Test: Fujifilm X T1: Adventurous Progress

With X-T1 bet Fujifilm to really take up the competition with other APS-C cameras. And they do it well, weather seal doing its to provide a sense of seriousness and now also the speed to catch up the rest of the market.

Fujifilm now has quite a few different models in their line up where X-T1 is the new top model, or at least one of them. It’s fast and has a new electronic viewfinder. The design departure from the previous more measured as increases look, and have now fallen a bit in the same direction as the Olympus passed with their IF-D-series. 

In other words, there has been a small sökarhus on top of the camera instead of it is incorporated in the camera body as it was before. The style is so clearly still retro, and the top side of the camera is covered by manual knob that could just as well be sitting on an old film camera, stylistically, therefore, the function is so clearly more digital.

X-T1 should be a real alternative to a» ordinary «dslr. Other X-series cameras with interchangeable lenses has of course also been there, but with X-T1 mean Fujifilm took the camera a notch higher. Among other things, is it weather sealed to withstand tough environments.

You should also have speeded up work that previously had been a bit of an Achilles heel. The viewfinder should have been polished for shorter delay and a more lifelike appearance, as well as several different modes to facilitate both manual focus and general photography.

When the outside counts

It is usually said that it’s the inside that counts. And in many ways it is true, of course, even on cameras. But a large portion, if not the majority, of feeling sitting in the outside. Buttons, knobs and grips have very great significance for what it is like to shoot with a camera.

It has Fujifilm has succeeded in both good and bad. Where they have not reached all the way up include in the design of the 4-way buttons on the back. The feel of the keys is far too vague and unclear.

It is difficult to determine if the purely tactile printed on the button or not. It follows that they are a little too low. It has small and sensitive fingers so they certainly a bit better, but my thumbs (which I think is of relatively normal size) are difficult to manage keys in a good way. It means that you have to push pretty hard on the buttons to get the desired results. It feels like the buttons ‘ design also is at odds with that camera is weather sealed and we can imagine that it will be used when the photographer have gloves on, but I don’t think it will be a positive experience.

My next complaint is linked to the four-way pad. Or it does little more than hang together with, it is about those buttons. Their placement along with the grip of the camera means that you basically have to use a two-handed to not drop your camera when you want the thumbs on buttons. This is a bit chipped to about 4-way buttons placed higher up on the camera, which would make it got balanced to keep the camera in one hand and still reach them, so they would end up exactly where you have your thumb when shooting with the camera. It had not been quite good because we certainly had printed on them involuntarily.

It could have been remedied with a slightly larger grip (available as accessories) which had made the finger grip had been more stable and thus had the balance has become a little better.

Otherwise, sliders and knobs well designed, they retrofierade the rotary controls for iso, shutter speed and exposure compensation, although at least two requires all fingers to twist them, but they are clear and easy to adjust. It had been an advantage if the exposure compensation was somewhat easier to adjust with a finger, but it’s possible that it’s a matter of inslitning.

There are physical controls for almost everything you want to be able to adjust quickly. af-l button, which can be used as tumfokusering, which many enjoy. WiFi is available with a live button, same with video recording. A boring thing, however, is that when you set the aperture on the lens and the shutter speed of the wheel so the wheels don’t have any input function. It would have been nice if they could be used for something there because they are close to hand and the easiest vredena to use.

Now it may seem that I most complained about the camera’s exterior, but it would be giving a false picture of X-T1. Basically, it is really nice to the exterior, all controls are available as said and there is even a pc sync cord on the front for those who want to trigger the flashes with cord. It added the fn button on the front panel gives you quick access to any function. The less you need to fiddle through menus while shooting the better. However, the old trådutlösargängan wrested from the shutter button, so now only applies to Fujifilm’s own wire trigger.

Late starter wifi

Fujifilm has stopped into a wifi device in X-T1, modern and good in every way. But here too the camera a few dips. It is not easy to create a solid connection between the smartphone and the camera.

