Fuji X-T1 News: New body, New Firmware

The Fujifilm X-T1 (Graphite) edition offers some new features that will also be available to original X-T1 owners via a firmware update in December 2014. Image courtesy of Fujifilm.

Fujifilm announced a new color (Graphite) X-T1 body to be released later this year. While it looks really nice, it’s really the same camera as the original (black) X-T1, which I use as my primary travel/family camera. The bigger news, however, was a firmware upgrade coming in December that will match the original (black) X-T1’s features with its silver counterpart. I looked through the firmware features, which you can read here, and the following items caught my eye:

  • Electronic shutter option for fast primes: You will be able to shoot at a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000s with the electronic shutter. That’s perfect for using a fast prime in bright light without having to stop down. The downside is that this feature will only work with the 23 f/1.4, 25 f/1.4 and 56 f/1.2 Fuji prime lenses (I’m scratching my head on that one).
  • Natural Live View Mode: Because the X-T1 uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF), the viewfinder displays the scene with in-camera settings applied, like monochrome or “Velvia” mode. What that means is that sometimes the viewfinder image is too contrasty or saturated due to the chosen film emulation mode. Natural mode will display a normal image in the viewfinder, while the captured images will have the film emulation settings applied to them.
  • Linking the focus area to the metering area in spot metering mode: This is something my Nikon’s do, and it’s a feature I find quite useful. Currently, the spot meter uses the center of the frame, meaning you can’t just choose a metering area with the focus points without recomposing the shot.

Sadly, the one feature I really want, ± 2EV bracketing, wasn’t on the list. I hope Fuji reconsiders and adds this feature… it would make HDR capture so much easier!

The X-T1 (Graphite Silver) is available for pre-order from site sponsor B&H photo for $1499 (body only). You can also pick up the original X-T1 (black) in a new bundle with the 18-135mm zoom lens (highly recommended) for $1899.

One thought on “Fuji X-T1 News: New body, New Firmware”

  1. Hi Jason,

    love your website, podcasts and online workshops. I am currently shooting with a Canon 7D and various lenses and have been thinking about the Fuji XT1. I find myself out and about without my camera and missing random photo opportunities, hence my interest in a smaller, lighter, yet fairly advanced camera (not just a point & shoot). I am also getting older (58 y/o) and my shoulders, neck get sore carrying all that heavy gear. I primarily shoot landscapes and B&W, always in RAW and post process for B&W, but I also like street, candid photography.

    Since you have been shooting the XT1 for some time now, can you give us an update. I know that this camera and other mirrorless are not replacements for DSLRs in general. But depending on your shooting style and genre, they could be. It seems to me that given another 5 years, mirrorless technologies could make the “D” in DSLR stand for dinosaur. Only time will tell on that one…

    Please give your fans an update on the XT-1.


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