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January 28, 2014

New Fujifilm X-T1 – Offical Sony Nex-6 Killer?

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Fuji really hit it out of the park with New X-T1 Mirrorless Camera! This time Fuji really came through by including both an articulating screen and EVF for the first time! It’s now similar to the Nex-6 as far as sensor resolution, EVF, and articulating screen, but the X-T1 also has the incredible brick like build quality, full manual controls, and a unique sensor design.

The articulating screen is huge for Fuji and was really the only feature missing from the killer Fuji X-E1 in my opinion.

The Fuji X-T1 also has the next generation Hybrid AF 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor. The reason this sensor is so special is pretty amazing. Basically it uses a unique pixel array pattern on the sensor itself which eliminates the need for the anti-alaising filter found on most other cameras like the Nex-6 and full frame A7. The traditional Bayer Filter array, that most sensors these days use, requires an Anti aliasing filter in order to fix Moire’ issues and to smooth over the entire image a little. This new design Fuji uses does not need that and therefore has slightly more sharpness as a result.

To bring it back to Sony for a second, the A7r is noticeable sharper than the A7 for this very reason. No AA filter on the A7r, and the A7 has the AA filter in front of the sensor. It’s another piece of glass the light has to go through, so it’s going to cost something at the gain of something else. It’s just the way it is, you don’t get something for nothing 😉

The new sensor is also a Hybrid unit which means PDAF sensors are built in just like the Sony Nex-6 and A7. This will make the auto focus performance much faster than the traditional contrast AF only design.

Fuji is also known for having very accurate and true to life colors. Skin tones in particular look fantastic straight off the camera, and the same cannot be said for Sony and Canon cameras in my opinion. It’s not a drastic difference were talking about here, but it’s absolutely noticeable. Some people don’t care for this “natural” look, but a lot of people do including myself. You can see clearly in  my the review of the X-Pro 1 what I’m talking about with the colors.

The cost is reasonable at $1299 US for the camera body only, and $1699 US with the kit lens, and you get what you pay for. Fuji is known to be more expensive than Sony and it’s pretty clear where the money goes. I actually expected this camera to be a few hundred dollars more than it actually is based on the past prices and models. Fuji is really trying to grab more market shares in the mirroless camera world.

 

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • 0.5″ 2.360k-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 8 fps
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Digital Split Image and Focus Peaking
  • EF-X8 Shoe-Mount Flash Included
X-Trans CMOS II sensor incorporates an original color filter array with a highly random pattern, eliminating the need for an optical low-pass filter (OLPF). These filters are used in conventional systems to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution. The X-Trans CMOS II sensor array lets the sensor capture unfiltered light from the lens, achieving an unprecedented level of resolution.
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Fujifilm X-T1 Features Breakdown

The Fuji X-T1 has it all pretty much. Think of the Fuji X-T1 like the Sony Nex-6 on steroids! Take a look at all these features in detail below and you will see exactly what I mean!

Fuji X-T1 Features

16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
A large 16.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensor is integrated into the X-T1 to provide high image quality and detail. Using Fujifilm’s unique X-Trans bespoke pixel array, the sensor is designed with a randomized pixel pattern to eliminate the need of an optical low-pass filter for reducing moiré and aliasing. By removing this filter from the design, higher image sharpness is possible. Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) factors are also taken into account, which helps to automatically compensate for aberrations and diffraction blur in order to produce images with the utmost inherent sharpness.

The X-Trans sensor also works to provide highly effective noise reduction and a clean signal-to-noise ratio. This enables smoother-looking imagery that becomes especially apparent when photographing in low-light situations with an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200. Additionally, a top continuous shooting rate of 8 fps is possible, for up to 47 consecutive frames, to benefit working with moving subject matter.

