mgblack74: I'm looking for the word "silly" in this review. It was used fairly early in the the description of the Nikon Df and it never had a chance in the eyes of DPR reviewers after that. I guess because everyone is horny over Fuji these days, design elements are looked at through rose coloured glasses. C 'mon DPR... show the world you're fair and consistent and tell us the Fuji XT-1 is a silly design. An extra button step to engage selectable AF points should warrant that at least, no? Or the low mileage batteries, no? Or the single card slot, no? Hmmm.
cheddargav - this is a retro for a sake of retro. Just look at that bump and all the crap made to design this camera like an oldschool SLR which it's not - it's a flippin mirrorless which doesn't even have an optical viewfinder! Instead it can simulate hipster filters in EVF... oh, so awesome.Sorry, but comparing this joke to DF is an insult to the engineering.
Just a Photographer: This camera is what the Nikon Df should have been.
More value and less money to be spend. Who cares about the overhyped D4 sensor in the Df when that camera comes with a non-pro AF for double the price of this Fuji.
This Fujifilm X-T1 is way more interesting then what Nikon and Sony came up with.
"Have you seen the lens lineup of Sony? Now compare it with the Fuji lens line-up. You'll see what I mean." - both are minuscule. Only problem is that A7 line-up is non-existent. Right now it's not much more than a glorified P&S where to swap lenses you're (almost) forced into adapters. Or pay 1000 EUR+ for f/1.8 prime. lol
Mark B UK: I have just two questions not answered by this otherwise very thorough and helpful piece: how many PDAF sensors are there, and what proportion of the frame do they cover?
With the X100S I believe there's just one, central one, which to my mind is of little value; the E-M1 has a diamond of sensors covering perhaps half the frame.
What I'm really hoping for is a mirrorless manufacturer that covers the entire frame with PDAF sensors. That would give real potential to beat DSLRs for action.
Just a Photographer - only both: Nikon and Canon innovate in Flashes and Lenses - something none of the gearheads on this portal seems to care. Cause after all - it's all about EVFs and new build-in filters. lol
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.
HowaboutRAW - these are not really Zeiss lenses. Just Sony branded Zeiss.
peevee1: Oly, Fuji, Sony keep pulling away...
zakk9 - they stagnated 2-3 years ago. Now they're going down (-40% in Europe during holiday season). Also asian market is quite small in a global scope, so world-wide mirrorless sales are also going down - even if there's some raise in Asia.
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.
It's not. People complained even with 12 FPS on Sony A77 (which did exact same trick).
Woodlink: Fuji claiming they have AF tracking/predictive focus?
There better be ZERO lag on that EVF...
The company with worst AF on a market suggests that it made working predictive AF.Oh heaves....
goloby: I always loved the Fuji colors, in my opinion they are the best. Fuji lenses are stellar as well. But one thing will keep me from buying this camera and that is the crop sensor. I need bokeh, I love my 50mm f1.4 and I do not want it to be a mid tele, I want it to be a 50. Same with the 35 f1.4. For anybody that thinks oterwise please rent a ff camera with either a 35 or a 50 1.4 lens and you will be hooked.One question about this camera's autofocus, how low can it go? 0 eV like Sony's A7, -1eV like most Nikon dslrs or -3 eV like Canon's 6D?
DR, bit depth and noise controls are all part of IQ. There shouldn't be "and" there ;)
itchhh: This is what the Nikon DF should have been . . . . IMO.
You mean: even more annoying body, with few lenses, EVF instead of OVF and build-in Hipstamatic filters?
Shiranai: I think Fujifilm wants to compete with the 6D here. They share similar flash X-syncs and max shutter speeds as well as the wifi smartphone connection.For the biggest con of the 6D, the missing flash, they bundle a flash with their model.
Or perhaps he just finds larger and heavier body as something to strive for - you know: better grip, better balance, feels more like an integral part of your shooting experience, not just an overpriced P&S with few lenses to choose from?
topstuff: Frankly, this is all the camera most people will ever need.
I am glad it is not full frame - the lenses would be too large.
I am happy that it is APSC - because in size it can rival m43 while offering better IQ. I think many people prefer the 3:2 format over 4:3 anyway.
EVF looks exceptional. I would take an EVF like this over OVF every time.
