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 – Autofocus
Image: Using the shell as our focus point, this image also reveals the shallow depth of field that can be achieved at f/2.8
The X-T1’s AF system impresses from the start and locks onto subjects more responsively than both the X-Pro1 and X-E1. The speed of autofocus in single AF mode is livelier than that found in the Sony Alpha 7R too, and is particularly noticeable in low light. It is more in keeping with the speed of Panasonic’s Light Speed AF system that is found on the Lumix DMC-GX7.
Where the X-T1 can’t compete with the GX7, though, is in the coverage of AF points across the frame. Although a 49-point AF system doesn’t sound at all bad on paper, the X-T1’s coverage doesn’t meet the far corner of the frame as it does on the GX7. Added to this, the positioning of the AF point is achieved using the four-way control buttons, because the X-T1 doesn’t support a touchscreen. However, users should appreciate the option to alter the size of the AF point to one of five sizes.
However, it is the X-T1’s ability to focus in extremely poor lighting conditions where there is a distinct lack of contrast, without the aid of its AF illuminator lamp, that’s most impressive. It certainly provides a greater sense of confidence when approaching any low-light scenes.