First Impressions of Fujifilm X-T1 Latest Update
The Fujifilm X-T1 is a compact system camera that delivers brilliant photographic performance, however, it was criticized for its Autofocus system, which was not up to mark when it came to shooting moving objects. To resolve this issue, and to further enhance the focusing performance of the X-T1, Fujifilm has come with an upgrade to the existing firmware.
The firmware version 4.00 brings a whole new AF system to the camera that improves its performance by a significant margin. Two new modes, Zone and Wide/Tracking, have been added to the system that will allow you to capture moving objects with perfection.
The Zone mode displays a 77-point auto focus area, from which, you can select a 3x3, 3x5 or 5x5 zone. Combining this mode with the AF-C mode makes the camera continuously track a moving object in the selected zone.
When switched to Wide/Tracking mode, the camera automatically focuses on a subject in the 77-point Auto Focus area and tracks it across the whole area. Use this mode with AF-S mode and the camera maintains focus on the object even if it moves horizontally, vertically or back and forth.
This new firmware makes the Auto Focus system more accurate. The focus area is now divided into smaller sections, resulting in more accurate determination of distance of the subject. The built-in phase-detection pixels now have more sensitivity of 0.5EV (earlier 2.5EV). This helps in fast auto focusing even in low-lit and low-contrast conditions.
A new Eye Detection auto focus feature has been added to the latest firmware that detects and focuses on eyes, automatically, while taking portrait shots. This helps in capturing sharper portraits with an accurate background bokeh effect. The newly added auto Macro function automatically switches the camera to Macro mode whenever it detects an object in close proximity. You can assign a different function to the Macro button as you won’t be needing it anymore!
Some other significant improvements that the firmware upgrade has brought to the camera include:
- Better auto focus in movie mode
- Better control over shutter speed
- Finer grid lines for better visibility
- Exposure compensation control in manual mode
The upgrade is available on
Download it today and enjoy better performance with your Fujifilm X-T1 camera!
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