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Fuji X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite review

Fuji's SLR-style CSC now comes in two colours and with a big firmware upgrade

As the XT-1 uses the same sensor and processor as the X-E2, we had pretty high hopes for this camera, given that the X-E2 was one of our favourites of last year.

True to expectations, the X-T1 has put in an excellent performance. Images are full of detail, especially at the lower end of the sensitivity run. The lack of anti-aliasing filter helps to facilitate this level of detail, and happily it doesn't bring with it moire patterning, thanks to the design of the sensor.

Memory card

Colours are reproduced beautifully. Fuji's film simulation modes are useful for changing the look of your images. Shooting in Provia mode is generally recommended for everyday shooting, but if you want to boost the saturation and contrast a touch for deeper colours, switching to Velvia is also a good choice. If you need tones to be a little more neutral, Astia is useful. It's also nice to use the Monochrome modes – shooting in raw format means you have a colour version of the image should you need it later down the line.

The Classic Chrome rendition is a welcome addition, producing images with an attractive color and tonal rendition.

The camera's all-purpose metering mode occasionally has the tendency to underexpose slightly, so you need to dial in some positive exposure compensation to get a more balanced image. We found that JPEG images also tend to have quite a limited dynamic range, meaning that highlights can be a little blown out at times although the contrast straight from the camera is generally good. This is the kind of camera which is aimed at experienced enthusiasts, so it's likely that kind of user will be working with raw files in post-production to rectify these problems.

There is a dynamic range expansion mode, however, which can be applied in fixed values or set to automatic. It uses extra ISO 'headroom' (up to 2EV), and it's very effective. You can also reduce the highlight and shadow contrast settings to bring back even more detail.

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Generally, the X-T1's automatic white balance system is very impressive, helping the camera to produce very accurate colours, even under artificial lighting conditions. We tested the camera in Chinatown, London, where lots of neon lights and unusual colours were a good test for colour accuracy, and we were very pleased with the results (see the sample images page to take a look).

We found that out of focus areas of JPEG images taken with the X-E2 could be a little painterly when viewed at 100% – probably as a result of the camera attempting to sharpen areas that shouldn't be sharp. Thankfully, we've struggled to find evidence of this happening with the X-T1 JPEG images, so perhaps Fuji has tweaked an algorithm to reduce this problem. As such it doesn't worry us too much.

Dials

Out-of-focus areas are rendered beautifully, with some lovely bokeh on display. We were using the 23mm f/1.4 lens for the majority of this test, which is a delightful lens, providing a 34.5mm field of view (35mm equivalent), so it's a great classic focal length. Fuji produces some excellent prime lenses, and we also used the 60mm f/2.8 macro optic. We have used the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 "kit" lens with the X-E2 before, which is a good choice for a more versatile lens.

At the time of its release, Fuji claimed that the XT-1 offered the world's quickest autofocusing speeds for cameras with an APS-C sized sensor. That accolade has since been claimed by the Sony A6000, but focusing speeds are still quick – especially in good light.

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Focusing speeds drop in lower light conditions, and if you're taking pictures of something which is likely to change position between shots – such as a person – in lower light conditions, the camera can be quite slow to refocus. In this case, switching to continuous autofocusing mode is a good option as it performs a little better in low light.

We don't think that this camera is as fast to focus as DSLR when shooting through the viewfinder, but it is certainly faster than a DSLR shooting in live view mode, something which this camera is essentially always doing.

Speaking of lower light conditions, noise in images is very well controlled at higher sensitivity settings. At ISO 800, noise is virtually non-existent. There is some small degree of image smoothing in JPEG files, but on the whole, detail is retained very well. Examining images shot at ISO 1600 reveals more noise is present, but it's not problematic at normal printing and web sizes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-II), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-II)
Image StabilizationNo
Brand NameFujifilm
DurabilityWeather Resistant, Water Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, H.264
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)390 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeX-Trans CMOS II
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody Only
Battery Model SupportedNP-W126
Height88.9 mm
Width127 mm
Depth45.7 mm
Product SeriesX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-T1
Product NameX-T1 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC12650A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

The X-T1 features evolved SLR-style handling, mechanical dials and weather-resistance, together with all the benefits of an X-Series camera, such as compact size, excellent mobility and high-speed performance. What's more, its newly developed electronic viewfinder is almost indistinguishable from an optical viewfinder thanks to its ultra fast display speed.

Battery Life350 Shot
Package Contents
  • X-T1 Mirrorless Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoe-Mounted Flash Unit EF-X8
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Tall-Orientation Battery Grip Connector Cover
  • Sync Terminal Cover
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker