Fujifilm builds a mirrorless with looks to kill

Camera companies are getting better and better at building interchangeable lens cameras to match a compact size, and Fujifilm’s latest not only looks retrolicious, but features specs to satisfy plenty of photographers.

New to the Fujifilm X Series range of not-quite-digital-SLR cameras, the X-T1 is being touted by Fujifilm as a premium state-of-the-art camera.

Designed to handle more than its fair share of punishment from an element of ruggedisation, the camera looks like a camera from the 60s or 70s, and offers 80 points of weather sealing including moisture and dirt resistance, as well as being resistant to temperatures as low as -10ºC.

It also includes what could be the best optical viewfinder on the planet compared to any other digital camera, delivering a 2.36 million dot OLED with 0.77x magnification and a screen lag of 0.005 seconds, making it — according to Fujifilm — “almost indistinguishable from an optical viewfinder.”

“The X-T1 incorporates sophisticated and intuitive technology, allowing photographers to maximise their creative flair using an array of manual controls to capture superb images – even in dusty, wet or freezing conditions,” said Melissa Butcher, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Fujifilm Australia.

Beyond the excellent viewfinder and resistance to the cold and wet, the X-T1 will also include a new graphic interface aimed to make things easier, and new image processing and sensor technology, the latter of which brings autofocus to 0.08 seconds, half a second camera start-up, and provides 16 megapixels of image shooting goodness.

WiFi is also here, as is interval timing, with six customisable buttons, two command dials, and a control scheme that will likely grab the attention of anyone who loves photography.

Pricing, however, is a mystery for Australia, with availability pegged for early March. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when we have more.