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In December 2014 Fujifilm released the latest firmware upgrade (version 3.00) for its X-T1 camera. More than a minor upgrade, the new firmware adds a number of new features that greatly enhance the camera’s capabilities. Let’s take a look at ones most likely to be of interest to X-T1 owners.
By the way, if you’d like to learn more about firmware (for all makes of camera) then read our article Updating Your Camera’s Firmware – What is it and Why It’s Important.
A new electronic shutter allows you to take photos at shutter speeds of up to 1/32000 second (the fastest mechanical shutter speed available is 1/4000 second). This enables you to take photos in bright light with prime lenses at wide aperture settings, something the lowest available ISO speed of 200 (when shooting Raw) makes difficult.
Sports and action photographers shouldn’t get too excited though, as the rolling shutter effect may cause distortion in moving subjects.
Another advantage of the electronic shutter is that it is completely silent, something that street photographers (and others who prefer to work unobtrusively) may appreciate.
The X-T1’s autofocus is extremely accurate but there may be times when you want to override it. Now you can do so by enabling the new AF+MF feature. When it’s activated (you need to be in AF-S mode) press the shutter button half-way down to activate autofocus, then turn the focus ring on the lens to override the camera. Essentially, it lets you switch from auto focus to manual focus without having to move the Focus mode selector.
This will help you out in those rare instances when the camera’s autofocus fails to lock on the subject, or if you want to shift the point of focus (perhaps to utilize the depth-of-field bar that appears in the viewfinder).
Film Simulation settings are one of the strengths of the Fujifilm system and they seem to have been thought through a bit better than the equivalent settings from other manufacturers. The result is that the Fujifilm cameras have gained a reputation for creating excellent quality JPEG files.
Classic Chrome is Fujifilm’s latest Film Simulation setting, giving a faded, slightly vintage, high contrast look to the photo that you might expect from an older type of slide film.
Classic Chrome is also available in the latest versions of Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw.
The view of the subject seen through the X-T1’s electronic viewfinder (or on the LCD screen in Live View) is affected by the white balance and Film Simulation settings selected by you, the photographer. While this may help you visualize how the final photo will look, I’m sure you may miss the neutral view presented by optical viewfinders. Natural Live View fixes this by giving you a neutral view of the scene unaffected by Film Simulation, contrast or white balance settings.
The new EVF Color and LCD Color menu options also lets you change the hue of the electronic viewfinder or LCD screens.
Now you can switch the active autofocus frame using the four selector buttons on the back of the camera, without having to press the bottom button beforehand. This makes adjusting the AF frame while looking through the viewfinder much easier.
The only downside is that the selector buttons can no longer be used to access functions such as white balance and Film Simulation selection. You can compensate for that by adding them to the Quick menu.
Pressing the Q button on the back of the camera brings up a Quick menu with sixteen functions. The idea of the Quick menu is to give you rapid access to the most used menu items without having to navigate your way through the camera’s menu system. Now, with the latest firmware upgrade, you can choose which functions (from a list of 25) you’d like to appear in the Quick menu, and which order they are displayed in.
The full list of new features is available on the Fujifilm website.
To see which firmware version your X-T1 camera has (I believe this works for all Fujifilm cameras) turn the camera off, hold down the Disp/Back button and turn the camera back on. The camera displays the currently installed firmware versions for both the body and lens.
Start by going to this page on the Fujifilm website, scrolling to the bottom and clicking I Agree. You can download the new firmware file on the next page, which also contains instructions on how to load it into your camera. You’ll need a newly formatted memory card to do so.
Have you tried out the firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 yet? Please let us know what you think of it in the comments.
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