January 28th, 2014

Fuji Intros Weather-Resistant X-T1 DSLR-Style Pro Camera

Fuji-XT1_Front-Left_VerticalGrip_55-200mm_WhiteBKIt’s been rumored about for weeks but Fujifilm finally took the wraps off its latest pro camera: the 16.3-megapixel X-T1, a mirrorless shooter in a rugged, weather-resistant body that resembles a digital SLR.

Writer Bob Rose got some hands-on time with the new Fuji X-T1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month and filed a preview of the camera on Rangefinder Magazine’s blog “Photoforward.”

While it has the same APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor as the Fujifilm X-E2, the new X-T1 is a completely new camera otherwise, featuring 75 points of weather sealing that makes the camera body dust-resistant and water-resistant. The X-T1 is also freezeproof to -14°F.

The Fuji X-T1 will go on sale at the end of February 2014 for 1,299.95, camera body only. With an 18-55mm FUJINON lens, the X-T1 camera kit will sell for $1,699.95.

Read more about the XT-1 in Bob Rose’s preview here.

October 18th, 2013

Fujifilm Introduces X-E2 Mirrorless Camera and High-End XQ1 Compact

Fuji-X-E2_Black_Front_High_angle_18-55mmFujifilm has just introduced the 16.3-megapixel X-E2, a sequel to its popular X-E1 mirrorless, compact system camera from last year. Fuji also announced the new 12MP XQ1, a premium pocket camera with an F/1.8, 4x zoom lens.

While it has the same resolution as its predecessor, the Fuji X-E2 uses a new APS-C, X-Trans CMOS II image sensor. The retro-style, interchangeable lens camera is powered by the new EXR Processor II, which produces a reported, lightning quick autofocus speed of 0.08 seconds.

Fuji clocks the X-E2′s start-up time at 0.5 seconds, shutter lag at 0.05, and high-speed continuous burst mode at 7 frames per second.

To optimize resolution and produce photos with more detail, the Fuji X-E2 forgoes using an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) over its imaging sensor (a common trend in cameras these days). The X-E2 can shoot full 1080 HD videos at 60fps with autofocus tracking. The camera features a dedicated Wi-Fi button to help zap photos and movies to smartphones, tablets, and computers for easier sharing on social media sites.

The X-E2 has a 3-inch LCD screen on back with 1.04 dots of resolution and a 2.36-million dot OLED viewfinder. The Fujifilm X-E2 goes on sale in November for $999 (body only) in black or two-tone silver and black.  The X-E2 also sells as a kit in November with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) f/2.8-4 lens for $1,399.

The sleek and stylish XQ1 uses a 12MP, X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection autofocus combined with the new EX Processor II to deliver a reported AF speed of up to 0.06, making it one of the fastest models in the pocket camera category.

Fuji-X-Q1_LineupLike the X-E2, the XQ1 also does away with the OLPF over its sensor to maximize resolution. The XQ1 uses a new Fujinon F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm) lens built with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses.  Each lens surface is reportedly coated with HT-EBC to reduce flare and ghosting. The XQ1 also has a wide sensitivity range from ISO100 to ISO12800 for low light photography.

The Fuji XQ1 goes on sale this month in silver or black for $499.

June 24th, 2013

Fujifilm Announces New X-series Compact System Camera And Lens

Fujifilm-X-M1_Lineup3Fujifilm today announced the 16 megapixel X-M1, the third model in its compact system camera line. Although the least expensive of the trio, the X-M1 is built around the same 16 megapixel, APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS sensor as the X-Pro 1 and the X-E1. Because it uses the same sensor, the X-M1 (like its siblings) does not have an optical low pass filter but, Fujifilm notes, the camera is equipped “with a unique color filter array that minimizes moiré and false color.” The removal or omission of the OLPF may be a growing trend with interchangeable lens cameras. Whether or not this is a benefit or a drawback certainly depends on how well each manufacturer’s implementation handles potential issues such as moiré.

