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Fuji wants to fill a very specific niche with the release of the X-T1 Infrared edition camera.

“FUJIFILM North America Corporation is excited to announce the new FUJIFILM X-T1 IR (Infrared), the first advanced infrared X-Series mirrorless camera that delivers high performance in demanding fields for technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities,” highlighted FUJIFILM in the official press release.

“The X-T1 IR is a premium mirrorless camera specifically designed for professionals, and pairs seamlessly with each high quality FUJINON XF lens for reliable and outstanding results.”

Read on to find out if this shooter has what it takes to meet your professional and artistic needs. 

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Technical Specs and Features

The high-end IR camera is almost identical with the Fuji X-T1, expect for the built-in infrared features. If you rely on external attachments and lenses to capture IR shots and need a more convenient solution, this model is for you.

Inside you’ll find a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II unit and an EXR Processor II (max ISO range of 25,600). The sturdy die-cast magnesium shell is dust and water resistant with over 80 areas that are tightly sealed. It can also withstand freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).

There are four display options to choose from: Full, Normal, Dual and Vertical. The camera supports robust viewing features through the impressive 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder.

Magnification capabilities reach 0.77x, the highest range for digital cameras in its category. Fuji upgraded the system to cater to real-time scanning (lag-time of 0.005sec). This is ideal for professional environments, where access to certain locations and scenes is limited. The unit is also compatible with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SD memory cards and can shoot up to eight frames per second.

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Why Infrared?

According to No Film School, infrared photography is used extensively in a range of professional fields:

“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.

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In forensics, mid-range IR is applied on bloodstains, crime scene analysis and assessment of deep-tissue injuries. Due to its sensitivity to temperatures, certain liquids and objects appear more pronounced and noticeable. Under the right conditions, it can also be used to see scratches on documents. The effects of infrared are not consistent (like regular light), and may vary depending on the environment.

Without editing, images naturally come out trippy and dream-like. During the day, thick trees and grass have an extra layer of light dust, resembling snow. Blue skies may also appear with a hazy purple tint. There’s a lot of room for experimenting with the IR features, so be prepared for some serious tinkering sessions. For traditional results, you can set the shots to black and white.

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Release Date and Pricing

The Fuji X-T1 IR will be available on October 2015. Pricing starts at $1,699.95 (compared to the standard X-T1, which costs between $1,300-$1,700).

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