Intelligent Hybrid AF and Enhanced Manual Focus
Intelligent Hybrid AF is a quick, responsive autofocus system that employs both contrast and phase-detection methods to acquire focus quickly in a wide variety of lighting conditions and shooting situations. Clear focus can quickly be attained to aid in catching fast-paced movement more easily. Three focus modes are available (AF-S, AF-C, and M) for greater control over how the X-T1 achieves sharp focus. When working with autofocus, the AF area is divided into a 49-point matrix in order to gain clear focus of any type of subject matter. Additionally, a built-in AF assist lamp is available for aiding the focus system when photographing in low-light situations.

When working with manual focus, two additional features can be employed for enhanced critical focusing in a more controllable manner. By using the phase-detection pixels located on the imaging sensor, Digital Split Image technology is able to assist in acquiring precise focus through the implementation of four striped focusing aids; akin to a range finder focusing method, once these stripes have been lined up, sharp focus can be ensured. Also contributing to manual focus accuracy, Focus Highlight Peaking has been integrated and enables a more objective system of focusing by way of highlighting sharp edges and lines of contrast once they are in focus.

Classic Camera Design
Featuring a body design reminiscent of SLR film cameras, the X-T1 exhibits a meshing of both analog exposure controls along with intelligent automated technologies. The clean and functional body design incorporates physical shutter speed, ISO, and +/- 3 EV exposure compensation dials that pair well with the manual aperture rings found on many of the XF lenses for intuitive exposure setting selection. Depending on individual needs, customizable buttons and an easily accessible Q Menu provide a one-touch solution to modifying some of the most frequently used camera settings, such as ISO, white balance, and file settings.

For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a bright, clear 2,360k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.77x magnification and a 3.0″ 1,040k-dot LCD monitor are available. The LCD features a tilting design, which enables easier viewing from both high and low working angles.

Full HD Movie Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported up to 60 fps, with other frame rates and formats also available. Full time AF tracking is available during recording with subject tracking capabilities for ensured sharpness when either the subject is moving or if the camera is moving, panning, or zooming. +/- 2 EV exposure compensation is available during recording as well as the use of Film Simulation settings.

An HDMI port enables high definition playback of movies to an HDTV and the inclusion of a 2.5mm input supports the use of an optional external microphone for enhanced sound quality.

Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Wireless connectivity is built into the camera and allows for instant sharing of images directly to an Android or iOS mobile device. The Fujifilm Camera App allows you to browse the image contents of your camera from your mobile device and transfer both videos and photos, and the entire sharing process is further expedited by simply pressing and holding the dedicated Wi-Fi button to begin transferring immediately. Remote camera control and monitoring is also supported, as well as geotagging and automatic image back-up to a home PC.

Film Simulation Mode and Advanced Filters
Taking advantage of Fujifilm’s vast history in traditional film-based photography, the X-T1 integrates several Film Simulation modes to mimic the look and feel of some Fujifilm’s classic film types. Pulling from their line of transparency films, PROVIA offers natural looking tones for everyday shooting, VELVIA produces a more dramatic and rich tonality with deeper color saturation, and ASTIA gives less contrast for a softer depiction of skin tones. Mimicking their negative films, PRO Neg. Std. gives smooth image tones that are suitable for accurate color renditions, while PRO Neg. Hi produces a more dramatic feel with the ability to draw color out of a variety of lighting conditions. In addition to the colorful benefits of these Film Simulation modes, there are also monochrome modes that simulate the look of traditional yellow, green, and red black and white contrast filters. A sepia mode is also available for producing an inherently nostalgic look.

Eight Advanced Filters are also available to creatively enhance the look of imagery, and include: High Key, Low Key, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, Dynamic Tone, and Partial Color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple).

