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Fujifilm X-T1 CSC Full Review

Fujifilm X-T1 CSC Full Review - We test the new Fujifilm X-T1, the weather-sealed mirrorless camera with classic SLR styling, and give our verdict in our full review.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Fujifilm X-T1
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Verdict
Specification
Fujifilm X T1 18 55m Kit Lens (1)

The Fujifilm X-T1 is Fujifilm's latest mirrorless camera, and introduces the first weather sealed model in the X-mount range of cameras. It also features an impressively large electronic viewfinder with a 0.77x magnification, and with the central position gives the X-T1 the look of a classic, but compact, SLR. The Fujifilm X-T1 will be available body only for £1099.

Fujifilm X-T1 Features

Fujifilm X T1 Body (2)

The Fujifilm X-T1 is said to have improved AF performance and operation speed – Fujifilm are claiming the World’s fastest with 0.08s focus. The camera promises a 0.5 second startup time, 0.05s shutter response, and 0.5 second shooting interval. In addition it offers 8fps continuous shooting with AF, and has phase-detection focus built in to the sensor. The X-T1 is the first digital camera compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards which promises write times twice as fast as existing models.

There is an optional vertical battery grip (VG-XT1), which is also weather sealed that has been designed for the correct balance when attaching telephoto and large diameter lenses. The battery grip includes a shutter release button, twin command dials, AE-L, AF-L and focus assist buttons. Another accessory is the assist grip (MHG-XT) that lets you replace the battery and memory card when using a tripod. A new XF 18-135mm WR zoom lens will be introduced and is also weather sealed. 

Fujifilm X T1 18 55m Kit Lens (2)

The camera features five mechanical dials on the top-plate, aluminium dials on the top for shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, metering and drive modes. The two function buttons are customisable, and there are two command-dials. The 4-way controller can also be customised, so that you can assign functions to each direction.

An updated “Fujifilm Camera Remote” Wi-Fi app allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets, including touch AF, shutter release, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO, Film simulation modes, timer and flash.

Fujifilm X T1 Body (10)

While some rumours have speculated that Fujifilm may be about to release a full-frame mirrorless camera, that is not what Fujifilm has done here, instead releasing the Fujifilm X-T1. With the tried and trusted APS-C sensor that is the same as the Fujifilm X-E2, Fujifilm has long claimed that that the sensor rivals full-frame sensors thanks to the unique colour filter array, and yet gives the compact benefits of a mirrorless camera. 

Key Features

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (same as X-E2)
  • Phase detection AF in sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 3inch tilting screen, 1040k dots
  • 2.36m dot OLED EVF, with eye-detection, 0.77x magnification
  • 8fps with continuous AF, upto 47 shots
  • ISO increased up to ISO51200
  • Lens modulation Optimiser technology
  • Wi-Fi
  • FullHD video at 60fps
  • Mic/Remote socket (same socket used for either function)
  • Mic level adjustments
  • Included EF-X8 flash, guide number 11
  • Interval timer shooting, up to 999 frames
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body

Fujifilm X-T1 Handling


Fujifilm X T1 Body (5)

Under the ISO speed dial, is the drive mode dial, which includes advanced shooting modes, as well as sweep panoramic. Under the shutter speed dial is the metering mode dial. Both the ISO and shutter speed dials have central buttons that must be pressed before turning the dial, as well as A for automatic shooting.

Fujifilm X T1 Body (7)

There is also a dedicated video recording button, top Fn (Function) button – which defaults to Wi-Fi. The Q-button gives quick access to the most common settings on the rear screen making it easy to set and change options.

The large electronic viewfinder (with dioptre adjustment), is bright, with saturated colour, and clear, crisp and sharp text. It is said to have the highest magnification for a digital camera (0.77x), and a lag-time of just 0.0049sec (less than 1/10th of existing models, such as the X-E2). The EVF colour is saturated and the brightness can be adjusted but not the contrast. For some the EVF contrast may seem high in comparison to the rear screen. 

