Fujifilm X-T1 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • X-Trans sensor (no optical low-pass filter)
  • Weather sealed
  • Autofocus as fast as .08 seconds
  • 8 fps burst shooting
  • Electronic viewfinder with four display modes
  • Dual control wheels
  • Five mechanical dials for adjusting settings
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • Focus Highlight Peaking
  • RAW
  • Manual modes
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Optional battery grip for extended battery life
  • Part Number: X-T1 Kit with XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Lens
  • UPC: 074101024524
  • Release Date: Mar 07, 2014
  • Release Date: 2014-03-07
  • Final Grade: 95 4.75 Star Rating: Recommended

4.75 Star Rating: Recommended
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Fujifilm X-T1
Potentially Fujifilm's best mirrorless yet.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 7/29/2014

The Fujifilm X-T1 combines some of the most intriguing features of today's most talked about cameras. The X-T1 has five mechanical dials for adjusting shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other features, similar to the controls on the Nikon Df. The X-T1 is weather sealed, like Pentax's popular DSLRs. And the X-T1 has Fujifilm's signature X-Trans sensor for exceptional detail and high speed processor for fast autofocus. This digital camera is also equipped with an electronic viewfinder that has four different viewing modes, including focus highlight peaking. And built with a magnesium alloy body along with weather-sealing, the X-T1 should be pretty solid. The 18-55mm kit lens has a 2.8 maximum aperture, which is excellent for a kit. Actually, on paper, the X-T1 looks like Fujifilm's best mirrorless yet, and with Fujifilm's reputation, that's really saying something. Beware though, that you're paying a premium for the small size with big features at nearly $1,700 for the kit and $1,300 for the body only.

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Fujifilm Reviews

Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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