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«1. Overview and Specifications2. Image Sensor và Autofocus Performance3. Lens Selection, Exposure and Dynamic Range4. ISO Performance5. Camera Comparisons6. Summary7. More Image Samples8. Reader Comments»

Previously known for its popular X-Pro, X-E và X-M lines, the “T” line is specifically made khổng lồ be “tough”. With its all magnesium-alloy body, sealed buttons and compartments, the X-T1 is Fuji’s first attempt at a fully weather-sealed mirrorless camera. Although Fuji’s recent cameras have been quite popular, it had nothing lớn offer against the OM-D E-M1 & OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras from Olympus. With the latter two offering weather sealing, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and a whole slew of lenses khổng lồ choose from, Fuji wanted the X-T1 to lớn offer similar features at a competitive price. With a larger APS-C sensor và a huge, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the X-T1 was also meant khổng lồ appeal a bigger audience from professionals và enthusiasts that want a lighter & more compact thiết lập than their DSLRs.

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Fuji X-T1

With the same 16 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor, same EXR Processor II, hybrid autofocus system and WiFi as the Fuji X-E2, the X-T1 at first might not look that much different in comparison. However, once you dig deeper into what the X-T1 has to offer with its truly amazing and breathtaking EVF, fast continuous autofocus, WiFi connectivity with remote control, customization options, built-in intervalometer, tilting LCD screen và a sleek retro design, you will realize that the X-T1 is in fact a big step up. In this review, I will talk about my long term experience with the X-T1 and compare it lớn the E-M1, along with other popular Nikon DSLRs.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (4)X-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 100, 1/480, f/1.4Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (67)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Sensor: 16.3 MP (1.5x crop factor), 4.8µ pixel kích thước Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6mm Resolution: 4896 x 3264 Native ISO Sensitivity: 200-6,400 Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 100 (JPEG-only) Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-51,200 (JPEG-only) Sensor Cleaning System: Yes Lens mount: FUJIFILM X mount Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes body toàn thân Build: Full Magnesium Alloy Shutter: Up to 1/4000 và 30 sec exposure Shutter Control: Focal Plane Shutter Storage: 1x SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible) Viewfinder Type: 2,360,000-dot OLED color viewfinder Speed: 8 FPS Exposure Meter: TTL 256-zones metering Built-in Flash: No, External EF-X8 Flash Included Autofocus: Yes Manual Focus: Yes LCD Screen: 3.0 inch, 1,040,000 dots, Tilting TFT màu sắc LCD Movie Modes: Up lớn full 1080p HD
60p, 30p Movie Recording Limit: 14 minutes in 1080p, 27 minutes in 720p Movie Output: MOV (H.264) GPS: No WiFi: Yes Battery Type: NP-W126 Battery Life: 350 shots USB Standard: 2.0 Weight: 440g (excluding battery & accessories) Price: $1,299 MSRP body toàn thân only
Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (25)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
56mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f/1.2

A detailed menu of camera specifications is available at Fujifilm.com.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (10)X-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 100, 1/180, f/5.6

Camera Construction, Handling and Controls

The build unique of the X-T1 is the best of the breed, with a full magnesium-alloy cover, front to lớn back. The only other camera in Fuji’s current line-up that features a similar build is the X-Pro1, which is not weather sealed. You get a good sense of the toughness of the camera when you hold it in hands – the camera feels similar lớn a high-end DSLR, with its all-metal construction, aluminum knobs and a nicely protruded, comfortable to lớn hold grip. Fuji once again redesigned the layout of the camera when compared to the X-Pro1 & the X-E2, adding more manual exposure controls. If the Fuji X-Pro1 & X-E1/X-E2 only featured two dials (one for shutter speed & one for exposure compensation), the X-T1 now adds another dial to the left of the viewfinder for ISO control. To some, this might look like a step back in ergonomics, but in reality, the dial is actually very useful, as you no longer need khổng lồ dig in-camera menus to change the ISO setting. The “A” (Auto) mode is still there and if you vị not want to fiddle with changing the ISO, you simply keep it in this mode.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (68)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
10.5mm, ISO 200, 85/10, f/8.0

