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FujifilmX-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 159 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (95)
  • Easy to use (90)
  • Compact (85)
  • Great resolution (76)
  • Good in low light (63)

Cons

  • Short battery life (56)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • No image stabilization (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (102)
  • Family photos (72)
  • Low light (72)
  • Weddings (52)
  • Wildlife (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (55), Semi-pro photographer (38), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rediscover real photography

I've been a serious photographer for more than four decades and I've owned close to 20 cameras. My first "serious" camera was a Nikkormat FTN, which was a perfect camera for...Read complete review

I've been a serious photographer for more than four decades and I've owned close to 20 cameras. My first "serious" camera was a Nikkormat FTN, which was a perfect camera for learning the basics - how shutter speed, aperture, and film sensitivity interacted to produce good exposures, and how to compose images in the classic 3:2 frame. When I moved to DSLRs, I liked the benefits of instant imaging and the new controls of digital photography, but I often felt I'd lost touch with the basics of the craft.Enter the Fuji XT1. The ISO dial, shutter speed dial and EV compensation dial are all on the top deck, and linked seamlessly with the aperture ring on the lens barrel. I can set the ISO for 400, put the shutter speed on Auto, and pick my f-stop, all the while seeing these choices clearly displayed in the XT1's brilliant EVF. And there's a lot more to like. Fuji has introduced some excellent pre-sets, like Classic Chrome, that help you turn out stunning jpegs. The tilt screen LCD works beautifully and proves to be surprisingly handy. The made-in-Japan build quality of the camera is outstanding (and even "weather resistant") and Fuji's lenses are every bit as good as the Nikon, Leica, Rollei and Hasselblad lenses I've used in the past. The camera itself is about the size and weight of my old M-series Leica and handles beautifully. All of these factors make photography fun again for XT1 users. Other reviewers have made this comment, and it's true. The XT1 makes you want to go out and take pictures the way a sports car makes you want to go out for a drive. If you've always loved photography, you'll fall in love all over again with the XT1.Is it a perfect camera? Not quite. It would be nice to have a second SD card slot (it has only one). Battery life is on the short side, but acceptable (I always carry at least one spare). And - my biggest gripe - changing lenses is harder than it should be. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the lens release button is on the bottom right instead of the bottom left. If you're right-handed, you probably prefer to handle your lenses with your right hand, but Fuji's system puts the lens in your left hand as you mount or dismount (the index finger of your right hand is on the release button). Second, most of Fuji's excellent lenses lack enough fixed space on the barrel for you to grip as you twist the lenses on or off. As a result, you find yourself twisting the aperture ring or the shutter ring as you mount or dismount the lens. I strongly urge Fuji's designers to fix this design flaw on future lenses. None of these minor flaws should cause anyone to hesitate to buy this camera. Prices have dropped a bit since its initial release and it's now a great value for the serious photographer. I've sold my Nikon gear. I'm hooked on Fuji.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great camera but not quite ready for prime time

Let me start by mentioning that I am a professional wildlife photographer so my expectations might be higher than average. Having said that I purchased the X-T1 and Fuji lenses primarily non-action subjects. Read complete review

Let me start by mentioning that I am a professional wildlife photographer so my expectations might be higher than average. Having said that I purchased the X-T1 and Fuji lenses primarily non-action subjects.

First the strengths
- Optics, Fuji XF prime lenses are the best of their class, they are extremely sharp even at wide aperture
- good IQ. the sensor is quite good up to ISO 1600 with advanced noise reduction in post processing RAF files.
-stylish body, manual controls
-large EVF

now the weaknesses
-AF, the Fuji AF cannot even match a very low end DSLR such as the Canon rebel series, let alone the pro models. I wasn't expecting it be close to my 1D cameras but at least close to my 5D3, but the difference is striking. AF is slow, it hunts and the continuous mode is basically a joke. It cannot reliably track anything.
-Lag, lag and lag. It takes a while to power up, then there is the EVF catching up with exposure. when you first turn on the camera, the EVF is fully washed out and it takes a moment for it to tone down the exposure so you can actually see something. and then there is the shutter lag and shot-to-shot lag. AF hunts in low light
-tiny buttons makes it difficult to operate the camera even with bare fingers. forget about it if you are wearing gloves
-battery is a joke, you need something like 5-6 batteries to last a full day of shoot
-while lenses are great in terms of optics, they lack the advanced servo technology that Canon/Nikon use for AF. AF is not smooth and completely silent (e.g. 56mm f/1.2) and it hunts quite a bit.
-this body is not really weather-sealed to a degree that would be able to shoot in light rain. most lenses are not sealed either
-such camera would be a good candidate for landscapes where AF is not needed and shutter lag is not limiting, however the 15Mpixel sensor it a bit low in resolution by today's standards.

