The Fujifilm XT-1 was announced on January 28, 2014 and is Fuji’s flagship camera in their X system series. As of recording, the XT-1 body is $1150, (Amazon) and $1450 with the 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens (Amazon).
16 MP APS-C sized X-trans sensor (no AA filter)
3” 1.4 million dot tilting LCD screen (not touch)
Weight: 440 grams (.97 pounds)
100% .77x EVF
ISO 200-6400 (extended ISO range 100 to 51200)
BODY & DESIGN
The X-T1 is a beautifully designed camera. The only real issue I have is with the design is the fully locked ISO knob, and the auto locked shutter knob.
In short, the images that come out of the X-T1 are fantastic.
One thing to note is that when shooting these extended ISOs, you cannot capture the images in RAW. ISO 51,200 is bad. Also, when you shoot at ISO 51,200, there is a processing delay of about 1 second after every photo you take.
While shooting with the XT-1, I didn’t have any serious focus issues, and outside of the occasional miss, the auto focus was fantastic.
In my experience, when you put the camera in manual focus and use focus peaking or the digital split image in low light, the viewfinder becomes almost impossible to use. Otherwise it’s fantastic.
The quality of the video is okay, and the bottom line is that video is still mostly an afterthought.
All in all, the Fuji X-T1 is a superb camera, especially if you don’t really care about video.
The main drawbacks of the camera are the low light performance of the viewfinder when manually focusing, the average camera buffer and the mediocre video.
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