Also available are four display modes with a Viewmode button on the side giving the following options: normal, dual mode which includes a manual focus area, vertical layout of information when shooting in portrait orientation and full which displays shooting information at the top and bottom of the screen to avoid obstruction of the view. Focus peaking is one of the focusing views available, as well as a digital split image. Focus peaking options include white, red and blue (low/high). 

Fujifilm X T1 Black (3)

A very good rubber grip around the front and also at the rear makes the camera comfortable to hold, and there is side access to the memory card. On this pre-production model the colour of this cover is not representative of the final release version.

On the front is the front command dial, function button, flash sync cable socket, focus switch (Manual, Continuous, Single), and lens release button. There are 49 focus points, and the size of the focus area can be adjusted.

Fujifilm X T1 Hands On (2)

Menus – The menu system has the photo and setup options neatly separated over a number of screens, with each section colour coded. There is an additional control panel accessible using the Q button on the back in combination with the 4-way controller and scroll wheel, and the Q button is easy to reach with your thumb in its location. This makes it easy and quick to set options.

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 350 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, and for extended battery life you can either purchase a second battery or have a look at the weather sealed battery grip.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

  Fujifilm X-T1
Shutter Response 0.05
Focus / Shutter Response (60mm, Fw 3.0) 0.2
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.9
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.8
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.0
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
7fps (46 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 7fps (21 shots)

With support for UHS-II memory cards the write speeds after and during continuous shooting seemed very quick indeed, and the card we were using with the camera is a Toshiba Exceria Pro (UHS-II) with read speeds up to 260MB/s and write speeds up to 240MB/s – much faster than the 95MB/s offered on other performance SD memory cards. Scrolling through photos is extremely quick, and focus is quick with the lens updated to the latest firmware.

Fujifilm X-T1 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Fujifilm X-T1 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - The X-T1 produces pleasing images with good colour and very good levels of detail straight from the camera, even when shooting JPEGs. Skin tones are good, and the flash does a good job of retaining atmosphere in the photo, without overexposing the subject.

Fujifilm X-T1 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Detail from the prime lenses is very good, with good levels of detail into the corner. When updated with the latest firmware, the lens benefits from the Lens Modulation Optimisation built into the camera to deliver sharper photos when a smaller aperture is used. Exposure is reliable, except in a limited number of situations, for example when a bright subject is in the middle of a dark background, however, changing the metering mode or exposure compensation can quickly solve this issue, thanks to the controls being directly accessible on the camera body. Macro performance from the 60mm f/2.4 macro lens is excellent, as is to be expected from a dedicated macro lens. 

Fujifilm X-T1 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - The ISO range goes from ISO100 (Low) to ISO51200, and has been extended to ISO51200, whereas the last model, the X-E2 features ISO25600 as the highest setting. Noise reduction can be set to -2, -1, 0 (Standard), +1, and +2, and you can adjust noise reduction settings much more by using the raw files. The H1 and H2 settings on the ISO dial can be customised, as they default to ISO12800, and ISO25600.

Noise is low with excellent levels of detail up to and including ISO1600. Detail remains good at ISO3200, but drops off at ISO6400 as noise increases. ISO performance is impressive at high ISO settings, with improved performance over the X-E2, with ISO12800 showing additional detail over the X-E2. ISO25600 may even be usable in some circumstances, although ISO51200 is best avoided. 

Fujifilm X-T1 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a slightly greener result, and for better results you can adjust the white balance or use manual white balance. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting with a better result than any of the fluorescent presets.

Panoramic1 | 1/250 sec | f/6.4 | 60.0 mm | ISO 200
Panoramic | 1/250 sec | f/6.4 | 60.0 mm | ISO 200

Panorama mode - Panoramic mode lets you choose from normal or wide. You simply press and hold the button down while panning the camera, and it will automatically stitch the images together. The camera does a very good job of stitching the image together, and detail is good, although better results can often be produced using a wide-angle lens, rather than the 60mm macro lens.

