Fujifilm's X-T1 has the world’s quickest autofocus and is ready for a fight

Weather-proof and built for speed, it just might be the firm’s most capable retro camera yet

Another retro-styled Fujifilm, eh?

Yep, the company’s X-series range just got a new high-end model in the form of the X-T1. And yes, it rocks the same dashing old-school looks as its chums – but there’s a veritable wagon-load of bleeding edge tech lurking under that elegant exterior.

Like what?

Well, let’s start with its speed. Fuji claims the X-T1 has the fastest autofocus in the world: its X-Trans sensor’s phase detection AF can lock on in just 0.08 seconds.

And it doesn’t stop there. The EXR Processor II means the camera can start up in half a second and features a barely-there shutter lag of 0.05 seconds. Oh, and the electronic viewfinder is another world-beater, with a lag-time of 0.005 seconds – around a tenth the speed of conventional digital cameras.

All this means that you’ll have more chance of making quick captures of fleeting moments than you would with other, slower cameras.

More after the break...

And it’s a tough cookie, too?

That’s right. The magnesium-bodied X-T1 has around 80 points of weather sealing, making the body resistant to water and dust, and capable of happily shooting away in temperatures of up to -10 degrees celsius. The LCD is made of tempered glass, too, and the battery grip accessory add-on is also weatherproof.

Fujifilm will be launching a trio of weather resistant zoom lenses to pair up with the camera later in 2014.

Let’s talk specs…

There’s a 16.3MP APS-C sensor, sensitivity up to ISO 51200, 8fps continuous shooting and 1080p video capture. And despite the tough build, it’s a lightweight 440g (including battery and memory card).

I’m sold! When can I get one?

The Fujifilm X-T1 and most of its accessories will be available from mid to late February. The camera will set you back US$1300 (RM4340) body-only or US$1700 (RM5670) with a 18-55mm kit lens. The weather resistant lenses will be on sale later this year (June for the 18-135mm and winter for the 16-55mm F2.8 and 50-140mm F2.8).

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