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Fujifilm Announces X-T1 Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

28 January 2014

Fujfilm has announced the X-T1, its latest X-series body, featuring dSLR handling, mechanical dials and weather resistance in a die-cast magnesium body. It includes a large electronic viewfinder with such a fast display speed that the company claims it's "almost indistinguishable from an optical viewfinder."

Fujifilm X-T1. Handome, familiar and functional.

Details follow but a few things stand out.

The traditional styling of the X-T1 includes not only the EVF hump and substantial grip but the command dials with both front and rear subdials (as on a Nikon dSLR) and six function buttons.

Top dials and rings include controls for ISO, release mode, shutter speed, focus mode and EV. We're just a little disappointed to find discrete buttons where we'd like to see a rotary dial on the four-way navigator.

Top Panel. A hands-on design.

One nice touch is the rotating viewfinder display that relocates exposure settings when you change the orientation of the camera.

Accessories. That styling extends to the extensive accessories designed for the X-T1 as well, starting with the weather-resistent 18-55mm kit lens, Fujifilm's first.

There are two accessory grips available, a slim Assist Grip that also work as a quick-release plate to swap card or battery when on a tripod and a vertical battery grip that does not compromise the unit's weather resistance.

And there's a new compact dedicated flash, apparently included, with a guide number of 11 as well as three other dedicated flashes.

Die-Cast Magnesium. With a weather-resistant kit lens.

WiFi. WiFi features include the ability to remotely control the camera using a smartphone or tablet. And that control includes Touch Autofocus, shutter release for stills and movies, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, Film Simulation modes, White Balance, macro, timer and flash.

You can also transfer images to your smartphone or tablet or a computer, with some restrictions (like 30-image or 2-GB transfers at a time to phones and tablets).

More. The enhanced autofocus speed is a welcome advance, too. But flash sync tops out at just 1/180 second.


Fujifilm produced a promotional video to highlight the X-T1's main features. They fly by fast:

In a nutshell, the main features of the X-T1 include:

  • Tough, weather-resistant design
  • Traditional handling, modern response
  • Advanced X-Trans II Sensor and EXR II Processor
  • Fast autofocus speed
  • High-precision 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder
  • Highest viewfinder magnification for digital cameras of 0.77x
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Real-time Viewfinder with a lag-time of 0.005 second, less than 1/10 of existing models
  • Four different display modes: Full, Normal, Dual and Vertical.
  • High resolution, low noise and unique color reproduction


Key specifications for the X-T1 are:

  • 16.3-Mp X-Trans APS-C sensor with a 1.5x crop factor
  • 4896x3264-pixel maximum resolution
  • Raw and JPEG still formats with H.264 and MOV movie formats at 30 or 60 fps
  • Fujifilm X lens mount
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card support
  • Dust reduction system
  • 49 auto focus points using contrast detection
  • Half-inch electronic viewfinder with 2,360,000 pixels
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 1,040,000 pixels
  • ISO from 200 to 6400, extensible from 100 to 51,200
  • Shutter from 30 to 1/4000 seconds with 0 to 60 minute Bulb mode
  • Burst rate up to 8 fps at 16.3-Mp for 47 frames
  • Maximum sync speed of 1/180 second
  • Hot shoe, PC terminal
  • WiFi capable


The body with kit lens package includes:

  • XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens
  • NP-W126 lithium ion battery
  • BC-W126 battery charger
  • EF-X8 shoe-mount flash unit
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Metal strap clip
  • Protective cover
  • Clip attaching tool
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Tall-oriented battery grip connector cover
  • Sync terminal cover
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited one-year warranty


The estimated shipping date for the body-only package is March with the kit lens becoming available in June but two configurations are available for pre-order now:

  • Fujifilm X-T1 body only at $1,299: Adorama or B&H
  • Fujifilm X-T1 body with Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens at $1,699: Adorama or B&H

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