Fujifilm X-H1 Mirrorless Camera - Serious Video Specs!


Fuji has announced the X-H1 - similar and size and shape to the much loved Fuji X-T2 series (you can see my review of the X-T2 here) this camera is aimed squarely at videographers. Yes, it can still take great photos like the X-T2 but the feature set packed inside is really all about video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AofDYo-tw8The standout features - In body stabilization 5 stops, 4k at 200Mbps with boosted dynamic range possible, internal DCI 4k and 120fps at 1080.While the body looks like a slightly larger Fuji X-T2 it has a top LCD that always remains on.Based on the quality of video I saw when I shot with the Fuji X-T2, I expect this camera to perform really well.  I hope to pair this against a Sony a6500, on paper the two are quite similar but the internal 4k log format is a benefit for Fuji shooters AND Fuji has some fantastic native lenses - Sony has a few but most video shooters choose to adapt which can be a little clunky at times.  The other competitor is the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s. Competition is good and I look forward to shooting with the X-H1 soon and making some comparisons against the competitors.One item to note- like the Fuji X-T2, the X-H1 is limited to just 15 minutes of 4k footage unless you are using the battery grip - purchased separately.  The X-H1 will be available Starting March 1st for $1899 body only and $2199 bundled with the VPB-XH1 vertical grip.

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Sample Images

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Camera Format


Effective Pixels

24.3 MP


23.5mm x 15.6mm(APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III with primary color filter.

Storage media

SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-512G) UHS-I / UHS-II

File format

Still image

JPEG (Exif Ver.2.3)*2, RAW : 14bit RAW(RAF original format), RAW+JPEG


MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)

Number of recorded pixels

L: (3:2) 6000 x 4000 / (16:9) 6000 x 3376 / (1:1) 4000 x 4000M: (3:2) 4240 x 2832 / (16:9) 4240 x 2384 / (1:1) 2832 x 2832S: (3:2) 3008 x 2000 / (16:9) 3008 x 1688 / (1:1) 2000 x 2000

Lens mount



Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO12800) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step)Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 125 / 160 /25600 / 51200

Exposure control

TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted

Exposure mode

P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)

Exposure compensation

-5.0EV - +5.0EV, 1/3EV step(Movie : -2.0EV - +2.0EV)

Image Stabilizer


Image sensor shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation

Compensation Effect

5.5 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With XF35mmF1.4 R lens mounted.

Shutter type

Focal Plane Shutter

Shutter speed

Mechanical Shutter

P mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.

Electronic Shutter

*3P mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: 1sec. FixedElectronic front curtain shutterP mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.Mechanical + Electronic shutterP mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.E-front + Mechanical shutterP mode: 4sec. to 1/8000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/8000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/8000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.*Electronic front curtain shutter works until 1/2000sec.E-front + Mechanical + Electronic shutterP mode: 4sec. to 1/32000sec. A mode: 30sec. to 1/32000sec.S/M mode: 15min. to 1/32000sec. Bulb mode: up to 60min.*Electronic front curtain shutter works until 1/2000sec.Synchronized shutter speed for flash1/250sec. or slower

Continuous shooting

Approx. 14fps [Only electronic shutter ](JPEG: 40 frames Lossless compression RAW: 27 frames Uncompressed RAW: 23 frames)Approx. 11fps [with VPB-XH1](JPEG: 70 frames Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames Uncompressed RAW: 24frames)Approx. 8fps (JPEG: 80 frames Lossless compression RAW: 31 frames Uncompressed RAW: 26 frames)Approx. 6fps [Only electronic front curtain shutter ](JPEG: endless Lossless compression RAW: 35 frames Uncompressed RAW: 28 frames)Approx. 5fps (JPEG: endless Lossless Compression RAW: 37 frames Uncompressed RAW: 29 frames)* Recordable frames depends on recording media* Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames

Auto bracketing

AE Bracketing (±3EV,±8/3EV,±7/3EV,±2EV, ±5/3EV, ±4/3EV, ±1EV, ±2/3EV, ±1/3EV)Filmsimulation 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)



Single AF / Continuous AF / MF


Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)AF frame selectionSingle point AF: EVF / LCD: 13 x 7 / 25 x 13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 6 types)Zone AF: 3 x 3 / 5 x 5 / 7 x 7 from 91 areas on 13 x 7 gridWide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)* AF-S : Wide* AF-C : TrackingAll

White balance

Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1-3 / Color temperature selection (2500K-10000K) / Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater


10sec. / 2sec.

