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First Look: Fujifilm X-T1 impresses

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First Look: Fujifilm X-T1 impresses

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With fast continuous shooting, excellent photo quality and a great viewfinder, there's quite a bit to like about the camera.

Hi. I'm Lori Grunin, Senior Editor of CNET. And this is the Fujifilm X-T1. There are tons to like about Fujifilm's weather-sealed, cold-resistant, interchangeable lens camera. It delivers great photo quality and excellent continuous shooting speed and a pretty comfortable to shoot body that's mostly well designed. I say mostly because while I generally like shooting with the X-T1, there are few design quirks that make my kind of crazy. On the good side, it's got a sufficiently big and pretty comfortable grip. Manual dials for ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and exposure compensation and a bright tilting LCD. Plus, the viewfinder is terrific. It's big with several different views for manually focusing including the dual-view and the digital split-image view plus focus peaking like the rest of the recent generation of X-series cameras I really enjoyed it for street photography but I really don't like the drive-mode control, the movie record button or the navigation buttons. While the ISO and shutter speed dials lock, the drive-mode switch doesn't and the single-shooting selections right in the middle. The combination resulted in my constantly accidentally switching out of single-shooting into burst-mode. In the movie record navigation buttons are really flat. I frequently had to push the nav buttons with my fingernail and ended up with videos of me walking down the sidewalk because I thought I pressed the movie and button but hadn't. These are especially problematic in cold weather when you're wearing gloves based on the same 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor as the XE2 but with some tweaking to lower the noise. The X-T1 delivers the same great photo quality. JPEGs are clean up to ISO 800 and depending upon content can be usable as high as ISO 6400. Unfortunately, like the XE2, raw support is not available in the expanded ISO sensitivity range. The X-T1 delivers a great continuous shooting rate of around 7.9 frames per second at a pretty deep burst of around 30 frames and that's with auto-focus and reasonable as fast saves to the card. But the rest of its performance is just okay. There's no on-camera flash but otherwise, it provides a well-rounded feature set including Wi-Fi and intervalemeter. Fujifilm's camera remote app is nicer than most. For instance, it lets you zoom when you're browsing remotely which many apps don't. But the camera could really use NFC to simplify connecting to Android. All in all, the X-T1 isn't perfect but it's a great camera and the best of Fujifilm's X-series models today. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Fujifilm X-T1.

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