Fujifilm X-T1: First Look | Pixelogist

First Thoughts

Alright, this camera looks beautiful. Yes, all cameras in this line by Fujifilm look great, but this just might be the best-looking one out of the bunch. More SLR than rangefinder, it’s a weather-sealed body, it’s got a whole bunch of manual controls – more than the X-E1/X-Pro1 by the looks of it – and it’s super-retro. Classic. It’s Fujifilm’s first weather-sealed camera body (in the X-series, at least) – it also is capable of operating at temperatures as low as -40°C – and being their new flagship of sorts, it’s fitting. And knowing their standards in terms of build quality, I can feel quite assured that the magnesium alloy body will be very, very solid. The insides of the camera – namely, the sensor and processor – are the same as the X-E2. The X-Trans II CMOS sensor, which performs really well on whatever camera it’s been used on so far, is a fantastic one, and I’m sure it’ll do nothing but impress in this camera too. Combined with the EXR II processor, image quality and speed should be right up there with the best. Some might be disappointed that there’s nothing new in this area with the X-T1, but when something works as well as this, why replace it? There’s no use upgrading just for the sake of upgrading. The AF system is the first of the major improvements over the other models of the X-series. It is largely based off the new X-Trans II sensor and its phase-detect elements, but while it wasn’t that effective on the X-E2, the entire AF system of the X-T1 has been improved and even though people wouldn’t really believe the Fujifilm claim of ‘world’s fastest AF’ anymore, I feel the X-T1 will actually sport a very good (and fast) focusing system. That’s something that is really missing in all X-series cameras, to be honest, so it’s an improvement that everybody really expects from Fuji today……

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