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Fuji X-T1 Rumored To Be Getting Major AutoFocus Update Via Firmware In May

By Anthony Thurston on April 28th 2015

If you ask anyone about their list of things that they would fix/change about the Fuji X-T1, chances are that AF would be on that list. The camera is quick and snappy in good light, but with moving subjects and in lower light, the camera leaves a lot to be desired.


It seems that Fuji has heard that criticism and will be bringing yet another Fuji X-T1 firmware update early next month – if you believe the latest rumors that is. According to the report over on Fuji Rumors, this news has been confirmed by two different sources, both saying that May 11th is when the firmware will drop.

The unfortunate bit is that currently, beyond the fact that the AF performance will be updated, we know little about this firmware. Fuji rumors quoted his source as saying, “It will be like holding a completely new camera in your hands.” Usually in these firmware rumors, we get some numbers, like “AF speed will be improved by 40%.” So, I find it odd that someone with detailed information about when the firmware is coming does not have more details.

[Rewind: Fuji X-T10 Coming In May?]

Regardless, if the rumor is correct and the firmware really improves the AF on the X-T1 by that much, then this is great news for Fuji shooters. I will be watching this one closely, and will look forward to testing out the ‘new’ AF performance, should the rumor turn out to be true.

What are your thoughts on this rumor? Do you think that significant AF performance improvements are possible via a firmware update? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Fuji Rumors]

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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. Jesper Ek

    Nice speed in updates.

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  2. Seth Pyrzynski

    Was this updated?

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  3. J. Dennis Thomas

    Remember the the Xpro-1 firmware update that “improved” the AF? It went from awful to not quite as awful. I wouldn’t expect miracles.

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    • adam sanford

      Ditto with the very first EOS-M. It went from ‘it focuses as slowly as a drunken sailor using manual glass while riding an electronic bull’ to ‘almost as fast as a crappy point and shoot’. But, yes, an F+ is better than an F, so it was an improvement.

      Agree with J Dennis. Keep your feet on the ground with expectations here. I imagine there is only so much they can do.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      My advice is to ignore the Fuji zealots if this firmware update happens and try it for yourself. After buying and XPro-1 and realizing I could focus manually faster I sold it. When firmware v.3 came out I listened to al of the Fuji converts that bragged how much faster it was, and I bought another one. I didn’t notice an appreciable difference and I was still able to manual focus faster and more reliably. Sold another one.

      That was me done with Fuji. unless they release a f’n stellar XPro-2 (which I think is a dead in the water idea) I’m sticking with a Nikon DSLR and a Leica. Neither of which have ever let me down.

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  4. Thomas Horton

    If the AF can be significantly fixed with a software fix, it does raise the question– why was this not done the first time?

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    • Arnold Barr

      Oh how I hope it’s true! but I agree with you if that is the case why is it just getting corrected.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Sometimes you just need more time to develop new algorithms. It doesn’t mean the company doesn’t want to include it in the first release, it just means they didn’t have that knowledge at the time when the camera was first released.
      Software development is a work in progress. Your first version is never as good as the next one and you keep improving day after day.

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  5. Paul Empson

    Excellent.. faster AF would certainty be high up on a list..

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