Interval timer shooting

Yes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)

Flash modes


Hot shoe

Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)


0.5 inch approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color ViewfinderCoverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%Eyepoint: approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece) Diopter adjustment: -4-+2m


Magnification: 0.75x with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0m


Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 30° )Built-in eye sensor

LCD monitor

3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 millions dots touch screen color LCD monitor(approx. 100% coverage)

Movie recording

[4K (4096 x 2160)] 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min.[4K (3840 x 2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min.[Full HD (2048 x 1080)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 20min.[Full HD (1920 x 1080)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 20min.[Full HD (1920 x 1080) High speed rec.] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps up to approx. 6min.[HD (1280 x 720)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 50Mbps up to approx. 30min.* For recording movies, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.* With Vertical Power Booster Grip attached, individual movie recording time is extended up to approx. 30min. on both 4K and Full HD mode.* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.

Film Simulation mode

16 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS, ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter, ETERNA/Cinema)

Grain effect


Dynamic range setting

AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO400 or more, DR400%: ISO800 or more)

Advanced filter

Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus, Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)

Wireless transmitter

StandardIEEE 802.11b / g / n (standard wireless protocol)EncryptionWEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed modeAccess modeInfrastructure


StandardsBluetooth Ver. 4.0 (Bluetooth low energy)Operating frequency[Center frequency]2402 - 2480MHz


Digital interfaceUSB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal* connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)HDMI outputHDMI micro connector (Type D)Othersø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / ø2.5mm, Remote Release ConnectorHot shoe, Syncronized terninal

Power supply

NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)Battery life for still images*4Approx. 310frams (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.Actual battery life of movie capture*4*Face detection is set to OFF4K: approx. 35 min., FULL HD: approx. 45 min.Continuance battery life of movie capture*4*Face detection is set to OFF4K: approx. 45 min., FULL HD: approx. 75 min.


(W) 139.8mm x (H) 97.3mm x (D) 85.5mm (minimum depth 39.5mm)


Approx 673g(including battery and memory card)Approx 623g(excluding battery and memory card)

Operating Temperature

-10°C - +40°C

Operating Humidity

10 - 80% (no condensation)

Starting up period

Approx 0.4sec.* Fujifilm research

Accessories included

Li-ion battery NP-W126SBattery charger BC-W126Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8Shoulder strapBody capStrap clipProtective coverClip attaching toolHot shoe coverVertical Power Booster Grip connector coverSync terminal coverCable protectorOwner's manual

Score Fuji Deals

fuji dealsToby loved the Fuji X-T2 and it's on sale today. You can pick it up, along with the best walk around lens with this month's deals. But you don't have to take it from me, check out Toby's review below for this hot mirrorless camera.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKew22eOUQI[/embed]


  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • X-Processor Pro Engine
  • 0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & F-Log Gamma
  • Two UHS-II SD Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Weather-Sealed Body
  • XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens

Fuji Vs the Competition (Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic)

Scroll down for recommended lenses and comparisons against the competitors

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 [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="16055,16056,16057,16058,16059,16060,16061"] The Fuji X-T2 is one of the most well-rounded, mirrorless, camera on the market today. You can even drop the mirrorless qualifier and I feel the statement still holds true. But, this camera isn't for everyone and there are a host of fantastic cameras to choose from. In this post, I share some thoughts on worthy Fuji Competitors and how they match up.I mentioned in the video

The Canon 6D Mark II (Full Frame DSLR) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) $1,999.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00Canon wins with low light performance and a huge lens selectionCanon loses on size, weight, video features and lack of dedicated AF joystick and single card slotThe Canon is larger, heavier and uses larger and heavier full frame lenses - making the entire package a good bit more serious to carry around BUT the 6D Mark II does better in low light and offers a HUGE selection of Canon and 3rd party lenses, many of which are quite affordable and some help with the portability (pancake primes like the 40mm f/2.8). The Canon also has a fully articulating touch screen which makes recording yourself easy though you are limited to 1080p at just 60fps and the quality while decent isn't exciting.  The Fuji provides 4K at 30fps, better AF coverage, much faster burst rate and a dedicated joystick for AF control along with dual card slots. Travel photographers and landscape photographers that are hiking to destinations, I think you will find the smaller size and weight of the Fuji and associated lenses to be a serious advantage along with the ability to charge on the go. 

