Fujifilm X-T1 review summary

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8.8 points
The travel-blogger’s and street photographer’s go-to camera. Better than a digital Leica, even though it’s not full frame.
Build

Weather sealed, lasting construction, and a classic design (also in silver-ish Graphite)

Packability

Smaller than DSLRs and lightweight interchangeable lenses

Functionality

Beautiful IQ (Image Quality), ergonomic tactile controls, and the best viewfinder on the market

Originality

Delightfully nostalgic design, conversation starter, and creates camera lust in any crowd

Value

Pricey, but more than worth it if your blog photos help cover expenses for your travels

All my X’s live in… my day pack. What? Yes. Fuji’s X line is causing travel photographers and wedding photographers around the world to dump their bulky $8000 DSLR rigs and delight in their new X’s. And with good reason. In many ways this is the most advanced travel camera on the market. To top it off Fuji’s interchangeable lenses are winning more and more side-by side comparisons with Leica’s $5000 lenses. In years past, it would have been absurd to think it’s a little fuji camera could to even compare to the famous-for-travel $6000 Leica digital cameras. But they have done it. And not just with the X-T1. Their whole X-line compares easily. If money is an issue, grab a used X-pro1 or a fixed lens X100s. If you want the best of the X’s to-date, get the X-T1.



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reasons to travel with this

  • Produces better JPGs, more ergonomic, and faster than modern digital Leica camera bodies
  • ~40% lighter than Leica M digital cameras and built just as well
  • Interchangable lenses that are just as sharp as Leicas but actually have (super-fast) autofocus
  • Classic dedicated tactile dials and controls. Spend less time digging through menus
  • Timeless and ergonomic design. Very well thought through (unlike the $3000 Nikon df)
  • Rugged build for those sandy, wet and cold conditions where the best photos are made
  • The best and most advanced electronic viewfinder on the market today.

things to consider

  • On the expensive side. Yet, still a no-brainer if your income is based on quality photos from your travels.
  • The viewfinder is in the middle instead of the left like the rangefinder-styled x-Pro1 which may keep you from connecting with the people as well while photographing.
  • RAW Color profiles are partially lost when importing into Adobe Lightroom. If you will only use it's beautifully rendered JPGs, no problem.
  • Limited JPEG dynamic range using the default settings. (Not a problem if you enjoy the editing process and RAW images)

more features / specs

  • Micro-four thirds 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor which produces incredible skin tones.
  • Weather resistant up down to -10 C
  • 8fps continuous shooting using autofocus and 3fps in liveview
  • 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.77x (equiv.) magnification
  • Six programmable function buttons
  • Bright 3.0" tilting screen (not vary-angle)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi which can use a smartphone or tablet as a remote control
  • Classic M Mount lenses can be used with an adapter

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