The mirror box is dead ! We can look forward to a time when cameras are smaller, our backs are stronger and we only need a small camera bag rather than a big one.
Fuji seem to have nailed this. Well done.
vladimir314 - you're new to photography, just came in from smartphone? If not - you'd knew that mirror was there to enable TTL optical viewfinder. Something no mirrorless can offer.And mirror was there LONG before phase detection autofocus was even invented by Minolta and than implemented by everyone else.
LukeDuciel: Iti'll be tough choice between Sony A7(R) and Fuji XT1 for me.
A7:+ FF- Operation & Ergonomics; Lens choice and quality.
XT1:+ Design and operation- not FF
the IQ should be on par between the two.
I use D800 (same sensor as A7R) for work and own X100S (same sensor as XT1) Both of them can produce image that turns into amazing prints. The dynamic range and low light capability is definitely on par (kudos to Fuji, fighting FF with APS). I have not used A7, but from the reviews, the IQ is sufficient for me.
Sony's logic is always bizarre. I used to use NEX, sold because of the stupid design. RX100 is a keeper, but still leaving a lot of improvement wanted. On the other hand, I picked up the X100s naturally without hitch
Hipster vs half-assed FF P&S.Not really a choice, is it?Perhaps in 10 year time when A7 will have few lenses to choose from - it might be more interesting dilemma. (not like Fuji got plenty of lenses though)
cgarrard: Easily the sexiest mirrorless camera made yet.
Yea, hipsters already stand in queue.
Anastigmat: A dedicated APS-C camera system with a new lens mount makes as much sense as driving into a dead end street without a reverse gear. Sooner or later the car will come to a screeching halt because there is no way to turn around. Worse, the lenses are useless because they have electronic aperture control so you cannot use them on any other camera. Camera systems like these are destined for obsolescence.
forpetessake - so that's how long it takes for mirrorless lenses to become obsolete? Wow, it sux being an X-mount user.
T3: This is "retro" done right. See Nikon Df for "retro" done wrong. Nice to see that Fuji put a tilt screen on the back. It shows that they weren't being slaves to the whole "retro" fashion simply for the sake of being slaves to retro fashion. And yes, it even does video. Take that, Nikon Df!
T3 - wow, let's make "customization" a disadvantage of camera! Way to go!
If people like you are standing behind mirrorless market - no wonder it falls!
wolfie: Wonder how good the body sealing is if the ports are behind a flimsy plastic door?Any videos of it being splashed like the E-M1?
Yea, let's waste some money! brilliant idea. LOL
alireza: it is a beautiful camera but for people like me who have several lenses and invested on SLR system what advantage this camera can give us compare to Nikon D3300 for example. as I see, the size is not much smaller and price is twice.If I buy a D3300 I can use all of my lens and flashes and enjoy the small size that always was an issue with carrying big SLRs and main reason for moving to mirror-less. if mirrorless is as big as SLR I prefer to spend lees money.
FYI: Sergey Borachev - not an older one - a better one!
Tapani Tarvainen: "freezeproof to -10°C/+14°F" sounds a bit funny. I'd like one that promises to work down to -40°C. Although generally they can handle colder than spec'd: I've once kept my Canon 7D below -30°C for over two weeks nonstop --didn't bring it in to avoid condensation-- without any ill effects. On the other hand, Panasonic GX1 went bonkers in one hour at -20°C, so... reliable data on various cameras' cold-proofness would be nice. DPR, how about taking this thing to a winter photo trip to Alaska or something? ;-)
-25 is not a temperature in Siberia - that's what you get in half of Europe in a middle of the winter. In Siberia you have -35 or worse.
Viramati: impressive. If only it was FF I would leap on it
Jon Ragnarsson - I would say that the difference is much MORE than people actually think. Especially those that never shot with Full Frame.
forpetessake: Fascination with retro will come to an end as soon as manufacturers find out that their new cameras are not selling any better than their predecessors.The fake pentaprism on mirrorless camera is like a saddle on a cow. The 30 y.o. controls is a dead evolutionary branch, discarded in DSLRs many years ago. Fuji would have better return on investment if they finally made a good grip, which wouldn't require attachments, and touch screen LCD wouldn't hurt either.
groucher - "retro cameras" is a shortcut for "cameras with retro looks".