Fuji is all about retro manual dials và controls, which is why people enjoy shooting with these cameras so much. With the ISO, Shutter Speed và Exposure Compensation dials on the vị trí cao nhất of the camera, along with Aperture control ring on lenses, the Fuji X-T1 now allows complete, manual control of the exposure. Và for those minute changes and other controls, the X-T1 also comes with two separate rotary dials – one in front và one on the back of the camera, similar lớn what we see on most Nikon DSLRs. The rotary dial on the back allows for changing the shutter speed in 1/3 increments, while the one on the front allows changing the lens aperture when using XC lenses that have no aperture rings. Manual control does not mean that you cannot use the camera in tự động hóa modes either – any of the Exposure Triangle settings can be set to auto (indicated as a red “A” on dials), allowing tự động hóa ISO, Aperture Priority & Shutter Priority modes – all without having a PASM dial. In my opinion, this is what the Nikon Df ergonomics should have been like!

The front of the camera has also seen some changes. Here is a comparison of the X-T1 (left) khổng lồ the X-E2 (right):

Fuji X-T1 vs X-E2

There is now a dedicated function button right by the grip and a flash sync socket that is covered by a round plastic piece. I am not a fan hâm mộ of the plastic piece though, as it could get easily lost after getting detached. I wish Fuji designed it similarly to lớn Nikon DSLRs, so that it stays attached khổng lồ the camera toàn thân when removed. If you are interested in finding out more about the flash, read the Flash section of this đánh giá on the bottom of this page.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (15)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
56mm, ISO 400, 1/450, f/1.2

With a total of six programmable function buttons, the X-T1 is Fuji’s most customizable camera. The function buttons can be programmed individually through the camera thực đơn either by going into the cài đặt menu or holding down the DISP/BACK button on the back of the camera. Once there, you can go through each function button & set everything from Depth of Field Preview to lớn Wireless Communication:

Function Button Setting

Although the Fuji X-T1 offers more customization options than most DSLRs on the market today, only two function buttons were truly programmable for my personal use. The reason is, Fuji’s default navigation buttons on the back of the camera represent four of those function buttons. One of my biggest complaints with other Fuji cameras has been lack of focus point selection when pressing the navigation buttons. The good news is that now you can sort of fix that by simply assigning the “Focus Area” function khổng lồ all four of those buttons (Fn3, Fn4, Fn5 và Fn6). Although it would take two button presses lớn move a focus point, this method is much better than pressing the down arrow (default behavior), then picking a focus point. I wish Fuji changed this to be the mặc định behavior because all other cameras I have used in the past behave this way.

The back of the camera has also been drastically changed compared khổng lồ the X-Pro1 or the X-E1/X-E2. Due lớn the new tilting LCD on the back, which is very useful for shooting at difficult angles, the left buttons have been moved to different areas of the camera, as shown in the picture below (Left: Fuji X-T1, Right: Fuji X-E2)

Fuji X-T1 vs X-E2 Back

As you can see, the Playback and Trash buttons have been moved khổng lồ the left of the EVF, similar khổng lồ what Nikon does on its DSLRs lượt thích Nikon D800 (except the two buttons are flipped). The AE-L & AF-L buttons have been moved to the đứng top right, with the rear dial in-between. The Quick (“Q”) menu button has been moved right above the arrow buttons. Thankfully, the “Macro” và “AF” texts have been removed from the arrows, because those buttons are now programmable, as discussed above. The “Disp Back” button has been reduced khổng lồ a small button & stays where it was before. There is now a dedicated “Focus Assist” button right above the “Q” button, which is a very useful addition. When shooting in autofocus or manual focus modes, you can press this button & the image in the viewfinder or the camera LCD will instantly zoom in, allowing you lớn see how well the subject is focused. In manual focus mode, you can change the magnification level by simply rotating the rear dial & the camera can digitally zoom in all the way to 100% for precise focusing (more on this under “Manual Focus” below). Sadly, you cannot change zoom levels in Autofocus mode.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (30)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
12.6mm, ISO 3200, 1/9, f/8.0

Another huge complaint on the X-E1/X-E2 & the X-Pro1 was the memory thẻ slot. It looks like my prayers were answered because Fuji finally moved the memory thẻ slot lớn the side of the camera. No more dismounting of the camera và removing the tripod plate when I need to lớn change memory cards, which is great! Although the plastic door seems khổng lồ be a bit flimsy compared to lớn the overall construction of the camera initially, it lasted four months without any issues for me.

