Fuji X-T1 Review

This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-T1, a weather-proof mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Fuji that was announced on January 28, 2014. Previously known for its popular X-Pro, X-E and X-M lines, the new “T” line is specifically made to be “tough”. With its all magnesium-alloy body, sealed buttons and compartments, the X-T1 is Fuji’s first attempt at a fully weather-sealed mirrorless camera. Although Fuji’s recent cameras have been quite popular, it had nothing to offer against the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras from Olympus. With the latter two offering weather sealing, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a whole slew of lenses to choose from, Fuji wanted the X-T1 to offer similar features at a competitive price. With a larger APS-C sensor and a huge, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the X-T1 was also meant to appeal a bigger audience from professionals and enthusiasts that want a lighter and more compact setup than their DSLRs.

Fuji X-T1

With the same 16 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor, same EXR Processor II, hybrid autofocus system and WiFi as the Fuji X-E2, the X-T1 at first might not look that much different in comparison. However, once you dig deeper into what the X-T1 has to offer with its truly amazing and breathtaking EVF (more on this on the next page), fast continuous autofocus, WiFi connectivity with remote control, customization options, built-in intervalometer, tilting LCD screen and a sleek retro design, you will realize that the X-T1 is in fact a big step up. In this review, I will talk about my four month experience with the X-T1 and compare it to the E-M1, along with other popular Nikon DSLRs.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (4)
X-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/480, f/1.4
Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (67)
X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS @ 10mm, ISO 200, 30/1, f/11.0

1) Fujifilm X-T1 Specifications

Main Features and Specifications:

  1. Sensor: 16.3 MP (1.5x crop factor), 4.8µ pixel size
  2. Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6mm
  3. Resolution: 4896 x 3264
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 200-6,400
  5. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 100 (JPEG-only)
  6. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-51,200 (JPEG-only)
  7. Sensor Cleaning System: Yes
  8. Lens mount: FUJIFILM X mount
  9. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  10. Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
  11. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  12. Shutter Control: Focal Plane Shutter
  13. Storage: 1x SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible)
  14. Viewfinder Type: 2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder
  15. Speed: 8 FPS
  16. Exposure Meter: TTL 256-zones metering
  17. Built-in Flash: No, External EF-X8 Flash Included
  18. Autofocus: Yes
  19. Manual Focus: Yes
  20. LCD Screen: 3.0 inch, 1,040,000 dots, Tilting TFT color LCD
  21. Movie Modes: Up to full 1080p HD @ 60p, 30p
  22. Movie Recording Limit: 14 minutes in 1080p, 27 minutes in 720p
  23. Movie Output: MOV (H.264)
  24. GPS: No
  25. WiFi: Yes
  26. Battery Type: NP-W126
  27. Battery Life: 350 shots
  28. USB Standard: 2.0
  29. Weight: 440g (excluding battery and accessories)
  30. Price: $1,299 MSRP body only at launch