The first ad for the new Fuji X-Series camera, the X-T1, greeted Japanese commuters today. As they were picking over the detail, a host of leaked images showed up online simultaneously, which provided unequivocal proof that this was the much discussed and touted X-T1. If all these specs stack up, this camera looks set to cause quite a stir.
The X-T1 is the first weather sealed, retro SLR/Fujica-styled camera body in the X-Series line up. This is interesting, as the previous X-Series line up until now has featured only rangefinder-styled designs, with the viewfinder on the left of the camera body - great for us right eye dominant shooters, not so good for those with a dominant left eye.
Patrick, owner of Fujirumors, a site well regarded as breaking news ahead of official Fuji announcements, has a number of trusted and/or anonymous sources which have provided the following info on the X-T1 (note – this is third party information, so may not be 100% accurate, please take with a grain of salt until officially confirmed by Fuji):
- announcement January 28th
- bigger (x77 magnification) and better (high performance) EVF
- APS-C X-Trans sensor II (16MP)
- support for the UHS-II SD-card for super-fast writing speed
- dual SD-Card slot)
- 8fps with AF tracking
- weather sealed body
- tilt screen
- SLR-type (Fujica) design
- name: X-T1
- ISO up to 51200
- smaller than the X-E2
- 18-55 kit lens
- 18-135 will be weather sealed
- in stores mid-February
- price range between X-E and X-PRO line
priced at 180,000 yen or $1,800
- latest pricing info rumors (as of 1/21/14) put the body only price around 1200 Euro / possibly $1300 (going on the unscientific pricing model for the XE-2 Euro to Dollar conversion, currently about 1:1.1)
- additional battery grip
- faster AF then X-E2
Apparently the X-T1 is even smaller than the XE-2 (which is, honestly, a very small and compact body anyway). The fact it’s weather sealed is great, and it will be interesting to see how the X-T1 performs when we get our hands on it. It has the now-somewhat-standard ISO dial, aimed squarely at the analogue-retro crowd.
Curiously, if the pricing info is accurate, it seems more expensive than what most were anticipating, which was a price point somewhere between the XE-2 and X-Pro 1. Updated pricing rumors circulating today seem to put the price point closer to 1200 Euro/$1300 body only, which is more in line with what was expected). I’m sure this will be clarified soon enough, again treat this as speculation until confirmed by Fuji.
A whole slow of leaked images showing the camera can be seen below. More details over from Patrick and the guys at Fujirumors.com, where you can stay up to date on all the latest.
Stayed tuned as we bring more details ahead of the X-T1’s official announcement next week, and it’s release next month.