Unveiled: Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Released on the heels of a productive 2013, Fujifilm has just announced the newest member of their ever-expanding line of X series mirrorless digital cameras: the X-T1. Borrowing much of the impressive technological performance of the relatively recent X-E2, the X-T1 improves upon certain core aspects of image performance and also delivers a new body shape that strays from Fujifilm's previous preference for the traditional rangefinder style.

In regard to imaging performance, much of the spec list reads similarly to the X-E2, including the 16.3MP APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, full HD 1080p video recording up to 60 fps, and incorporation of Film Simulation modes. However, with the X-T1, a few tweaks have been implemented in order to refine speed and low-light performance. An expandable sensitivity to ISO 51200 extends shooting capabilities in dim light, and a continuous shooting rate of 8 fps, for up to 47 consecutive frames, helps capture fast-moving subject matter. Beyond the inherently unique design of the X-Trans CMOS II sensor, with its randomized pixel array and omission of an anti-aliasing filter, the X-T1 also incorporates the Lens Modulation Optimizer feature that helps to compensate for aberration and diffraction blur, to help achieve optimal sharpness and resolution from any lens in use.

One of the greatest areas of improvement from Fujifilm in the recent past has been to their cameras' focusing performance, in both auto and manual focusing modes. An Intelligent Hybrid AF system is utilized, which employs both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods to acquire focus quickly and accurately in a wide variety of lighting conditions. For manual-focus enthusiasts, two unique focusing tools have been included to support critical focus accuracy: Focus Highlight Peaking and Digital Split Image technology. Focus Highlight Peaking highlights sharp edges of contrast once in focus, giving you a more objective means for determining accurate focus on a given subject. Digital Split Image technology, on the other hand, harks back to a true rangefinder system of focusing and presents four stripes in the viewfinder which, when aligned, achieve precise focus on the intended subject.

For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and large LCD monitor are available. The EVF features exceptional 0.77x magnification and 2,360k-dot resolution for clear, life-like image viewing. For added flexibility, the 3.0" 1,040k-dot LCD monitor features a tilting design for working from both high and low angles. Rounding out the design of the camera, the X-T1 strays from Fujifilm's past mirrorless camera forms and employs an SLR-inspired design, with a central viewfinder protrusion where one could previously expect there to be a pentaprism optical viewfinder. Interestingly enough, though, while the viewfinder housing grew, Fujifilm also removed a built-in flash from the X-T1, choosing instead to include the EF-X8 external flash with the camera for additional illumination when needed.

Beyond the change in shape itself, a newly developed ISO dial has been incorporated into the top plate's layout to give the user a more tactile means for controlling exposure settings. This new dial, coupled with a reformatted +/- 3 EV exposure compensation dial and manual shutter speed dial, pair well with the XF lenses, most of which incorporate manual aperture rings. In regard to the more traditionally digital layout, a Q Menu button is still available for quick access to other crucial controls, and several other customizable and dedicated buttons are placed about the back panel for expedited handling and adjustment of shooting, focusing, and menu-related functions.

Another one of the refined technologies the X-T1 sports is updated Wi-Fi connectivity, which now enables remote camera control and monitoring from a linked iOS or Android mobile device. This enables the user to see a live view image from their mobile device and control certain aspects of the camera wirelessly. Of course, the Wi-Fi connectivity also permits remote transferring of photos and videos to devices and home computers, and geo-tagging support is also available using the location data from a linked mobile device.

The Fujifilm X-T1 is available as a body only or in a kit with the standard zoom XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. Providing a 27-84mm equivalent focal length range, this lens covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for working in everyday situations. An optical image stabilization system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake and a linear AF motor delivers smooth, quiet, and fast focusing performance. Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element are incorporated into the optical design to decrease chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and produce higher overall sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a Super EBC coating has been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for color-neutral, contrast-rich imagery.

Lens Mount Fujifilm X-mount
Image Sensor X-Trans CMOS II sensor (APS-C, 23.6 x 15.6mm)
Effective Pixels 16.3MP
Total Pixels 16.7MP
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (UHS-II support)
File Format (Still) JPEG, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
File Format (Movie) MOV; H.264 (Linear PCM Stereo audio)
Maximum Number of Recorded Pixels 4896 x 3264 (3:2)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 200-6400 (Extended sensitivity: ISO 100-51200)
Exposure Control TTL 256-zone metering: Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Mode Programmed AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps (+/- 2 EV during movie recording)
Shutter Type Focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4000 sec., up to 60 min. in Bulb, 1/2 to 30 sec. in Time
Continuous Shooting Approx. 8 fps (JPEG, up to approx 47 consecutive frames)
Focus Mode Single AF, Continuous AF, MF (distance indicator)
Focus Type Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast/TTL phase-detection AF)
AF Frame Selection Area (EVF/LCD: 49 areas with 7 x 7), Multi
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
Self-Timer 10 or 2-sec. delay
Flash External flash; EF-X8 (included, GN: 26.2' / 8 m at ISO 100)
Flash Modes 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
Hot Shoe Yes; Dedicated TTL flash compatible
Viewfinder 0.5" 2,360k-dot OLED (100% frame coverage, 23mm eye point, -4 to +2m diopter adjustment, 0.77x magnification (35mm equivalent with 50mm lens), 38° diagonal AOV)
LCD Monitor 3.0" 1,040k-dot tilting LCD monitor (3:2 aspect ratio, 100% frame coverage)
Movie Recording Full HD: 1920 x 1080 60p/30p (continuous recording: up to approx.
14 min.)
HD: 1280 x 720 60p/30p (continuous recording : up to approx. 27min.)
Wireless Built-in; IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol, access mode: Infrastructure)
Interface USB 2.0 (micro USB terminal), HDMImini (Type C), 2.5mm microphone/shutter release
Power Supply NP-W126 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
Battery Life Approx. 350 frames
Operating Temperature 14-104°F / -10-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-80% (no condensation)
Start-Up Period Approx. 0.5 sec, when High Performance mode set to ON
Approx. 1.0 sec, when High Performance mode set to OFF 
Dimensions 5.1 x 3.5 x 1.8" / 129.0 x 89.8 x 46.7mm (minimum depth: 1.3" / 33.4mm)
Weight 15.5 oz / 440 g (with battery and memory card)

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Hi guys, I photographed a wedding this weekend with a pre production Fujifilm X-T1, we believe it could be the first wedding in the world with a X-T1. (it's definitely the first in South Africa)

Are you able to tell us if the X-T1 can output clean uncompressed video via the HDMI port?

Hello,

We have not been able to confirm with Fuji but my guess is no as they do not not list it nor any of the preview and review posts I've seen.

At this point there is not enough information available on the camera to answer your question. The camera is not due out until March, and the instruction manual has not yet been posted on Fuji’s website. I recommend that you submit this question directly to Fuji as this type of information is not so commonly published, at least not upon immediate release of the camera. Below is the contact information for Fujifilm USA for you to regard: Fujifilm : Tel: 800-800-3854 Website: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/