If your not familiar with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, it’s a souped up range finder that is sort of in direct competition with the Sony Nex cameras, because it offers an interchangeable lenses and its Mirrorless.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 uses 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 camera sensors just like Sony. In fact Sony considers Fuji their top competition as far as innovation and sensor technology is concerned.
Notes Specific to this Review
I’m going to take the approach of comparing the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 to the Sony Nex-7 and Nex-5n when applicable as I know many of you are not sure where to invest your money. Where talking High ISO abilities, dynamic range abilities, image quality, build quality and sensor sharpness due to the X-Trans technology which eliminates the need for the Anti Aliasing filter found on most other sensors including the Sony Nex-7 and Nex-5n.
This is going to be a Continuous Review as I have the camera for a few more weeks and I need to learn Fujifilm camera system, try all the features, and test it for all the regular criteria I normally do. This reviewing method is not the norm or me, but I want to give it a go and see how it works out. You can also ask questions or provide requests as this review evolves over the next few weeks, so get involved if you like in the comment area!!
Now, I don’t have advanced sensor testing methods like DXOMark.com for example, but I will try and compare the Fuji X-Pro 1 sensor to the Sony sensors as best I can using real world and perhaps some “Lab” testing. I really want to know if this APS-C sensor is a good as it’s expected to be, but even more importantly how it compares to the Sony APS-C sensors!!
Official Features and Overview
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 (a.k.a. Fujifilm XPro1) is Fujifilm’s newest camera which seems like the next step in a logical progression that began last year with the Leica-esque, high-resolution X100, followed by the smaller-sensor-based X10, a street-savvy little camera with a similarly retro feel. The X-Pro1 is a new interchangeable-lens compact camera that appears ready to take on that moreexpensive rangefinder camera. The X-Pro1 will hit the market with a range of three X-Mount lenses-an 18mm (27mm equivalent on a 35mmsensor camera) f/2, 35mm (53mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens, and a 60mm (91mm equivalent) f/2.4 macro lens. Lens diaphragm blades are curved for pleasing bokeh. The company says nine more lenses will be rolled out within the next three years, and that an M-mount adapter is in the works.
The camera is built around a newly-developed CMOS sensor that Fujifilm claims is capable of resolution that is superior to other APS-C sensors. A new color filter array eliminates the need for a low-pass filter that is inspired by the random arrangement of finefilm grain. This pattern is supposed to eliminate moire and provide truer colors.
Other key features:
• Hybrid Multi-Viewfinder was first introduced in the X100, allows the user to switch between optical and elecronic eye-level viewing.
• Optical viewfinder magnification changes depending on lens mounted
• Magnesium-alloy chassis and die-cast aluminum baseplate
• Shutter speed dial milled from solid metal
• Leather-Like Finish
• Film simulation modes mimic looks of Velvia, Astia and Provia as well as print films.
More Technical Notes about Features:
- By enhancing aperiodicity (randomness) in the array arrangement, the color filter minimizes generation of both moire and false colors, eliminating the necessity for an optical low-pass filter in the lens and enabling X-Trans CMOS sensor to capture full “unfiltered” lens performance
- The EXR Processor Pro is supported by an integrated co-processor for higher speed and higher precision image processing performance
- The optical low-pass filter prevents the occurrence of moire and false colors but results in a loss of resolution
- A higher degree of randomness with an array of 6 x 6 pixel units. Without using an optical low-pass filter, moire and false colors are eliminated while realizing high resolution. Inspired by the natural random arrangement of the fine grains of silver halide in film
- 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
- Taking full advantage of the mirrorless design, the mount boasts a short 17.7mm flange back distance, a wider opening and deeper mounting of the lens, resulting in reduction of back focus distance to the minimum possible while achieving high resolution extending to the image edge areas
- Featuring the freedom to switch between an optical and electronic viewfinder, the Hybrid Viewfinder has evolved to meet the challenges of interchangeable lenses
- Viewfinder magnification automatically changes when an XF series lens is mounted and because there is very little noticeable difference in the angle of view when switching between OVF and EVF, viewing in either mode is smooth and natural
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
|Storage media||SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card*1|
|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||
|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|
(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)
|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)|
|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|
|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)
|Accessories included||Li-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Metal strap clip
Clip attaching tool
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc.*3)
Fujifilm X-Mount Lens Line-up w/ Specs
- 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)
- A wider opening and deeper mounting of the lens:
- Back Focus:1.Specifically designed to maximize the mirrorless design of the body, the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. This means the rear lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor. The wide opening allows the lens to be mounted deeper within the body – up to 7.5mm (approx) from the mount surface – reducing the back focus distance of each lens to the minimum possible, thus achieving high resolution all the way to the edge of the image.XF18mm / Back focus distance: 11.0mm
XF35mm / Back focus distance: 21.9mm
XF60mm / Back focus distance: 21.0mm
XF 18mm F2 R
- 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
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XF 35mm F1.4 R
- 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
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XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
- 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
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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – Product Shots from the “Lab”
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A few shots of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 in Action at the Rally Racing last weekend:
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – Build Quality and Design
What I noticed immediately with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 was the actual physical size of the camera body. It’s very large in comparison to any of the Sony Nex cameras and weighs almost double the Nex-7 (= 292g), at 450g (body only). However, with that weight and size comes one of the most rugged cameras I’ve ever held in my hands!! The camera is solid as a rock and feels like I could hammer a nail into tree with it, no joke!