The Sony a6300/a6500 (APS-C Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Sony wins on price, weight and video performance (especially a6500 stabilized)Sony loses when you compare ergonomics, aps-c lens(selection and quality) and lack of dual card slots.Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens & Free Kit $998.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00While the Sony a6xxx series is more traditional in the sense of a mode dial and layout, the Fuji is a far more physical camera with well-marked buttons and dials for just about everything a photographer could need.  The Sony weighs less - offers similar image and video quality and offers nicely portable lenses like the Fuji but- there are only a handful of APS-C lenses for sony that are really exciting and very little is weather sealed. For the sharpest glass, you will likely buy full frame Sony- expensive and heavy. Also in a battle of the kit lenses - Fuji kills Sony's little 16-50 lens which is exceptionally travel-friendly but not the highest quality. Note - the a6500 offers a stabilized sensor.

The Panasonic G85/GH5 (Micro 4/3rds Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

The Panasonic wins on video features, battery life and massive selection of micro 4/3rd lenses along with a FULLY articulating touchscreenThe Panasonic loses on AF and AF tracking.The Panasonic G85 and GH5 are amazing video focused cameras. While the GH5 is a serious video tool, offering dual stabilized 4k footage up to 60fps it also takes great photos but this is one of the easiest matchups on the page - if you are serious about video the Gh5 or the smaller, cheaper lighter G85 offers lots to love. If you are serious about photos and videos is secondary - the Fuji X-T2 does very well.Note- the G85 is a much cheaper version of the Gh5 and while it lacks some of the pro level video features it offers a great value. My Full Review of the G85Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) $1997.00 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens $997.99Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00

Sony a7ii (Full Frame Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Sony wins in low light performance, stabilized sensor and priceSony loses in ergonomics, dual card slots and lack of 4k videoSony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens and Accessory Kit $1698.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00The Sony weighs about the same as the Fuji X-T2 but requires full frame lenses and quickly gets heavier. However, the Sony does do better in low light, offers a stabilized sensor and decent ergonomics but not as nice as the very physical feeling Fuji. What else would you like to see matched up against the Fuji X-T2?

Gear Talk - Wide Angle Lenses and Travel Friendly Systems

First Impressions of the Canon 6D Mark II, Fuji X-T2, Irix 15mm f/2.4, Sigma 14mm f/1.8, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, Rokinon 35mm f/1.8, DJI Spark and a discussion of the best travel camera system. Which of these items are you most interested in hear/seeing a full review about?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwoprlMPzsESee a complete list of the gear I am taking to Joshua Tree for Star Photography - https://kit.com/photorectoby/joshua-tree-adventure

Fuji brings it’s beautiful sensors to a medium format camera – should the mere mortals get excited?

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Since June Fujifilm’s been rumored to have a “medium format killer” in the works set to change the game and now we’ve finally got a look in their Photokina announcement. The new Fuji GFX 50S is a sub $10,000 camera that will bring great image quality on a budget comparatively to other medium format options available at the moment. The first in a new GFX line of medium format camera’s with the GFX 50S slated for early next year.  Using a new Fujifilm G sensor that’s sized up to 43.8×32.9mm in 51.4 megapixel resolution you’ll be needing more hard drives to store your photos. Defaults for the sensor will be a 4:3 aspect ratio but can be set to other formats. Being mirrorless another option for shooters is a removable viewfinder allowing the user to choose to use the viewfinder when needed or the back screen. The GFX 50S will be weather and dust sealed, to what degree they did not specify, giving it the durability for outdoor shots. As Fuji the camera should deliver great image quality for professionals shooting commercial, fashion, or landscapes. gfx_front_evf2untitled-1

For the new G Mount system Fuji has released a new set of lenses to go with the camera. As follows we’ve got a set of 5 primes covering the field, one being macro, and a standard zoom so far. The Fuji GFX 50S is expected to ship 2017 alongside their 63mm, 120mm, and 32-64mm lenses.

