Alternative angles: the benefits of a tilting LCD | David Nightingale

Read most any review of the latest Fuji cameras, particularly the X100T and the X-T1, and one of the things that’s most often mentioned is that they’re a joy to use. Before getting an X-T1 a little over a year ago I found these comments perplexing, not in the sense that I didn’t know what the reviewer meant, but because they were often so overwhelmingly positive they sounded more like paid advertisements from fanboys rather than a genuine response to the gear. Surely it’s just a camera, it can’t possibly be that good? Having shot with the X-T1 for a little over a year now I now know what they mean, Fuji cameras are a joy to use – the image quality is great, and colour reproduction, particularly for portraits, is in a class of its own – but what sets the Fuji cameras apart from their rivals is the ergonomics and design. Unlike other camera systems I’ve shot with in recent years Fuji cameras give the impression they were designed by photographers, not electronic engineers. For example, all the important controls such as ISO, exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture (on most lenses at least) are instantly accessible, even when the camera’s turned off. I could reel off a whole bunch of other design features I like, along with how some of them could be better or easier to use, but that isn’t the point of this article. Instead, I want to focus on one feature of the X-T1 I especially like and how it’s helped me to get a range of shots that would have been difficult, sometimes impossible to get without it: the tilting LCD screen……


Fuji X-T1

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