**UPDATED** Initial impressions of the Fuji XT-1

March 05, 2014

Fuji XT-1: Initial Impressions *UPDATED*

 

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I got my hands on the new Fuji XT-1 for the first time this morning.  I will be running various tests on it over the next few days and will post the results. As for the moment, here are my thoughts:

 

  • Obviously this is a dead sexy camera [what the Nikon DF should have been].
  • The viewfinder is hands down the best I have ever seen.
  • Auto focus is beyond belief fast!
  • Memory card door slot is poorly built compared to the build of the rest of the camera.
  • I wish the hand grip was slightly larger.
  • JPEG image quality is superb. Fuji excels at image quality and color.
  • The dials and menu's take a little time to get the hang of. I dont know yet if I like the fact that there is an ISO lock button.
  • Per other Fuji menu's, the "Q" button menu system is a life saver. 

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BELOW ARE SAMPLES SHOT AT VARIOUS ISO'S IN THE JPG FORMAT. FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, IT LOOKS LIKE 6400 ISO IS VERY USABLE AND EVEN AT 12800 ISO THE IMAGE LOOKS PRETTY CLEAN [CLICK TO VIEW ORIGINAL FILE].

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The continuous AF that Fuji has incorporated in the XT-1 is blazing fast! 8 frames per second and lighting quick .05 focus speed is spot on for any sort of motion.  I was impressed with how quickly the camera responded not only with the focus speed but the pure clarity of each image. 

Using phase-detection autofocus, combined with high-speed subject predictive, the AF accurately follows your subject through the frame. 

These images are all shot in the JPG Fine quality and are straight out of the camera.

 

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