  • Ultra-wide “GF23mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format) Coming mid 2017
  • Wide “GF45mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format) Coming late 2017
  • Standard prime “GF63mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 50mm in the 35mm format) Coming early 2017
  • Fast aperture mid-telephoto “GF110mmF2 R LM WR” (equivalent to 87mm in 35mm format) Coming mid 2017
  • Mid-telephoto macro 1:0.5 “GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR” (equivalent to 95mm in 35mm format) Coming early 2017
  • Wide-angle standard zoom “GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 25-51mm in 35mm format) Coming early 2017

untitled-2As for those pixel peepers out there they’ve released a sample image showing how much detail the sensorcan pull from an image. With the new CMOS sensor putting out 51.4MP files it’s hard to complain looking at the photo zoomed in this far.

With the announcement of the FX 50S Fuji released a few videos of development and testing to watch. Development of Professional-use Mirrorless Camera System “GFX”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggikv6m8FNsGFX challenges with Hiroshi Nonamihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHhAkirFH-QGFX challenges with Satoshi Minakawahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wvnA4iO6s

Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Announced

Fuji has announced a smaller, cheaper version of their much loved X-T1.Why is the X-T1 much loved?  An excellent sensor, nice manual controls with a good ecosystem of lenses, including two well performing kit lenses 18-55 and 18-135 all wrapped up in a retro styled weather sealed body offering an amazing viewfinder.What you need to know: The Fuji X-T10 offers the same sensor (APS-C) and many of the same features as the X-T1 in a body that is smaller, lighter, cheaper. Part of the savings comes from a cheaper kit lens, though you can buy the X-T10 with more expensive 18-55 that comes with the X-T1 now.

  • 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor (same sensor as X-T1)
  • EXR Processor II (same processor as X-T1)
  • 0.39" 2,360k-Dot 0.62x OLED Viewfinder (slightly smaller viewfinder vs X-T1)
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor (Same LCD as X-T1)
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps (Same as X-T1)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity (Same as X-T1)
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF with 77 Areas (Same as X-T1)
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200 (Same as X-T1)
  • Film Simulation Mode, Electronic Shutter (Same as X-T1)
  • Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens (Cheaper kit lens. X-T1 is offered with 18-55 f/2.8-4 lens)

Fuji X-T10 Kit Fuji X-T10 Top Fuji X-T10 KitFujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens Preorder from B&H Photo $899  ($799 with body only) or buy with the nicer 18-55 f/2.8-4 for $1099.00  SHIPPING JUNE 18This price point hits a sweet spot that brings everything excellent about the X-T1 into the realm of entry level DSLRs. You give up the weather sealing, a slightly larger viewfinder, compatibility with the battery grip but you get an excellent sensor in a well built camera that belongs to a solid ecosystem of excellent lenses and offers the updated AF system that brings it on par with the Sony a6000. The Sony a6000 remains my pick for all around mirrorless camera but photographers that crave a better viewfinder and more manual control this is a better option and provides a little more room to grow as a photographer with additional fast lenses that Sony doesn't have in their line up. Watch my Review/Interview with Photographer Nathan Smith on his X-T1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF09VBxakIk  

Fuji X-T1 Review

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Fuji X-T1 Highlights:

  • 16.3MP APS-C Sensor
  • 0.5" 2,360k-Dot 0.77x OLED Viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity for remote shooting, image download and geotagging
  • Weather-Resistant Body Construction
  • Continuous Shooting up to 8 fps with AF and subject tracking
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF and Focus Peaking
  • Includes EF-X8 Shoe-Mount Flash Unit

Fuji X-T1 Pro:

  • Manual controls- Smart and fully functional dials and the aperture ring on lenses makes the camera fun to use
  • Image quality - Excellent image quality - see high ISO shots in gallery below
  • Feels great in the hand, well built with a good amount of customizable options
  • The EVF or Electronic viewfinder is huge, bright and snappy - I am not typically a fan of EVFs but this one I could be happy using.
  • Some excellent lenses and enough of them- including some affordable 3rd party manual focus only lenses

