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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Drop Today, Including Major X-T1 Overhaul

By Anthony Thurston on December 18th 2014

If you shoot Fujifilm, no doubt you already knew that today was coming. The day of reckoning, the great firmware drop of 2014. Today, Fujifilm dropped new firmware for four cameras including the X-T1, X-E2, X-Pro1, and X-E1.

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware 3.00 Update

By far the biggest and most impressive firmware update comes in the form of version 3.00 of the X-T1 firmware. This brings several new features and functions to the camera, to the point that you are almost getting a new camera all together.

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Headlining the X-T1 update is the addition of an electronic shutter, allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000th. But the updates on the X-T1 to don’t end there. In addition to the electronic shutter, users can now:

  • Turn Off/Modify Shutter Sound Volume
  • Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode
  • ‘Natural Live View’, Which makes the EVF emulate an OVF
  • Up to 3 Custom White Balance Settings
  • Tethered Shooting Support
  • Q-Menu Customization
  • Direct Selection AF Area Using the 4 way controller
  • AF+MF Mode

Those are just some of the highlight feature additions to the X-T1. In total, there are 27 updates/additions to the X-T1 in firmware version 3.00. Like I said before, it’s almost like you are getting a whole new camera.

If you have an X-T1 and want to update your firmware, you can find the instructions and download the firmware file from the Fujifilm website here. I just updated mine this morning and it took me all of about 5 minutes.

Other Fujifilm Updates

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As much as I love my X-T1, it’s not all about that camera. Fujifilm also released firmware updates for the X-E1, X-E2, and X-Pro1. Each of those cameras also received a number of updates similar to some of the features in the X-T1.

X-E2

  • AF+MF Mode
  • Classic Chrome
  • Interval Timer

Download the X-E2 Firmware here

X-E1

  • AF+MF Mode

Download the X-E1 Firmware here

X-Pro1

  • AF+MF Mode

Download the X-Pro1 Firmware here

Overall, today is a great day to be a Fuji shooter. So get downloading those firmware updates and get shooting!

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.

18 Comments

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  1. Jesper Ek

    A bit envious!

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    These new updates are really interesting to apply and then get out there and shoot!

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I’m such a big fan of updates, ALMOST to the point of squealing like a little school girl when I see one is available. I wish Sony would release more firmware updates so I could squeal regularly.

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  4. Daniel Fugaciu

    Just got one today and update is another gift from Fuji. F yeah!

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  5. Stan Rogers

    Agggghhhhh… so close!!!!! Nothing against the camera or the firmware update — they’re both brilliant, where “brilliant” means “brilliant in this unfortunate reality of ours”. But I’ve just been to the full-on specs page, and have had to temper my excitement somewhat.

    The one thing that has been missing in the mid-range camera world (and by mid-range, I mean everything between fixed-lens compacts and medium format) is a REAL high-speed flash sync. Not the “turn your strobe into a continuous source” HSS/AFPS version, nor the “let’s just get the tail of the flash and hope that’s good enough” hypersync version, either; I mean what my ill, aged, dim-sighted and somewhat demented D70 can do that I am convinced will pop up again on spec sheets before I throw off this mortal coil: actually, properly, and completely sync with a flash at high shutter speeds. Every time I read “electronic shutter”, my hopes rise. Then, as with this, they’re dashed.

    Any (sufficiently advanced) idjit can make an f/2.8 flash exposure in dim light (indoors or twilight) using, say, a single YN560III and a 7-foot umbrella (or similarly large and lossy modifier) out of frame with the flash at a low-enough power setting that one can shoot anytime the shot presents itself — say 1/4 or 1/8 power — with no waiting for recycling and a short flash duration. Any idjit can also shoot an f/2.8 or f/4 ambient shot by chasing the shutter speed high enough. There is no reason why that same idjit should not be able to do both at the same time. The D70 can do it (as can the D100, D50 and the original D40) within reason (you need to go wired to get above 1/1000s because of the radio trigger’s limitations). With a modern mid-range camera, though, you need either high speed sync to change the way the flash works, or ND filters to bring the shutter speed down to X-sync or below. Either way, you need to borrow Joe McNally’s speedlight collection or go to a Profoto B1 Air or a Broncolor Move to get your no-wait recycling back. And that’s just wrong (and very hard for a single photographer to manage without porters — er, “assistants”, I mean). A global (not scanning) electronic shutter makes that problem go away. We had it once (and I understand at a deep technical level why we lost it, and why that was a Good Thing™ at the time). It’s time for us to have it again.

    Maybe next year (he said, wistfully).

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  6. Kim Farrelly

    I’ll have to add those new features to the ‘things my 5D3 can do that the X-T1 can not’ list.
    Getting narrower now.

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  7. Matthew Saville

    LOL, sounds like they’re trying to make the X-T1 more like a DSLR. Funny how I’ve had most of those features for a decade now… Although utterly silent shutter and 1/32000 sec. is pretty cool.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Isn’t that really what every mirrorless rig is trying to be Matt (in terms of functionality anyways)? I applaud Fuji for adding features/functionality to their year old camera that users requested, and could help bring more users over from the DSLR dark side :P

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    • Raoni Franco

      Come on Matthew, you can do better than this.

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  8. adam sanford

    It’s good to see manufacturers support issues with firmware updates, but it’s *great* to see them expand the potential of their hardware with new functionality. Canon had a major functionality firmware upgrade to the original 7D a couple years ago, and it breathed new life into the product. So kudos to Fuji for being in the pleasant surprise business.

    It never occurred to me that the X-T1 lacked the hybrid OVF/EVF of the other X rigs. Curious to see how much reality they can pack into that EVF.

    And 1/32,000 exposures?! My 5D3 can’t do *that*.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah, its a real breath of fresh air for a manufacturer to add features/functionality without trying to rip more cash from your wallet. I have not tried the 1/32000th speed yet, but I am excited to do so. Almost no need for an ND filter with that sort of capability.

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    • adam sanford

      Anthony, please help me understand. I thought ND filters were to slow the shutter down. How does a higher max shutter speed tie to that?

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    • Raoni Franco

      I think he was talking about the use of nd filters to use a wide aperture at bright light conditions…….

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    • Anthony Thurston

      No, ND filters are for bringing less light into the camera. Some (video people and landscape shooters) use that as a way to slow the shutter, others use that as a way to shoot wide open bright midday sun.

      So yeah, as ffar as slowing the shutter down, this would not help with that. But for Shooting wide open (F/1.2, F/1.4, etc) in bright mid-day conditions, this would be very helpful.

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    • adam sanford

      I’m a knuckle head. Of course. Thanks, guys.

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    • Federico Voges

      Adam, shoot wide open for shallow depth of field in a bright environment (e.g., outdoors at noon).

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  9. Konrad Sarnowski

    Dammit, Fuji! Where’s new FW for my x100s?! ;)

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  10. Steven Pellegrino

    I updated my X-E1 first thing this morning. Not a very exciting update for the X-E1. I was hoping for Classic Chrome in my film simulation choices, but it’s not going to happen on this camera.

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