Fujifilm X-T1 Announced

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a pleasant and welcome surprise, something I’ve been waiting on for the last year or so.  After doing the Fuji X100S challenge, shooting with the X100S solely for a period of at least 3 months, I fell in love with the amazing image quality of such a small camera (you can read about that here).  The only shortcoming of the X100S was the fact that it was a fixed focal length camera.  Needless to say, I’m excited to get my hands on the X-T1 to put it through its paces for you to read about.

The X-T1 will sell for $1,299 (body only) and is able to be preordered now from Amazon, delivery is March 7th, 2014.  You can purchase the X-T1 with the kit lens or body only.  Be sure to order early as it’s anticipated that demand will be high.

Here are the confirmed specifications:

  • APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II
  • 2.36 Million Pixel OLED, High Magnification .77x – 31 Degree angle of view – Display lag 0.005 sec
  • Weather Resistant (When used with a weather resistant Fusion lens) – Water and Dust resistant, Freeze resistant to -10 Degree / 14 Degree
  • Tilt 3.0-Inch1040K pixel LCD Screen
  • Continuous Shooting – 8fps with Tracking AF
  • No low pass filter
  • Full magnesium body
  • APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II
  • Release date is March 7th, 2014
  • For more info check out the Amazon product page.

The viewfinder seems to be the most notable feature of the X100S:

The viewfinder’s newly designed Graphic User Interface provides a fresh shooting experience with clear details and a comfortable at-a-glance view of your settings.

“FULL” mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the FUJIFILM X-T1’s viewfinder to give an unrivalled view of the scene. “NORMAL” provides an optimum view, including shooting settings and “DUAL” is specially designed for manual focusing with a clever split view. In the “NORMAL” and “FULL” modes, the view automatically rotates for a vertical orientation when the camera is held vertically.

FULLTaking full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the FUJIFILM X-T1’s viewfinder, “FULL” mode gives you the full field of vision available. Any obstruction of the view is avoided by placing shooting information at the top and bottom of the display screen. Ideal for composing expansive landscapes, Wide is also great when manually focusing portraits and other subjects, allowing you to easily determine the perfect focus.

NORMAL

When shooting with Autofocus, the “NORMAL” mode lets you concentrate on framing the shot while keeping you aware of how the shooting conditions are changing, making it the perfect setting for sports and action photography.

VERTICAL

Hold the camera vertically and the information display automatically and smoothly rotates so it’s ideally positioned for easy reading. Without taking your eye from the viewfinder, you can also check your images in vertical orientation for a truly seamless shooting experience.

DUAL

In the viewfinder’s “DUAL” mode, you can enjoy a view of the subject unlike anything seen through a traditional optical viewfinder. In Manual Focus, Dual cleverly displays a split screen that lets you see both a regular view of the scene, as well as the Focus Assist view (Focus Peaking and Digital Split Image Focus) at the same time, so focusing is easy and precise.

You can even customize the shooting information that’s displayed in the viewfinder for easy confirmation of just about any setting you might need — it all helps to free you up, keep your eye on the action and concentrate on the essential pleasure of photography.

So what do you think?  Did the X-T1 just eat the OMD’s lunch?  Check back soon for a hands on review of the X-T1 and comparison to the EM1.

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