A new interchangeable lens camera from Fujifilm should make adventurous photographers happy. It features dust- and water-resistant housing, which can take temperatures down to 14 degrees fahrenheit, allowing it to go where previous cameras feared to tread. The Fujifilm X-T1 works with Fuji’s X-mount line of compact mirrorless camera lenses, and three weather-resistant additions to that line are being introduced today, too.
The X-T1 offers a 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-trans CMOS II sensor (which is the same found in the X-100S) that provides fast autofocus, and it has the EXR Processor II, as well. There’s an OLED viewfinder with EVF, that’s protected by a layer of tempered glass as another nod to weather resistance and overall durability. Built-in Wi-Fi allows for remote shooting via Fujifilm’s app for smartphones and tablets, and in the box there’s a weather-sealed external flash, too.
The new lenses are one that does 18-135mm at F3.5-5.6, one from 16-55mm at F2.8, and another wide aperture zoom offering 50-140mm at F2.8, each of which also provides optical image stabilization. Accessories for the camera include an all-leather case, a vertical battery grip for ergonomics and extended shooting time, and a new hand-grip attachment. The cost for body alone is $1,299.95 when it goes on sale in March, and a kit with the 18-135mm lens will cost $1,899.95 in June.
Fujifilm has been among the most successful camera companies when it comes to reimagining itself in a world where consumers aren’t all that interested in standalone compact cameras. The X-line has garnered praise from all corners for its sophistication and performance, and adding pro-grade weather resistance to a body in this range is another example of its strategy of finding opportunity for growth in the niche enthusiast market.