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
Fujifilm X-T1 has the world’s quickest autofocus, and lots more besides

Fujifilm X-T1 has the world’s quickest autofocus, and lots more besides

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.

Fujifilm X-T1 with battery grip

Fujifilm X-T1 with battery grip

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.

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

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).