Fujifilm X-Pro1 review

March 31, 2012

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Fujifilm X-Pro1

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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

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?

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1920x1080 pixels, 24fps, MOV (H.264)
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
  • Dioptre Adjustment: No
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Shutter Type: Focal plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 4896x3264 pixels
  • Field of View: 90% optical/100% electronic
  • LCD: 3in, 1.23-million-dot RGBW
  • AF Points: 49-point system (contrast-detection-based)
  • Weight: 400g (excluding battery and memory card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • White Balance Bracket: N/A
  • Sensor: 16.3-million-effective-pixel X-Trans CMOS
  • Power: Rechargeable NP-W126 Li-Ion
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 3-6fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 60mins)
  • File Format: JPEG, RAF (raw), MOV
  • Lens Mount: Fujifilm X mount
  • ISO: 200-6400 (100-25,600 expanded)
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • DoF Preview: Yes (via EVF)
  • Dimensions: 139.5x81.8x42.5mm
  • Metering System: 256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV
  • RRP: £1,429 (body only)

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