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Fujifilm 16 Megapixels X-Pro1 Compact Hands-on Review by AmateurPhotographer

2012-03-02 03:07 | Source
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On January 9 2012, Fujifilm announced the X-Pro1, which is a new compact system camera sporting a 16 Megapixels APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS sensor, Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a new X lens mount. The camera, which is made in Japan, features a magnesium alloy chassis and aluminum top and bottom plates for superior durability. The Fuji X-Trans CMOS sensor uses a larger 6-by-6 pattern, which allows for more random placement of red, green, and blue photosensors. This mimics the natural analog makeup of photographic film, and allows fine detail to be captured without introducing moire. The X-Pro1 has several film emulation modes built-in, mimicking the look and feel of such classic Fuji slide stock as Velvia, Astia, and Provia. The X-Pro1 is also capable of recording video in 1080p resolution. A mini HDMI port will make it possible to watch the video directly on an HDTV.

Designed specifically to maximize the design mirrorless of the body, X-mount flange has a short distance posterior to the sensor plane, equal to only 17.7 mm. This means that the rear lens as close as possible to the sensor. The wide opening allows you to attach the lens deeper inside the body - up to about 7.5 mm from the mounting surface - minimizing the distance of back focus of each lens for high resolution to the edge of the image. The Hybrid Multi Viewfinder works similarly to the hybrid opto-electronic finder found on the X100, except that it also offers variable magnification to match lenses of any focal length. The camera comes with a traditional shutter speed dial and a recessed exposure compensation control that is precision milled from solid metal. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 body is listed for retail at $1,699 and the Raw converter software from Silkypix will be included with this price. You can find more camera details at the X-Pro1 special site here. Here's the summary of hands-on preview by AmateurPhotographer:

"I got to use a final production model at the show, but in a very dimly lit locker room behind the booth. It is easy to forget that the camera is an APS-C model as it has a height and stature reminiscent of the Mamiya 7 series of 120 film cameras - though it is a good way short of Fuji's own current 120 models. It is surprisingly un-heavy and the lenses are also a lot lighter than you might expect. In the dim conditions the optical viewfinder seemed darker than the EVF, but in normal shooting situations this might be different. One thing I immediately noticed is that the EVF locks up while the camera acquires focus, so if you are panning or the subject is moving there is a difference between what you see in the viewfinder and what will be photographed. From the moment you press the shutter release - until the camera focuses - the view in the EVF remains the same, as the EVF does not refresh while focus is being found. In brighter light the focus will be quicker, but I think this could be an issue for the sort of low-light photographers who will be attracted by the wide maximum aperture lenses the system provides. I asked Kawahara about this and he confirmed that the model I was using reflected how production models would behave. Obviously, when using the optical viewfinder there is no such delay. The EVF in the X-Pro 1 refreshes 40 times a second, which is a little behind other models that do so 60 or 120 times per second. But Kawahara said this issue can be improved via a firmware update and is not necessarily a permanent characteristic of the camera. Fuji is keen to emphasise that the camera has very traditional controls and that once the viewfinder is raised to the eye there are few reasons to take it away to adjust settings. With the shutter speed dial on the top-plate operated by the right hand and the apertures around the lens with the left, it does feel very straightforward. A nice touch is that the aperture ring clicks in third stops, but has a more definite click on full stops - so you can feel where you are even without looking at the projected display in the optical or electronic viewfinder. 

It is impossible to draw any proper conclusions about a camera system in just half an hour in a dingy room at a trade show, but my first impressions of the camera are mostly positive. It is a big camera, but comfortably so, and the lenses are small enough that they'll fit in coat pockets if you don't want to take a bag with you. The controls are satisfying to use and the X-Pro1 definitely feels like a 'real' camera. The AF might not be mind-blowing and the EVF is a little 'first generation' but I suspect that most buyers will be more interested in the optical view anyway. With the optical magnification the longer 60mm bright frames are great to use (Leica could learn something here), and I hope that the refresh will be improved before wideangle fans are forced to use the EVF when the 14mm lenses arrives. In all, though, it is a very pleasing camera to hold, to operate, to look through and to hear go 'click'. I look forward to the AP in-depth test, and I suspect this will be a camera our readers will want to own."

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PCMag - Mar 20 2014
"I used Imatest to examine the image noise present in JPG images captured by the X-Pro1 using default noise reduction settings. The camera keeps noise below 1.5 percent through ISO 6400, but it jumps to 2.2 percent at ISO 12800. I took a close look at the images from our ISO test sequence on a calibrated NEC MultiSync PA271W display and was happy to see that..." More »
80out of 100
PhotographyLife - Oct 16 2013
"I got very excited when I read Fuji's press release about the X-Pro1, because it was clear from the announcement that the camera was specifically targeted at pros and photo enthusiasts that need a high-quality camera that rivals DSLRs in image quality, minus the bulk and weight. With excellent specifications, a beautiful and stylish black retro design, the..." More »
90out of 100
Fstoppers - Oct 28 2012
"This is where the Fuji truly excels, going above and beyond the competition. Fuji ditched the anti-aliasing filter that removes moire from images with various patterns by essentially 'blurring' the photo slightly. Leica does this with their cameras, which is part of the reason they're so sharp. But with the Fuji, a new sensor technology arranges pixels in a..." More »
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Gizmodo - Aug 22 2012
"It definitely takes some time to get to know the X-Pro 1. But once you get used to the button and menu layouts, navigating the camera's many functions is satisfying and makes you feel in control at all times. Fuji's lens system isn't extensive yet, but the lenses it does offer are of great quality, with a 60mm f/2.4 Macro, 35mm f/1.4, and 18mm f/2.0. With a..." More »
80out of 100

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