Fujifilm has announced their new X-T1 Mirrorless Camera. The rumors regarding this new camera have been rampant for the past few weeks, and here is what we now know:
- 16.3 MP X-trans 1.5X cropped sensor
- ISO 100-51200
- 8fps continuous shooting
- Improved hybrid AF system incorporating contrast- and phase detection methods
- Improved manual focus with digital split image and focus peaking
- Faster, higher density, and larger electronic viewfinder
- 1080p HD Video
- Expanded manual control dials for shutter speed, +/- 3 EV exposure compensation, ISO, aperture (on many lenses), and more.
A number of features get my attention. My Fujifilm X-E1 works well at high ISO values, but this camera appears to take the much farther extending the lowest ISO from 200 to 100 and the highest all the way to 51600. The specifications and early reports on the web suggest that the AF system has been significantly improved, even beyond those improvements on the X-E2. The added manual controls are going to help a lot for the sorts of photography that many of us do with this sort of camera, where we need to change settings quickly and without going through menus. There are lots of other improvements, large and small, too numerous to mention here.
I’m very interested in this camera. My X-E1 is a wonderful little picture-making tool that complements my larger DSLR system – and the X-T1 sounds like it has been designed to significantly improve on this effective concept. (There is a very good chance that I’m going to get one.)
The camera is available for pre-order now at site sponsor B&H:
Related: Taking Stock of the Fujifilm X-E1, X-E2 & X-T1 Mirrorless Cameras
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