August 4, 2015

Fuji X-T1 IR Will Let You Shoot Infrared Videos & Photos In-Camera

Fuji X-T1 IR Mirrorless Digital Camera Front
Fuji's newest, the X-T1 IR, is not your average APS-C mirrorless camera.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfBIGjJCbI0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob2xYAwSr_Y

​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

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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. 

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Interesting but I don't see myself putting $1700 for the body (plus $2k for lenses?) for a niche application.

Could you add a filter so you shoot only visible light? That way you get a normal camera plus if you remove the filter, you can do those specialized images

August 4, 2015 at 9:33PM

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Heri Rakotomalala
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For the daylight and landscape stuff, what exactly am I seeing that I wouldn't otherwise see? To my eye they just look like well shot, high contrast B&W videos.

I always thought the IR cut, under normal conditions, only fixed the colors.

August 4, 2015 at 9:36PM, Edited August 4, 9:36PM

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Benjamin Lebeau
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Look more closely at the vegetation. Often times it appears white in IR, while the sky can get very dark. Also, caucasian skin tones can look like the person is made of porcelain almost. The difference is there if you recognize it.

August 4, 2015 at 11:58PM, Edited August 4, 11:58PM

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I would be interested in this camera only if it offered false color infrared, similar to how the film stock Aerochrome worked. I really love the visual effect it produced and still occasionally shoot stills with it. The problem is that 24 exposures of that stuff costs $35, and its expired film. Getting a false color infrared camera would be worth my money, but if its just black and white, I can't seeing have much use for it.

August 4, 2015 at 11:32PM, Edited August 4, 11:32PM

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Video with the X-T1?

People should avoid using any X-Trans sensor for video. It suffers from terrible aliasing artifacts. Really bad.

The best solution is to get an A7 for about $800 and convert it to IR. There are places that can do this for you and it should cost ~$300-400. So it comes than the fuji Xt1 but with a vastly superior video quality and a FF sensor.

August 5, 2015 at 1:39PM

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Kotlos
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August 12, 2015 at 7:26PM, Edited August 12, 7:26PM

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Sorry for being ignorant. Will I be able to shoot b/w infrared right out of the box with this camera or do I have to do a conversion i.e Lightroom? The reason I'm asking is that I see that some infrared pictures have colors and others don't.

October 3, 2015 at 4:03AM, Edited October 3, 4:03AM

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