After firmware updates were launched for the Sony Alpha a6000, Samsung NX500, Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, as well as Tamron and Sigma lenses, new firmware has been announced by Fujifilm for its X-series flagship Fuji X-T1. The previous firmware version for the X-T1 was issued at the beginning of April.
This firmware update for the mirrorless Fuji X-T1, version 4.00, brings very significant improvements, especially regarding the focus. The AF system's performances were brought to another level when it comes to shooting moving subjects, action scenes, as well as focusing in low-contrast conditions. Moreover, the autofocus accuracy was also improved for shooting both still images and movies, an Eye Detection function was added, as well as an Auto Macro, the exposure compensation can now be controlled in the Manual mode, the shutter speed was increased in the T (Time) mode, while the framing grid lines became finer, which enhanced visibility and image composition.
The new firmware brings new focus modes - Zone and Wide/Tracking - which enable users to select a group of AF points in a 3x3, 5x3, or 5x5 pattern, out of 77 AF points in total; this will make it possible for moving subjects to be kept in continuous focus in one particular part of the frame (when panning) or as they move across the frame while the camera is stationary. These focus modes bring about improvements when tracking a subject that is moving towards the camera or getting away from it.
In low-contrast conditions, there will now be finer tonal detection since AF points will be divided into smaller sections, which will result in a more detailed analysis of the subject and its distance, which, of course, will in turn bring greater focusing accuracy. The sensitivity of the built-in phase detection pixels increased from 2.5EV to 0.5EV, which means that the X-T1 will now be able to lock on to subjects with less defined texture, as well as in conditions of low light and contrast.
The new firmware version adds the Eye Detection function, which automatically detects and focuses on human eyes, whereas the Auto Macro function automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode, without pressing the macro button. This means that that button is no longer needed for that purpose, and it can be assigned some other role.
As for the other improvements, the shutter speed in the T (Time) mode now totals 30-1/3200s, the exposure compensation dial can now be used in the manual mode when the auto ISO is active, the framing grid lines are thinner and finer, while the Silent Mode changed its name to the Sound and Flash Off mode.
The new firmware for the Fuji X-T1, version 4.00, is already available, and it can be downloaded from Fujifilm's official website.