Other Camera Features
An in-camera RAW converter lets you record your images in 14-bit RAW and process them prior to computer-based editing procedures. This process enables you to modify the exposure, white balance, and other controls directly through the menu interface. Additionally, for more thorough processing of files, RAW File Converter software is included for RAW image processing on your computer.
Multiple exposure mode gives you the ability to overlay imagery in-camera. When working in this mode, subsequent exposures can be paired and the final appearance can be previewed on the LCD or in the EVF before making the final exposure.
Motion panorama mode allows you to record expansive views up to 360° wide in a seamless, sweeping manner.
The included EF-X8 shoe-mount flash has a guide number of 26.2′ at ISO 100 and provides additional illumination to imagery for photographing in dark conditions. A sync terminal is also available for use of additional optional external flashes.
Four different auto bracketing modes are available: Dynamic Range, Film Simulation, AE, and ISO Sensitivity.
The included NP-W126 battery enables approximately 350 frames to be recorded per charge.

Fuji X-T1 Specifications

Number of effective pixels 16.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6 mm x 15.6 mm (APS-C) X-Trans II CMOS with primary color filter
Total number of pixels: 16.7 million pixels
Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
File format still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
movie
H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels L: (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M: (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664L Vertical: 7680 x 2160 Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M Vertical: 5120 x 2160 Horizontal: 5120 x 1440
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Sensitivity AUTO (Control available up to ISO6400)
Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 ?(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Extended output sensitivity : Equivalent to ISO 100, 12800, 25600 and 51200
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure
Exposure compensation -A203.0EV – +3.0EV,?1/3EV step
movie recording : -2.A210EV – +2.0EV)
Shutter control Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed (with mechanical shutter) (P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.,
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max.60min.)
Time: 1/2 to 30 sec
Synchronized shutter speed for flash: 1/180 sec or slower
Continuous shooting Approx. 8.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 47 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG :up to the capacity of the card)
* Recordable frame number may vary depending on the type of memory card used.
* The frame rate varies with shooting condition and the number of images recorded.
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV)
Focus Mode
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator
Type:Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF/TTL phase detection AF) , AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection: Area EVF/LCD : 49 areas with 7×7/ Multi
* Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types”
Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Interval timer shooting YES
Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Custom, Color temperature selection (K)
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, underwater
Film Simulation mode 10 type (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA)
Advanced filter Toy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple?
Dynamic range setting AUTO (100 to 400%), 100%, 200%, 400%
Flash External flash EF-X8 (included) (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : approx. 8 (ISO100m) / approx 11 (ISO200m)
Flash modes Activated when external flash is connected
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto / Forced Flash / Slow Synchro / Suppressed Flash / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto / Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro / Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander
*Red-eye removal is
Hot shoe Yes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder 0.5-in., approx.2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : approx. 100%
Eye point : approx. 23 mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece) Diopter adjustment : -4m-1 to +2m-1
Magnification :0.77x with 50 mm lens (35 mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to – 1.0 m)
Diagonal angle of view : approx. 38° (Horizontal angle of view :approx. 31°)
Built-in eye sensor
LCD monitor 3.0-in, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot, Tilt type color LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
Individual movies can not exceed 29 minutes in length.
Other Photography functions Auto Red-eye Removal, Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Lens Modulation Optimizer, Pre-AF, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, Digital Split Image, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Interval timer shooting, Release priority/Focus priority selection, Function button setting, (RAW, Movie, etc.),ISO AUTO control, Instant AF setting (AF-S/AF-C)
Playback functions RAW conversing, Image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites
Wireless function Geotagging / Wireless communication (Image transfer) / View & Obtain Images / Remote camera shooting / PC Autosave
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, High Performance mode, Silent mode
Terminal Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI mini connector
Interface USB2.0 High-Speed) / micro USB terminal
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Microphone/shutter release input: 2.5mm, stereo mini connector
Power supply NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Operating Temperature 0Deg.C to 40Deg.C
Operating Humidity 10 to 80% (no condensation)
Battery life for still images approx 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4R is set, LCD monitor/viewfinder on, and supplied flash EF-X8 not attached)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 129.0 (W) mm x 89.8(H) mm x 46.7(D) mm / 5.0 in. (W) x 3.5 in. (H) x 1.8 in. (D)
(Minimum depth: 33.4 mm/ 1.3 in.)
Weight Approx. 440g / 15.4 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 390 g / 13.7 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Starting up period Approx. 0.5 sec, when High Performance mode set to ON
Approx. 1.0 sec, when High Performance mode set to OFf
 

Fuji X-T1 Camera Body Shots

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Closing Remarks

As you can see Fujifilm is not playing games with this latest addition to the already impressive X-Series line. The X-T1 has all the features photographers like myself and many of you are looking for, all under the same hood so to speak. Just like the Nex-6, except much better build quality, features, manual controls, and a killer lens lineup that continues to grow.

