With a hybrid viewfinder and a new colour filter array on its 16.3-million-pixel sensor, Fujifilm’s highly anticipated X-Pro1 compact system camera is more than just a pretty face

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 review


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Fujifilm X-Pro1 at a glance:

  • 16.3-million pixel X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • New colour
  • filter array
  • No low-pass filter
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Built-in hotshoe
  • Hybrid viewfinder
  • Street price £1,429 (body only)

Ever since the Fujifilm X100 was announced in September 2010, many people suspected that it would form the basis for a potential Fujifilm compact system camera. After all, it made sense: the X100 uses an APS-C-sized imaging sensor, and it should theoretically be possible to remove its fixed lens and replace it with a lens mount. Such speculation was vindicated when Fuji announced the X-Pro1 in January this year.

Like the X100, the X-Pro1 retains the company’s excellent hybrid digital and electronic viewfinder. However, although the X-Pro1 has clearly evolved from the X100, there are many differences, the most obvious being the new Fujifilm X lens mount as the X100 had a fixed 23mm f/2 lens.

Another difference is the resolution of the APS-C-sized sensors used in each camera. The X100 has a 12.3-million-pixel sensor, while the X-Pro1 is equipped with a 16.3-million-pixel version. This X-Pro1 sensor also has a new colour filter array that helps to improve colour and reduce moiré patterning.

With the X100 being very highly regarded by photography enthusiasts, I was eager to see how the X-Pro1 compared. Can it compete with other APS-C-format compact system cameras already on the market, or even Leica’s M9 digital rangefinder camera and system?

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. White Balance and Colour
  6. 6. Dynamic Range
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD and Live View
  10. 10. Verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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