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Fujifilm Confirms Higher MP X-Trans on The Way, Stresses AF Improvements

By Anthony Thurston on February 28th 2015

It is the never ending question when it comes to Fujifilm: when will the company be upgrading its 16MP X-Trans sensor? The sensor still produces brilliant images, and is honestly still one of the best APS-C sensors on the market, if you ask me.


That said, times are changing, and a 16MP sensor really just doesn’t cut it when compared to the other options out there right now. Luckily, Fuji knows this and has a higher MP X-Trans sensor on the way. This was recently confirmed by Toshihisa Iida, a Senior Manager with Fujifilm, in an interview with DPReview.

In addition to confirming that the higher MP X-Trans sensor is on the way, Iida also talked about the importance of improving and developing better AF technology for the X-Series. This is something that I can attest to personally, as it is really the one area that is really lacking with the X-Series system. The camera acquires focus fast enough, but tracking and continuous focusing are not where they need to be quite yet.

Iida also went on to speak about improving the video capabilities of the Fuji cameras, noting that it is one of the big criticisms of the X-Series. Another area that I would like to see improved, though for me, AF is the bigger issue and higher priority.

Overall, it is a really interesting interview. If you are curious at all about Fujifilm’s plans and what they have going on, make sure to head on over to DPReview and check it out.

[via DPReview]

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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. Graham Curran

    16 MP seems like a dead-end street for high-end cameras nowadays.

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  2. Vince Arredondo

    I think is about time,

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  3. Dave Haynie

    That was a good interview. Nice to know Fujifilm is that open to real discussion about their weaknesses as well as strengths, not the typical marketroid banter you might expect from a company rep. If OM-D’s didn’t exist, I might well have got into the X-ILC system. I own a couple of X-series P&S cameras, so far the best P&S I have used.

    The push for more pixels is inherently at odds with lower noise over time. But there have been some decent impovements in APS sized chips, particularly with Samsung getting serious and a pushing backside sensor into APS for the first time. Improvements may hit a wall at some point, but we’ve pretty much left film behind awhile back, and have no real view of that wall ahead. Most companies are going to have to offer multiple sensors as we go forward, trading resolution for sensitivity and at keast edge-case DR.

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  4. Mircea Blanaru

    Brilliant results but too expensive to my taste…

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for sharing.

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