After reviewing the full frame Sony A7 I lost a little of that full frame enthusiasm to be honest. I think I expected it to be even more impressive than it actually was. I don’t know why I thought this, but I’m pretty sure a lot you did as well. Fact is the sensor size is just a format and that is how it needs to be looked at these days in my opinion. Anything one inch and up is pretty amazing as far as image quality is concerned, so the size is better argument is not near as strong. The Olympus OM-D-EM1, for example, has stellar real world image quality and the sensor is arguably a small micro 4/3rds size.

The APS-C format is a really nice compromise between depth of field control and ease of use. The full frame format is admittedly harder to use, but if you want that extra depth in your scene it’s the way to go in my opinion.

Bottom line, it’s easier to get everything sharp from the front of the scene to the back of the scene with a smaller sensor. So, looking at it from that perspective, the APS-C format might just be the best format for you. It all depends on what you’re looking for, and how much effort you are willing to put into your photography. If it’s overly burdensome to get a killer frame, is the better camera really worth it to you? It’s not to me anymore these days. I still love the look of the full frame format though, so I don’t mind working with the new full frame mirrorless A7 and A7r cameras. In fact I might just keep the Sony A7r I think 😉

I’ll catch up with you later and stay tuned for more Sony A7r testing and sample photos!

Jay

Fujifim X-T1 $1299 (Body Only) @ BHPhotoVideo | Amazon | Adorama

Fujifim X-T1 $1699 w/ 18-55mm lens @ BHPhotoVideo | Amazon | Adorama

 


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18 Comments


  1. Noovuss

    Hi Jay,
    I might just jump ship, from a Nex 6 to the new Fuji.
    I really like the weather sealing and all the controls.
    Big, bright viewfinder and great zoom lens.
    Mike


    • Jay

      Hi Noovuss,

      Sorry to see you go, but I can’t blame you at all. The Fuji’s are incredibly well made cameras and I’m considering reviewing this one, although most Sony users have no interest, so it’s probably a waste of my time. That viewfinder does make me drool..

      The Sony Nex-6 is a way better value for the dollar in my opinion Noovuss but I here ya about the controls. A new high end APS-C Sony Nex style is coming out soon, may want to wait a few weeks! Nex-6 and Nex-7 replacement.

      Good luck my friend,
      Jay


      • Noovuss

        Hi Jay,
        Don’t give up on me so soon, I’m still looking at the Sony A7 with a 35/2.8.
        I’ve been busy reading reviews on the Fuji and making my mind up.
        Right now it’s looking like the A7.

        I’m hanging around…
        Mike


      • Jay

        No Worries Noovuss 😉 It’s so difficult to make a decision these days with so many amazing cameras to chose from!

        Have great day and whatever you decide on will be an excellent camera, so don’t worry!!

        Jay


  2. Hello Jay!

    I have always been a SONY user, ever since the DSC-V1. I used to love that little wonder. I still have it actually and it works great. Now, I am a NEX-6 owner and I really love it and use it a lot, as you know. But I must admit I really need more control while out in the streets. Sure, I have mastered the UX of the camera,but I still feel that if it was more like the A7 or the X-T1 as far as controls are concerned it would be the only camera I ever used ever again. It doesn’t feel like that at the moment. It feels like something is missing. It is not image quality, it is not the selection of lenses. It is the controls. It feels like a fantastic APS-C but with point and shoot controls.

