Fujifilm has announced that the weathersealed X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition cameras will receive firmware update 4.0 at the end of June 2015 in order to significantly improve the autofocus system.
Before the announcement of the X-T10 mirrorless camera, the rumor mill has said that Fujifilm will reveal a new firmware version for the X-T1. The launch date of the update was said to be May 11, 2015. Well, Fujifilm has just confirmed this firmware, but it has not released it for download. Instead, X-T1 users, including X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition owners, will be able to download it and to enjoy its new features sometime in late June 2015.
Fujifilm previews autofocus improvements for X-T1 users in firmware version 4.0
Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update 4.0 will include an improved autofocus system that consists of Zone and Wide / Tracking modes. These new options will use 77 AF points spread on a bigger area in order to allow the mirrorless camera to track moving subjects with more accuracy.
The announcement says that users can opt for one from three options, such as 3 x 3, 3 x 5, and 5 x 5. If the AF-C mode is turned on, then the focus speed will be quicker thanks to the camera’s Phase Detection AF points.
Furthermore, the autofocus accuracy when using single points has been increased, too. The company has managed to do this by decreasing the size of the focus area, which allows the camera to calculate the distance to the user-selected subject in a more accurate manner.
Fuji has confirmed that the AF system works better even when recording movies, so that the AF operation appears smoother to the viewers.
In the Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update 4.0, an Eye Detection AF mode will be put at users’ disposal. When turned on, it detects the eyes of the subject and will focus on them, so it will be a welcomed feature for portrait photographers.
Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update 4.0 set for a late June release date
Beside autofocus improvements in the X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, Fuji will add other features to its weathersealed cameras. The announcements reads that an Auto Macro mode has made its way into the firmware version 4.0.
The Macro mode will be added into the cameras, so that users will no longer have to press the Macro button to access this function. It appears that the Macro button can now be assigned to a distinct feature.
Even in Manual mode, you can now use the Exposure Compensation button as long as the ISO is set to Auto. The framing grid has been altered and the lines are said to be finer, which means that the subjects will be viewed easier than before.
Finally, photographers can use the command dial to set the shutter speed. This works when the dial for the shutter speed is set to T. This makes it easier to change exposure times when the user shoots in portrait mode or in an orientation other than landscape.
Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update 4.0 will be released as a free download at the end of June 2015.