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 – 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.