    Now, I tried the A7 with the kit lens in a store and I wasn’t as impressed as I would have liked. I will explain why in GooglePlus where I can upload the images I captured. Also, I have always had an itch for Fujifilm and seeing the X-T1 really gets me thinking. NEX-6 High ISO performance is mediocre compared to any X series Fujifilm which is another thing nagging me, it is cheaper than the A7 and it has a great selection of quality lenses with Aperture rings. Aperture rings make life so much easier!

    Anyway, those were the thoughts of a devoted Sony owner. I wanted to share them with you because I feel that Sony needs to address the prosumer camera handlers, not the prosumer hardware only. Pro controls on prosumer cameras! I hope the new e-mount APS-C cameras by Sony aren’t so NEX (point and shoot) like, but more A7 like. Also I hope that they have improved their high ISO performance. I have so mane e-mount lenses and if I move to an A7 or a Fujifilm I still have to get rid of them. If a cool new APS-C though comes along, then everything will be great!

    What do you think?


    • Jay

      Hello Spyros and thanks for sharing your highly valued opinion here on the lab 😉 Coming from a very experience street shooter like yourself, I can totally feel your pain with the lack of manual dials on the Nex-6. What are your thoughts on the Nex-7 Tri-Navi layout? Is the A7 layout good enough?

      I honestly did not know Fuji was that much better with High ISO. How much better is it really?

      I truly believe the next APS-C model will address the navigation controls that the Nex-6 lacks. This camera will replace the Nex-6 and Nex-7, so it will be awesome I can only assume knowing Sony. My guess is a much better designed Nex-7. Sony has had plenty of time to figure out where the best spot for the buttons need to be. All the problems and complaints with the Nex-7 and Nex-6 have been pointed out extensively.

      To compete directly against Fuji for real, we would need a dedicated shutter speed button, Aperture, and ISO. It can be done pretty easily, but Sony usually offers something different. This way we will upgrade 😉

      Considering your lens line-up I would definitely wait for the new APS-C to be re-leased so you can get a good idea of the controls and new sensor technology etc..

      I will look for your post on the A7 and looking forward to your reply on the A7 and Nex-7 button layouts, or if you want something more specific for your street shooting needs.

      Thanks again for the comments!
      Jay


      • Hello there Jay!

        Thanks for your reply and your suggestions mate! I will surely wait for the APS-C lineup before I make any decisions based on GAS 🙂 !

        The Nex-7 Tri-Navi layout is a good solution by Sony but I think having dedicated controls is more useful to the avid photographer. It is nice to be able to switch knob features, but knowing me, I don’t think I will be doing that much. I will probably be using it like each knob is dedicated to a specific task. I would love to have markings on the knobs that help me take control of my camera without having to look at the screen messages. I would like to listen to the clicks of the control wheels turning, feel them and count them in my mind if that makes sense. Just like on the A7 or the X-T1 I suppose. Ok, seeing the numbers change on the screen is most valuable, but when shooting at night for example, sometimes I turn my LCD off and that means I have no way of knowing what F stop I am using unless I look into the viewfinder. No, I need indications on the knobs, as I feel most photographers do.

        This feeling becomes more obvious when I use my legacy glass that has the Aperture on the ring of the lens. I can see the f stops without looking in the screen. It makes my NEX-6 so much more useful.

        As for the shutter buttons, I feel the shutter button on the NEX-6 is in the most perfect position possible. Amazing how they did that! Simply works perfect for me. On the other hand, the A7 shutter buttons feels like it is placed too much towards the middle of the camera. I would have liked it more on the forward part of the body, like on the NEX-6.

        The Fujifilm processor is supposed to be better in low light than the Sony. This isn’t something I have just read on the web, but something quite a few of my photographer friends that have tried both systems insist upon. Of course they are referring to real life situations. Anyway I did a rough search and found several relative posts. Check them out.

        That’s all really.

        If you can do a High ISO comparison between the Fujifilm APS-C sensor and the Sony APS-C sensor I would be very interested in that!

        Thanks for allowing me to go on and on!!!

