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 video and the summary of hands-on preview by pdn:
"Of course the best image sensor wouldn't be worth much without some good optics in front of it. To that end, the Fujinon lens design team has created the XF Lens system and X-Mount for the X-Pro1, determining that an extremely short lens flange to sensor distance would be critical to the design. According to information I gathered while meeting with Fuji officials, by reducing the spacing between lens and sensor to a minimum, light transmission is maximized, focus travel is shortened, and shutter lag time is decreased. Subsequently, Fuji was able to adjust lens designs for optimum coverage of the sensor. In the new lens system, there is generous use of exotic ED glass and aspheric elements. Fuji even went so far as to redesign the lens aperture to provide a smoother, more circular shape with minimum refraction knife-edge blades. Again, until we can fully test the camera, we can't offer a definitive review of the results but it seems promising. What looks like a light baffle inside the X-Pro1's body actually also provides a step for each different lens to mate with and register so there is a greater physical connection than just the mount itself.
Though we're not ready to offer any kind of official word on the X-Pro1 since we only played with prototype cameras, we were impressed with what we've seen so far. Fujifilm seems to have responded to professional photographers worldwide with respect to the development of this camera system and refinements with firmware upgrades to the other X-series cameras. I know I am one of many looking forward to the final shipping version to test and see if the X-Pro1 really delivers. No official pricing for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has been set but Fuji has estimated that the X-Pro1 camera body would sell for $1,700 and the lenses would go for $650 a piece. Pricing is expected to become official in late January."
Fuji Finepix X-Pro1 Sample Photos on Flickr
Fuji Finepix X-Pro1 Camera Reviews Roundup
Fstoppers: "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 'randomized' order that isn't in line with the normal Bayer..." - Oct 28 2012More »
Gizmodo: "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 an adapter, you can stick on Leica M mount glass as well. The..." - Aug 22 2012More »
RegHardware: "Despite the lack of automation and user-friendly modes, the X-Pro1 is straightforward to operate and a sheer pleasure to use. Aside from the amazing 1.23m-dot resolution of its 3in RGBW LCD screen - that allows unprecedented level of detail at 100 per cent magnification - the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder arrangement is a shooting experience that needs to be tried to be fully appreciated. In short, it is like..." - Aug 17 2012More »
pdn: "During my first day of shooting with the Fuji X-Pro1, I did a simple side-by-side comparison between it and a Canon 5D Mark II, the popular 22-megapixel full-frame professional DSLR. Screen images and actual prints from both cameras had very comparable image quality. That's impressive considering the X-Pro1 is a first-effort camera from Fuji, with a lower resolution sensor and new optics. It also costs about $500 le..." - Jul 18 2012More »