Donnie G: If a camera design is done right, then there is no need to hype up any mythical marketing advantages of mirrorless ILC tech vs. traditional SLR tech in order to sell the camera to enthusiasts. The Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent example of a camera design that is done right. No further hype required.
Judging by the responses, Fuji seem to have created a level of desirability few Japanese camera makers have managed in recent years. Desirability is a hard thing to quantify, but the fact it LOOKS like a camera should seems to be 80% of the appeal.
JaimeA: Consider this: David (nuts about photography) and I had a talk last night. The inconspicuous Fuji X-M1 sells today for $700 (with the good kit 16-50 lens $800). (I am very happy with this camera.) The new X-T1 costs $1,300 (with the top-rated 18-55 lens $1,700); almost double the price. The sensor size, MP count and engine are the same in both and will produce the same results at any given time. Essentially, it is the same camera with new clothes. Of course there are some hyped improvements here and there, but do you really need them? Will they noticeably improve your shooting? He’s got a point there.
Was a time when all cameras had the same sensor. It was called film. I seem to remember there was a large array of film bodies for the 35mm format that ranged from a couple of hundred $$ to several thousand.
You say the extra features are over-hyped, I say it depends what you want to do. There is a much more logical argument that says beyond a certain point the sensor is irrelevant, especially if you don't print large or shoot in the dark. Nowadays they are all pretty good.
Given the same IQ, what become more important is the versatility of the camera and how many types of task it can perform. The X-T1 is much more versatile than the X-M1, and for many that's worth the price.
Mike99999: I'm delighted to see another great alternative to the horrible APS-C Canon and Nikon cameras with non-existent lens selection.
So now the original OM-D has spawned two clones: on one hand the APS-C Fuji X-T1, and on the other hand the full frame Sony A7/R.
So with the Fuji you get a 24% larger sensor than the OM-D, but you have to give up IBIS and blazing fast AF.
Sounds like a great option for those who can't decide between an OM-D and an A7.
Though with the full frame alternative priced so competitively, that itch for the full frame magic might be unbearable. No matter what the equivalences say, the bokeh of the Fujinon 23/1.4 cannot even match the slow and tiny Zeiss FE 35/2.8.
Clone? EVF humps are not exactly new (Panasonic and Samsung have had them for years, and so have bridge cameras).
57even: Whether you like this camera or not is rather missing the point. It can shoot 8fps with liveview and predicitive focus tracking, and according to Fuji rumours who tested it, it actually seems to work. This is a first, but where one company goes others will follow. The key was EVF lag and this one seems to have the issue fixed.
The one area where DSLRs were untouchable was AF tracking. If that has finally been dealt with, then technically there is no reason for buying a DSLR over a mirrorless camera.
If you prefer an OVF, well fine. Can't help you there, but with the same size view as a FF SLR on an APSC camera, with live exposure and a focus check window, this particular EVF has a lot going for it.
Hi Andy - thanks for clarification. I guess a 1/8s lag is OK for something moving on a fairly predictable track.
Mind you the fact it tracks so well is a major improvement on most mirrorless - Nikon 1 excepted. Even my D700 was a long way from foolproof.
peevee1: Oly, Fuji, Sony keep pulling away...
Is market share really the only reason you choose a camera?
ProfHankD: In almost every way, very similar to the Sony A7. However, the A7 is 24MP FF for about $300 more. That's a pretty small price bump from the X-T1's 16MP APS-C.
Not similar in any way at all, unless the fact they are both mirrorless is all that matters. You may as well say the D7100 is similar to the Canon 6D because they are both SLRs.
Whether you like this camera or not is rather missing the point. It can shoot 8fps with liveview and predicitive focus tracking, and according to Fuji rumours who tested it, it actually seems to work. This is a first, but where one company goes others will follow. The key was EVF lag and this one seems to have the issue fixed.
Just not as ugly as most other cameras on the market.
srados: I do not understand why FUJI FILM does not drop FILM from name and call themselves FUJI.
Because Fuji is the name of a mountain in Japan and used for many companies.
Woodlink: The shutter button doesn't look like it will accept a cable release…perhaps Fuji is planning some expanded use of wifi for this?
It takes any electronic release that uses the standard (Canon) socket.
Jim in Hudson: I don't understand this recent fascination with top plate dials, unless it's mostly for looks. Back when dials were the way to control cameras, it was all there was. The major disadvantage was having to take your eye away from the VF to make a change (well, you had to change film to change ISO). There was no superimposed (or bottom strip) indicator of settings. Now, basic camera controls do the same and you can see exactly what you're changing with speed, aperture, and ISO without ever taking your eye off the subject. Of course you need a logical and easy layout to the button and wheel controls but it doesn't take much to learn.
