Fuji Officially Debuts the Weather-Resistant X-T1, Boasts Fastest AutoFocus in Its Class


It’s finally here! About one bazillion (official statistic) leaks and one teaser later, Fujifilm has finally announced the much-longed-for X-T1. With a weather-resistant body, a large and powerful OLED EVF and the fastest autofocus in its class, Fuji promises that this camera will make for a “truly remarkable photographic experience.”

Of course, that’s just press release lingo for, “it’s our camera and we’ll boast if we want to,” so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Inside the X-T1’s retrotastic body you’ll find the newest generation 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, an EXR Processor II, built-in WiFi, a 1.04 million dot high-precision 3-inch tempered glass tilting LCD and a wide-angle 2.36M-dot OLED EVF with the world’s highest magnification for a digital camera (0.77x) and an insanely short lag-time of only 0.005 seconds.


And quickness is the name of the X-T1 game. Other speedy features include 0.5 second start-up time, phase detection AF that delivers a response time of only 0.08 seconds, 0.05 second shutter lag and a 0.5 second shooting interval.

Finally, to top it all off, the X-T1 can shoot at 8 frames per second with tracking AF, and is compatible with SDXC UHS-II memory cards that boast write speeds that are about twice as fast as those of a standard SD card.


Coming in a close second in the order of importance behind speed for the X-T1 is weather sealing. It’s the first weather-resistant X-series camera, and Fuji was determined to do it right. With 75 points of weather-sealing, the X-T1 manages to be dust-resistant, water-resistant (we’ve seen that term can be pretty substantial in the past) and freezeproof to -14°F.

Other notable features include four different EVF display modes — Full (shooting info doesn’t obstruct the view), Dual (split-screen to help nail focus), Normal and Portrait (rotates shooting info when shooting vertically) — digital split image and focus peaking capabilities, ISO 100-25600, a built-in interval timer and in-camera RAW conversion.


Of course, a weather-resistant camera needs weather resistant accessories, so alongside the camera, we’re getting a weather-resistant battery grip (the VG-XT1) and three new weather-resistant zoom lenses: the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR and the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR.

The X-T1 ships next month for $1,300 for the body only, and $1,700 for the camera and the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens (pre-order by following those links). The weather-resistant lenses will arrive sometime this year, but no specific pricing and availability info has been released yet. Until they arrive, you can, of course, use the X-T1 with any of the current X-Series lenses (you just won’t be weather-resistant).

To learn more about the camera, head over to Fuji’s press room to read the release for yourself.

  • kodiak xyza

    I use their lenses, and I use Leica-mount lenses.
    there is no problems in shooting Aperture Priority,
    Shutter Priority or “oh look, that’s pretty” Priority.

  • Rob S

    @ guest – funny because I think auto racing is a great comparison but not in the way you put it.

    If I got in Sebastian Vettel’s car and he were forced to use Max Chilton’s, Sebastian would still kick my ass. Put me in an F1 Car and Sebastian in an Indy car and he kicks my ass. Put Jimmy Johnson in a NASCAR ride and he will kick my ass. And I am not an unskilled driver. I have taken multiple professional driving courses and have raced at the amateur level. But I cant come even close to the limits of an F1 car rendering the advantage the MACHINE has useless while those professional drivers can max out inferior equipment with superior skill.

    We all shoot the same light (drive the same track). How we see and capture that light is a skill. The equipment used is a minor factor compared to the skill.

    Joe McNally took all the pictures in “The Moment It Clicks” with equipment most people here would deem inferior yet most of them cant take “better” pictures with “better” equipment. DigitalRev has been giving pro photographers crappy cameras and guess what – they still get pro results. few photographers are “better” than their equipment. DSLRs have reached a point where even an entry level camera is far “better” than most peoples skills.

  • Sterling

    Puking because of a sync issue between sound and visuals? Didn’t you start off with “apples and oranges?” Sure a brain can detect small differences. It is also amazingly adaptive. Sounds like you’re inventing an issue that is totally irrelevant to photography.

  • Rabi Abonour

    I can’t imagine the camera not featuring aperture priority. In addition to the top dials it has command wheels on the front and back, one of which surely controls aperture.

  • Omar Salgado

    In part, that’s the argument I like to expose. It is not the same neither ontologically nor epistomologically to see through an OVF and an EVF.

  • Omar Salgado

    I can talk about it because I own a two camers with EVFs and two with OVFs.

    I don’t like to point at the fact of “shutter lag” or the advantages of always knowing the exposure. [Indeed, even if the shutter lag is 0, there’s another “lag”: EVFs require the shutter to be open to let light through, and when you press the shutter button, there will be always a lag, because it must close and open again to expose at the selected parameters. Ok, it is different with electronic shutters, of which I only know few models of cameras to incoporate them. Why? Because of flaws that of video. (refresh rate and its no coherent image as byproduct). Then, mechanical shutters are obsolete too if we are in the “electronic” train.]

    My second camera with an EVF has the feature of indicating highlights and shadows (and exposure feature), which I found comfortable, but two suspicious things to my mind aroused: I was becoming lazy at exposure and, perhaps the most important, I was seeing at an electronic display, not through a lens (and reflected light). Both aspects make the difference at conceiving, not at seeing. And that’s why it is not a matter of exposure, “advantages of live view” (I do not chimping, really, cause I’m confident at my photographic skills and knowledge), or being modern (or not being “primitive”).

    Despite considering myself a too much technical guy, I don’t rely my vision on technicalities, but in a sensible and direct “reality”. EVFs disconnect me from my subject. That’s the Why.

  • Rob S

    um…..the point was that these small differences in inputs as far apart as sound and visuals cause issues. Now take each eye with slightly different visual inputs, add motion.

  • Brandon Chin

    Trust me, I don’t undervalue mirrorless at all. I believe mirrorless is the way to go, especially if you’re not a professional. I sold my DSLR for a mirrorless.

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    nice, looks like camera designs reminiscent of yesteryear are actually better for practical use.

  • grovergrover

    This will be my next camera. Still love my X10 and X100 but I would love some weather resistance hear in the Pacific Northwest.