We have tested with a Samsung S4 Active and require a few attempts before the connection would be with. When the connector is created, it works very smoothly. You can transfer pictures and remotely control the camera. Most of the settings is possible to operate from its smartphone through the app and the range is quite good without the picture stutters or becomes too low resolution.

Liveview for real

One of the things that Fujifilm pressed extra when they launched X-T11 was the new viewfinder. It would be faster than anything previously seen when it comes to electronic viewfinders. And the fact is that it is really fast. We compared the lag in the viewfinder with a Olympus OM-D E-M10, which is located on a simpler level than X-T1, but the difference was noticeable. Not that the Olympusen was slow, but X-T1 was really fast.Fujifilm press text seems thus meeting, delay, according to themselves be on 0.005 seconds.

The viewfinder also has two different main modes, one that called for Full and one as a hot Normal. These two differ in size, Full is simply larger, which means that the distance scale is in the picture. If there’s anything to disturb on is it Normal to get stick to, but otherwise I see no reason not to run in Full all the time. If focusing manually so there is another mode called for double. This displays both the full image and a magnified section of the focus point which makes it easier to adjust the focus.

The screen on the back of the camera are foldable in 90 degrees upward and 45 degrees down so you can shoot out of both higher and lower angles than it might otherwise be.

A camera is made to be photographed with, so how is X-T1 to use then? The camera has, like several of Fuji film cameras, no program selection knob without selecting the shutter speed wheel/iso dial or on the lens if you want each adjustment should be set automatically or manually. Each wheel has a a mode that so clearly does automatically. Set both the aperture ring, slutarratten and iso dial on a, the camera will take care of everything.

This way of handling the camera settings are nothing strange and when you got used to it works really well. However, it can be a bit cumbersome to make all adjustments with the camera in the eye as you usually can do when adjusting the shutter and Aperture through the pickup wheels.

The lower part of the iso dial is used to select the continuous shooting, singelbild, double exposure, filter, bracketing or panorama. Both double exposure and panorama are fun features but filter mode is not so exciting. The lower part of the shutter speed dial is used to select the light metering method.

Now this is a test of the camera, so I should not speak so much about lenses (we have tested the camera with 14 mm/2.8, 23 mm/1.4 and 18-55 mm/2.8-4), but a point I would make. It’s quite nice to be able to set the aperture directly on the lens, but it is far too little resistance when turning the wheel and change Aperture. It happened several times that the camera changed the aperture but that I wanted or was aware of it because the aperture ring easily spun when a little imprudent to access it.

It’s about the lenses, which incidentally is very good construction.


Fujifilm has previously endured a lot of criticism for their auto-focus was not as fast as might be desirable. In X-T1, they have put a little more speed on the focus but sometimes it still hunt a little. Not as slow as before, but it’s still not in the class with the best cameras in the class. The sharpness has sometimes gone wrong when I wanted to focus on an area with many details, nothing that is unique to this particular camera.

But still something is disturbing, the best option is to switch to manual focus and use either the focus accent lighting, digital split image or just a normal magnification. If the action does not meet all the requirements of the proper full daylight so can handle it very well in the dark. Using the built-in lighting camera managed to find the right focus in an otherwise pitch-black environment, it was impressive.

The sensor is the same as in E-X 2 which guarantees a good image quality.And it does not differ between the two different cameras. Earlier, however, we could see that the images were slightly darker than other cameras in the same exposure. Thus the camera underexposed slightly.

But in X-T1 has Fujifilm screwed up exposure and now becomes the images as bright as that of most other cameras. However, it is not a huge difference we’re talking about, but maybe half a step, but a difference none the less.

If you want to film with X-T1 makes it best not to run at 60 frames per second-then it becomes a little too poor image quality, in all cases, compared with 30-bildsläget that provides a good quality of the films.


To sew the bag around the X-T1 one can conclude that it is a camera that would work instead of a classic dslr for most. There aren’t very many lens yet, well maybe lie on the keg.

But looking at the features and quality are the with and playing with the others in the same class. In addition, like the appearance and handling with manual dials is that a given candidate.

If you want to shoot a lot of it may not be the hottest choice given that the only input for microphone but not for headphones.