Fuji X-T1 Cons:

  • Battery life - 300-400 shots, double that if you buy the battery grip
  • Controls - Yes a pro and a con-  they are lovely when you have time but I found them difficult if not impossible to use one handed
  • No in body image stabilization (like the Olympus) Some lenses, including the excellent kit lens do offer IS
  • The EVF is beautiful but the eye-cup could be better, Fuji is starting to sell a deeper one that blocks the light better
  • Wifi is finicky to connect at times. I found the remote option to work well, image transfer to usually take two tries to connect and geotagging via phone was mostly a fail
  • Video mode OK and continuous AF is not impressive in this camera - even with face tracking on.

Buy the Fuji X-T1 from  B&H or Rent from Borrowlenses.comBuy the X-T1 Battery Grip from B&H  

Hands-on with the Fuji X-T1:

When I first got my hands on the Fuji X-T1 I immediately loved the look and the feel. I did have some initial confusion about mode dials(there aren't any) when I was not shooting full manual. It retrospect it is quite simple - rotate the dial controlling ISO, shutterspeed or Aperture(on lens) to A and the camera will take care of that variable. If you want aperture priority, set ISO and shutter speed on A and rotate the aperture dial as needed.   I did spend most of the time with this camera in full manual mode and that is how it feels like it should be used, except when I wanted to use the camera one handed. I have gotten used to one handed operation with my DSLRs and the Sony a7 - the camera can be up to my eye and with a dial spin and/or button press I change what I need.  Shooting with the X-T1 was a more deliberate and often premeditated affair but at the same time I appreciate the top down view of all my settings at a glance.The actual performance of the camera was excellent. Focus in normal to good light levels was fast and accurate. (watch my Fuji X-T1 tips for additional focus related tips) I do wish there was a dedicated button for focus point selection but with the 7 or so buttons that you can customize it does just add one click before you use the directional pad to move the point.  On high speed continuous it is easy to fire off multiple frames with focus and subject tracking .  The EVF was big, bright and beautiful- When looking through the viewfinder I felt like I was standing in the doorway or a really nice home theater room, where one whole wall is a beautiful screen.  Up till now I haven't been a fan of EVFs and I still wouldn't say I am a fan but I would be quite happy to use the X-T1s EVF.   (why not a fan of EVFs? The lag and the blackout when taking pics both of which the X-T1 handles nicely- the refresh rate is fast and you can turn off image review).Image quality? Superb.  First let me say that both lenses I used Fuji 56mm f/1.2 and the 18-55 f/2.8-4 were a joy to use and are sharp lenses, even wide open.  Pixel peeping on the hundreds of images I shot and the camera/lens combos made excellent images.  There is some weirdness with Fuji's RAW files, if you want to work on them in Lightroom they drop any of the film simulation but both JPEGS and RAWs had great detail even at very high ISOs (see samples below)I had the opportunity to use the Fuji for a low light dance party. Light levels were really low with just flashing DJ lights and some light spilling in from outside. My 70D and 5D Mark III was still capable of focusing- The Fuji really struggled and the when it did get focus it was hard to tell from the noise in the EVF- this is certainly a downside but I need to stress that it was very dark in the room.  The actual images, when in focus, were better than the 70D and on par with 5D Mark III. Again the image quality out of this little camera was excellent.Overall The Fuji X-T1 is an excellent little camera that produces beautiful images. If you don't mind a slightly slower approach to shooting and some negatives when the light levels get very low. Take away my wedding work and I would love to have this as my daily camera. Additional info coming soon.  Video samples and images including comparison vs 70D.

Fuji Announce the X-T1

[gallery ids="4277,4278,4276"] Fuji has announced the X-T1Rumors and leaks have been swirling for weeks and now we get the official releaseThe 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.Dial Hungry? XT1 will satisfyBecause 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!Fujifilm X-T1 back-1And 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.Preorder from Amazon | Adorama | B&H- Release date March 7th ($1699 with 18-55 lens) ($1299 Body Only) Fuji has more in the official X-T1 press release