        🙂


      • Jay

        Well, you layed it out pretty darn clear and I totally agree with the indicators on the knobs being necessary. That means they will need to be on top most likely. A modified Nex-7 design would work for two controls, but the third would need to be on the front our the rear dial. Perhaps on the left side? I totally hear you on the position of the current shutter button (default location) on the A7/ A7r. It’s a bit little bit awkward at first, but if you shift your thumb further up the camera it feels pretty good, and the exposure comp dial can be reach as well. It’s an adjustment from the Nex-6 for sure, but honestly it’s really good. I think I might move some stuff around though pretty soon. I’m using full manual now and it could be more refined with customization.

        I know Fuji has better more natural colors, and noise reduction when in Jpeg mode, but Raw I did not think that was the case. I’ll do some of those searches and check it out for sure. I rarely look into non Sony gear these days 😉 Thanks for the info!

        Thanks again for the detailed real world feedback on what you want and need from the future Sony APS-C and full frame cameras.

        Jay


      • Thank you very much for your reply Jay!

        I must admit I didn’t check into the High ISO RAW and JPG differences. I just talked about High ISO in general with my friends without file format specification. I will leave all the technical stuff to you mate. That is your battleground and you know it well!

        I really can’t wait until the new APS-C Sony cameras are released! If they do release something like the X-T1 then that means I can use all my lenses on a new body and that will simply be smashing!


  3. Shamael

    The Fuji camera looks indeed quiet good and weather sealing is an advantage. Now, go to imaging resource site and download full sized samples of the camera and make up your mind. High ISO look clean, but when you look shots made 800 ISO and beyond, the detail is quiet massacred when you look at full size. I have looked the shots they publish made at all sensitivities, and to me the detail does not appeal at all. I have to say that the X-Trans sensor never was for me a great evolution.

    Now, Sony starts playing a game that will make them lose customers, since instead bringing at first new high end cameras, they play with the low end toys. The next coming A6000 will be, as it seems, a NEX6 body with 24 mpix, thus once more a footkick in the butt to NEX7 users that wait sine more than a year for a replacement or upgrade. Now it seems that a surprise will come at Photokina. Some think about a NEX flat top body in FF. But here again it’s not a replacement, it’s then not APS-C.
    So, questions, why is Sony digging it’s grave that way, when a GX7 has all we dream about in 4/3, when Fuji brings what people dream about.

    What do we wait for? An A7000 tri navy system in APS-C as fast as possible, and if possible simple manual focusing only cameras, in both formats, and for sure, MF lenses to go with it. But that will certainly remain a dream at a moment where we target video cameras that make also pictures, rather than photo cameras that have no video.

    I do not know where those people have learned about marketing.


  4. john

    A great question you posed Jay – I have a strong feeling that the Fuji X-T1 will cut into the NEX sales especially the NEX7 sales and a bit into the NEX6 sales –
    Of course things are changing so soon no more NEX – and it seem that Sony is consolidating – by now combining the NEX6 and NEX7 into the A7000 – so basically the body of the NEX6 but the MP count of the NEX7 or at least higher than the NEX6.
    Of course as technology moves forward we know the AF should be faster and WIFI and NFC should be there –
    Fuji is clearly targeting the advanced users and even Pro’s – if not for their Studio FF DSLR then a second body outdoor camera –
    So of course they know they need to have a body with lots of manual controls etc.
    Sony on the other hand do not seem to be targeting the same audience as they have continued with their NEX line and now the A5000 and A7000 with very limited manual controls –
    This to me is the largest point of frustration and of course the NEX menu system – I do think Fuji would do better to have a Touch LCD –
    I know the Purists do not like Touch LCD – but it would only take a single menu entry to disable for those who do not like it –
    So likewise I am so disappoint in Sony for not having a Touch LCD – especially as they now are pushing the APPS – and we know they can I make Touch LCD’s as there is one in the NEX5n/r/t 🙂

