New Fujifilm X-T1 from Japan. Image: tomen.de
The X-T1 is a direct competitor to the Olympus OM-D, except it has a larger APS-C sized 16.3-megapixel sensor instead of the OM-D’s Four-Thirds sensor. Fujifilm is clearly targeting more serious photographers — likely even photographers looking for a capable, but slightly more casual alternative to their full-frame DSLR. This camera looks and feels very much like a miniature normal DSLR. The X-T1 features a ground-breaking piece of technology in the form of its viewfinder. Fujifilm X-T1 also has four display modes offer a shooting experience impossible with an optical viewfinder:
1. “Full” mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1's viewfinder to give an unrivalled view of the scene.
2. “Normal” provides an optimum view, including shooting settings
3. “Dual” is specially designed for manual focusing with a clever split view. Where the regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked (with Digital Split Image™ or Focus Peak Highlight).
4. For a “Portrait” view in “Normal” and “Full” modes, the interface automatically rotates when the camera is held vertically.
Fujifilm X-T1 is equipped with a weather-proof body, five mechanical dials and six customizable function buttons, and compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SDXC memory cards. You can use this camera to make creative photos because Fujifilm X-T1 has a range of film simulation modes, multiple exposure and panoramic shooting modes, Digital Split Image and Focus Peaking for easier manual focusing, and Full HD video recording capabilities at up to 60fps.
From the specifications chart it looks as if it will be setting the standard for a new and exciting category of professional digital camera. The X-T1 is a direct competitor to the OM-D from Olympus and Sony A7/A7R, Samsung NX300, Panasonic GX7 or Pentax K7. The Fujifilm X-T1 is available mid-to-late February 2014 and will retail at US$1,299 or €1,300 for the body on its own or US$1,699 or €1,800 with the excellent XF 18-55mm zoom kit lens.
Is the price is quite comfortable with your budget? You do not have to choose this camera because you can still buy these competitors, and anyway you can still get a variety of features to support your creativity in the field of photography. Or you can choose a camera last year's model; of course you will get a more affordable price. After all the technology and features of the camera in 3 years is not too much difference. Sometimes we have to be wise in making decisions even though it is related to lifestyle and new technologies.