Fujifilm X-T1

16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor | 2.4M-dot OLED viewfinder | 16 Film simulation modes

What we like:

  • Analog dials and switches make for an engaging shooting experience 
  • Excellent image quality at low and high ISOs
  • Great selection of lenses
  • Tilting LCD
  • 8 fps burst

What we don't:

  • Bad video quality
  • Default noise reduction can result in 'waxy' skin tones at high ISOs
  • Continuous AF and tracking not as good as the best

The Fujifilm X-T1 is Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It sports a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and  lassically-styled magnesium alloy body with plenty of direct manual controls. 

The X-T1 uses a hybrid AF system and is very capable of acquiring focus quickly and accurately, when shooting in single shot mode, even in dim light. Phase detection pixels are located toward the middle of the frame, and as such, the camera is also perfectly capable of keeping focus on a moving subject, using continuous AF, as long as you keep the subject in the center of the frame. However there are several other cameras in this class that can use continuous AF to shoot a moving subject with a higher hit rate, thanks to their more advanced AF systems. The same can be said of subject tracking.

The X-Trans CMOS sensor and Fujifilm's in-camera processing combine to give very nice-looking out-of-camera JPEGs, with well-judged white balance and some of the most attractive color rendition options we've encountered. High ISO image quality is impressive too, with very low noise (though default noise reduction can result in 'waxy' looking high ISO images). The camera's DR modes also help you make the most of the sensor's impressive dynamic range.

"Overall the X-T1 is extremely ergonomic and a pleasure to use."

One point we do have to make is that the X-T1 is nowhere near as good a movie camera as it is for shooting stills. Manual control is limited and video image quality is unusually poor, with moiré being a particular problem. It's OK for casual use, but if high quality video is high on your list of priorities, you'll want to look elsewhere.

Overall the X-T1 is a highly capable stills machine and also a pleasure to use. The high-res viewfinder makes for an outstanding shooting experience and the weather-sealed body makes this camera all the more versatile. Along with Fujifilm's increasingly impressive lens line-up, the X-T1 is likely to delight exactly the kind of photographer that its classic styling appeals to.

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