Fujifilm X-T1 Outdoor images


Dynamic range can be extended using DR100, 200 and 400, although this does increase the ISO setting. This does a good job ensuring that bright areas of the photo aren't overexposed. 

Fujifilm X-T1 Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of film simulation modes, as shown above, as well as advanced filters that give a number of effects, such as Toy Camera, Miniature and others. It's also possible to take multiple exposure shots. Standard colour is quite natural, and selecting Vivid gives a much punchier image with stronger colour saturation and boosted contrast, there are also individual controls for dynamic range, highlight tone, shadow tone, sharpness, colour saturation and noise reduction.

Video - The camera records full HD video at 60fps, with stereo sound. There is also a microphone socket, although this is a 2.5mm jack rather than the more standard 3.5mm jack. Moire is visible in the video shown below, and for best results when recording handheld one of the lenses with optical image stabilisation is recommended. Additional videos can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel


Value For Money

Priced at £1099 body only, the Fujifilm X-T1 offers good value for money, with a weather sealed body, the most comparable mirrorless cameras include the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (at £1299 body only) and Sony Alpha A7 (at £1299 body only) making the weather-sealed X-T1 seem very good value for money. Other mirrorless cameras to consider include the weather sealed Panasonic Lumix GH3, priced at £829 body only, and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 available for £745 body only, and for a weather sealed Digital SLR you could have a look at the Pentax K-3 (for £1039 body only) and Nikon D7100 (for £795 body only).

Fujifilm X-T1 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a stylish looking camera, if you like classic SLR styling, and with an abundance of external controls, it is a stylish mix of new and old styling. The compact size, available thanks to the mirrorless sensor and lens mount design, makes it an appealing camera, and with the ever growing choice of high quality lenses, Fujifilm has a winning formula on their hands. More so now that this camera introduces a weather sealed body, and an impressively large and high resolution electronic viewfinder. It would be nice if additional lenses were available from third parties such as Sigma, as so far the lenses in the range are quite expensive compared to some competitors, however with an emphasis on quality it can quite easily be justified. 

The Fujifilm X-T1 does an excellent job of providing direct access to physical controls on the camera body, and this makes it an enjoyable camera to use, particularly for those who miss the aperture ring, and other direct controls, from SLR film days. The X-T1 produces excellent photos and there is a wide range of quality prime and zoom lenses available, and when additional weather-sealed lenses are released this could provide an excellent, and compact weather-sealed camera. The X-T1 is introduced at a competitive price point, and with a number of offers at the moment on the lenses available, it could be very hard to resist purchasing this camera, particularly if you are yet to venture into the mirrorless camera market. 


 
  The Fujifilm X-T1 is a premium SLR styled camera with excellent build quality, handling and classic styling, that delivers excellent image quality.

Fujifilm X-T1 Pros

Weather sealed body
Large electronic viewfinder
Excellent handling
Excellent external controls
Excellent noise performance
Excellent image quality and colour
7-8fps continuous shooting
Split Focus / Focus modes
Built in Wi-Fi

Fujifilm X-T1 Cons

Only one weather sealed lens so far
Extended battery life would be good - although vertical grip will extend this 
Moire / aliasing in videos

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Fujifilm X-T1 Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 51200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution2.36 million dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS60fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-Ion
CIPA Rating350
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion Battery NP-W126, Battery Charger BC-W126, Shoe-mounted flash unit EF-X8 , Shoulder strap, Body cap, Metal strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Hot shoe cover, Tall-orientation battery grip connector cover, Sync terminal cover, CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight440g
Width129mm
Height89.8mm
Depth46.7mm

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Comments


RJPhoto 1 9 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 12:20PM
Interesting. Evolution, rather than revolution, but at this price point is appears more desirable than the Olympus, and with a bigger sensor too. Will be very interested to see some shots taken by it, to see if they're any better than the XE-2, and how they compare to the Olympus. This could be a serious contender for the APS-C crown if the new lenses prove their worth too. Interested to see what Fuji do next!