How good is weather sealing, you might ask? Well, I have shot with the X-T1 in below zero temperatures while it was snowing, used it in rainy conditions in London and took it lớn the humid, salty beaches of the Bahamas & the camera performed admirably, without any hiccups. If you travel a lot or live in a humid or dusty environment, the Fuji X-T1 will be a great choice. Just make sure khổng lồ grab one of those new Weather-Resistant (“WR”) lenses if you want to have a fully sealed setup and you will be good lớn go.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (34)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
10.5mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/5.6

If you have large hands or want vertical shooting options that extend the battery life, you might want to check out the VG-XT1 Vertical Battery Grip, which is specifically designed for the X-T1. Although it adds to lớn the bulk & weight of the camera, it is a nice add-on that will improve the ergonomics & the battery life of the camera. Those that just want lớn be able lớn mount the X-T1 on an Arca-Swiss Quick Release tripod / monopod might want to kiểm tra out the MHG-XT Metal Hand Grip, which also exists in a larger version. Fuji did a really nice job designing these accessories.

Operating the camera & navigating the menu system is pretty easy và straightforward. Unfortunately, Fuji still has not added RAW shooting capability at boosted ISO levels (100, 12,800 and 25,600), so I am still going to complain about that. I don’t understand why this is such a problem lớn implement. When shooting with a fast lens like the Fuji 56mm f/1.2, or using flash in bright conditions, I bởi vì want to lớn be able khổng lồ go to ISO 100 và not think that I will only over up with JPEG image. Especially with the 1/4000 shutter tốc độ limitation. Carrying an ND filter would vì chưng the job, but that’s another nuisance I have lớn worry about. If Fuji allowed RAW shooting at ISO 100 và moved up the maximum shutter speed to lớn 1/8000, the X-T1 would have been even better for those sunny days!

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (37)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
12.6mm, ISO 200, 1/210, f/4.0

Hand-holding the camera is very comfortable for my hands and the new protruded grip certainly adds to that experience. I found the X-T1 lớn be much more comfortable to hold than the X-Pro1, X-E1/X-E2, và X-M1 cameras. With an XF lens lượt thích the Fuji 35mm f/1.4, the camera balances very well when hung from the neck. Speaking of that, I never liked the thin strap that comes with the Fuji cameras – I would replace the strap with something better và thicker. The Fuji straps are very uncomfortable and they do irritate bare skin quite a bit. Despite the fact that one side of the strap is a little smoother than the other, it is the thin kích cỡ of the strap & lack of any sort of padding that causes these issues. Personally, I am a huge fan hâm mộ of neoprene straps from OP/TECH. The classic version of the strap would probably be ideal, although if you feel that it is too thick or too big for the X-T1, they have all kinds of smaller sizes too. Just make sure to lớn pick up a strap that is thin enough to go through the “ears” on the sides of the camera.

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Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (58)X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
11.5mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/5.6

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

The electronic viewfinder from the X-T1 deserves a section of its own, because of how amazing it is. Yes, I did use the word “breathtaking” in the second paragraph of this reviews when I described it because it is that good and there is nothing lượt thích it on the market today. This viewfinder is the sole reason why I would move up to the X-T1 if I were a Fuji X shooter. Although it has the same high-resolution 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, the kích cỡ of the viewfinder is huge! If you have shot with a full-frame DSLR, the viewfinder on the X-T1 is actually larger in comparison, with its 0.77x magnification. Just for comparison sake, even the đứng top of the line Nikon D4s features a 0.70x magnification optical viewfinder.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (71)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
56mm, ISO 100, 1/1400, f/2.8

Having such a large viewfinder has many advantages. First, the image appears much larger, making it easy to see what you are doing. Not many of us are blessed with perfect vision, so the combination of a large EVF & a diopter adjustment dial make the X-T1 a friendly camera for those of us that have problems with vision. Second, a larger EVF makes it easy to use the camera in manual focus mode, where precise focusing is important. In this regard, the X-T1 is a breeze to use, because it allows you khổng lồ split the screen in two, as described in the “Manual Focus” section of this review, showing a magnified section of the image. Third, other manual focus features such as Focus Peaking & Digital Split Image can be much more useful when you are looking at a large image. Take a look at how useful the Digital Split Image feature is on the X-T1 in Dual mode:


If the EVF was small, these particular features would not have been very useful, as you would be looking at two tiny images. Fourth, since the EVF giải pháp công nghệ allows projecting all kinds of information as layers on top of the image, this information does not have to be squeezed into tiny space khổng lồ be visible. I kết thúc up turning off information layers on some cameras, because they occupy too much space. The X-T1 does not have this problem and the overlaying information is often very useful. Just take a look at how much information can be presented on the X-T1:

Fuji X-T1 Info 1 Fuji X-T1 Info 2

Here is the full overlay information for the above images (click to lớn see a larger version):

Flash mode Film Simulation Focus frame Depth-of-field indicator Shooting Mode Aperture Image unique and kích cỡ Virtual horizon (electronic level indicator) Histogram Battery cấp độ Exposure Compensation / exposure indicator white balance Dynamic range Metering Shutter tốc độ Number of available frames Framing guideline Distance indicator Sensitivity

Now that’s a lot of information! & the good news is, you can actually customize what you want lớn see in the viewfinder. So if you just want khổng lồ see the image without any distractions, you can completely turn it all off.

Lastly, my favorite part about the larger EVF is the playback mode. When shooting in the midday sun, I no longer have lớn rely on the viewfinder khổng lồ see what I photographed. Playing back images in the bright EVF is extremely useful, as I do not have khổng lồ worry about third-party accessories lớn just be able khổng lồ see captured images. And if I need khổng lồ zoom in to lớn a particular portion of the scene, I can vị that too!

If you want to lớn see what difference a viewfinder can make, try shooting with an APS-C DSLR and then compare that experience with a full-frame DSLR – it is very much different! và if you own a full-frame DSLR, you will not have khổng lồ compromise that experience, as the EVF on the X-T1 is even bigger.

Another cool feature of the X-T1 is the automatic rotation of the overlaid information when switching lớn vertical / portrait mode. You no longer need lớn look at the left and right of the image to lớn see exposure details and other useful information:

Fuji X-T1 Full Mode Fuji X-T1 Vertical Portrait Mode

In summary, the electronic viewfinder on the X-T1 is simply stunning, making the process of using the camera even more joyful than on any other Fujifilm camera.

Battery Life

As for battery life, the 350 shot specification is obviously based on CIPA standard, so your mileage might vary depending on your use of the camera. To preserve battery life and increase the number of shots over 350, I would recommend lớn keep the LCD screen off as much as possible (that’s the #1 source of battery drain). Simply switch the camera lớn EVF-only mode + Eye Sensor and keep the “High Performance” mode in the camera setup menu on. Turn off the camera when not in use and you should be able lớn squeeze 400+ shots out of the X-T1.

When testing the Fuji X-T1 alongside the Sony A6000, I found the X-T1 lớn drain the battery slower in comparison. By the time I got khổng lồ 50%, the Sony A6000 would already be at around 10-25%. Although I bởi vì not trust battery level indicators, just shooting with the two side by side on full battery power nguồn proved that the X-T1 did a better job at preserving battery life. Still, if you are considering the X-T1 for serious work, I would get at least one more battery. If you vày not want khổng lồ switch between batteries, the above-mentioned VG-XT1 battery grip would definitely be helpful.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (16)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
56mm, ISO 1600, 1/340, f/1.2

LCD Screen

Although the LCD screen has not changed in specifications (it is the same 3″ lcd monitor with 1.2 million dots as on the X-E2 and X-Pro1), the ability khổng lồ tilt the LCD is great. The LCD screen can tilt upward by 90 degrees, downward by 45 degrees. It is not as versatile as the vari-angle LCD screen on the Nikon D5100/D5200/D5300, but it is still great for those situations when you need lớn shoot from above or below. Here is an image I captured without getting myself down & dirty after rain by simply tilting the screen upwards:

Fuji X-T1 Tilt ShotX-T1 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
14.5mm, ISO 250, 1/100, f/8.0

Wi-Fi và Remote Control

One of the highlights of the Fuji X-T1 is its WiFi option with remote control capability. While the X-E2 also features WiFi, it has no remote control options, making the X-T1 the first Fuji camera to ship with this functionality. While I personally rarely use this feature, it could come really handy for those that want to lớn capture images remotely or want to transfer photos to lớn their phones while traveling. Once you install the Fujifilm Camera Remote app (here is the táo version và here is the app android version) you can fire it up, connect khổng lồ the X-T1 and take control of all exposure variables.

