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| p.1 #1 · Fuji X-T1 Rolling Impressions |
Figured I'd start a rolling impressions thread for the week I have the X-T1. Just arrived about 20 minutes ago. Very first impressions are that it definitely feels like the most solid Fuji camera I've picked up, and the grip feels wonderful in my hand. I can see people with larger hands wanting a bit more to hold on to, but it feels fantastic for me. The rubber used is really nice...grippy without being sticky. The dials are larger than the ones on the X-E2, and they feel fine, though the shutter speed dial feels nicer on the X-E1/2 to be honest, though this one works fine...the detents are a little less firm than the X-E2, though.
I get the reason for the locking ISO dial, but I do wish it was a pushbutton lock (lock on, lock off) rather than a constant push, as if you need to switch to the opposite side of the dial, it can be a little fiddly. One really nice thing with the dial, though, is that if you are shooting RAW and switch it to H1 or H2 for the super high ISOs, it'll put you in large fine JPEG, and switch you back to RAW when you go to 6400 or below. While not as good as actually letting us SHOOT RAW at those ISOs, at least you don't need to switch to JPEG to enable the ISOs, then select them, then switch back to RAW when you're done.
The Viewfinder is truly huge, and there's no visible tearing and such. Since there's been some spread, I'm not quite sure if it's as good, better or slightly worse than the E-M1's viewfinder, since I don't have them side by side, though first impressions are that it's at least as good if not a little better. It definitely seems bigger, and probably a little more contrasty. I haven't used it in low light or outdoors yet, though. The dual view mode is interesting and works well, though your main view is a lot smaller then (though still about as big as an APS-C DSLR's view). The dual view works really well with the split image focusing aid...makes that aid more useful to my eye, since you have the color info and framing on the main view on the left.
AF seems to catch the phase detection pixels more often than on the X-E2...at least that's my very first impression...focus was really snappy in the very limited time I've used it so far. I'll of course put that more through its paces.
The tilt/flip screen is very sturdy and probably the most solid feeling tilt screen I've used. It also sits flush with the camera when closed so I actually forgot it tilted when I first started looking at it. It's very rigid, though, with absolutely no flex.
The buttons are 'ok' feeling, except for the menu and four-way buttons, which are a notable step down in feel from the other Fuji cameras...likely due to weather sealing. They really are quite mushy and give very little tactile feedback. The switches under the dials that change drive mode and metering are ok. They're solid, but perhaps a bit too stiff...they're hard to change easily. I also hate the placement of the top deck Fn button...it's in the wrong spot compared to other Fuji cameras, but it's also hard to reach between the two dials. Since the EC dial is now on top and not recessed into the deck, that Fn button is harder to reach...you have to arch your finger over the dial and press it.
Overall, though, the ergonomics are pretty nice. I have to get used to some of the button placements (the one on the front by the grip is easy to access, but potentially easy to depress accidentally, but we'll see how it is in use).
It'll take a little more time to get used to it, but overall I think I like it on first glance. The SD card door that people have made a big deal of does feel a little flimsy when opened, but it doesn't accidentally open...it opens when you want it to open and that's it.
EDIT 3/3/14: My full review is now up: http://admiringlight.com/blog/review-fujifilm-x-t1/
Edited on Mar 04, 2014 at 04:44 AM · View previous versions