Fujifilm has announced a firmware update for its X-T1 cameras (including the Graphite Silver Edition), offering a new AF system with improved autofocus.


Available late June 2015, the new firmware Ver. 4.00 features nine changes aimed mainly at improving the AF performance and operation.

1. Zone and Wide / Tracking modes for moving subjects
– 77 autofocus points across a wider area;
– Zone mode allows users to choose a 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 zone from the 77-point AF area;
– When combined with the AF-C continuous focusing mode, the camera tracks a subject in the centre of the selected zone;
– Wide / Tracking mode displays the area in focus automatically out of the 77-point AF area, and tracks the subject across the entire 77-point AF area. Focus can be maintained on subjects that move vertically, horizontally, or back and forth.

2. Improved AF accuracy for enhanced focusing performance
– Single point AF divides the focus area into smaller sections to more accurately determine the distance to the subject;
– Built-in phase detection pixels now have a detection range of 0.5EV (previously 2.5EV), delivering phase detection AF performance for fast focus in low light conditions and on low-contrast subjects.

3. Eye Detection AF for more beautiful portraits:
– By activating Face Detection AF and Eye Detection AF, the camera automatically detects and focuses on human eyes even in difficult conditions.

4. Auto Macro Mode for convenient close-up photography
– This feature removes the need to press the Macro button before shooting close-ups, while maintaining the conventional AF speed, allowing the user to assign a different function for the macro button.

5. Improved AF in Movie mode for smoother video recording
The optimised algorithm delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording.

6. Improved Shutter Speed Dial Operation
When the Shutter Speed Dial is set to T and the Shutter Type to Mechanical + Electronic, the command dial can be set to a full range of exposure times from 30 – 1/32000 seconds enabling you to change the shutter speed across a broader range without having to change camera position. This is useful when shooting in portrait orientation with the optional Vertical Battery Grip.

7. Exposure Compensation in Manual Exposure mode
You can use the Exposure Compensation dial to make exposure adjustments while shooting in the Manual exposure mode with the ISO Auto setting.

8. Finer Lines on the framing grid enhances visibility
The lines on the framing grid, which can be displayed in the Screen Set-Up menu, are now finer, making it easier to view the subject.

9. Name of Silent mode changed
The Silent mode has been renamed to “SOUND & FLASH OFF” to avoid confusion.

“This demonstrates that Fujifilm continues to listen to customer feedback to boost the performance of X Series cameras. In particular, Fujifilm has taken the ability to capture moving subjects to a whole new level,” said Alex Zitser, Fujifilm Australia Product and Marketing Manager – Electronic Imaging.