Fuji has announced the X-T1
Rumors and leaks have been swirling for weeks and now we get the official release
The Important Specs –
- 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor
- ISO 200-6400 (expandable to 51200)
- 1080/30fps HD video (.MOV/H.264)
- Water and dust resistant and freezeproof to -14C/+14F with weather resistant lenses
- Up to 8 FPS continuous shooting
- 3 inch tiltable LCD with 1,040,000 dots
- OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage and 2,360,000 dots
- Included hot shoe flash
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and remote camera control via smartphone
- Fujifilm X-Mount compatible
- Raw, JPEG, and Raw+JPEG
- SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory
The XT1 Explained Simply (aka – why all the buzz?)
This is a mirrorless camera with a DSLR sized(APS-C) sensor and an electronic viewfinder packaged in a smallish DSLR like body. A retro style body festooned with physical controls.
Because the camera is mirrorless you can shrink the body, you don’t need to make room for the whole mirror assembly and the space for it to flip out of the way AND you can offer fast FPS, 8 in the X-T1 because you don’t have to worry about the mirror flipping up in down. The downside to losing the mirror is no optical viewfinder – something easily solved by using an electronic viewfinder which typically have had issues especially in low light but the one included in the X-T1 looks to be fantastic, incredibly high resolution and offers several modes allowing the user to customize what they see with a push of a button, something not possible with optical viewfinders. Another important note about the EVF – it is as large as the viewfinder on Canon’s $6,000 camera!
And focusing speed often takes a hit when you swap out the mirror – Fuji has phase detection(faster focusing system) on the sensor and will provide the fastest focusing in its class. All of this tech is packed into a rugged body that is weatherproof, freeze proof and several lenses coming to market this year will also be weather proof making for a portable, high performing and rugged machine. I have spent time with an earlier model sharing the same sensor and can report that image quality is excellent. There are some that still get caught up in the MegaPixel war, please don’t look at the 16MP sensor and assume it isn’t as good as 18MP or 24MP from Canon and Nikon – it is that good and I have seen images pushed to ISO 6400 that look great. I will be sharing more soon.
Fuji has more in the official X-T1 press release
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