    I think Fuji have been very clever in their design and marketing of the X-T1 which is clearly a competitor to the fantastic Olympus OMD-Em1 – but it seems that Sony is expecting the Sony FF A7/r to fill that role –
    My take on the A7/r is that it is not a practical solution in many ways – yes we all love to have a FF sensor in a small mirror-less body – but currently Sony has not figured out a way to produce lenses that can really work with the small body of the A7/r – yes of course plastic primes are OK – but we all know a fast FF zoom lens is large and heavy – no one has come out with a small and light FF 70-200mm F2.8 – a lens that the body could support on a tripod –
    Sony for example has no plans to produce any fast F2.8 zooms for the FE mount – and for now at least they have really been pushing Zeiss lenses – only kit lens is a reasonably priced Sony branded lens – as I do not consider the 70-200mm F4.0 at $3000 as that is a crazy price – not even Canon charges that much for their L 70-200 F2.8 lens –
    So the A7/r is a dilemma – focus not so fast – very noisy shutter – and really only useful with primes and slower zooms –
    Yes a fantastic sensor etc – but the lens issue remains the biggest problem –
    Sony priced the A7 at a decent price point – but I have several friends that are agreeing with me on the lens issue and some wished they had gone with the OMD-Em1 or now the Fuji X-T1 as both of those have a good lens selection especially the OMD-Em1 –

    There is so much to like about the Fuji X-T1 – and Fuji are adding more and more lenses (something Sony has neglected for the E-mount) –
    The X-T1 has very nice low light performance – maybe partially due to not packing more than 16MP on the sensor –
    So for us that have loved Sony – well we have the option of the A7000 with very limited manual controls – basically the same body of the NEX6
    – same terrible NEX menu – and limited e-mount lens selection – as it seems that Sony is seeing the old NEX line as more of a beginner line and therefore no need for a complete lens selection.

    So I can really see why so many are looking elsewhere – but of course the Sony name will still draw many buyers – but they will loose some market share in the higher end mirror-less market –

    ( basing this on the rumors that I have heard of the A7000 )

    Hopefully the rumors are all wrong and the A7000 will be loaded with manual controls and Touch LCD etc 🙂 that would make our day – but as we are so close to the announcement of the A7000 I do not expect the rumors to be far off –

    If I had a choice today – a Sony NEX7 or Fuji X-T1 then it would be a clear choice the Fuji X-T1 –
    I do have Fuji X100s and X20 from Fuji so I have not invested in Fuji glass which is I guess a good thing so far 🙂 as I do have a bit of E-mount glass I am still hoping that Sony will get with the program – more lenses and a terrific body with loads of manual controls and Touch LCD


    • Jay

      Hi John and thanks for taking the time to write such a great response to the current times and Fuji competition. I must agree with pretty much everything you said, except the A7 and A7r “plastic Primes” are proving to be some of the best lenses ever tested by DPreview and DXOmark. So the quality is their optically, and the weight is kept low for obvious reasons. We totally need more, and if Sony keeps the price at $3000 for the 70-200, Nobody will buy it. That is over $1000 to much for any realistic person in my opinion. Fuji is becoming more of threat with each new lens and camera they come out with. Especially for the more advanced user. I do think the full frame A7 and A7r is the answer for a lot of people though. The use of old school lenses via adapters and so on. Using my Canon lenses for example is really awesome, but clearly not for everyone. I would rather have all native lenses for my camera system, but currently that is not an option.

      I really think Sony is making a huge mistake if they come out with the A6000 and it’s just a slightly modified Nex-6. It should be a Nex-7 modified at the very least. When is the A7000 going to be announced do ya know? I hear the A6000 will be announced today officially.

      Thanks again,
      Jay


  5. Shamael

    http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_x_t1_review/sample_images/

    this photo is taken with F10 and 800 ISO. Now look at it, no need to make long comments. Just can say that this new camera can take part in every watercolor painting competition and still will lose it. Fuji should trash the x-trans sensor. No need to tell that with this camera compared to any NEX or Ax000, this camera will win all prizes, for the better look. Beyond that, there is a long way to go to get a Sony IQ. So, compare any shot taken with A6000 at same speed and aperture and same ISO setting, you will forget all you ever heard about Fuji.


