Building on the ever-growing popularity of its X-T1 SLR-styled mirrorless X-series camera, Fujifilm today made a unique announcement. The new X-T1 IR is Fujifilm’s newest addition to the X-series, opening up the world of infrared photography to X-series shooters.

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Internally and externally, the X-T1 IR is identical to its namesake, the X-T1. The only difference between the two models is the IR optimized sensor on the IR version of the camera. Which is to say that the sensor has been optimized to light wavelengths between 380 and 1,000 nm.

It is rare for camera manufacturers to announce such niche products, and most IR photographers have had to pay to have a standard camera modified to have the IR and UV filters removed in order to enjoy the world of IR photography. It will be interesting to see what sort of results are possible from this X-T1 IR, since it comes from the factory without an IR filter, vs. having its IR filter removed after the fact like most custom IR cameras out there.

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Fuji X-T1 IR Specs

  • Optimized for Infrared Photography
  • Passes UV to IR Spectrum; 380-1000nm
  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 0.5″ 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF and Focus Peaking
  • ISO 25600 and 8 fps Continuous Shooting

The pricing of this new X-T1 IR will come in at about $1699, not exactly cheap, but one should expect to pay a premium for a specialized and niche product like this. According to the press release, the new camera will be available this upcoming October.

Pre-orders are now available at major retailers like B&H, and given the niche appeal to a product like this, I would suggest a pre-order if you are interested, as supply could be a factor if you decide to wait.

What are your thoughts on the X-T1 IR? Have you tried, or does this make you interested in trying, IR photography? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!