Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Review posted 07/21/2014

Quick Take
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Good low light performance with minimal noise at mid- to high-ISO settings
  • Can shoot in RAW format
  • Intriguing design with plenty of all-metal dials and buttons
  • One of the best electronic viewfinders in any camera
  • High resolution LCD screen can tilt up to 90 degrees
  • Q button provides quick access to numerous camera settings
  • Excellent response times
  • Plenty of advanced shooting features
  • Both manual focus and autofocus options available
  • Weather and dust resistant sealant on the camera body
  • Memory card compartment on side of camera is easy to access when attached to a tripod
  • Kit lens is of a good quality
  • Design can take some practice to learn to use efficiently for less experienced photographers
  • Some of the dials are difficult to access because of stacked design
  • X-T1 doesn't use traditional shooting modes, which can be confusing for less experienced photographers
  • Must use awkward combination of toggle switches, command rings, and dials to change some settings
  • A few dials and buttons are too small to be used comfortably, especially four-way button
  • Cannot shoot in RAW above ISO 6400
  • No basic automatic shooting mode and no scene modes
  • Kit lens doesn't have weather-sealed specs like the body
  • Limited ability to control video recording manually
  • Built-in Wi-Fi requires downloading of an app to unlock primary functions
  • Price is double that of entry-level mirrorless camera
Bottom Line
The Fujifilm X-T1 is one of the more interesting mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras you're going to find on the market currently. Its design contains a classic combination of dials and buttons that will remind you of an SLR film camera. The X-T1's photography features are outstanding, this model's image quality is great, and the X-T1 works very quickly. The electronic viewfinder Fujifilm included with this model is among the best on the market. The design may take some practice to use efficiently, especially for less experienced photographers, and the X-T1's price is very high, but if you can live with those drawbacks, this is a very powerful mirrorless ILC. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
I don't know about you, but after saving up my hard-earned coin for a new DSLR or ILC, I'm a little afraid to use the thing outside. Especially if it's really cold or the weather conditions aren't perfect. I mean, what's the use of buying nice things only to ruin them, right?

Well, Fujifilm has announced a brand new ILC that might be the perfect fit for imperfect weather conditions. Sure, the X-T1 boasts a 16.3-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS II image sensor and works with a ton of X-series lenses, but it also has 75 points of weather sealing to make the camera dust and water resistant, and also freezeproof down to -14°F. Not to mention that its 3.0-inch tilting LCD screen (with 1.04million dots) is made of tempered glass. Pretty cool, right?

The other big bonus is the included EXR Processor II which, when combined the X-Trans CMOS II image sensor, boasts the world's fastest AutoFocus (AF) time of just 0.08 seconds. The X-T1 also starts up in 0.5 seconds, has a shutter time lag of only 0.05 seconds, and a shooting interval of a half second. Speaking of speed, the X-T1 can shoot up to 8 frames per second (fps) with phase detection AF engaged, and just so happens to be the first ever camera to be compatible with the SDXC UHS-II format memory cards, which can write data twice as fast as a conventional SD memory card.

The X-T1 also has a 2.36-million dot OLED EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) that has not one, but four different display modes. These include FULL (which uses the camera's 0.77x magnification ratio to show the whole scene), NORMAL (which display an optimum scene view as well as shooting settings), DUAL (which splits the view for manual focusing that's checked by Digital Split Image or Focus Peak Highlight technology), and PORTRAIT (which automatically rotates displayed information if the camera is held vertically in Normal or Full modes).

Finally, the X-T1 boasts one-touch Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows you to connect the ILC to a smartphone or tablet running the free FujiFilm Camera Remote app. As the name implies, you can control the X-T1 directly from your smart device, or transfer and share images to the web.

Fujifilm X-T1 Features:
  • 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • Dust and water-resistant body
  • Freeze resistance to -14°F
    • EXR Processor II
    • World's fastest AF of 0.08 seconds
    • Startup time of 0.5 seconds
    • Shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
    • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
  • Phase detection AF and motion predictive AF
  • Continuous shooting up to 8 fps
  • 2.36 million dot OLED EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
    • lag-time of 0.005sec (less than 1/10 of existing models)
    • 4 different display modes
      • Full
      • Normal
      • Dual
      • Vertical
  • 3.0-inch tilting LCD (1.04 million dots)
    • Digital Split Image and Focus Highlight Peaking
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • One-touch Wi-Fi Connectivity
    • Fujifilm Camera Remote app
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • 2 Command Dials
  • 6 Customizable Function Buttons
  • Interval timer shooting for Time Lapse photography
    • intervals of 1 second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames
  • World's first compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SD memory cards

The Fujifilm X-T1 is available in two forms. The body only version will have a $1,299.95 MSRP. And the kit version, which includes the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens, will have a $1,699.95 MSRP. See our Best Price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • X-T1 body
  • Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens (if purchased as a kit)
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126
  • Battery charger BC-W126
  • Shoe-mounted flash unit EF-X8
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Metal strap clip
  • Protective cover
  • Clip attaching tool
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Tall-orientation battery grip connector cover
  • Sync terminal cover
  • CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*5)
  • Owner's manual

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