After a year spent expanding the X-series with enthusiast models, Fujifilm has returned to the premium arena by launching the X-T1. Is it the best X-series model to date? Read the Fujifilm X-T1 review...
Fujifilm X-T1 review – Our verdict
It’s hard not to fall in love with the chic look of the Fujifilm X-T1. Much has been said about it being the camera the Nikon Df should have been, and when you take the X-T1’s size, portability and build quality into consideration, it’s hard to disagree. The Df’s unique selling point is its low-light performance, but the X-T1 does a better job of capturing the spirit of 35mm SLR photography that the Df was trying to achieve. The X-Trans sensor has once again delivered the goods for the X-T1, and while it would have its work cut out to match the low-light performance of the Nikon Df, the sensor’s ability to record high levels of detail through the sensitivity range make it a more than capable alternative for those who find a DSLR too cumbersome. The viewfinder is good enough to change photographers’ perceptions of the EVF, while the AF performance is swift enough to raise interest from professionals looking at a smaller system.
There are some additions that could enhance the operation of the camera – a touchscreen being one – but all things considered, the X-T1 is one of the best (if not the best) premium compact system cameras tested by AP.
Fujifilm X-T1 review – Key features
The camera allows panoramic images to be taken in a single sweep with its dedicated panorama mode, which is accessed from the shooting-mode dial beneath the ISO dial.
The metering mode is adjusted using the dial beneath the shutter-speed dial. The TTL 256-zone metering system provides multi, spot and average modes.
Exposure compensation dial
Positioned above where the thumb rests for ease of access, it provides compensation over a -3 to +3EV range.
The X-T1’s focus-assist button instantly previews a 100% magnified view, helping to ensure pin-sharp results when manually focusing in live view.
The four-way directional buttons at the rear double as customisable function buttons. Two further custom function buttons are found at the front and on the top-plate.
The X-T1 shoots full HD 1920×1080-pixel video at 60p/30p for up to 14mins continuously. For longer clips (up to 27mins), users should shoot at 1280×720 pixels at 60p/30p.