Fuji’s unveiled the, X-T1 – the latest model to join its high-end X-series lineup. The camera joins the five other models already in the lineup, including the flagship X-Pro1.
Given the specifications, the T in the model name must stand for tough. The X-T1 gains full weatherproofing, through the use of 75 on the body. This means it can be used in some pretty testing conditions – like the kind a professional photographer might need to endure – including temperatures as low as -10 degrees celsius. Those seals also make it dust proof and water resistant, so don’t worry about the odd bit of rain or sand kicked up by a rally car.
Inside that armoured exterior sits the same sensor used in Fuji’s other interchangeable-lens X-series camera, the X-E2. It’s a 16-megapixel X-TransII chip, featuring the same random layout for pixels, which negates the need for a Bayer filter. Net result? Digital images that are sharper, and just look… better. Data is processed by Fuji’s EXR II image processor.
The rest of the specifications are par for the course. ISO 200 – 6 400 (with an expanded range of 51 200); a 3-inch flip-out viewfinder; built-in Wi-Fi; 8 frames per second shooting; HD video; and so on. The camera body also uses the same retro design, with manual control dials, used on the Fuji X-Pro1. But the best addition here is the inclusion of a really trick electronic viewfinder. No, it’s not an optical viewfinder, but it does make the best use of its electronic origins.
Hidden inside the circular hole on the X-T1, the electronic viewfinder is actually larger than the optical viewfinder on Canon’s full-frame EOS 1D X – and that’s a serious bit of kit. Other advantages hidden in the large digital display include Dual View – the ability to see the full scene alongside a smaller, magnified view for focussing.
Thankfully, Fuji’s also got a few new lenses that it revealed at CES, earlier in January. Those include full weatherproofing, making them fully compatible with the X-T1. Sure, older X-series lenses will still work, but you lose the peace of mind of weather-proofing when you’re out on mountains taking photos.
Fujifilm South Africa hasn’t said when the new model will land in SA, but we’ll be hands-on with it as soon as it does.