At 11.6 ounces and measuring 4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches, the X-M1 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, in part due to its build. Fuji notes that in order to deliver a compact design with a large sensor, there was no room for a viewfinder. But the camera offers a 3-inch, high resolution (920,000 dot) tilting LCD, a built-in flash and a hotshoe.

Other features of note include WiFi, which can be used in conjunction with the free Fujfilm Camera Application app, which is iOS and Android compatible. The X-M1 also features an ISO range from 100-25,600 and RAW shooting (with in-camera RAW processing).

While the X-M1 may not offer the same build quality or speed as the X-E1, it sounds like it might be a good option for pro’s who want an affordable, full-function compact interchangeable lens camera to toss in their bag.

The X-M1 is will be available in a duo-tone black and silver, black only or a retro-like brown leatherette. Available as body only or, when purchased as a kit, with the new XC 16-50mm, f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens. The XC lens is X-mount compatible but lacks the aperture ring of the XF lenses and, due to their construction (more plastic than metal), are lighter. Right now, the XC 16-50mm is only available in the kit.

The camera and XC lens will be available in July, with the brown leatherette version following in August.

At the same time, Fujifilm also announced a new prime X-mount lens, the 27mm, f/2.8. The lens is compact and lightweight, measuring 23mm in length and weighing a mere 2.75 ounces. It features a 7-blade round diaphragm, a high-torque DC motor for AF, a metal focus ring and 7 lens elements in 5 groups. The lens will be available in July. With the XC lens, Fuji now offers a total of 8 X-mount lenses, with five primes ranging from 14mm to 60mm, and three zooms including the 16-50mm, 18-55mm and 55-200mm.

–Theano Nikitas

www.fujifilmusa.com
Price: X-M1 body only: $700; with 16-50mm kit lens: $800;
XF 27mm lens: $450

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May 1st, 2012

FujiFilm to Increase Film Prices 20 Percent in US Market

After announcing last week that they would increase prices worldwide for their film and single-use camera products, FujiFilm’s North America division has clarified what those increases will mean for the markets in the United States and Canada.

In an announcement today, the company said that prices on all film would rise “approximately 20 percent.” The increase will take effect in August 2012. The company had originally announced that the increases would be effective beginning in May of this year.

“The price increases are a result of the continuing decline in demand for film products, the high costs of production, and the increased expenses associated with raw materials, including silver and petro-chemicals, and energy,” the company explained in its announcement. “Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs entirely and must implement price increases at this time.”

Prices for FujiFilm’s one-time-use cameras, often called disposable cameras, will increase 15 percent, the company said.

Related: FujiFilm Announces Price Increase

April 25th, 2012

FujiFilm Announces Film Price Increase

Earlier this week FujiFilm announced that a price increase will take effect starting in May for its color negative films, color reversal films, black and white films and QuickSnap single use cameras.

Though the announcement (full text below) was short on specific details, it did say that the increases would be “substantial” and would be in the “double digits” for some films depending on where they are sold.

FujiFilm noted that, “The demand for film products is continuously decreasing, yen’s appreciation and the cost of production, such as raw materials, oil and energy, continues to rise or stay at high level.”

A representative for FujiFilm told PDN the company would issue specific information about increases in the US market in the next few days, so stay tuned.

For more on the future of the film photography business, be sure to check out our report coming in the June issue of PDN.

Press Release, April 23, 2012

FUJIFILM Corporation announces price increase of Photographic Films

FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will implement a worldwide price increase for its photographic films. The price increases are substantial and it would be double digit, but will vary depending on products, markets and regions.

1. Products: Photographic Films: Color Negative Films, Color Reversal Films, Black and White Films, and Quick Snap.

2. Date of Price Increases: Effective from May 2012

The demand for film products is continuously decreasing, yen’s appreciation and the cost of production, such as raw materials, oil and energy, continues to rise or stay at high level. Under such circumstances, despite our effort to maintain the production cost, Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs during the production process and is forced to pass on price increases.
To sustain its photo imaging business, Fujifilm has decided to increase the price of photographic films.

Fujifilm remains committed to photographic products and asserts that even with the new price. Its photographic products remain exceptionally good value compared with other system products.
The new pricing structure will be applied to each market based on its individual conditions.

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