Fujifilm X-T1

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fuji XT1The Fujifilm X-T1 is a weather-resistant premium compact system camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) that delivers a near-instant image preview, 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and what the company says is the world’s fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 seconds.

Aimed at professionals and enthusiast photographers, the camera has sealed, water, dust, and temperature resistant body.

The OLED viewfinder boasts 2.36 million dot resolution with magnification of 0.77x and display lag-time of 0.005 seconds.

The viewfinder uses a newly designed graphic user interface (GUI) that provides what Fuji calls “an exciting shooting experience” with clear details and a comfortable at-a-glance view of settings.

There are four OLED EVF display modes:

“FULL” mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1’s viewfinder to give an unrivalled view of the scene.

“NORMAL” provides an optimum view, including shooting settings.

“DUAL” is specially designed for manual focusing with a split view. The regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked (with Digital Split Image or Focus Peak Highlight).

PORTRAIT” view in “NORMAL” and “FULL” modes automatically rotates the displayed information when the camera is held vertically.

The X-T1 uses the EXR Processor II and X-Trans CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection that delivers focus speed of just 0.08 seconds and a 0.5 second start-up time, along with a 0.05 second shutter time lag and a 0.5 second shooting interval.

The X-T1 can shoot up to 8 frames per second with intelligent AF tracking.

Fujifilm says this is the first-ever compact system camera (CSC) to be compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards for data writing speed (in Continuous Mode) that is approximately twice that of a conventional SD card.

fuji XT1 backThe X-T1 lays claim to being the first weather-resistant X-Series CSC (when used with a weather-resistant lens) that performs in a wide range of challenging environments. The X-T1 has approximately 80 points of weather sealing, and the camera body is dust-resistant and water-resistant. The X-T1 is also freezeproof to -10°C, while the 3-inch LCD screen is made of tempered glass for additional outdoor protection.

The X-T1 offers one-touch WiFi connectivity that lets you easily shoot remotely via a smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app. It also allows sharing of images to a smartphone or tablet.

The camera has a die-cast magnesium body, five mechanical dials on the top-plate, twin front and rear command dials, and six fully customizable function buttons.

The top-plate includes two precision-milled aluminum double-deck dials for shutter speed and metering, and ISO sensitivity and drive modes, and each is designed to turn with a reassuring click, while their textured surfaces gives a firm confirmation when setting up a shot.

The X-T1’s settings can be checked at a glance without using the rear LCD and the dials are arranged so functions can be changed without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

The optional vertical battery grip (VG-XT1, battery not included) has the same structure as the X-T1, so when added to the body it is completely secured against the elements and provides double the shooting power when a second battery is used.

Fujifilm has said it will launch three weather-resistant zoom lenses to complement the X-T1 in 2014, the XF18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55 mm f/2.8 R OIS WR, and XF50-140 mm f/2.8 R OIS WR.

Included with the X-T1 is a weather sealed external flash (EF-X8) with a guide number of 11 (ISO 200).

The Fujifilm X-T1 (body only) will be available in March for a suggested retail of $1,299.95, and the X-T1 with the XF18-135 mm (27-203 mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 lens (kit) will be available in June for a suggested retail of $1899.95.

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