The 3 inch RGBW (White) LCD monitor with approx. 1,230,000 dots and 100% viewing coverage, is probably the best I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to say for sure without a and b’ing them, but I’m telling you this screen is incredible crisp and dynamic. Surprisingly though, the LCD screen protrudes out of the back making it much more likely to get scratched and bumped. Seems like it should have a thicker border/ bumper at the very least to offer a little more screen protection considering the rest of the camera is so incredible durable and well built.
I personally like the Retro style of the Fujifilm, but looks are totally a personal thing. I also like the Ultra Modern Nex-7 look so…
Holding the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 in my hands it feels pretty big, but comfortable. Lite compared to a DSLR, but it has hefty feel to in a rangefinder form factor. Again, coming from the Nex-7 that makes sense, but I just want to make sure you know where I’m coming from.
The hand grip on the right side of the camera is a bit small for my liking. I much prefer a deeper SLR style grip for my fingers to wrap around as it makes holding with one hand much easier. Like when the camera is down at your side for example. I’m not sure if it was a style design or an engineering decision, but it’s worth noting in my opinion.
A few more Design Special Mentions
A few things I noticed that seemed worth special mention as far as the design/ build quality goes besides the LCD screen and grip mentioned above.
- The tri-pod mount on the bottom of the X-Pro 1 is off center from the lens
- Battery not keyed, so it can go in either with door closed
- The Memory card/ battery door has the same Nex-7 style slide lock. Please make this a push close style like the SLR’s!!
- The memory card itself is kinda tuff to get in and out as it’s on the door hinged side. Why not hinge the door on the opposite side of the memory card? Sony does the same thing for some reason.
- Tons of physical buttons and dials to make camera changes, Huge Plus!!
- Very nice locking/ limiting shutter speed dial – Locks in Auto mode to avoid accidentally turning
Hybrid Multi View Viewfinder
Moving on to the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder; its very nice, and I find the optical view feature a nice addition, but certainly not a necessary as it has a great EVF. The viewfinder its not center on the camera though, so when your in optical view mode you see the lens to the right with the 18mm wide angle lens mounted. You can flip then little view toggle on the front of the camera and turn on the overlay information when in optical view mode! That is awesome and took me a minute to figure out. The EVF is great! Not a s good as the Nex-7 OLED, but it looks very good and it overlays all the important camera info for you. Simple pressing the View mode button on the back will also switch the View modes for you.
When comparing the Fujifilm X-Pro 1′s Menu system to the Nex-7, the X-Pro 1 is definitely catered more towards the professional user. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 has one of the most in depth menu systems I’ve ever seen and reminds me of my Canon 5D mark II. This is a great thing speaking as a professional photographer, but it can be incredible daunting for a beginner. This is major difference between the Sony Nex menu systems which are picture based beginner oriented in my opinion.
The Q Button is great and gives you access to pretty much everything you need and evolves depending on what Mode your in. I really liked it and used it primary to change the menu settings I needed such as ISO.
AutoFocus and Shutter Lag
Pretty fast and accurate!! On average I would say it’s a bit faster than the Nex-7 and Nex-5n as far a focus confirmation goes. Also, when the X-Pro 1 cannot focus it tells you almost immediately without hunting around for seconds trying to find something. This is great, because you know right away whether you need to change your AF point, or perhaps switch to manual focus without any wasted time. The Sony’s tend to hunt around much longer in my experience leading you to believe it may achieve focus only to eventually fail. It’s pretty predicitable though when the camera is going to struggle, so I usually just use manual focus and then magnify zoom to fine tune it.
Once auto focus is complete, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony NEX-7 boasts the shortest release time in the world (as of August 2011) at only 0.02 second while the Fujifim X-Pro 1 trails behind at 0.05 second which is very noticeable with moving objects!!
Check all this out in the detailed HD Video below! Also be sure to select the 720p option for the best viewing experience!! It’s in the player preferences (looks like a gear on bottom right once the movie starts)
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