Overall this is a premium nice toy with its limited uses (e.g. portrait) but it is not a tool for a working professional or someone who needs speed.

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5.0

Great Smaller Camera

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I love the Fuji X system. I've used and still own Nikon FX gear, however the size, controls and image quality make the X-T1 a fantastic small camera you can take with you and not regret due to the weight or size. Put one of the small prime lenses on the X-T1 and you've got a great every day and travel camera.

The worst part of this camera is the 4 way controller. The "D-Pad" on both the X-E2 and X-100T are superior. Yes the new cameras have the apparently awesome new joystick control. So maybe someday I'll upgrade, but that would be the primary reason to do so.

This is the main camera I use for tripod type work. The top controls and tilt screen work great for a long exposure set up. The D-Pad is less of a nuisance with slower more methodical photography.

The other part I dislike is the ISO dial. On the X100T I have the function button next to the shutter release set for ISO so I don't need to take my eye from the camera to turn a dial. Although both the X-Pro 2 and X100F have ISO dials and those cameras look like they'd be fantastic to use as well. So just pick the best model for you and go make great pictures.

 
5.0

WHY THE FIVE STARS?

By Donald

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

After a lifetime of Nikons, Hasselblads, Contax, and Fujifilm film camera's, the fact that this is Fuji's first XT- 'D'esign, the XT-One! and after 10 months of experience with this camera in spite of whatever shortfalls others have sited of the XT-1, some issues warranted, I give the XT-1 five stars for its obvious ability to punch above its weight. Rarely does a manufacturer do so well on its first try. As for the production of Photographs and the ability to do so well in many many conditions, Landscapes, Portraits, low light, grab shots, street reflex, image quality, image tuning to the scene, push-pull, highlight-shadow, saturation, on and on. The XT-1 packs a punch and I give it 5 stars knowing the XT-2 is twice the camera. Fuji is on it!

 
4.0

Fuji XT1

By Dm

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

This is a lovely camera! Besides the infamous flimsy rubber side door and the clunky manual shutter actuation, this camera exhibits good build quality and wonderful tack sharp images. Plenty of options on the manual dials and menu settings to capture the images you need. Mated with the XF 35mmf2 prime lens there is not much this camera can't do to satisfy every serious photographer be it from novice to professional.

 
5.0

i have two of this

By Amiel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

love this camera, handy, strong built,

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Weak Autofocus Ruins the Deal

By Michael

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I've spent a lot of time with Fujifilm cameras, tens of thousands of shots, going back to the original X-Pro1. Autofocus has consistently been the weak spot of the line. Even the XT-1 with the latest firmware often misses the mark. In my experience, it tends to focus well beyond the intended focus point. It's not very smart about detecting the big, high-contrast objects in the foreground . . . you know, like people. Really frustrating. A large percentage of missed shots. The X-T2 *may* have solved the issue finally, but there's no reason to buy an XT-1, even used. Unless you're a manual focus shooter, the experience is broken by the poor autofocus behavior. Color is awesome. General rendition, lenses, vibe, controls, all really very nice, and all undermined and screwed by the lame autofocus implementation.  For active kids, moving objects, sports, forget it. It's not happening with XT-1. You might have a better experience with the most current models: XT-2, XT-20, etc. I have hope for Fujifilm in the long run, I'm not changing brands, but please realize it apparently takes 5-10 years to launch a new camera series and work out all the shortcomings. Call me crazy, but I think 16 MP is too few and I HATE missing shots because the camera is confused and can't keep up. Go for the XT-2 or equivalent newer models.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still Relevant..

By Kaylen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I love this camera. Came fast.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just became my favourite toy!

By Romulo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Just became my favourite toy!
Amazing camera, great image quality with lots of dynamic range, perfect size for travel or daily use and ok video quality.
I'm sports photographer (Canon user) and also did some tests with some action and got impressed with the camera performance (Focus and Burst).

 
5.0

I Love this camera, is the best for me.

By Nataliaviana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Impressive super compact camera, resistant and responsive. With always hand controls and superb image quality. Sealed for use in any situation.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's all been said already, but I'll add a few things

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

There were 150 reviews of this camera last time I checked the B&H website which relates to my review headline. The obvious other consideration the X-T2-- I've tried that camera and while it clearly offers advances over this camera, there was something I actually preferred about the X-T1. Which is the form factor. There is something about the way this camera feels in your hand, and balances even the larger Fuji lenses that makes me want to just go out and shoot with it. The X-T2 is a little bit bigger and just feels different. Some people say that this is an advantage. I, who have fairly large hands, just love the feel of the X-T1. Given the cost differential right now, I think the X-T1 is still worth considering.

