Fujifilm’s recent X-series stills cameras and lenses have deservedly become some of the most-loved since the Fujifilm Finepix X100 appeared in 2011. Fujifilm is no slouch when it comes to high end moviemaking lenses either – its cine and television broadcast lenses have been legendary for years. Now their latest X-series stills cameras are becoming more like stills/movie hybrids than ever before.
In the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition:
• High-speed electronic shutter, maximum speed 1/32000 sec.
• Classic chrome film simulation uncannily similar to Kodachrome.
• Natural Live View of images through the electronic view finder (EVF) close to how they look through an optical viewfinder (OVF).
• 10 more improvements to come via a firmware update.
In the X100T:
• Advanced hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder.
• 1/3 stops using the aperture ring.
• Better control via command dial, 4-way controller and 7 Fn buttons.
• Classic chrome film simulation uncannily similar to Kodachrome.
• High-speed electronic shutter, maximum speed 1/32000 second.
But, what really caught my eye are the improvements in both camera’s movie capabilities. Fujifilm staffers had privately admitted some time ago that coming X-system cameras badly needed radically improved video features. Pro photographers using their cameras have often asked for better movie features to meet growing client demand for high quality video and stills.
And now it looks like Fujifilm is on the way to turning their X-series cameras into fully-fledged stills/video hybrids. Here are the video-specific features noted in both the X100T and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition announcements:
• Full HD – 1080p – video at 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps, supporting global motion picture formats including PAL And NTSC.
• Application of film simulation modes to video footage – including Classic Chrome, Provia, Velvia, Astia, Pro Neg Standard, Pro Neg High, Sepia and more.
• Manual shooting in video mode including ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during recording.
As the most complete redesign of the two, the X100T includes further movie features:
• Videos can be shot using the optical view finder (OVF) like analog film cameras – a world first in digital.
• 36Mbps high bit rate enabling clear capture of movement.
• Precise, high-speed autofocus during video shoots using Intelligent Hybrid AF, switching between phase detection AF and contrast AF to fit the scene, with manual focusing possible too.
When using review loaners of the Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS and Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R lenses recently, I mused on how incredible this system would be for making movies as well as stills once Fujifilm upgraded its cameras’ video features. It looks like that process may now have commenced.
The X-series lens roadmap that Fujifilm published on July 24, 2014 includes many lenses well-suited to shooting video with most of its zooms incorporating optical image stabilisation (OIS). Alongside the special edition X-T1 and the X100T, Fujifilm announced a new weather-resistant, OIS f2.8 lens well-suited to moviemaking – the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR.
Fujifilm even credits its expertise in making top broadcasting and cinema lenses in influencing aspects of the 50-140mm f2.8 such as the torque and texture of its rings that make for delicate manual focus and comfortable shooting. This lens will be available in December 2014.
Owners of the black Fujifilm X-T1 camera need not feel left out – a firmware update scheduled for December 2014 will add the following video features to that camera as well:
• 24fps cinema-style video capture, 25fps and 50fps in the PAL region.
• Manual video shooting allowing users to select ISO prior to shooting as well as adjusting aperture and shutter speed during the shoot.
The FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition
boasts a rich, high-quality finish, a 1/32000sec. electronic shutter and amongst other additions, a new Film Simulation mode.
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, a new color variant of the FUJIFILM X-T1 premium mirrorless camera. Since its launch, the X-T1 has received high praise from photography enthusiasts and professional photographers around the globe thanks to its outstanding features, including the world's fastest Real Time Viewfinder with a display lag-time of just 0.005 sec, the highest display magnification (0.77x), and a dust and water-resistant body.
The Third Generation X100T Premium Digital Compact
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the new FUJIFILM X100T premium compact digital camera. Equipped with the world's first electronic rangefinder, an APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor, high-speed EXR Processor II image processing engine and a FUJINON 23mm F2 lens, the X100T delivers unsurpassed image quality thanks to advanced color reproduction technology and the new unique Classic Chrome film simulation mode.
In March 2011, Fujifilm released the X100, opening up a new market for premium compact cameras. In February 2012, the second generation X100S was released, complete with a newly developed sensor, processer, and an advanced Hybrid Viewfinder. Now, the X100T marks the ultimate evolution as the third generation of the X100 Series, reflecting the feedback from customers for each and every part, including image quality, viewfinder and operability. The X100T is available in both black and silver versions and includes three key changes:
1)World's first Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, complete with Electronic Rangefinder
The X100T's optical viewfinder can simultaneously display the focus area by using the built-in ND filter. Users simply need to turn the camera's focusing ring for a mechanical rangefinder-style view. Additionally, Focus Peaking and Digital Split Image modes can be selected and the magnification of the focused area can be changed.
With the optical viewfinder, Real-time Parallax Correction has also been added to ensure more accurate framing. Parallax error, which occurs during close-up shooting, is automatically corrected in real time so users no longer having to reframe after focusing.
In addition, reduced display time lag, automatic brightness control, and enhanced Live View setting have been added to the electronic viewfinder providing a more comfortable shooting experience.
2)Increased operability with the 1/3 stop aperture ring, command dial, 4-way controller, and seven Fn buttons
Until now, setting the aperture in 1/3 steps needed to be done using the command lever. Now, it is done using the aperture ring. Also, the command lever has been changed to a command dial, and with the addition of a four-way controller, operability has been dramatically improved. The X100T is also equipped with seven Fn buttons, each one of which is customizable, while the rear LCD hasbeen ungraded to 1.04M-dot 3-inch monitor, greatly improving visibility.
3)New Classic Chrome film simulation mode, developed through 80 years of photographic experience
Fujifilm's unique Film Simulation modes that mimic the effects of photographic films help users to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green trees. Classic Chrome, which delivers muted tones and deep colors, has been added to the existing selection.
(cover photo credit: snap from Fujifilm)