After lots of rumors, Fujifilm has presented today their newest X series camera, the Fujifilm X-T1. It features an excellent viewfinder located in the center (similar to a DSLR camera) and features the same sensor as the Fujifilm X-E2.
Luckily, we could take a look at it last week during the official presentation in Spain. Of course we couldn’t see the final version of the device, se we hope we can get our hands on one in a few days, since one hour with the new Fujifilm X-T1 is not enough to draw a conclusion. We still have to say it, it looks and feels formidable.
In regards to technical specs, the viewfinder is the most notable feature of this camera, which combines a wide angle view with a 0.77x zoom, lo making it the biggest in the world for its kind. Its speed is what it actually makes it stand out: it has a lag of just 0.005 seconds, 90% faster than most current cameras of its kind.
The EVF viewfinder features a 2.36-megapixel OLED screen inside it, which offers a very detailed view of whatever you’re looking at, the EVF of the X-T1 feels like it has a traditional lens. Aside from being the purest and smoothest viewfinder in a digital camera to date, the X-T1 also features the latest technologies. The newly designed graphical interface offers a brand new experience, clear details and high quality pictures.
Its four viewing modes offer something impossible for any other similar camera:
- The COMPLETE mode takes full advantage of the viewfinder of the X-T1 to offer an unparalleled level of detail.
- NORMAL mode offers the default settings.
- DOUBLE mode is specifically designed to be used with manual focus and the Smart Split mode. This way you can simultaneously have an idea of the results of both modes at the same time (with Digital Split ImageTM or highlighting focusing peaks)
- A PORTRAIT mode is achieved by combining NORMAL and COMPLETE modes, the interface automatically rotates when the camera is held vertically.
Another noteworthy feature of the Fujifilm X-T1 is its AutoFocus, one of the fastest on the market, which is achieved thanks to the EXR II processor and the X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor. The new X-Trans sensor offers an unparalleled response time of just 0.08 seconds and the EXR II sensor starts up in just 0.5 seconds. It also offers a shutter speed of 0.05 seconds and an interval between each picture of 0.5 seconds. It also offers a burst mode of 8 FPS and it’s the first model that offers compatibility with SDXC UHS-II memory cards, which are twice as fast as common cards.
Thanks to the 80-point hermetic sealing, the camera is resistant to water and dust, making it sturdy and durable. It can withstand temperatures of -10 °C, so the weather is no problem, and the LCD screen has tempered glass to make it more resistant.
Fujifilm will release three weather-resistant lenses for this X-T1, which will be available throughout the year. These three lenses are the XF18 (135 mm F3,5-5,6 R OIS WR), the XF16 (55 mm F2,8 R OIS WR) and the XF50 (140 mm F2,8 R OIS WR).
The grip of the optional Vertical Battery (VG-XT1) has the same hardened structure; when combined with the body of the XT-1, the camera is completely protected from the weather.
With five mechanical dials on the top plate, two control dials on the front and back and six fully customizable function buttons, the X-T1 provides the feel and operation of a formidable photography tool. The top plate includes control panel dials made or aluminum that control the shutter speed, the exposure, ISO, and many more. Each of these is designed to be activated with a click that conveys confidence, while its textured surfaces provide a firm grip when preparing to take a picture. With its exposure values clearly marked , the settings can be checked at a glance without using the rear LCD screen, and the dials are well placed so that you can change the functions without taking your eyes off the viewfinder. The six customizable function buttons and two command dials placed at the front and rear complete the package, ensuring that you can instantly access any setting you want.
Like we said, the new Fujifilm X-T1 features the same X-Trans CMOS II sensor of the Fujifilm X-E2.The X-Trans II sensor of the X-T1 controls the moiré and the generation of fake colors thanks to a color filter. This means an optical low pass filter (OLPF) isn’t necessary.
The EXR II processor corrects even the slightest blur near the edges of the picture, and diffraction blur due to the reduction of the aperture. The picture quality has been further improved thanks to the new lens modulation optimizer (LMO) for interchangeable lens cameras. This new technology has been made possible thanks to the development of the lens, sensor and processor, and is based on the optical performance and characteristics of each specific lens to maximize their resolution.
The Fujifilm X-T1 will cost 1199€ by itself, 1599€ in a kit with an 18-55 lens, and 1699€ along with the new 18-135 lens, though the latter won’t be available until summer.