Fujifilm X-T1 – Camera of the year
2014 got off to a good start when Olympus unveiled their OMD-EM10, Fujifilm the X-T1 and Panasonic showed their Lumix GH4, at the CP+ show in Yokohama..
The queue of Fujifilm fans, desperate to get their hands on the X-T1, was so long that we didn’t bother. But when we reviewed the camera it went straight to the top of the Best Camera list for 2014. The viewfinder is a marvel and the low light capability is stellar and the lenses sublime. This is a great addition to the compact system camera category.
The micro four thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic made a hit. The OMD E-M10 is the junior sibling of the E-M1 and the E-M5 and the Panasonic GH4 is a videographer’s dream, outputting superb 4K images.
The Best Of list includes Samsung’s little NX Mini, a tiny CSC gem, and Sony’s a6000. The Sony is a high quality APS-C sensor compact system camera with an RRP of $1000, but seen on the street for $860 with two lenses. And the Nikon D810 keeps the brand at the top of the serious DSLR category.
Speaking of lenses, the Tamron SP 150—600mm full frame lens is a remarkable buy at $1300. Great for digital twitchers.
The software pick of the year has been DxO Optics Pro 10. This is now our go-to RAW converter and noise reduction application. We recommend the Elite version, which is dearer but has the Prime noise reduction function. Its effect must be seen to be believed.
This year the camera in the phone has matured to the point where traditional compact cameras – at least at the lowest end of the market – are irrelevant. Samsung, Microsoft (Nokia), Sony and Apple all make phones with excellent cameras and apps for in-camera editing.
September saw the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6+. Apple has opened up the iPhone camera module to third party app developers who have already put up some useful apps that give added control over the picture taking process. Top Android and Windows phones have function controls built into the operating system, so Apple is catching up. However, happy iPhone users have been content to let the phone do the thinking and will no doubt continue to do so.
The most spectacular product of 2014 is the new iMac 27 inch computer with the high resolution Retina screen. This monitor has a higher resolution than a 4K TV and the entire computer, with its ultra-fast Fusion drive combination of solid state and conventional hard disc, costs less than most 4K TVs – about $3000.
All in all a very good year.