Fujifilm, arguably the company that started the current (and very welcome) trend of putting proper manual knobs and dials back on cameras, is currently teasing what looks like an SLR-style model for its outstanding X-Series lineup. Likely to be named the XT–1, the camera might take over the role of the current top-of-the-line X-Pro1.
The X-T1 looks like an old film-era SLR, with dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation, plus a proper aperture ring and focussing ring around the lens. The top of the camera has a pentaprism housing, but this is more likely to be a spot for the electronic viewfinder. I do wonder if the camera will sport the X100S and X-Pro1’s amazing hybrid finder – it would be an odd feature to lose, but the teaser photo on Fujifilm’s site keeps the front of the camera in shadow.
Still, Fujifilm has been on a roll recently, and this camera is likely to be awesome. I can’t wait to see what it does. And happily, I won’t have to wait for long: the announcement will be next week, on the 28th January.