Fujifilm X-T1 Summary
Fuji X-T1 Assessment
The Fuji X-T1 pairs a 16 megapixels X-Trans CMOS II sensor with a revised EXR II processor. This capable combination delivers class-leading image-quality when it comes to noise, retention of details and also dynamic-range.
The new sensor features a hybrid Phase-Detect and Contrast-Detect autofocus mechanism. This lets the X-T1 focus very quickly in good light when Phase-Detect can do all the work but slows down considerably when Contrast-Detect is used to move the lens back-and-forth until focus is found. This is not ideal for moving subjects. However, the X-T1 offers the most MF-assist modes of any camera, including a unique mode which shows a magnified portion of the image next to the full-image.
The two headline changes over previous mirrorless Fujis are a huge 2.4 megapixels EVF with 100% coverage and 0.77X magnification, plus a sturdy weather-sealed and freezeproof body. The former offers a truly spectacular view rivaling OVFs while the latter remains to be realized until weather-sealed X-mount lenses become available.
The Fuji X-T1 offers an incredible amount of external controls, including dual control-dials, plus dials for ISO, EC and Shutter-Speed. Combined with a lens aperture-ring found on most X-mount lenses, this gives the X-T1 direct controls over every important photographic setting. Many of these controls are however frustrating while using gloves since they barely protrude from the camera.
|Extremely low image noise up to ISO 6400||Buttons too flush with body and unusable with gloves.|
|Excellent retention of details and sharpness||Autofocus gets slow in low-light|
|Superb dynamic-range||Slow continuous AF|
|Very reliable metering||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Natural image colors||Video recording delay|
|Good automatic white-balance||Overly sensitive Eye-Start sensor|
|Spectacular EVF||Soft dial detents|
|Truly helpful MF-assist modes||Sometimes very slow to power off|
|Plenty of direct controls||Soft aperture detentsWith all current XF-mount lenses|
|Excellent build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
With its professional features and top-notch image-quality, the Fuji X-T1 is very promising. Those who are careful enough with its controls and do not shoot in the cold should find this an extremely rewarding mirrorless camera. With a growing lineup of lenses, including a disproportionately high number of quality lenses, the Fuji X-T1 can create superb images for a variety of subjects.
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Fujifilm X-T1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-51200|
|Fujifilm X Mount|
|0.50" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.77X)||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|Weatherproof down to -10C||Hot-Shoe|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Stereo audio input|
|8 FPS Drive, 47 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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