easier to take overhead shots as well as shots taken at waist level.
The X-T1 is the first X-series camera to support smartphone remote control out of the box. With Fujifilm’s proprietary Camera Remote app, users will be able to preview photos, adjust settings, and take the shot all from their smartphone. Once connected, the smartphone app also overrides the camera’s external controls.
One thing that might go against the X-T1 is the fact that it does not have a built-in flash. It does have a hot shoe that supports the included EF-X8 external flash, which takes power from the camera’s battery. The flash does have a few useful features, such as slow sync and second curtain sync.
Despite its few flaws, such as the small rear buttons that can be difficult to get to, the X-T1 still stands as one of the better mirror less cameras in its class. It is relatively compact and durably built, and its large high resolution electronic viewfinder is a joy to use.
With everything good that is going for the X-T1, it is no wonder that photographers from all walks of life are excited about the latest X-series offering from Fujifilm.