Rumor: Fuji to Release Minor X-T1 Upgrade with a 4K Viewfinder in July


Fuji’s X-T1 already has one of the most impressive electronic viewfinders in the mirrorless world, but if recent rumors are to be believed, that that isn’t good enough for the Japanese company.

According to an updated rumor report by Fuji Rumors, Fuji is indeed planning to release an incremental update to the much-loved mirrorless shooter (as we reported earlier in the week) and they’re doing it simply because they want to replace the current 2.36K EVF with a higher-resolution 4K version.


Initially dubbed the X-T1b, now the X-T1p, the name is uncertain but the existence of this camera, strange though it is, seems to be a near-certainty.

According to FR‘s sources, the camera will be officially announced the first week of July, so we don’t have to wait long to find out, but assuming the rumors are accurate, what do you think of this move?

Is this just an excuse to fix the button issues that have plagued some of the X-T1’s, is it about a better viewfinder, and are either of those reasons good enough to urge Fuji to jump on the incremental upgrade train that Nikon and Canon are so frequently lambasted for? Let us know in the comments.

(via Fuji Rumors)

  • Guest

    hmmmm, since only the GH4 and the X-T1 are the only cameras capable of using high speed UHS-II cards, I was kinda hoping for….4K from the sensor, not the viewfinder.

    -stops dreaming-

  • george

    Lazy writers are lazy, NO EVF will be 4K this year for a while really. 4K is 8 megapixels, these viewfinders are counted in dots, which means effectively 3x less pixels, which means 4 million dots is around 1.3 million pixels, which is conveniently 1280 by 1024 resolution. A lot less than 4096 x 2160 which is true 4K

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  • Mark Penrice

    Ah, that old trick… still, it can’t be as bad as the Oculus Rift, or the old B/W 576-line micro-CRT EVFs off yer old VHS video cameras… and the rear panel on my old mainstay digicam is measured in hundreds of thousands of pixels, not a few million.

    Meanwhilst, I’m typing this using a 1280×1024 monitor… I think it’d probably be just fine for composing a shot with!

    It’s a bit cheeky of them to abuse this year’s big near-meaningless tech buzzword in that way, but we’re kinda used to it by now aren’t we?

  • Steve

    I just called Fuji Customer Support about this, since I just purchased my X-T1 and it’s within the 2 week return period, and got from them a flat denial that this upgrade will occur. I’m not sure whether I believe them or not (the rep’s name was Steve), but it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. If the rumors persist, I’ll probably return the camera and wait for the new model; I have until June 25 to do so.

  • Steve Struthers

    I played with an XT-1 in a photo store a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I was seriously thinking about ditching my trusty Canon T2i and getting one … until I discovered that the XT-1 doesn’t do video very well.

    So, here’s hoping that Fuji will fix the video capabilities of the XT-1 in its next iteration. It doesn’t have to be 4K video, I’d settle for good-quality 1080p.