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.
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)
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.
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)
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|
USB 2.0 High-Speed
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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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!
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