|Straight from camera at ISO 200, no sharpening or exposure|
adjustments applied. Film simulation mode = Velvia.
I recently had a chance to spend almost two weeks with the Fujifilm XT-1 (black edition) and I was impressed with this mirrorless camera’s sharpness, color and speed.
I used the X-T1 on a road trip through Northern Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. In the hand, it felt light but solid, making a perfect travel companion. It was coupled with the Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. Images were tack sharp - so sharp that my typical Lightroom sharpening settings had to be dialed back.
The sensor delivered excellent dynamic range, easily handling contrasty situations even at its basic setting. Noise was absent at ISO 200, and well within the range of noise reduction post-processing up to ISO 3200. I did not test it at it 6400, or use the extended range, which provides ISO from 100 to 51,200.
|Straight monochrome |
at ISO 1600
I found the electronic viewfinder clear and sharp, responding quickly when brought to the eye. The fold-out LCD screen is useful when shooting at unusual angles, when you want to be more discreet, or when you want to see a larger image for more critical focus.
|Shot at 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 640 in continuous high mode|
Fujifilm claims optical image stabilization up to four stops for the XF18-55mm lens, which I found a bit too optimistic. At times, it was allowing me to shoot as low as ⅓ or ⅙ second. I’m pretty steady, but that’s asking a lot. Given the superior low-noise quality of the sensor, I’d suggest bumping the ISO up a notch if you find the shutter speed dropping too low.
|Inside the Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff.|
Natural light at ISO 1600, no noise reduction used.
Overall, the Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent mirrorless camera with professional capabilities and picture quality. It’s a good choice for travel, street photography, or any situation where you want a camera that’s reasonably small, light and discrete. I do wish it had a sensor larger than 16.3 megapixels, as I exhibit in galleries and sell prints. Buyers often want large prints.
NOTE: The camera used for this review was paid for by the reviewer and obtained through BorrowLenses.com. No compensation was received for this review.