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Fujifilm X-T1: Innovative new compact DSLR

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Fujifilm X-T1: Innovative new compact DSLR

Fujifilm has rapidly established itself as the Apple of the digital photography world with its slew of new digital cameras based around compact mirrorless bodies, Fujinon interchangeable lenses and an analogue feel that harks back to the days of film. The cameras have become firm favourites with enthusiasts trying to get away from the bulky DSLR systems of Nikon and Canon, but with a classic retro handling that’s reminiscent of old-school Leica cameras.

Although the  X-Series may feel classically retro, the technology inside the four current models is far from retro. Fujifilm designs its own range X-Trans CMOS sensors that are unlike any other imaging sensors on the market. The sensors use random colour filter arrays and have no anti-aliasing filter which produces an image quality that’s supremely sharp and has colour reproduction that’s unique to Fujifilm

Now Fujifilm has taken the next step in the evolution of the X-Series with the announcement today of the brand new Fujifilm X-T1. It’s the latest addition to the range and mimics the form factor of a compact SLR camera with a gorgeous range of manual dials as well as fully automatic control. The X-T1 is a direct competitor to the OM-D from Olympus, except it has a larger APS-C sized 16.3-megapixel sensor instead of the OM-D’s Four-Thirds sensor. The new XT-1 accepts Fujifilm’s ever-expanding range of X-Mount lenses and its weather-resistant body is wrought from a hunk of die-cast magnesium and weighs in at 440g with battery and memory card.

The XT-1 features a ground-breaking piece of technology in the form of its viewfinder. Because the X-T1 is mirrorless, the viewfinder doesn’t use a pentaprism like conventional DSLR models; instead it has an OLED electronic eye-level viewfinder with a refresh lag of just 0.005 seconds. This fast refresh rate, which Fujifilm claims is one tenth the speed of conventional digital cameras, offers a lifelike experience from an electronic viewfinder that can keep up with fast-moving subjects or when panning. With a 2.36-million dot resolution, the OLED display promises a crisply detailed view of what’s being shot thanks to four display modes.

The first viewfinder mode is ‘FULL’, which takes advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1′s viewfinder and displays shooting information at the top and bottom of the screen to avoid obstruction of the view . The second mode is ‘NORMAL’ which gives a standard view along with a display of the shooting settings. The third is ‘DUAL’ mode, which is designed for manual focusing using a split view where the regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked with Digital Split Image or Focus Peak Highlight. Finally there’s an automatic ‘VERTICAL’ mode for when the camera is shooting in portrait view. The image is automatically rotated in ‘FULL’ and ‘NORMAL’ modes whenever the camera is held vertically. In addition to the eye-level viewfinder, the X-T1 also has a 3-inch LCD colour monitor with 1,040k dots that can tilt for low-angle shots.

To match the superfast refresh rate of the OLED viewfinder, there’s also a new autofocus system. The X-TransCMOS II sensor at the heart of the camera has phase detection autofocus built in and that means it can offer what Fujifilm claims is the world’s fastest focus response time of just 0.08 seconds. Add this to a start-up time of 0.5 seconds (thanks to a new EXR Processor II) and the X-T1 promises to be ready for action almost instantly. Shooting is possible at a very respectable rate of eight frames per second with tracking autofocus. With specs like that the X-T1 will prove a firm favourite with sports and wildlife photographers. The X-T1 is also the first model to be compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards, so the data-writing speed in continuous shooting mode increases to about twice the rate of a conventional memory card.

Since the X-T1 is likely to appeal to outdoor shooters its 80 points of weather sealing on the dust and water-resistant body should give it plenty of protection from dirt and moisture. It can also operate at temperatures as low as -10°C and that makes it ideal as a tough field camera in hostile conditions. To top off what sounds like a seriously exciting design, the X-T1 features built-in wi-fi capability and there’s a Smartphone application for controlling the camera remotely.

