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February 17, 2012

Fuji X-Pro 1 – Hands on Review, Filed Test, Sample Photos, Sample Video, Real World Photography!!

Fuji X-Pro 1

In this video review and field test brought to you by the The Camera Store and Chris Niccolls, The Fuji X-Pro1 will be put through the passes is some real world street scenes and more. Chris does a great job in my opinion with his reviews as he is very energetic and knowledgeable. He also offers tips and tricks along the way which you may not otherwise find.

If your not familiar with the Fuji X-Pro1, it’s a souped up range finder that is direct competition with the Sony Nex cameras, because it offers interchangeable lenses. Utilizing the all new X-Mount  system to accommodate their new lens line-up which consists of a 35mm f/1.4 lens, 18mm f/2 wide angle lens, and a 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens. In addition to this incredible fast lens line-up, Fuji makes a great product and develops it’s own sensors like Sony. In fact Sony considers Fuji their top competition as far as innovation and sensor technology goes.

Both Sony and Fuji are currently developing New Organic Sensor!! The Fuji X-Pro1 was rumored to maybe have the New Organic sensor in it, but that is still in development and not ready for production yet unfortunately.  Here is the Fuji Organic Sensor Schematic currently under development:

Fuji-organic_sensor

Future – Fuji Organic Sensor

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Full Specs

Model Name FUJIFILM X-Pro1
Number of effective pixels 16.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6 mm x 15.6 mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning system
Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card*1
File format
still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*2,
RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
movie
H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels L : (3:2) 4896 x 3264 / (16:9) 4896 x 2760 / (1:1) 3264 x 3264
M : (3:2) 3456 x 2304 / (16:9) 3456 x 1944 / (1:1) 2304 x 2304
S : (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664<Motion Panorama>
L Vertical: 7680 x 2160 Horizontal: 7680 x 1440
M Vertical: 5120 x 2160 Horizontal: 5120 x 1440
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Compatible Interchangeable lens
  • FUJINON LENS XF18mmF2 R
  • FUJINON LENS XF35mmF1.4 R
  • FUJINON LENS XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode : AUTO (400) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (3200)
Extended output sensitivity equivalent ISO 100, 12800 and 25600
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure
Exposure compensation -2.0 EV – +2.0 EV, inclement with 1/3 EV step
Shutter control Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed
(with mechanical shutter)
(P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.,
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max. 60 min.)
Time 2 to 30 sec.
Synchronized Shutter speed for flash : 1/180 sec or slower
* 1/180 sec can be automatically set at some shooting condition on P mode or A mode.
Continuous shooting Max 6 / 3 fps selectable
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 type of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3 EV, ±2/3 EV, ±1 EV)
Focus
mode
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator
type
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Area (EVF / LCD: 49 areas with 7 x 7, OVF: 25 areas with 5 x 5) / Multi
* changeable size of AF frame: among 5 type
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Custom, Color temperature selection (K)
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, underwater
Film Simulation mode 10 type (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA)
Dynamic range setting AUTO (100-400%), 100%, 200%, 400%
Self-timer Approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
Flash modes Hot shoe with TTL contacts; sync terminal
Red-eye removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Rear-curtain Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro.
Hot shoe Yes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder
Hybrid Multi Viewfinder
Optical viewfinder
Reverse Galilean viewfinder with electronic bright frame display
Magnifications: 0.37x / 0.6x
Coverage of frame area v.s. capturing area: approx. 90%
Electronic viewfinder
0.47-in., approx. 1,440,000-dots color LCD viewfinder
Coverage of viewing area v.s capturing area: approx. 100%
Eye sensor installed
Eye point:
approx. 14 mm
LCD monitor 3.0-inch RGBW (White) LCD monitor, approx. 1,230,000 dots, (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels (24 frames/sec.) with stereo sound
Individual movies can not exceed 29 minutes in length.
Photography functions Select custom setting, Motion panorama, Color space, Color (Saturation), sharpness, Dynamic range, Film simulation, Gradation, Auto red-eye removal, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Preview depth of focus, Focus check, Electronic level, Multiple exposure, Date input, Fn button setting (RAW, Movie, etc)
Playback functions RAW conversing, Image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Panorama, Favorites
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, Languages selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Power save mode, Silent mode
Terminal
Video output
-
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI mini connector
Power supply NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 139.5 (W) x 81.8 (H) x 42.5 (D) mm / 5.5 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 1.7 (D) in.
(Minimum depth: 34.1 mm / 1.3 in.)
Weight Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 400 g / 14.1 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation approx 300 frames
Starting up period Approx. 0.5 sec. ( Approx 1.0 sec, when QUICK START mode and Power save mode is set to OFF)

  • * evaluated by FUJIFILM method
Accessories included Li-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 etc.*3)
Owner’s manual

Fuji X-Mount Lens Specs

XF Lens
Designed especially for the X-Pro 1, the FUJINON XF Lens series promises enhanced resolution and light volume in image edge areas as well as reduced chromatic aberration for exceptional image quality. Featuring an all-glass aspherical lens and other elements, the lens is polished to perfection and treated with Super EBC coating. Holding the high-quality metal barrel and operating the precision-machined 1/3-step aperture ring is a sensation that fires the desire to capture every scene. For photographers who seek the peak of photographic excellence, Fujifilm raises the curtain on a new era of interchangeable lenses and unveils a premium line up of 3 single-focal length lenses (lenses not included with camera body)
XF18mm F2 R (available separately)
  • 27mm (135 equivalent)
  • 7 groups / 8 elements (2 aspherical lenses)
  • Aperture range: f/2-16 (1/3 step)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 18.0cm (reproduction ratio: 0.14x)
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Dimensions: 64.5 x 40.6mm
  • Weight: 4.1 oz / 116g

XF35mm F1.4 R (available separately)

  • 53mm (135 equivalent)
  • 6 groups / 8 elements (1 aspherical lens)
  • Aperture range: f/1.4-16 (1/3 step)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 28.0cm (reproduction ratio: 0.17x)
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Dimensions: 65 x 54.9mm
  • Weight: 6.6 oz / 187g

XF60mm F2.4 R Macro (available separately)

  • 91mm (135 equivalent)
  • 8 groups / 10 elements (1 aspherical lens, 1 ED lens)
  • Aperture range: f/2.4-22 (1/3 step)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 26.7cm (reproduction ratio: 0.5x)
  • Filter size: 39mm
  • Dimensions: 64.1 x 70.9mm
  • Weight: 7.6oz / 215g

Fuji X-Pro1 – Hands on Review:

Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store had the chance to spend an evening shooting with the new Fuji X-Pro1. Check out the features, lens options, and hybrid viewfinder while seeing video and low light images from this amazing new camera.

Special thanks to Fuji Canada
Shot by Jordan Drake
Filmed on the Panasonic AF100

 

 

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Sample Photos

Exif Data is embedded in the photos and Click for a nice 1200px crisp view.

 
 

Closing Remarks:

In my opinion this camera looks awesome and I think I’m going to review it. It’s direct competition to the Sony Nex system and the specs seem to hold up in Chris’s review!! The Fuji X-Mount lens choices are very limited at the moment, but just like the Sony E-Mount lens line-up, it will grow and adapters will work!! The Fuji X-Mount Lens line-up is very strong though with it’s very fast glass!

The Fuji X Pro1 won’t be available till March 20th, but you can Pre-Order it at BHPhotoVideo to get on the list!! Amazon still doesn’t have it listed, but here is the link to check if you want, Amazon>>


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5 Comments


  1. Ethan N

    Love the review and the camera! Thanks!


  2. D

    The X-Pro1 also uses a Sony sensor with no AA filter and a proprietary Fuji color filter.


  3. Jay

    D and Ethan,

    Thanks for your comments and the info!!

    Jay


  4. Mahonri

    Interesting looking camera. But… PLEASE learn to produce a video without all the jerking and jumping. An otherwise good review marred by motion sickness inducing jumping and shaking and jerking. Could not watch much of it without getting dizzy.

    One question, can you turn OFF the obnoxious bright screen on the back and just use the optical/digital viewfinder window. Seeing you walk around in lower light with the bright screen highlighting you is sad, and will screw up your low light vision while illuminating your face as you try to shoot in jazz clubs or darker settings.


    • Jay

      Thanks for the comments Mahonri;) I didn’t Produce the video, but I hear ya about the shacking!! I’m pretty positive you can turn the obnoxious screen off when recording for the exact reason you mentioned. The reviewer probably just didn’t turn it off if I had to guess.

      Jay



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