It's official: Fujifilm has announced its X-T1 camera, a SLR-styled, weather-resistant professional grade model that incorporates established technology as well as new innovations. This comes on the heels of rumors and leaks that sent the photographic world abuzz over the past week.
So, speculation over, what's the camera really like?
See also: Fuji X-T1 vs X-Pro1 vs. X-E2
For starters, there's the updated OLED viewfinder, which has a 2.36m dot resolution screen with a world's best .77x magnification. Additionally, the viewfinder has a world's best lag time of just .005 seconds. If that weren't enough, the viewfinder has 4 modes:
1. "FULL" mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1's viewfinder to give an unrivaled view of the scene
2. "NORMAL" provides an optimum view, including shooting settings
3. "DUAL" is specially designed for manual focusing with a clever split view. The regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked (with Digital Split ImageTM or Focus Peak Highlight)*4
4. “PORTRAIT” view in “NORMAL" and “FULL” modes automatically rotates the displayed information when the camera is held vertically
Second on the headline list: a metal, fully weather-sealed body. A first in Fuji's X-mount line, the X-T1 has over 75 points of weather-sealing to make the camera both dust and weather resistant. The camera is also freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. If that weren't enough, the tilting LCD display screen is made out of a specially tempered glass or additional protection against the elements.
As for design, the old-school inspiration is obvious. For starters, the camera has five mechanical dials on the top-plate, two command dials (one on the front and one on the back), and six custom function buttons. End result: the FUJIFILM X-T1 feels and functions like a proper photographic tool rather than a toy. Additionally, the top-plate includes two machined-aluminum double-deck dials: one for the shutter speed and metering and the other for ISO sensitivity and drive modes. Both are designed to turn with a reassuring click, while their textured surfaces gives a firm confirmation when setting up a shot.
Additionally, the X-T1 features the same 16Mp sensor used in the X-T1 is the same tried and true chip as is used in previous X-mount cameras, is fully wi-fi compatible, has remote control capability, and is compatible with the fully weather-sealed XT-VG1 battery grip as well as all the other X-mount lenses, features the new EXR II processor, is the first camera in the world to be compatible with Ultra High Speed (UHS)-II SD memory cards, is able to do ISO 51,200, in-camera RAW conversion, and a built-in interval timer shooting capability.
Additionally, Fuji will be releasing 3 weather-resistant lenses to compliment the X-T1. These lenses are: XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS WR and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS WR.
As for pricing and availability, the X-T1 will cost $1299.95 for the body only or 1699.95 when paired with the 18-55mm kit lens. Both packages will be available sometime in February.
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