Fuji X-T1 Viewfinder – a quick test

I had the good fortune to be able to have a go with the new Fuji X-T1 yesterday thanks to Chris Bennett.

Fuji X-T1
Fuji X-T1

There is a lot of hype about this camera, but it was the viewfinder I was particularly interested in.  Some EVF’s are acceptable others less so.  The one in this camera is the best I have ever used, simple as that.  Its big and bright and unlike most did not drop frames when the light levels dropped.

I still prefer optical viewfinders but this is a technical tour de force of electronic viewfinders.  I was particularly impressed with its size, clarity and the split screen option to assist manual focusing.  Also simple things like the information rotating with the camera, simple but why has no other camera manufacture thought of this.

So what about the rest of the camera well its what the Nikon DF should have been, great manual controls which are very well thought out.  If I had any criticism it would be the D pad on the back, its slightly too small and the buttons are less then positive.

I look forward to seeing this kind of EVF in an up coming upgraded X100s this could be an ultimate compact camera or in an X Pro1, it would make a great spare body for us Leica users.

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