Well basically, on a DSLR you have to do everything with one hand because there are no major controls on the other. This means quite a few functions require doubling up on the main dials and require buttons to be pressed. Fine when you just want to change one setting, but if you have to change ISO, aperture and EV comp you have to do all that with the right hand and potentially 2 button presses, or at least 1.
On the Fuji, all settings are visible in the VF if you want, but you don't have to move the left hand from the lens to reach the aperture control or the right hand to change EV and now the left hand can adjust ISO as well if you need to.
And when you put the camera on the tripod and cant remember what all the setting are, you don't have to switch on the LCD or look through the VF to remember. They are all marked on the dials.
The only reason this doesn't work out so well on the Nikon DF is than Nikon dropped the aperture ring.
If you don't believe me just try it.
QuarryCat: With this look of Contax RTS - it could be a success!
it took Fuji two years to make a real camera and it will take perhaps one ore two more, to make a fast camera, like the OM-D E-M1.
Sony is looking very old and slow with its Alpha 7 Bodies.Canon, Nikon and Pentax still don't want to make a real modern, fast camera.
Only part of Sony making money though. That and music.
Nothing lasts forever. Canon and Nikon are working on mirrorless AF for when the market switches. They only make money off the hoards of cheap SLRs they pile into white good stores.
In fact they lost a train load of money in the UK when the biggest store tanked. But when the market for mid-level cameras switches they will have no advantage over the competition since they will have to source everything from the same places.
Holger Drallmeyer: Am I missing something? LR runs on Surface tablets for a long while already. And what about $99 a year? Isn't that a huge rip off? I probably just don't get it.
Why would I waste money on an iPad Air? It does not replace my phone, my laptop or my desktop, and 90% of the functions it does perform work quite well on an iPhone as well.
A Surface Pro can replace all other computing devices if you are a Windows user. If it weighs more than an iPad it weighs much less than a Macbook Air, even with the optional keyboard.
abortabort: Two points:
1) Who says this has anything to do with iOS? I know DPR like to bury their heads in the sand as they wait for iOS as a platform to mature enough to run proper photo editing apps that there are already tablets that run full LR, PS etc which get completely ignored because there is a new app that can apply some crappy filters to crappy JPEGs. 2) But since when,have you been able to buy apps or subscriptions through a third party website? I may be wrong but this does not seem like it is iOS related to me.
They dominate the current tablet market, but not mobile computing market.
Microsoft tablets (SP2) can replace a regular laptop and even a decent desktop. They will run any Windows app, drive a high res display, and connect to high speed storage. There are also a lot of convertible laptops on the market that will double as a tablet.
The direction of business computing is rapidly heading for this hybrid form factor (convertibles or tablets with keyboards). Sadly OSX has no touch screen support, so you are stuck with iOS.
Mobile operating systems are only likely to survive when they offer serious competition to OSX and Windows. They are a long way off that. But Win8 can already run on a (large and heavy) tablet. In a couple of years, the hardware will be lighter and smaller, but I will only need one computing device.
arscii: $130!! They just invite the Chinese to produce and sell a variant for $20. I'm sure the invitation will be accepted.
"Not sure why people are complaining here"
Because they are addicted to gear they can't afford.
petermoons: too bad they forgot to make it an L-plate.
Why? The camera is easily light enough for a ballhead in portrait mode. It would just make it bigger.
LarryK: Geez, the BH-55 went up since I bought mine, and it was too expensive then.
I'm going to try a Siriu.
I don't think you will be disappointed with the head, and you will be amazed at the price. I really was NOT expecting it to be nearly as good as it was even after reading all the glowing Amazon reviews, but when it arrived I would have been happy at twice the price.
I very rarely go all out and recommend products but this is one exception. I have heard from other sources as well as DPR that customer service is great if you are unlucky and have problems. I didn't.
Just received the smaller version of the Sirui for use with my Feisol Traveller. Very impressed. It's a perfect fit for the tripod and L bracket and extremely well made, stiff and easy to use. I am really not sure why anyone would spend so much more for any of the others.
My truck is the smallest and lightest truck in the street. Sure it has a lower towing weight than my neighbour's Focus, but hey...
Absolutic: I dont understand why Amazon's preorder page shows April as delivery date, while dpreview article here suggest February. I am going on vacation in Mid February so it makes difference to me
You have to add tax. With VAT £628 is £785. And it will sell for less probably when it finally arrives.