Overview of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera
The price of the Fujifilm’s strong and high-end X-T1 camera which uses mirrorless interchangeable lens is pretty high over the similar models for the beginning level. With the budget of $1,000 plus, many people shall expect to purchase the Fujifilm X-T1 with a lot of high-end features as well as the capacity to produce images of the great image quality. And the good news is that the camera is really wonderful as you’ve expected. Its performance is also amazingly fast. Therefore, you won’t have to concern about missing spontaneous moments waiting for the slow responses or lag when you’re shuttering.
The design of this camera is totally different from that of other high-end models in the current market. In comparison with the film SLR models of several decades ago, the numerous buttons and dial modes with the Fujifilm Mirrorless X-T1 shall be highly appreciated. The camera has a retro look with those buttons and dials. You may find it a little hard to get access and make use of these dials comfortably because the manufacturer has stacked them on the top of each other. However, the design of the X-T1 camera is still very nice.
With the above large number of dials, almost all adjustments on the camera settings can be performed via using these dials. There is no traditional mode dial include, so an auto shooting mode can be selected, for example. The manual settings of the dials may not be difficult for most photographers with certain experiences, the beginners may find it a little confusing to get used to the Fujifilm X-T1 quickly.
The mirrorless X-T1 may not be appealing to all photographers because of its high price and the complicated set of the dial can lower the attractiveness of this camera, too. However, you cannot help ignoring the two important aspects including the great image quality and the fast performance, especially if you are the one with a large camera budget who also like the retro design.
Brief Review of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera
- The resolution is 16.3 megapixels
- Optical zoom: N/A. The camera uses lenses which is interchangeable
- The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 1.04 million pixels
- The image size is 4896 x 3264 pixels at maximum
- The camera use a Li-Ion battery which is rechargeable
- The dimensions are 5.0 x 3.5 x 1.8 inches
- The camera weighs 15.4 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
- The APS-C image sensor has the measurement of 23.6 x 15.6 mm (0.93 x 0.62 in.)
- A full HD 1080p movie mode is supported
- The image quality is nice and favorably compared to the models in the same price range
- The noise is kept minimal noise for the high ISO settings with photos shot under inadequate conditions
- There are a lot of high-end photography features, with the inclusion of manual focus option
- The electronic viewfinder is nice
- LCD screen is of high resolution and can be tiltable
- Camera body is covered with weather-resistant and dust-resistant material
- The large number of the dials may be confusing for some photographer with less experiences
- Some small and oddly arrange buttons are a considerable drawback
- There is no scene modes as well the basic shooting mode
- Built-in Wi-Fi is a bit tough to set up and use
- The price tag extremely high
Detailed Review of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera
As mentioned above, the image quality with the Fujifilm mirrorless X-T1 will never let you down. The camera has a large image sensor of the APS-C size which has the similar size as a DSLR camera for the beginning level. That’s the reason why its image quality is nearly as good as you can find with a DSLR camera. It is possible to shoot photos in the JPEG or RAW image format or both simultaneously.
The image quality is even good for photos shot under inadequate light conditions. The ISO settings can be adjusted to 3200 and you see no significantnoise (or stray pixels) in the photos. You may be a bit annoyed when you have to connect an external flash unit with the camera in cases that the flash is need. Fortunately, the performance of the flash is great for shooting photos under inadequate light conditions. But sometimes, spontaneous moments can be missed while you are connecting the flash.
While the image quality is great, the movie quality is not that good. It is just about average. However, there are not many manual settings that you can select for recording movies.
You will see almost no shutter lag or delays from shot to shot with this camera. The response times are very fast. In general, the performance of the Fujifilm X-T1 is exactly as you may expect for a mirrorless models using interchangeable lens at the pretty high price tag.
The tiltable LCD screen is another nice advantage with the Fujifilm X-T1 which brings you great photography results thanks to the resolution of more than one million pixels. It is easier to use this LCD with an attached tripod.
Battery performance is also powerful. You can shoot up to severl hundred photos after one charge. There is a battery grip with this camera, which enables you to significantly increase the battery span. It requires you to spend a bit more for this battery grip, but the extra accessory is pretty handy, which you have not commonly found in mirrorless cameras using interchangeable lens.
The retro look of the X-T1 is very appealing to attract you right from the first glance. Looking at this model may make you think about an old SLR model without a display screen which enabled you to make adjustments to the settings. Instead, it required you to use a number of buttons and dials to make changes to the camera’s settings. There is a LCD screen with the high resolution with the X-T1, but you may need to change many of the camera’s settings by use the dials positioned on the camera top panel.
You can find a lot of dial with this camera, but there is no mode dial which is pretty common in many other digital cameras. You also find not any basic type of automatic shooting mode with the design of the Fujifilm X-T1. Therefore if you are just a beginner, using this model can be confusing at first.
Because there is a large number of dials, Fujifilm decided to have some dials stacked on top of each other, which results in some odd position of certain dials and it cause some difficulties to use some dials. The X-T1 also becomes slightly thicker than a common mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the thickness of 1.8 inches
It is also not comfortable to use the four-way button because of its small size. There is a Q button to open the LCD screen that include a number of setting you can adjust, but for most other setting, it requires you to refer to the dials, so it’s a little confusing to use the Q button.
The Wi-Fi capabilities built in the camera are nice but don’t expect it to be easy for the usage. It is harder to setting up and use them than expected.