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Fuji to Announce An Upgraded X-T1b As Soon As This Month?

By Anthony Thurston on June 9th 2014

As I talked about in my initial thoughts on the Fuji X-T1, this has been one of the most popular camera releases of 2014. It has been just 5 months since the camera was announced, but now rumors have cropped up that Fuji may be gearing up to release a new – hardware upgraded – version of the X-T1, and it could be announced as soon as this month!

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According to the report over on Fuji Rumors, this upgraded camera may be called the X-T1b and would feature several minor updates in features and hardware. Think of it sort of like the D4 to D4s upgrade – some nice features, but nothing major. One part of the rumor that I found particularly interesting was the bit about the possible new high resolution EVF.

One thing I would like to see Fuji address is the atrocious video that I am seeing from the X-T1. I would prefer a firmware update if possible, as Fuji has been known to do, but if it’s a hardware thing, then hopefully it will be addressed in this newer model. Video, so far in my experience, on the X-T1 is almost useless. It’s heavily artifacted and the moire is out of control, really the one of my only complaints about the camera so far.

[REWIND: Fuji X-T1 Initial Thoughts and Unboxing]

I would also like to see the continuous AF looked at, as it is also pretty useless. But now I am getting off topic. My point is though, that the X-T1 – despite its popularity – definitely has some quirks and room for improvement. Still, releasing an updated model so soon after the original seems odd, and will likely anger some current X-T1 owners if the new features are significant in any way.

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What are your thoughts on this Fuji rumor? Is it a mistake by Fuji to release and upgraded X-T1 so soon after the original models release? Leave a comment below!

[via Fuji Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    Looking to pick up an XT-1, and I am in no hurry so this is potentially good news. A bit bummed for people who just bought one though. But the XT-1 is still a great camera, 1B or not :)

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  2. Jim

    Sure hope they can really shorten the shutter lag so I can shoot lightning with an electronic trigger. As it is the lag is too much to allow many successful shots.

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  3. Zelph Young

    Hope they can get the auto focus up to SLR standards. It just is not good enough as is. I find myself grabbing my Canon SLRs because of this.

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  4. GazzaRoonii

    If you thing continuous AF is useless then I’d suggest it’s you and not the tool you’re using.

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  5. PPF

    The XT-1b. *My* wish is that the ‘b’ stands for ‘Bayer’. An XT-1 without the Xtrans sensor would be an immediate BUY for me.

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  6. gene lowinger

    I love the X-T1 as it is. I would rather that Fuji eliminate all video function than upgrade it so that all those who want to do video would either buy a video camera or move to a different manufacturer. Or simply STFU!

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  7. Dennis

    Wow, that is quick!
    No doubt, if it is more than just a firmware update (which it will be) there will be quite a few upset XT-1 owners (wouldn’t you be?). However, Fuji being who they are and not shy away from delivering requests from photographers and consumers alike, could well be making a smart move here by closing deals of people like myself who have been sitting on the fence, deciding to make the complete switch from DSLR to the so far very impressive but just needing that little more performance XT-1.
    I for one, will be keeping a very close watch and will be anticipating any improvement that may be added to the already mighty XT-1 before making a complete switch in systems.

    Dennis Vogelsang (wedding photographer – Canon shooter)

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