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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Mirrorless Camera Interview

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Mirrorless Camera Interview - We ask Fujifilm about the new Fujifilm XPro-1 Mirrorless Camera System.

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Category : Digital Cameras
Product : Fujifilm X-Pro1
Price : £1,000
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Theo Fujifilm X1ProThe new Fujifilm X-Pro1 is Fujifilm's long awaited entry into the mirrorless camera market with a completely new X lens mount and APS-C developed sensor with new "organic" filter array designed to remove moire and improve colour quality and noise results. Fujifilm has also announced three new prime lenses to go with the body. The body is expected to cost £999tbc, with the prime lenses costing £450 - 500tbc each, all lenses feature manual aperture rings.

Read our Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-On Preview!

The camera will be available in March/April as body only or body and 35mm lens, with more kits becoming available as and when the market demands it.

The introduction also sees two new accessories, including a new EF-18 flash unit and an assist grip.

More lenses are expected in the future in addition to the three already announced.

Lenses Announced:

  • Fujinon 18mm f/2.0 Super EBC, 27mm e. £450tbc
  • Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 Super EBC, 53mm e. £500tbc
  • Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 Macro, 91mm e. £500tbc

Fujifiilm X-Pro1 Key Features

  • 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 3inch screen
  • New EVF / Optical viewfinder designed for prime lenses
  • Shutter speed manual dial
  • Exposure compensation dial
  • Flash hot-shoe
  • Fn buttons
We spoke to Theo Georghiades, Senior Business Manager at Fujifilm UK, and asked him the following questions about the new product:

Why 16 megapixels?
This is the ideal resolution and better in our opinion than 24 megapixels, which we could have used.

How long has the system been in development?
The system has been in development 2 to 3 years and is a result of the X100 development, which has been selling extremely well.

Where does it fit in the market?
The camera fits into the pro / premium photographer market where someone would want to invest in a camera that will last, as all lenses have metal mounts.

What is the flange distance from the lens to sensor?
17.7mm

Why not join Micro Four Thirds?
Fujifilm are a photographic company with a lot of history in Fujinon optics, using our own lens mount and sensor allows us to be in total control of the system and final image quality.

What do Fuji think of the current CSC market?
There is a gap in viewfinders, with Fujifilm offering a unique combination of electronic and optical viewfinders. The optical viewfinder on the X1-Pro features magnifiers for the different prime lenses, and switches to electronic viewfinder when using zoom lenses - the electronic viewfinder features 1.44million dots giving very good quality.

What are the improvements on this over the X100?
  • Lock button on shutter
  • Exposure compensation dial fits more into the body
  • Improved menu system
  • Q button brings up a grid menu on the back (like the NX200)
  • Multiple exposure overlay
What happened to the S5-Pro, will there be future DSLRs from Fujifilm?
No, the SLR market is extremely competitive and dominated by Canon / Nikon.

Read our Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-On Preview Here!

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,230,000
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Centre
  • Spot
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
Metering
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution1,440,000-dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-W126 Li-ion battery
CIPA Rating300
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion Battery NP-W126, Battery Charger BC-W126, Shoulder strap, USB cable, Body cap, Metal strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool , CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter, Owner's manual
Dimensions
Weight450g
Width139.5mm
Height81.8mm
Depth42.5mm

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