Another outstanding product launch by Fujifilm: The XT1

Fuji-XT1

Fuji-XT1-TopI used to post my thoughts and feelings about new gear a lot more often but sort of got away from it. Well, today I have to show you this new camera from Fujifilm. Based on their other recent cameras, particularly the X-E2 and the X100s, there’s no reason not to believe this will be an awesome rig once it hits the shelves next month. For me the winning ingredient is the old school styling coupled to the physical controls located around the body. Very analog. It’s what I’d call a thinking photographer’s camera. This camera takes plenty of notes from the olden days of film cameras. Furthermore, the image quality coming out of recent Fuji cameras is stellar, not to mention their superior glass. Right now Fuji is making some of the best lenses on the market.

Here’s a list of key features:

  • 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Weather-resistant body
  • ISO 200-6400, plus 100 – 51200 expanded (JPEG only)
  • 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.77x (equiv.) magnification
  • ‘Dual view’ in EVF shows regular view and focus peaking/digital split image at the same time
  • Top-plate ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, drive mode and metering controls
  • Six programmable function buttons
  • 3.0″ 1.04M dot 3:2 tilting LCD
  • 8 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (3 fps with live view)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi including remote control from a smartphone or tablet
  • Full HD movie recording (1080/60p, 36Mbps bitrate), with built-in stereo microphone
  • Clip-on external flash (included)
  • Optional battery grip

If you’d like to read a first impressions preview of this camera, check out Digital Photography Review link here. You can also read the Fuji press release here.

While I do really like the styling, I’m still more fond of the old rangefinder styling, which can be found in Fuji’s X-Pro-1. That’s about as perfect a street camera as you can get, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it has a few issues, which is why I didn’t buy one. I’m still awaiting on the X-Pro-2, rumoured to hit the stores this time next year. No doubt that will be another home run for Fuji. In the meantime, I might have to break down and buy this camera in the coming month. We’ll see.

If only I could get Fujifilm Canada to lend me one of these with a lens for a couple of weeks, I’d write y’all a full review from a street photographer’s perspective. 😉

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2 Responses to Another outstanding product launch by Fujifilm: The XT1

  1. Mike Pratt says:

    Fuji is doing some fantastic things these days. I’m sure it will only get better, as we have seen. Looking forward to checking this camera out up close and personal.

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