If you’re lucky enough to have a Fujifilm X-series shooter in your camera bag, then you may be about to get your hands on some neat new features thanks to firmware updates rolled out by the company on Thursday.
If you’ve got either an X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, or X-Pro1 then Christmas has come early.
For starters, the X-T1 and X-E2 cameras both get the ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode that we saw land with the launch of the X30 model back in August, bringing with it “muted tones and deep color reproduction,” according to Fujifilm.
Related: DT’s review of the X-E2
The update brings to all four cameras a new AF+MF function allowing for fine manual adjustments with the focus ring after a partial press of the shutter button. This should be useful for those who prefer to shoot in manual mode as it could save time if your subject is way out of focus when you fire up the camera – a quick half-press of the shutter followed by a brief bit of fine tuning and you should be all set.
The X-E2 alone also gets a new time-lapse feature that lets you set various parameters, including the starting time, a shooting interval of between 1 second and 24 hours, and the number of frames, from 1 to 999.
Compatibility with the Fujifilm Camera Remote app has also been worked into the firmware update for X-E2 users, offering functionality that the company says will be perfect for “a wide variety of shots, including group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat.”
Related: DT’s review of the X-T1
It’s the X-T1 users, however, who really get spoiled. Version 3.0 of the software brings a remarkable 21 new features to the device, among them an electronic shutter that shoots silently at 1/32000 sec., allowing for not only discreet snaps, but also wide-open shots in bright conditions for when you’re after pictures with a really shallow depth of field.
The firmware also adds a Natural Live View function that lets you see the image “just like the naked eye,” in other words, without the effect of any film simulation modes you might be using at the same time.
X-T1 users also get new video frame rates (50, 25, and 24 fps), the ability to change the layout of the quick-access Q menu, and EVF/LCD color control.
For the full list of the X-T1’s new features, check out Fujifilm’s detailed information page here.