We haven’t had an opportunity to review the X-T1 yet as it’s only just been announced, but from the specifications chart it looks as if it will be setting the standard for a new and exciting category of professional digital camera.

The X-T1 is available  mid-to-late February and will retail at $1,299/£1,099/€1,300 for the body on its own or $1,699/£1,499/€1,800/ with the excellent XF 18-55mm zoom kit lens.

X-T1 Specification Chart

Model Name FUJIFILM X-T1
Number of effective pixels 16.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6mm×15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans II CMOS with  primary colour 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-II) memory card *1
File format  (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2), RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system compliant, DPOF-compatible)
(movie) Movie File Format : MOV Movie Video Compression : H.264 Audio : Linear PCM  Stereo
Number of recorded pixels L:<3:2>4896x3264 / <16:9>4896x2760 / <1:1>3264 × 3264 M:<3:2>3456x2304 / <16:9>3456x1944 / <1:1>2304 × 2304 S:<3:2>2496x1664 / <16:9>2496x1408 /  <1:1>1664 ×1664 <Motion Panorama> L   Vertical:2160x9600 /  Horizontal:9600x1440 M    Vertical:2160x6400 /  Horizontal:6400x1440
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-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE/ Shutter Speed priority AE/ Aperture priority AE / Manual exposure
Exposure compensation -3.0EV – +3.0EV, 1/3EV step (movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
Image Stabiliser Supported with OIS type lenses
Face Detection Yes
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed (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 (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV) Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable) Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% ・ 200% ・ 400%) ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV) White balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus mode Single AF / Continuous AF/MF Distance Indicator
Focus type Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF/TTL phase detection AF) , AF assist illuminator available
(AF frame selection) Area (EVF/LCD : 49 areas with 7x7)/ Multi * Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types
White balance Automatic scene recognition Custom / Colour temperature selection (K) Preset: Fine / Shade / Fluorescent light (Daylight) / Fluorescent light (Warm White) / Fluorescent light (Cool White) / Incandescent light / Underwater
Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Interval timer shooting YES Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time
Flash External flash EF-X8 (included ) (Super Intelligent Flash) Guide number :  approx. 8(ISO100・m) / approx 11 (ISO200・m)
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 active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoe Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder 0.5-in., approx.2,360K-dot OLED colour 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–1) 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 colour  LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording Full HD  1920×1080 60p/30p  Continuous recording : up to approx. 14 min. HD  1280x 720 60p/30p  Continuous recording : up to approx. 27min. * Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class10″ or higher.
Mode dial
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)
Dynamic range setting AUTO(100-400%), 100%, 200%, 400%
Advanced filter Toy camera / Miniature / Pop color / High-key / Low-key / Dynamic tone / Soft focus / Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)
Other photography  functions Auto Red-eye Removal, Setting (Colour, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Select custom setting,  Motion panorama, Colour 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*3, 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 conversion, 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, Favourites
Wireless transmitter (standard) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
(access mode Infrastructure
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 (Video output) (Digital interface) (HD output) -
USB2.0(High-Speed) / micro USB terminal connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
(Others) Microphone/shutter release input: Φ2.5mm, stereo mini connector
Power supply NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 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)
Operating Temperature -10℃ -  +40℃
Operating Humidity 10 – 80%  (no condensation)
Battery life for stills Approx 350 frames (When XF35mmF1.4R is set, LCD monitor/viewfinder on, and supplied flash EF-X8 not attached)
Battery life for movies Consecutive movie recording : Approx. 103 min. (Face detection is set to OFF) *Individual movies cannot exceed approx. 14 min on Full HD mode, and approx. 27 min on HD mode in length.
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
Accessories included Li-ion Battery NP-W126 Battery Charger BC-W126 Shoe-mounted flash unit EF-X8 Shoulder strap Body cap Metal strap clip Protective cover Clip attaching tool Hot shoe cover Tall-orientation battery grip connector cover Sync terminal cover CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. Owner’s manual
 

Source: Forbes

 

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