Test Review: Fujifilm X-T1

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The Fujifilm X-T1 is the new flagship camera of the X-series. It has an X-Trans CMOS sensor with 16 MP, and it looks like a classic SLR. It offers a very interesting viewfinder system, and the camera is able to record Full-HD videos.

The Fujifilm X-T1 is the new flagship camera of the X-series. It has an X-Trans CMOS sensor with 16 MP, and it looks like a classic SLR. It offers a very interesting viewfinder system, and the camera is able to record Full-HD videos.

The exposure settings of the standard test box shot are well balanced. The colours have a very natural look, and the gray background is reproduced very naturally and with neutral gray tones.

The exposure settings of the standard test box shot are well balanced. The colours have a very natural look, and the gray background is reproduced very naturally and with neutral gray tones.

Comments on Image Quality
Colour: The colour results of the Fujifilm X-T1 are excellent. The white-balance system worked very well. The gray patterns in our test chart are located in the center and show only a minor shift into cooler/bluish colour areas, while the white pattern shows a shift into the yellow area. The skintone reproduction is nearly perfect. Skintones are a little bit “optimized” by higher orange rates. This is visible in our test chart and our portrait shot. The saturation of the images is a little high. The photographer can change that by using different “film simulations” in the menu setting, which will change the contrast and colour reproduction, for example. By using the raw mode of the camera, the X-T1 is able to do perfect colour reproductions.

Sharpness: The resolution results are excellent. The X-T1 reproduced the ISO 12233 chart with 3183 lines per picture height, which is nearly its nominal sensor resolution of 3264 lines per picture height. Fine details like the metal structure of the sieve in our standard test box shot or the hair in our portrait shot are reproduced very clearly and without visible sharpness filtering effects common in images taken with many other cameras. The high quality of the kit lens helps it archive these high results. The camera and lens combination shows images without any chromatic aberration in the image center and only minor aberration effects in the image corners.

Noise: The camera performed very well in our noise test. The luminance noise level is extremely low, and even at the highest ISO speed settings, there are nearly no colour noise artifacts noticeable. The camera uses an intelligent and very unobtrusive filtering system that doesn’t reduce image detail like many other digital cameras do at the highest ISO speed settings. Only at the highest ISO speed setting of 6400, will you notice some artefacts on small details like hairlines, figures (of our test chart) and more, which will make the anti-noise filtering visible. The dynamic range results are very good. The camera gained a maximum of 11.4 f-stops and keeps a high level of more than 10 f-stops up to ISO 3200.

There are a lot of dials, useful for manual set-up. The user can define the function of the “FN” button near the EV dial. By default it starts the Wi-Fi function.

There are a lot of dials, useful for manual set-up. The user can define the function of the “FN” button near the EV dial. By default it starts the Wi-Fi function.

Comments on Handling
The new Fujifilm X-T1 is a in retro-style digital mirrorless camera system. The camera looks like an SLR system of the 1970s and offers a lot of set-up dials to change nearly all image parameters without using the LCD screen menu. On top of the camera, there are dials for shutter speed, ISO speed, and EV control (+/- 3 EV steps). Below the ISO speed and the shutter speed dials, the camera has additional set-up rings that allow for changing the exposure mode (spot metering, for example) or the image mode (single shot, continuous shot in two different rates) or for activating the bracketing function. With these set-up dials, the photographer is able to comfortably use different exposure modes. Turning the shutter speed dial to the desired position (instead of the default “A” auto setting) activates the Shutter Priority mode. Using the lens ring to change the aperture size activates the Aperture Priority mode, and using both dials and rings offers manual settings.

The camera does not have a built-in flash system, but it has a small system flash, which can be mounted on the accessory shoe.

The camera does not have a built-in flash system, but it has a small system flash, which can be mounted on the accessory shoe.

The camera looks like an SLR system, but it’s a compact-system camera with an electronic viewfinder. This viewfinder is the best electronic viewfinder to date. Like electronic viewfinders of some other CSC systems, it has an extreme resolution of 2.36 million RGB dots, but compared to other cameras, it is extremely large and offers a viewfinder factor of 0.77 (which is very high for camera with LCD viewfinder and APS-C sized sensor). Working with this viewfinder is very comfortable. It offers an electronic magnifier function, focus peaking, and more to facilitate manual focusing. In addition it has many other functions like a split mode with a dual representation of the image.

