Fujifilm X-T1

Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (body only)

INTRODUCED 1/2014

The newest member of Fujifilm’s X-Series mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera lineup may well be the best. The X-T1 features a rugged weather- and cold-resistant "mini-DSLR-style" body, a latest-generation 16.3-megapixel Fujifilm APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a unique high-magnification eye-level OLED electronic viewfinder and very quick operation.

The X-Trans CMOS II sensor, introduced in the X-E2, incorporates more than 100,000 phase-detection pixels for quicker AF in good light (the camera automatically switches to contrast-based AF in dim light), and features a unique RGB filter array that differs from conventional Bayer arrays by using a more random arrangement that positions red, green and blue pixels in every horizontal and vertical row. This minimizes moiré and false colors, allowing Fujifilm to do away with the sharpness-robbing optical low-pass filter required by most Bayer-sensor cameras.

The X-T1 has a high-resolution OLED EVF that features the world’s greatest magnification (0.77X, 35mm-equivalent) for a digital camera. There’s also a tilting, 3-inch LCD monitor. The X-T1 can shoot at 8 fps with focus tracking (3 fps with full-time live view). It’s also the first mirrorless camera that’s compatible with SDXC UHS-II memory cards, with data writing in continuous mode that’s about twice the speed of a conventional SD card. This also helps with video, as the X-T1 can do both 720 HD and 1080 full HD at 60p, as well as 30p.

One-touch WiFi connection makes it quick and easy to transfer images to a smartphone or computer, and geotag images (via the smartphone’s GPS). Using the Fujifilm Camera Remote App, you even can operate the camera from your smartphone or tablet.

Currently, 12 Fujinon and two Zeiss X-mount lenses are available, from 14mm to 50-230mm. None of these is weather-resistant, but several WR lenses are in the works.

Dimensions are 5.0×3.5×1.8 inches and 13.7 ounces.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Fujifilm’s first "mini-DSLR-style" mirrorless X-Series camera features weather- and cold-resistant construction.

1.To the right of the hot-shoe are dials to set shutter speed and exposure compensation (and the Metering mode at the base of the shutter-speed dial).

2.To the left is the ISO dial (with the Drive mode dial at its base).

3.Just left of the lens is a switch that lets you select manual, single-shot or continuous AF modes.

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