In Depth Fujifilm X-T1 Overview
The Fujifilm X-T1 has been a highly talked about camera since its launch on January 28th and for great reason. Last week we sat down with Fuji’s own technical expert Warwick and the immediate excitement he showed for the camera eluded to the fact that we were about to be shown the ins and outs of an excellent camera.
There’s no denying Fujifilm have been having a great few years with the launch of the X100, X-Pro1, in fact just about every ‘X’ camera has been a hit worldwide and especially in Australia. The X-T1 we’re predicting will have the same if not greater ripple effect across the photographic industry. Here is an insight into why we’re predicting big things for the new and impressive X model.
The whole concept of the X series range is to give a small, light easy to carry camera that gives you the picture quality of your much bigger Digital SLRs and that certainly applies to the X-T1.
XTRANS CMOS SENSOR
When Fujifilm say high resolution they do mean it, the beauty of the X-T1’s high-resolution performance comes from the unique APS-C XTRANS CMOS Sensor that is developed and only available in Fujifilm cameras. These are very different to the generic CMOS Sensors as found in other brands. The sensor is an APS-C size sensor, so you may ask how does this out perform a Full Frame sensor – Traditionally Optical Low Pass filters are introduced to combat Moiré. These filters are, in a nutshell, filters that are placed on the sensor to blur this effect, not ideal as these also remove a certain amount of resolution. So if your full frame sensor has an Optical Low Pass filter applied to it than you’re losing resolution. Fujifilm looked at this and thought that this was unacceptable as they didn’t have this issue in Film days, and with their huge knowledge of film they decided to venture on a quest to see how they could combat this Moiré issue. On this quest they discovered that film cameras have a completely randomised crystallised structure as apposed to your generic CMOS sensor that have a very structured pattern with overlaps. So Fujifilm came up with an Irregular Filter Array that eliminates the Moiré pattern, therefore no need for an Optical Low Pass Filter, therefore no loss of resolution. This feature alone will be very appealing to those who photograph highly detailed and structured subject matters, as well as those who shoot situations with highly repetitive patterns, as Moiré is most noticeable in those shooting situations.
The X-T1 is backed by a powerful EXR processor and Fuji have also introduced the capability to use the UHS2 SD Memory Card which run extremely quickly and they also allow writing to the camera whilst the camera is doing other things which speeds up the whole shooting process. With this camera you can shoot at 8FPS with autofocus in between each frame which is ideal for the sports photographer which Fujifilm have traditionally shied away from in the past. At 8FPS shooting at full resolution you can get up to 47 frames, if in RAW mode you can shoot up to 23 frames and if you wish to drop back to a low speed of 3FPS its really up to the size of the card as to how many frames you can achieve, even in RAW mode up to 100 frames. As these cards allow for multiple use you can be looking through your work whilst the card is still processing the writing – very great for those who want to get serious with their photography.
Colour, this is something Fujifilm don’t have all of the information of at this point but we’re expecting it to be announced at this weeks X-T1 event in Sydney where a representative of Fujifilm Japan makes his presentation. There is something undeniably different with the XT-1 when it comes to colour reproduction, specs wise there is nothing notably different on paper compared to the X-E2 however something is drastically different. Both the dynamic range and colour is something very special, be sure to test it in store for yourself as you will be impressed, it’s nothing short of phenomenal.
One of the most under-talked features of this camera is the ability of custom settings, if there is something that you want, that the advanced features don’t fulfil for your style of photography than you will be able to create 7 of your own different settings and save them.
The viewfinder is probably one of the most exciting features of the X-T1, a high-resolution 2.36million dot OLED display, and the world’s highest magnification ratio of 0.77x, it’s a Real Time Viewfinder that allows a true connection to your subject and a purely immersive shooting experience. The viewfinder achieves a wide angle of view of 31°, and with the display’s lag time of just 0.005. One very neat features of the viewfinder is that you’ll immediately see the settings featured in the viewfinder switch composition when you rotate the camera between landscape and portrait orientation making navigating the camera seamless and enjoyable.
Taking full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the 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.
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.
Something that is becoming more and more apparent in high end cameras is Weather Resistance. The X-T1 also incorporates a weather resistant structure. It is sealed in approximately 80 places and is both dust and water-resistant. Additionally it is designed to cope in temperatures as low as -10°C allowing field photography without the typical worries about the weather, season or general shooting environment.
The Fujifilm X-T1’s big, bright LCD screen is clear to see under all conditions whether you’re inside or out, thanks to its improved refresh rate. Composing and reviewing images has never been easier, while in tough shooting conditions, the reinforced glass screen enhances durability.
With the Diopter adjustment control to the left of the viewfinder, and the Viewfinder Mode switch on the right, you can completely immerse yourself in composing the shot by never taking your eye off the subject.
MODES & DIALS
The frequently used shutter speed and exposure compensation (±3EV) dials are on the right of the camera’s top-plate, and the ISO sensitivity is on the left. In each case, the tactile quality of the milled aluminium dials enhances operational comfort and gives a high-quality feel. The metering dial sits neatly below the shutter speed dial, and the drive dial is below the ISO sensitivity.
Everything within the Fujifilm X-T1‘s design and production process has been aimed at creating a precision instrument, so you can be sure of quality and performance that’s worthy of the “X” name. Warwick, Fujifilm’s technical expert, says “the 23mm Lens is magic for this camera” so be sure to head in store soon or if you are confident as so many people have been already jump onto the Pre-Order campaign currently available from your Camera House online store.
- 16.3 Megapixels
- 23.6mm x 15.6 APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
- ISO: 100, 12800, 25600, 51200
- TTL 256-zone Metering
- Focal Plane Shutter
- 8FPS Continuous Shooting
- AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
- External flash EF-X8 (Included – Super Intelligent Flash)
- Hot Shoe – Yes
- Viewfinder – 0.5-in., approx. 2.360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : approx. 100%
Eye point : approx. 23mm
- 3” Tilt LCD Screen, 1040K-dot
- Full HD 1920×1080 60p
- Filters – Toy camera, Miniature, Pop Colour, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft Focus, Partial colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
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