The Fujifilm X-T1 weathersealed X-mount camera will be announced in late January and not during the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014, like previously rumored.
Towards the end of 2013 the rumor mill has begun hinting at the first weathersealed X-mount camera in the world. It has been said that Fujifilm has been working on it for quite some time and that it would be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014.
The Japanese corporation has already completed is CES announcements, but the single weatherproof camera is the 50x optical zoom bridge shooter called FinePix S1.
After the introduction of the S1, it has been said that the rumored X-mount camera is not real and that it is not coming at all. However, sources who have been right in the past have revealed that the announcement date is not CES, or the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014, as previously believed. Instead, the device will be revealed in late January.
Fujifilm X-T1 weathersealed X-mount camera to be announced at the end of January
Furthermore, it will feature an electronic viewfinder that is larger and better than what we can find in the X-E2. The image sensor is an APS-C X-Trans model (most likely identical to the X-E2 one), while another important feature is the presence of a dual SD card slot.
Not very many professional cameras provide space for two SD cards, so Fuji has probably seen this as an opportunity to attract more photographers on its side.
The release date is unknown, just like the price, but the launch event will take place towards the end of the month.
Fujica ST-based X-T1 MILC to be placed between the X-Pro and X-E series
The Fujifilm X-T1 will be placed between the X-Pro1 and X-E2. Its pricing will stand somewhere between the X-Pro and X-E series.
Its design is unlike conventional X-mount cameras. Instead, it is inspired by the Fujica ST, a very popular SLR series back in the 1970s. As the design is different, it appears that Fuji has decided to make room for an extra battery grip, which will be useful if users want to fill up two SD cards.
The leaked details end with the affirmation that the X-T1 will autofocus faster than the X-E2, which can do it in 0.08 seconds. The announcement is nearing so stay tuned to see how this story unfolds.