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Fujifilm Announces New X-T1IR

By Anthony Thurston on August 3rd 2015

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!

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. Joram J

    Might be interesting for astro photography.

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  2. fred palagonia

    The artical is kind of vague. did fuji remove or strip the sensor clean by that i mean remove the anti alias an ir blocking filter and rplace it with a clear filter on the sensor so you can use ir filters on the lens and still have the ability to go color .or did they put a infrared filter on the sensor with some color shift . I currently have two canon cameras converted to the near infrared . A 1Ds with a 72R infrared filter ,red/blue channel color shift. And i also have a1Ds2 with the 89R infrared filter, deep black & white no color shift.
    Both infrared filters are mounted directly to the sensor. i had lifepixel.com convert mine. best thing i ever
    did.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      They didn’t go into details, just that the sensor is now optimized for IR and UV light between 380-1000nm.

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  3. Paddy McDougall

    What about buying a secondhand xt1 and getting a filter? Probably about £800 and you can shoot normal picks by unscrewing the filter. Just a thought. Feels that a very good company is screwing the last dime out this sensor waiting for sony’s 6 month embargo on its new 24 mil aps c sensor to end then it’s back to fuji usual brilliant best.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Digital cameras typically have an IR filter integrated in the sensor stack. So while you can shoot with an IR filter and get some response, you’re going to be limited, particularly at lower IR frequencies (eg, the farther you get from visible light).

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  4. Samuel Sandoval

    First Comment! Is it worth to buy the previous gen?

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