The Fujifilm X-T1 part of Fujifilm’s X-series of cameras, which have proved immensely popular since they were introduced. The X-T1 is positioned between the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and the X-E2, and is a fabulous camera.
On the whole, the camera is encased in a very attractive classic design, with outstanding handling and image quality. Its OLED viewfinder is easily one of the best in the market. It is a serious contender to the various mirrorless compact system cameras that are already in the market.
The only downside of the X-T1 is that it has no touchscreen – but this may not be a problem for most users as the camera’s otherwise solid features are enough to bowl enthusiast over.
In this Fujifilm X-T1 camera review article, let’s explore some of the salient features of the X-T1 and see if it’s a camera that suits your needs.
1. Design and Construction
The Fujifilm X-T1 is clear designed for the traditional style photographer – it has a digital SLR like shape, unlike the Fuji X Pro-1 and X-E2.
There’s also a lump at the top of the camera where the EVF sits, along with a much more pronounced finger grip.
There’s a nice 1.04 million dot LCD at the rear of the camera, with a tilting bracket that makes it easier to shoot from high or low angles.
On the whole, you can feel the camera is very sturdily built. The EVF is very large and gives you a nice, clear view of your subject and being electronic, it does offer some advantages compared to optical viewfinders (e.g. split screen images and a full 100% field of view (allowing you to see exactly what the sensor does).
The design of the X-T1, on the whole, is fantastic. It looks VERY nice indeed and I’m sure it will have many a enthusiast photographer drooling over it. It’s also fully weather sealed for extra protection for your precious lenses and the camera’s image sensor.
The X-T1 comes with a 16.3 megapixel APS-C size image sensor, and an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 51,200. The image sensor is interesting – the X-T1 uses the same image sensor as the X-E2 APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor.
That places it between the micro four thirds sensors on the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and those full-frame sensors in e.g. the Sony A7 and the Nikon Df digital SLR. The X-T1 also comes with a 49-point AF system which allows you to quickly focus your shots.
Th X-T1 has an excellent sets of controls laid out at the top-plate. You can easily adjust ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation using the aluminum dials laid out at the top of the camera. Each of the dials also has some “resistance” to them, ensuring you can flip them but without them going out of place.
The other nice thing about the FujiFilm X-T1 is its hand grip. I think the design team at Fuji really did well with the hand grip – it feels first-class and very solid in your hand and you can easily rest your thumb on the thumb rest at the rear, or reach out to controls very comfortably.
Using modes like aperture priority is similar to the other X-series cameras – you set shutter speed dial to “A” before you control the aperture with the lens aperture ring. There’s also a four-way controller at the back of the camera, programmable to let you reach any number of settings such as white balance, dynamic range or AF.
The X-T1 has Wi-Fi built right into it, a feature common in many cameras these days. You can easily transfer pictures taken in the camera to your smartphone or upload them to photo sharing sites.
With Wi-Fi, you can also easily take control of the camera remotely (e.g. using a smartphone app to control the camera). This is a feature which is becoming very common in newer cameras these days and its a great feature, in my opinion.
Performance-wise, the X-T1 comes in with top marks. It has a bust mode of 8 fps, which is very fast and allows you to shoot about 47 fine JPEG files per second. The start up speed of this camera is also lightning fast – coming in at about 0.5 seconds.
The 49-point AF system is excellent and works well when shooting in continuous AF mode. Some folks complain that the auto focus system doesn’t quite reach the far corner of the frame, though – but I think that is only a minor point.
If you throw in a kit 18-55 mm f/2.8-4 lens, you’ll find you have even more creative choices with the X-T1. The camera does out-of-focus shots beautifully as well, with some nice bokeh on display. At higher ISO ranges, the noise is also very well controlled.
Not many shortcomings with the X-T1 I can think of, really. The only downside to the camera is the fact that it doesn’t have a touch screen. However, with the immense number of dials and controls you can easily toggle to get the camera setting you want – I feel the lack of a touch screen is really a small thing.
Wrapping Up …
Overall, the Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent camera, with a number of great features that will attract enthusiast photographers. It has a first-class camera body, well designed to look good and feel very comfortable in your hand. It also has outstanding image quality and a very well-built electronic viewfinder.
The only downside to the X-T1 is its lack of touchscreen controls. However, considering that its controls are well laid out and give you easy access to a wide range of controls, this is not very much of a problem for most users.
That’s all I have for now. Until next time, happy shopping and do check the Fujifilm X-T1 out!