Rather than capturing the traditional color spectrum, it's designed to be sensitive to infrared light (outside of the visible spectrum), which allows you to capture some truly spectacular and other-worldly images. Most often cameras are designed with IR filters to block this light, but if the filter is removed, it becomes an infrared shooter. Not everyone wants to mod a camera to get this look, and that's why Fuji has produced the X-T1 IR that can do it straight out of the box. If you're wondering what kinds of videos can be created with infrared, here you go:
The camera is identical to the regular X-T1 except for this feature (and obviously suitable for more uses than just what we see below):
This updated design passes 380-1000nm, compared to the approximate 400-700nm range of most cameras, allowing you to photograph subjects that are otherwise rendered invisible. This extended range is suitable for fine art photography, as well as crime scene investigation and healthcare applications.
Infrared light, just like regular light, isn't always consistent, so different conditions will change the look, and you're going to get more pronounced effects in strong sunlight than indoors or on a cloudy day. Though you can convert infrared to black and white for a more traditional look, you can also leave it as is, which can look pretty trippy.
Here are the specs:
- 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor,
- Optimized for Infrared Photography
- Passes UV to IR Spectrum; 380-1000nm
- EXR Processor II
- 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
- 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
- Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)
- 0.5" 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED Viewfinder
- 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Intelligent Hybrid AF and Focus Peaking
- ISO 25600 and 8 fps Continuous Shooting
- Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
- Optional External Mic: With Video
- Availability: October 2015
- Price: $1,700
You can also get the effect on your camera right now if you want to use a filter that blocks visible light, but by doing that, you essentially kill your exposure, and either need to bring up the ISO a lot or shoot at a slower shutter (not a great option for shooting video, but can work for stills). The X-T1 isn't the best mirrorless camera out there for video (that probably goes to Panasonic and Sony), but if you want a completely unique look and you're interested in infrared, you no longer have to modify your camera to get it. The only issue is that you're going to have to pay $400 more for this model over the basically identical X-T1.