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...

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Fujifilm X-T1 review


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Fujifilm X-T1 review – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

The viewfinder on the X-T1 is quite something, especially when you consider it is larger than the optical viewfinder on Canon’s flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X. When you lift the camera to your eye the eye sensor automatically switches the screen feed to the electronic viewfinder in less than 1sec. The view is a pleasing one and it’s far from tunnel-like, thanks to its 0.77x magnification. The high resolution provides a crisp, clear view whether it’s used for compositional purposes or reviewing images, and by offering 100% coverage you see precisely what the sensor sees, which is an advantage over some DSLRs that provide only 95% or 96% coverage. Lag is handled reasonably well too, and shooting information is displayed on a dark background so that visibility isn’t influenced by the scene behind it.

The rear display’s 3in dimensions meet expectations, and thanks to its 1.04-million-dot resolution the sharpness it delivers can’t be faulted. Operationally, the screen is best pulled out from underneath and offers a smooth motion, with a reassuring ‘clunk’ as it is push back flat to the body. Given the choice of the X-T1’s screen over a fixed display such as that on the X-Pro1, I’d settle for the tiltable option every time.

The camera can shoot full HD 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) video at frame rates of 60fps or 30fps for up to 14mins, increasing to 27mins at 1280×720-pixel resolution. The in-built mic did pick up on a very faint whirring sound as the kit lens focused (when set to continuous AF), but in other than near-silent scenes this couldn’t be heard when replaying and listening to the audio footage.

  1. 1. Fujifilm X-T1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Advanced electronic viewfinder
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Metering
  5. 5. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Fujifilm X-T1 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Fujifilm X-T1 review - The competition
  11. 11. Fujifilm X-T1 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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