The swivel monitor can be flipped up- and downward. It offers a resolution of 1.04 million RGB dots and is a very handy supplement for the high-resolution viewfinder.

The swivel monitor can be flipped up- and downward. It offers a resolution of 1.04 million RGB dots and is a very handy supplement for the high-resolution viewfinder.

The camera has a Wi-Fi module and a new Wi-Fi software, which is much more convenient than the former software for X cameras. While the W-LAN function of cameras like the Fujifilm X-E2 can only be used for wireless image data transfer, the new software of the X-T1 helpfully allows for using a smartphone as a wireless remote control, for example.

The camera has a 4-way cursor field on the back. Right above this cursor field, you will find the “Q” button, which will activate the quick menu on the screen. This allows for the quick set-up of additional image parameters, like image resolution. To change the parameters in the quick menu, use the set-up dial above the focus-assist button.

The camera has a 4-way cursor field on the back. Right above this cursor field, you will find the “Q” button, which will activate the quick menu on the screen. This allows for the quick set-up of additional image parameters, like image resolution. To change the parameters in the quick menu, use the set-up dial above the focus-assist button.

 

Pros
+ Compact-system with APS-C sized sensor
+ High-quality images thanks to the X-Trans CMOS II sensor
+ Extremely large viewfinder with very high resolution (2.36 million RGB dots)
+ Classic camera handling with a lot of set-up dials for ISO speed, shutter speed, single and continuous mode etc.
+ Robust body, sealed and splash/waterproof
+ Wi-Fi function including remote control (more convenient than the WLAN function of other Fujifilm X cameras)

Cons
–  Small grip on the right hand side of the body isn’t really handy for photographers with large hands

 

 

This review is based on precise lab tests conducted by BetterNet GmbH and provided by the Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA). TIPA is the largest family of independent photo and imaging magazines worldwide. Photo Life is an active member of TIPA.

SPEC SHEET: Fujifilm X-T1
BASIC TECHNICAL DATA:
Resolution 4896 x 3264
Resolution sensor 16.3
Size of sensor (in inches) 0/0.00
Size of sensor (in mm) 23.6 x 15.6
LENSES:
Focal length (wide angle; 35-mm equivalent; in mm) 27
Focal length (tele; 35-mm equivalent; KB in mm) 83
Focal length (wide angle; real; in mm) 18.0
Focal length (tele; real; KB in mm) 55.0
Speed 2.8 – 4.0
Macro 30 – 40
Manual focus, controlled by function elements no
Manual focus, controlled with lens ring yes
TAKING PICTURES:
Start-up time (in sec) 0.80
Shutter delay (in sec) without pre-focusing 0.15
Shutter delay (in sec) with pre-focusing 0.02
Continuous shooting speed (frames per second) 8.0
Max. burst during continuous shooting speed 47.0
Fastest shutter speed (in sec) 1/4000
Long time exposure/shutter speed (in sec) 30
Self-timer yes
Exposure Settings:
Aperture pre-setting, shutter speed pre-setting, manual exposure settings,
automatic bracketing, time-lapse photography
Exposure programs 0
White balance:
Auto yes
White-balance settings 7
Individual white balance yes
ISO:
ISO min 200
ISO max 6400
ISO steps 16
Manual ISO control yes
FLASH:
Integrated flash yes
Flash mode:
On, off, automatic flash, slow sync, anti-red-eye, rear-curtain sync
External Flash
X-sync no
Accessory shoe yes
FILE FORMATS:
Standard file formats JPEG, RAW, DCF
JPEG compression grades 3
LCD AND PREVIEW:
Size (in inches) 3.0
Resolution of LCD (in pixels) 1040
Zoom mode during preview yes
Index during preview yes
Slideshow during preview yes
VIDEO:
Video available yes
Max. width 1920
Max. height 1080
Picture frequency 60
POWER SOURCE:
Rechargeable battery yes
Battery type Li-Ion
Battery charger included yes
Power connector no
Power supply unit no
STORAGE SYSTEM:
Supported memory cards SD card, SDHC card, SDXC card
PC CONNECTION:
PC connection USB, HDMI, WLAN
DIMENSIONS:
Dimensions (width x height x depth; in mm) 129 x 89 x 46
Weight (body without battery and memory card; in g) 440
ACCESSORIES:
Docking station no
Printed manual yes
Manual on CD yes
Bag no
Remote control no

 

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