Fuji X-T1 Camera Remote

Sadly, I found the app to be rather buggy when using it on my iPhone. First of all, the app would completely reinitialize itself after leaving it, so there is no multi-tasking support. This was rather annoying because I could not even kiểm tra my email while using the app. Second, some basic gesture tư vấn is not there either, so you cannot swipe between photos or pinch lớn zoom. Third, the ứng dụng always stays in portrait mode & you cannot switch it lớn landscape mode, making it rather difficult to lớn see what’s going on. I hope Fuji continues working with the app and makes it more usable for those of us that really need it. It would be nice if Fuji updated the firmware on the X-E2 to lớn allow remote control capabilities as well…

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (18)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
56mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/1.2


Similar khổng lồ the X-Pro1 và unlike the X-M1, X-E1, & X-E2 cameras, the Fuji X-T1 does not come with a built-in flash. It is expected, as the flash socket is actually a point of potential entry for dust và moisture. Personally, I almost never use built-in flashes in cameras, as they are too weak and direct. If you want khổng lồ use flash, however, don’t be disappointed, as Fuji bundles the small EF-X8 external flash unit. Another good news is that the external flash unit can be used as a Commander khổng lồ control other strobes. Basically, the unit turns off pre-flash in commander mode, so you can use something lượt thích the Nikon SB-800 in SU-4 mode as a slave. Khổng lồ be honest, I did not spend much time with the flash, as I prefer to lớn use a set of PocketWizard Plus III units to lớn trigger off-camera flash.

Speaking of off-camera flash, the Fuji X-T1 works very well with external triggers. Some of our readers asked me if the X-T1 works with the Profoto B1 head in TTL mode. Unfortunately, it does not – the Nikon TTL-N version is scheduled to be released sometime in năm ngoái and Fuji is not even planned as far as I know. The main problem with TTL is reverse engineering – neither Nikon nor Canon make their TTL “open” for third party systems (similar lớn lens autofocus), so engineers have lớn figure out how the system interacts with devices và decode it from there. But you can still use pretty much any external flash that has manual mode, whether it is a Nikon / Canon-branded or a third buổi tiệc nhỏ flash. Just set the flash in M mode and adjust the nguồn manually & you will be in good shape! I used the X-T1 with my Nikon SB-800 và SB-900 units successfully and it worked like a charm with a set of PocketWizard Plus III units when I used the Profoto B1 head. A number of images in this review were shot with flash, including the images below (captured with my friend & our writer Charles Hildreth):

Fuji X-T1 Off-Camera Flash #1X-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 100, 1/180, f/6.4Fuji X-T1 Off-Camera Flash #2X-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 100, 1/180, f/5.6

If you are an avid strobist or studio photographer though, you might not lượt thích the fact that the Fuji X-T1 is limited to 1/180 flash sync speed. Khổng lồ make things easier, Fuji provides a dedicated “180x” setting on the shutter speed dial. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is limited to lớn 1/320 sync speed & when I did my research it turned out lớn handle 1/400 shutter tốc độ easily! Sadly, the Fuji X-T1 cannot go beyond 1/180. Take a look at the below photo that I shot at 1/250:

Fuji X-T1 Off-Camera Flash 1-250 Sync SpeedX-T1 + XF35mmF1.4 R
35mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/5.6

As you can see, there is a dark line on the bottom of the frame at 1/250. If you drop the shutter speed khổng lồ 1/200, the frame gets only a little darker on the bottom though, making it more usable than 1/250.

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Another much-requested feature that was absent on previous Fuji cameras was a built-in intervalometer for shooting time-lapses. Once again, Fuji listened khổng lồ its customers & the X-T1 now comes with one! At this point the intervalometer is rather limited though, with no options for start time, number of bursts per interval, can only handle a total of 999 shots và can only be triggered by the “MENU / OK” button. You can phối a delay before starting in 1-minute increments, but that’s not particularly useful either. For advanced timelapse sequences, you are still currently better off with a third-party tool. I hope that the intervalometer feature we see on the X-T1 is the first revision và Fuji continues to update it & make it more useful. Otherwise, it will be a wasted attempt, given the current limitations.

Fuji X-T1 Sample Image (21)X-T1 + XF56mmF1.2 R
«1. Overview & Specifications2. Image Sensor và Autofocus Performance3. Lens Selection, Exposure & Dynamic Range4. ISO Performance5. Camera Comparisons6. Summary7. More Image Samples8. Reader Comments»