Fuji claims the u2018ultra-fastu2019 electronic viewfinder on its new X-T1 compact system camera is u2018almost indistinguishableu2019 from an optical viewfinder.

The 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF is designed to have a lag time of 0.005 sec and 0.77x magnification.

Boasting SLR-style handling and a weather-resistant body, the XT-1 also carries a ‘world-beating’ AF speed of 0.08sec and 0.05sec shutter lag.

The 16.3-million-pixel X-mount model houses an APS-C-size imaging sensor and a redesigned circuit board, enabling a top ISO of 51,200, says the firm.

The imaging sensor is an X Trans CMOS II type – borrowed from the X-E2 – that aims to help control moiré and false colours. It dispenses with an optical low-pass filter to help boost resolution.

Engineers say the X-T1 makes use of around 80 seals to help protect against dust and moisture, and that the camera is capable of withstanding temperatures down to -10°C.

Due out later this month, it will cost £1,099.99 body only, and £1,449.99 as a kit with an 18-55mm lens.

Also on board is Fuji’s Lens Modulation Optimiser, technology first used on the X100S compact camera last year – designed to cut optical effects such as lens diffraction.

Features also include five mechanical dials on the top plate, two command dials (on the front and back) and six customizable function buttons.

The debutante is designed to shoot at a burst rate of up to 8fps in continuous AF and is compatible with SDXC UHS-II memory cards that have a faster data writing speed than conventional cards.

Meanwhile, Wi-Fi compatibility should allow the camera to be controlled wirelessly using a smartphone or computer tablet.

An external flash, the EF-X8, will be bundled with the kit, while an optional vertical battery grip (VG-XT1, priced £199.99) will contain a shutter button, plus two command dials. This is also built to be weather resistant.

Also due out separately will be a £129 metal hand grip (MHG-XT) that will work as a quick-release plate when using a tripod, says the firm.

• Fuji has confirmed that its previously announced 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will go on sale in June. And its upcoming 16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140mm f/2.8 – both due out towards the end of this year – will also be weather-resistant, says Fuji.