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sasan 1 27
28 Jan 2014 12:23PM
Again a perfect cam with perfect price!I saw sample images in fuji website & can say Xpro1 has better image & of course most price
srh 10 33 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 1:28PM
This camera has really caught my attention. As a mirrorless m4/3 user, I've been hoping some would bring out a APS-C sensored mirrorless camera in an SLR styled body. The rangefinder style of the existing ones on the market just isn't for me. With FP etc and what looks to be usable AF tracking on some early reviews this could be a superb package.

Cheers,

Simon.
Niknut e2
4 542 60 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 4:38PM
Want one !!!!!....full stop !!!!!!Grin
30 Jan 2014 7:46PM
I shoot a lot of indoor dance performances and I am curious how good the new AF system is. I have the EX-2 and the focus is decent but not in the league of DSLRs. The pop up flash on the XE-2 is very good but the Fuji speedlight system is still in its infancy (I am a Nikon shooter). The high iso on the XE-2 is excellent, especially for an aps-c sensor. If the Xt-1 is getting closer to the DSLRs for AF performance I am going to make the gradual transition into the Fuji system. I love the design of the XT-1 and having a battery grip is a marvelous idea from Fuji (these guys don't mess around). If anyone has any experience for continuous AF with this camera please let us know. Thanks.
joshwa e2
4 600 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 3:06PM
Full review now live Smile
Niknut e2
4 542 60 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 4:27PM
Mmmmmm.....the test shots & noise test results are somewhat disappointing ??

Noise looks OK up to 1600iso, but goes off above that ......

The outdoor test shots are OK in the centre, but zooming in, the edges/corners are
getting decidedly soft.....

Finally, the White-balance studio shots also show a similar fall-off in definition; take
a look at the top-LH image, & zoom in to the Crumpler bag & look at the definition in
the cordura material.....& the lettering on the Panasonic camera lens...& also look at
the brass clock in the bottom RH corner !!.......somewhat disappointing !!!!!

Now repeat the exercise for the Olympus OMD-M1....& look at the faultless quality in
those test shots !!!!!!!!!!!!

Considering the roughly equal price point between the Olympus & Fuji...the results are
chalk & cheese !!!!!

I can only conclude that the X-T1 needs some better glass than the supplied 18-55 lens ????

For 1400 shelf price I'd want better results than what I've seen !!!!!!!!!.Sad
ChrisV 7 786 26 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 5:12PM
Although I like the promise of the controls and build I don't like the look of this camera. But that's entirely personal and of secondary importance. More serious concerns are the fact the system is all- proprietary. With m4/3 there are a few players to give choice and competition in lenses - and also a bit of a fail-safe should the manufacturer go the way of the dod [not that Fuji seem particularly vulnerable to collapse, but you never know].

There's also that big question of overall system size - once you add lenses is it still going to be significantly smaller than any other APSc kit?

As for the viewfinder - it's lauded here, but doesn't it just more or less match that in the EM1, or am I missing something?

Finally is the flash a clip-on job? Still a bit of a bug-bear of mine with the EM1 - I'm glas to see Olympus have an integrated flash in the EM10.
joshwa e2
4 600 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 6:09PM
We tested the camera with the Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens, and Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 wide-angle prime lens.

The EVF is the same resolution as the E-M1, however the X-T1 gives a larger view, 0.78x magnification vs 0.74x magnification in the E-M1. For comparison, the Nikon D800/D4/Df magnification is 0.7x, while the Canon EOS 1D-X magnification is 0.76x.
josa 2 25 Czech Republic
4 Feb 2014 7:19PM
I think many WB test shots are flawed because of slow shutter speed...that's why we get so many different results. Maybe you could find out a new way...thanks. Josef
Niknut e2
4 542 60 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 8:23PM
OK Josh !....I hadn't spotted the 60mm focal length info in the test shots !!

