i'm sure the nay-sayers will pounce on the nits of what's missing, but me myself i'm very pleased and can't wait.
thanks for putting up the link!
This new firmware release is an example of the type of "listening" companies worldwide should emulate. Fuji consistently upgrades the camera you own. Sony never updates, they just sell new cameras every few months, forcing you to buy new if you want the new features.
Just take a look at the huge list of great updates we get for FREE:
1. High-speed electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000sec.* **
The FUJINON XF Lens series lineup includes a number of fast fixed focal length lenses which boast very high sharpness with the aperture wide open, producing excellent out of focus “bokeh”. However, fast apertures are difficult to use if the light is too bright, so to ensure users can create shallow depth-of-field effects, the camera is now equipped with a fully electronic shutter offering a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000sec. The mechanical shutter will not operate at all when any speed for the electronic shutter is selected, which also delivers a completely silent shooting experience; perfect for shots of sleeping children, pets, weddings, and more. In addition, it is possible to set the electronic shutter in 1/3 steps from a range of 1sec to 1/32000sec.
The shutter sound can be muted if desired. Use the new “SHUTTER SOUND” and “SHUTTER VOLUME” options in the setup menu to choose the type and volume of the sound made when the shutter is released.
2. Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode brings more creative power to the X Series*
The X Series' Film Simulation modes represent Fujifilm's wealth of experience in color reproduction technology. New to the suite of effects is Classic Chrome, which delivers subtle colors and beautifully muted tones reminiscent of vintage reversal film. Using Classic Chrome on cityscapes, for example, will give shots a historic feel, while fashion photos gain an emotive, nostalgic look. Classic Chrome strengthens the film simulation line up and enhances the creative power of the X-T1.
3. Natural Live View function is just like the naked eye.*
One of the great benefits of an electronic viewfinder is that 'what you see is what you get'; the final image is displayed in real-time so any Film Simulation modes or other effects can be checked while shooting. But users sometimes need to see colors close to how they're viewed with an optical finder, or to focus on shadow detail, which some high-contrast effects block out. To aid this, the Natural Live View function has been added and, when "PREVIEW PIC. EFFECT" is turned Off in the menu, an image close to the naked eye is displayed during live view.
4. EVF / LCD Color Control*
“EVF COLOR” and “LCD COLOR” options in the setup menu to adjust the hue of the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor.
5. Direct selection of AF area
The update will let users select the focus area using the 4-way controller, without pressing the Fn key.
6. Unlocked AE-L / AF-L Buttons
The function of the AE-L / AF-L button is currently locked, but will be interchangeable, depending on the user's preference.
7. Variable Focus Area during MF
When working in Manual focus mode, the update will enable changing the size of the focus area during Instant AF with the AF-L button.
8. Direct selection of Macro mode
In Autofocus mode, the update will enable the Macro function to be turned on or off, without accessing the pop-up menu screen.
9. Q. Menu customization
To make the Q Menu (used for quick access of frequently-used items) even more efficient, the update will allow its items and layout to be changed to the user's preference.
10. New Video Frame rates (50P / 25P / 24P)
As well as the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps, 25fps and 24fps options will be available with the update. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL regions, such as Europe, without converting the frame rate. 24fps offers a cinema-like view.
11. Manual Shooting in Video mode
The update will enable ISO sensitivity selection prior to shooting videos, as well as the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during movie recording.
12. Phase detection AF support for Instant AF
In Instant AF mode, which is operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF, providing faster focusing speeds.
13. Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas
Users will be able to interlock the AF area position with the Metering area when Spot Metering mode is selected.
14. Expansion of shutter speed in Program Shift mode
In the current Program Shift mode, the slowest-speed setting is 1/4sec, but this will increase to a maximum of 4secs.
15. Add “Flash compensation”, “Shutter type”, “Preview Pic. Effect”, “Preview EXP. / WB in Manual mode” and “Lock” in Function setting
16. Instax Printer Print
Photos can be directly sent from the camera to the Fujifilm instax SHARE Smartphone Printer to instantly print on Fujifilm Instant Color Film “instax mini”.
17. Lock Function
Add software lock function.
The update will let users prevent from the unexpected dial / button operation.
18. Three Custom White Balance
Expand the number of CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE from one to three.
By registering different conditions in advance of the shooting, users can change white balance conditions quickly.
19. Expand EVF / LCD displaying types in manual exposure mode
In manual exposure mode, the EVF / LCD are displayed with previewing set shooting conditions.
To display, along with a mode of ignoring exposure condition, users will be able to select a mode of ignoring white balance condition.
The update will let users expand variations of external flash photography especially with modeling lights of different color temperature.
By registering the function to the Fn button, users will be able to change settings in quick operations.
“AF+MF” function enables seamless manual focusing. After half pressing the shutter to autofocus on the subject, fine adjustment can then be made using the manual focus ring.
21. PC tethered shooting support
New HS-V5 software (optional accessory) allows users to tether and control the camera from the PC and transfer images shot on the camera over to the PC automatically.
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I have a lot of respect for Fujifilm's demonstration of listening to users, as well as their tendency to support older models with meaningful firmware updates.
The updates for the X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1 are less extensive, but it's still great that they don't abandon users of those models. I really appreciate the addition of AF+MF for the X-E2.
It is a great pity the X100s did not get that classic chrome emulation; I find the leaf shutter invaluable (not to mention the capacity to have that ND filter on a button AND flash sync at all speeds; I use this all the time). But classic chrome...
Perhaps in an update to come. I love the X100s.
Is this update for all x models? I am impressed, I've read of many pros who are now choosing the Fuji's to shoot jobs that were reserved for DSLR's. I tried the the Xt1 for a brief time and honestly, didn't like the 4 way button or the way I kept changing the drive mode. I am going to try again because I just can't believe how good their prime lens line up is! Sony might have kept my business if they had just released a fast, short tele prime or a fast, 1.4 wide. I' m excited by the new WR lenses too. Fingers crossed they'll get a prime wide or portrait utilizing the WR.
I think the x100t also has the leaf/ electronic shutter. Does anyone know what the flash sync is with the x100s/t?
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