Fujfilm has released details of new third generation X100T premium compact camera, which features an Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder with electronic rangefinder and a new Classic Chrome film simulation mode.


The new Fujfilm X100T camera, shown in black and silver versions. (Source: Fujifilm.)

The new X100T is equipped with a 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II image processing engine as well as a specially designed Fujinon 23mm f/2 lens that covers the same angle of view as a 35mm lens in 35mm format. The new Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder includes an Electronic Rangefinder that allows accurate manual focusing whilst using the optical viewfinder. A small inset digital display allows the user to focus the image manually using the camera’s focusing ring. Focus Peaking or the Digital Split Image options may also be used in this mode. Real-time Parallax Correction has been added for more accurate framing when shooting close-ups and a high refresh rate makes the finder image smoother in low light conditions.

A new Classic Chrome option has been added to the Film Simulation modes reproducing muted tones and deep colours. The X100T also features a silent electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32000 seconds and supports sensitivities up to ISO 51200 when expanded sensitivity is selected. Continuous shooting is supported at up to a maximum of 6 frames/second with a buffer capacity of 25 frames during JPEG shooting using the full 16.3 megapixels. The new camera can record Full HD video movies and the optical viewfinder and film simulation modes can be used in movie mode for creative colour effects. Manual exposure is also available.

Built-in Wi-Fi utilises the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app to enable remote camera control from a smart phone or tablet. Remote Control functions can be used for group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat. The X100T also provides 11 different Film Simulation modes, Multiple Exposure mode, advanced filter functions, interval timing shooting and comes with a built-in ‘Super Intelligent’ flash. It is scheduled for release in Australia in late November 2014 with a range of accessories. Pricing is still to be determined.


The Graphite Silver Edition of the Fujifilm  X-T1. (Source: Fujifilm.)

Fujifilm has also announced that its X-T1 premium interchangeable lens camera will be offered in a Graphite Silver Edition featuring a three layer coating process that produces a resilient, high quality finish. This camera will include a fully electronic shutter offering a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 seconds and the new Classic Chrome film simulation mode. A new Natural Live View function removes the image quality settings from the viewfinder image while shooting to display real-world images that emulate the view through an optical viewfinder.

A scheduled firmware update for the X-T1 will offer the following improvements:
1. Direct selection of the AF area using the four-way controller, without pressing the FN key.
2. The currently locked AE-L/AF-L buttons will be unlocked, but will be interchangeable depending on the user’s preference.
3. Variable Focus Area during MF – when working in Manual focus mode, the update will enable users to change the size of the focus area during Instant AF with the AF-L button.
4. In Autofocus mode, the update will enable the Macro function to be turned on or off, without accessing the pop-up menu screen.
5. To make the Q Menu (used for quick access of frequently-used items) even more efficient, the update will allow its items and layout to be changed to the user’s preference.
6. As well as the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps, 25fps and 24fps options will be available with the update. In PAL regions, such as Europe, 50fps and 25fps will allow video editing without converting the frame rate. The 24fps option will offer a cinema-like view.
7. The update will enable ISO sensitivity selection prior to shooting videos, as well as the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during movie recording.
8. In Instant AF mode, which is operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF, providing faster focusing speeds.
9. Users will be able to interlock the AF area position with the Metering area when Spot Metering mode is selected.
10. In the current Program Shift mode, the slowest speed setting is 1/4 seconds, but this will increase to a maximum of four seconds.

The X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition is expected to be available in Australia in late November 2014. Pricing has yet to be announced. For more information, visit www.fujifilm.com.au.