Fujifilm is rumored to introduce a new version of the X-T1 in the near future, in order to fix the design issues of the current model and to add a viewfinder with a higher-resolution than that of the current unit.
The launch of the Fujifilm X-T1 has been welcomed by the photographers’ community. It is a high-end mirrorless camera that features an APS-C sensor and weathersealing. However, as soon as it has been released on the market, users have discovered that it comes packed with some annoying problems.
The so-called light leak issue has received the most attention, while the mushy D-pad buttons have also irked a number of users. The Japanese company has slightly altered the model in order to fix the problems, but it seems like it was not enough as the so-called Fujifilm X-T1b is coming soon with a new internal design and improved viewfinder.
Fujifilm X-T1b coming soon with minor hardware improvements, including new viewfinder
In order to wash away the fears that users may buy a faulty camera, Fujifilm has allegedly decided to launch an updated model of the X-T1. It will pack some minor improvements and the viewfinder will also be replaced.
The manufacturer is said to add an electronic viewfinder with a higher resolution than the one currently available. There will be no other modifications as Fuji does not feel like it is time to replace the X-T1 with a major model so soon after its initial introduction.
Still, it appears that the new mirrorless interchangeable camera is getting a new name: Fujifilm X-T1b. In order to make it official, the Japan-based corporation will hold a product launch event by the end of the month.
It is still unsure whether or not this is the fix for mushy D-pad buttons, which has been rumored recently. However, we will find out soon, therefore you should stay tuned!
The first weathersealed X-series camera has a pretty extended list of issues
Fujifilm’s problems started when users discovered the light leak issue in the X-T1. When the flap that “hides” the audio jack, USB port, and HDMI port is open, light will hit the image sensor which will result in very bad looking photos.
Additionally, it has been revealed that some units will leak light through the autofocus assist lamp. These have both been fixed by the company, but the users have to service their cameras in order to wave their problems goodbye.
Another issue consists of the mushy D-pad buttons on the back. They may get stuck sometimes, they may not respond to commands, or they just feel unnatural to use. Either way, they have a pretty low quality and the rumor mill is confident that a fix is coming one way or another.
Meanwhile, the Fujifilm X-T1 continues to be available at Amazon for a price around $1,300.