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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-On Preview

Updated 13/01/12: CES 2012: We go hands-on with the new Fujifilm X-Pro1 mirrorless camera and three new prime lenses.

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X1Pro Mirrorless

The new Fujifilm X-Pro1 is the new mirrorless camera from Fujifilm and introduces a new X lens mount and 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor. The sensor features Fujifilm's brand new "organic" filter array designed to reduce moire and increase performance at higher ISO settings.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Features

In hand front with lens

The camera features a matched optical viewfinder that is designed to be used with the three new prime lenses, while future lenses will need to use the live view on the screen.

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

New Prime Lenses:

  • Fujinon 18mm f/2.0 Prime Super EBC Pancake
  • Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 Prime Super EBC Portrait
  • Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 Prime Super EBC Macro

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Handling

The camera features a front grip much like the original E-P1 and the camera's size and build quality is very reminiscent of the Olympus PEN E-P3, however with a larger, heavier body.

Handling - The bottom features a metal tripod socket and the battery / memory card compartment much like the Fujifilm X100.

Buttons - The camera features a number of buttons and dials giving you manual control over shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus etc. A new Q button giving you quick access to settings on the back screen, like a short-cut menu so you don't always have to go into the menus to change settings.

Menus - The menus have been updated to spread the options over a number of separate tabs to increase access to settings. The design gives the cameras menus a much clearer and more logical appearance.

OVF / EVF Hybrid Viewfinder: The viewfinder lets you switch between an optical viewfinder or an electronic viewfinder, with the optical viewfinder using an overlay so you can still see shooting options. We show a quick demonstration of the viewfinder above, switching between the two modes.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Performance

Prime Lens line-up, from left to right: 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, 60mm f/2.4 Macro.

Lens features aperture ring for traditional camera feel and quick settings without having to use menus.

Value For Money

Price TBC. The price is expected to be in the premium mirrorless camera market between the NEX-7 and Olympus PEN E-P3, body only with the lenses available seperately.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Verdict

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 offers the same size sensor as APS-C Digital SLRs, with a 1.5x crop factor and a new lens mount. The lenses are designed to be prime lenses and feature a matching premium price tag to go with them, expected to be around £500 each. Another unique feature of this camera is the classic camera styling but with a built in Optical/Electronic viewfinder, something no other mirrorless compact camera can offer, although the optical part only works with these prime lenses, when other lenses are released then you will need to use the EVF. The new sensor design and completely new filter design aimed to improve low noise and colour detail without moire will be interesting to test. We will have to see sample photos before we can comment. It's certainly an interesting product and it will be interesting how the market responds. Fujifilm has done extremely well making premium compact cameras in a crowded market, such as the Fujifilm X100, with few other premium cameras, however the mirrorless market is fairly well served by premium cameras and it will be interesting to see how well they sell.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Specifications

Image Sensor
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 modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Centre
  • Spot
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Viewfinder Resolution1,440,000-dots
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-W126 Li-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots
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

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Photographs taken using the Fujifilm X-Pro1

TreeLone Tree on The QuaraigDark Satanic MillsKilmuir Church InfraredThe mountain was on fireContinuing North - Glen CoeJust a TreeFeeling Blue...Chasing TimeCindySpring Leaves in Near InfraredRiverside WharfThe lake in Stanton park.BarnThe village green,Aldbourne,Wiltshire.

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funkeldink 18 1.6k 1 Australia
11 Jan 2012 10:27PM
kodachrome 10 736
12 Jan 2012 9:06AM
I'm just not sure where Fuji intend this camera to be in the market place. They more or less hint its towards the Pro end of the market with suitable prices. Its almost as if they are giving us a Leica alternative. There is no doubt this camera is a cracker and so are the 3 primes launched at the same time, but compared to the X100 and X10 its quite a bit bigger and it would be stretching the term compact or in the old days 'Range Finder'. My Panny G3 looks smaller.

I have always admired Fuji image quality especially Jpegs from the S5-Pro and its my considered opinion that they are up there with Olympus for super Jpeg quality.

I think this camera will appeal to the enthusiast section of the market with one or two Pro's jumping on the band wagon as well. Its a heck of a lot cheaper than a Leica but is it a good alternative to a Leica? without doubt, yes. Its still pricy if you intend to build a system round it but probably no more so than your average DSLR kit.

User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Jan 2012 6:43PM

Quote:Its almost as if they are giving us a Leica alternative.

Right on the money Peter - certainly as I see it.

I want one.
Question: What recorded Bit depth are the Raw files?

As the Canon G1X is 14 Bit.
horley 14 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2012 7:03PM
this is the camera that I have been waiting for,reasonable size sensor which should give good available light shots especially with the fast lenses.I have used canon g series cameras for candid night shots a lot in the past and although they are good for a lot of subjects the noise leaves much to be desired. not cheap but not too expensive for what I hope they deliver.terry fallis

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