Fuji X-T1 graphite silver: electronic shutter distortion
I’ve had my graphite silver Fuji X-T1 for a few weeks now and the electronic shutter with speeds up to 1/32000 second is a very useful addition. One word of warning though, it should not be used for fast moving subjects, as you might experience rolling shutter distortion problems. These problems are due to the way an electronic shutter works: the sensor does not take a snapshot of the entire scene at a single instant of time, but instead scans the scene vertically. This process means not all of the image is captured at the same instant, and with fast moving subjects, this can lead to distortion effects like ‘Wobble’, ‘Skew’ and ‘Smear’.
This image is an example of the Skew distortion effect where the image is bent diagonally in one direction. I was testing the focus tracking, and yes I know the Fuji X-T1 graphite is focussing on the background, but the distortion is best visible in this shot at 1/6400 second.
The effect is most noticeable with fast motion, but It was at times visible due to camera movement too. Now I should stress that this was to be expected with an electronic rolling shutter mechanism (distortion can occur in all cameras using this system).
I thought it would be useful to know why some shots might turn out like this when you’re trying out your Fuji X-T1 graphite silver/December firmware update.