    • Jay

      Thanks for the link and info Shameal.

      I really don’t think the images look that bad. I can see the heavy noise reduction applied to the files, but they look reasonable to me at 100% otherwise. They do not have that much sharpening or saturation applied to the files, but that is normal for Fujifilm. Sony jpegs are sharper and more saturated in comparison, no question. Some images are much sharper than others, so I wonder if the lens, or conditions were a big factor here? The x-trans look reminds me of the Samsung NX300 I reviewed a while back and that was not up to the same IQ as Sony either.

      The Lab will be a perfect place to compare the sensors and high ISO abilities of the X-trans.

      Jay

      Jay


      • Shamael

        Fuji X-T1 Sample Photo

        here is another one with enough detail to judge. It might be sharpening, but to my opinion it isn’t. I have seen previous x-trans sensors doing the same blurred shots and this watercolor like rendering. T1 is a bit better, but to my opinion, and I am not the only one, they should drop this x-trans sensor. It is nice to belong to a class of wannabebetter manufacturers, maybe also it is me who is a bit too much spoiled by the NEX-7 shots, but this here is not the yolk of the egg. Make this body with 1/8000th + silent mode, and a NEX-7 sensor inside and I fall in love with it.


      • Jay

        I agree Shamael. That particular shot looks pretty bad, but others like the books on the shelf look pretty good I think.

        I respect your opinion as you have done a lot more re-search on the topic than I have. I was planning on reviewing it, but I honestly don’t know if I should bother now? I could go for a few lenses instead and I think I would be better off. I have one friend in particular that is very interested in this new Fuji, and a few others that have switched from Sony to Fuji. Besides, if I did stray away from Sony for a month would the X-T1 really be the best camera to go for? I’m pretty confident I can get some awesome shots with the Fuji and will have my Nex-6 for direct “Lab” comparisons, although lenses will be different.

        Can you imagine the new A6000 sensor inside that killer Fuji body, forget about the old Nex-7 sensor as good as it is 😉

        Take care Shameal and thanks again for the info and sharing the links. Sorry it’s a pain with the anti-spam, but leaving most of the link makes it real easy for me to fix which you figured out really quick..

        Jay


  6. Shamael

    I have not much time to read all sites every day, but I do not forget the NEX-7 sensor, I just would like to to have the new Bionz engine in my NEX-7. A6000 sensor is not better, it has a bit less good dynamic range, but it performs a few stops better in sensitivity. I shoot manual focusing with hybrid lenses only and mainly Minolta glass. Just received a Mitsuki 24-2.8 manual lens in OM mount and it draws sharp like a razor blade. So, why change if you are happy with a camera. Put the A6000 sensor and engine in a NEX-7 body and I buy one. To my eyes, and I am not the only one, the A6000 is a crippled piece of less functional camera. The Program button serves to nothing, you change that once a day, maybe, then it is inside instead of outside, so that you have to bend your thumb to use the control wheel while the program wheel is comfortable and you never use that. Sony could have done better than making a good electronic part in a horrible body. I will keep my NEX-7 since I doubt much that Sony will ever replace it with something useful.


    • Jay

      Wow, that is harsh buddy 😉 I hear ya though and you raised several very good points my friend! The thumb wheel and mode dial position is a total screw up. The IQ is better than the Nex-7 overall with sensitivity and the addition of Micro lenses for better corner resolution rendering. I was surprised to see the DR lower int he DXOMark test though as you said. So far The IQ is very god shooting raw, but I’m not blown away by it. I mostly think it’s because I’m using a decent lens and not a Zeiss or my Canon L glass. Once I test with that I will see the true potential of the sensor. With the SEL18105g, it’s pretty darn good though. I wish I had a Nex-7 to A and B the lab scene for you. Sorry bud 😉

      Jay



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