 
5.0

Couldn't be happier

By Joshua

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Coming from a A6000, the XT-1 feels like a REAL camera. The dials and controls were made by photographers for photographers. I love being able to dial in my settings without looking at the screen. I love how SOLID it's built and how it feels in your hands. The menu system seems good to me, but coming from Sony anything is better probably. Shooting with this camera has nothing but joy. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted in a camera, and this had it all.

(2 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Really?

By Russell

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

An outdated camera for MSRP? You would have to be stupid.

 
5.0

Sharp and mighty

By amiel

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

This is my second body I bought , I love this camera , sharp and mighty, it has a feeling and handling of a classic film camera and its versatility and weatherproof casing nothing you can ask for.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Fuji X-T1

By jj

from portland

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I return it after just 1 week use. There are 2 problems to me but may be ok for your application
1. The bracketing is so slow.
2. The EVT just can NOT display properly when small object under the shadow.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Size and features makes the XT-1 my go to camera

By Jason Hightower

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Awesome camera and so easy to use. Way more user friendly than my old D750. There are only a couple of minor things I dislike about it and its more a problem of being mirrorless and having a crop sensor. First is the view finder is very dim in bright light. Makes it difficult to see what you're doing. Not a huge problem if you know your settings. Second is that low light performance sucks. High ISO ranges are quite noisy and require post processing to clean up. This is expected with a smaller sensor and a low megapixel. But, otherwise the size and features are amazing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Flash, no flash, please flash

By BigBlue

from Flotown, NJ

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Yes it's a great camera, replacing a professional DSLR? I don't think so. I purchased this as a "walk around" for when I didn't want to lug around my (huge) canon equipment The camera can produce some superb photographs, has very good lenses, a nice view finder etc. but when it comes to flash....that's where it falls (far) short of the DSLR Besides only firing only at one speed (180th of a second), getting the flash to fire at all can be a bit of a chore, ,there are at least three things that MUST be set correctly in order for the flash to fire, first the shutter speed has to be set at 180, then the flash mode has to be enabled, then the "SILENT" mode has to be off (this is found somewhere in the (quite) complicated menu and then there are things like having the shutter set to mechanical and s few others, all you have to do is goggle "firing the flash on the XT-1" and see how many people have a problem with this other than that it's a great little camera

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent walk around / travel camera

By Curtis S

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I traded in a x100s for this because of the auto focus features (mostly continuous AF) and to have something easier to hold. Love the zone focus and face recognition. This has a great feel to it, and is very easy to use all the features. Similar to a DSLR in terms of ease of use - layout, plenty of dial/button controls. I like the smaller form for walking around and travel. Image quality is exceptional, and recently I found that you can choose the color profile for RAW images in Lightroom to apply the fuji film types after you shoot (rather than default adobe color profile). Colors are amazing. Bought it with the 23mm / 1.4 for an equivalent 35mm.

It also has a little more customization than the x100s.

Only thing I would change is to swap the play button and the delete button. It is more convenient to delete a photo than look at it (?)

I would buy it again.

 
5.0

Great Little Camera

By Springer

from Hampshire, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Sweet little camera. Easy to use, light and much like an improved Nikon F2 AS.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice full featured camera, cool film like image rendering

By Chef Tony

from San Francisco, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I had the camera for about a week and wanted to see if it would "wow" me over my DSLRs. The advantage is size. Image quality vs. Canon and Nikon pro DSLRs, I cannot agree the XT1 is better. Focus wandering is annoying. I'm use to locking on and firing away. I did not get that level of confidence using the XT1,
For point and shoot, I prefer my Leica D-Lux 6.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ITS AWESOME

By Angel

from USA

Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

I use full frame cameras, gave this a try as I do end up in the middle east alot. To me its an x100s with some upgrades and interchangeble lens system. And I enjoyed the x100s but I always disliked the viewfinder and the small screen. Truly an amazing job what fuji has accomplished. If only it was full frame...... I am sure they will do that soon enough. Much lighter system to carry around. Sound image quality. Its ridiculously amazing! Love it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Delightful shooting experience in the XT1

By Shaina Saw

from Medford, MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact But Tough
  • Fun
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Bright Evf Display
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Lots Of Knobs And Dials
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I am an avid hobbyist who shoots mainly travel shots, street photography, and portraits for friends. I sold all of my Nikon equipment for this little guy and I am thrilled so far. It is incredibly portable and powerful. I love all the solid metal dials.
    I usually use BBF or manual focus and I think this very customizable little camera keeps up pretty well with focusing. Occasionally you need to shift your focus to a vertical line to get it to lock on.
    There are many more detailed review from professionals on the web, and I'm pretty sure I read most of their reviews before I purchased this. It meets my needs.

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