Perhaps the 18-55 might redeem itself afterall ?????
Britman 8 1.7k England
4 Feb 2014 8:26PM
No mention of the EVF and how good/bad it is. Nothing about it's low light ability.
joshwa e2
4 600 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 9:44AM

Quote: No mention of the EVF and how good/bad it is. Nothing about it's low light ability.

Please see this paragraph in the review:


Quote: The large electronic viewfinder (with dioptre adjustment), is bright, with saturated colour, and clear, crisp and sharp text. It is said to have the highest magnification for a digital camera (0.77x), and a lag-time of just 0.0049sec (less than 1/10th of existing models, such as the X-E2). The EVF colour is saturated and the brightness can be adjusted but not the contrast. For some the EVF contrast may seem high in comparison to the rear screen.

The following paragraph also talks about the viewing modes available when using the EVF.
5 Feb 2014 7:21PM
I really want this camera despite not liking the styling. However, all the external dials mean I can set almost anything I want without having to go through menus on screen.

If I could have all the external controls on an X-E1 or X-E2 body then it would be the prefect camera for me.

I switched from Canon to the X-E1 due to the size and weight and don't regret it for one minute. I can now take a decent camera on holiday.

The Fuji lens system is not as extensive as Canon or Nikon but it most of the lenses I want or am likely to be able to afford are available. A shame the Ziess macro with 1:1 is so expensive but other lenses such as the Samyang 8mm was a good price and is surprisingly good.

Will it make me a better photographer - no
Will the picture quality be better than the X-E1/X-E2 - no
Do I really need full frame when I don't print larger than A3 - no
Do I need this camera - YES
Niknut e2
4 542 60 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:57PM
Just had a re-read of the X-E2 review, & the test shots using the 18-55 lens !!!

What a difference !!!.......both the outdoor shots (Conservatory ?) & the WB studio shots
are impeccable !......with superb definition right into the corners...very impressive !!!!!!!!

Yet one would expect prime lenses, such as the 60mm, & 18mm, would produce top class
results.....especially considering they're both 'big-bucks' lenses....????????

It's cleared any doubts I'd had from the X-T1 review !!!!.......gorra justify the expense now !
The Fuji 18-55 zoom out performs the 18mm prime, but f-stop is a little slower.
Looks an interesting proposition - but I'm minded to wait for the Fuji X-pro version 2.
kodachrome 2 471
10 Feb 2014 9:09AM
Fuji have certainly not followed the usual Canikon sensor/processing formula but went their own way with sensor design and digital processing and it really has paid off. Staying at 16mp for FF was a wise decission as high ISO performance will be enhanced. Fuji are a refreshingly optomistic company with enough insight to adopt the old retro looks but with state of the art digital processing. Fuji seem to make something for every one in their camera line up.
On most of the latest crop of X cameras, Jpegs are so good that not much if any advantage is gained from using RAW. My little X10 puts my old Nikon D5000 to shame on IQ, enough said.
I can only conclude that the X-T1 needs some better glass than the supplied 18-55 lens ????

For 1400 shelf price I'd want better results than what I've seen !!!!!!!!!.Sad
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The E-M1 + 12-40 is 1950 it is also easier to cover a 4x3 image circle as it uses nearly 10% less of the extreme edges than a 3x2 sensor. For the 1200 E-M1 body you get very poor image quality for the price.
Hi,
I was wondering whether you experienced improved shutter-blackout tines for the evf. I am currently using an x-e1 and the black out period is long enough to prevent certain types of shooting. Thank you.
Darious 1 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 6:00PM
The new camera "with classic DSLR styling". To me it more resembles classic SLR styling rather than classic DSLR styling
joshwa e2
4 600 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 9:23AM
Hi Darious, thanks for the comment, this has been updated.
djcozzer 5 9 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 7:12PM
So why should I buy this camera rather than say a Pentax k5 iis. Similar sensor size, in camera filters etc, but half the price?Smile

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