The X-Pro1 marks the beginning of an all-new camera system, which will eventually include a whole different mount and lenses. It is unabashedly aimed towards a high-end clientele, with analogue control dials and a limited selection of prime lenses that are tiny but have huge apertures when it launches. Fujifilm is eager to emphasize its long-term commitment to the system by announcing that it would release seven additional lenses by spring 2013 as well as further camera versions in the near future.
Fujifilm X Pro Price in USA
The X-Pro1 may be described in the simplest terms as a beefed-up and interchangeable-lens version of the X100, but it is also quite a bit more than that. The fundamental analogue control concept has been preserved, but the design has been rationalized and improved in a way that gives the impression that Fujifilm has been paying attention to the comments made by both customers and reviewers. For instance, the dial for the shutter speed has a central lock button for its Auto position, and the dial for the exposure compensation is recessed; both of these features decrease the likelihood of making unintentional adjustments to the settings. There is also a button labeled ‘Q’ that has been thoughtfully placed in a convenient location. Pressing this button will bring up an on-screen control panel, which allows users to access a variety of functions that previously required navigating the menus. This is a much-needed improvement over the X100.
On the other hand, the inside, and more especially the image sensor, may contain the possibly most intriguing modification. The X-Pro1 employs a proprietary ‘X-Trans CMOS’ chip manufactured by Fujifilm that has a resolution of 16 megapixels and an APS-C format. This chip eschews the traditional Bayer-pattern color filter array in favor of a more sophisticated structure. Fujifilm states that the end result is a realistic immunity to color moiré, which eliminates the need for an optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter in the process. This indicates that the X-Pro1 should be able to punch above its weight in terms of detail resolution based on pixel count alone – in fact, Fujifilm said that it should be able to out-resolve the full frame 21MP Canon EOS 5D Mark II when it was launched.
The X-Pro1 has a totally new all-electronic lens mount, and the initial lens line-up will be comprised of a series of brilliant primes with focal lengths that perfectly compliment the 23mm F2 lens that comes standard on the X100. There is an 18mm F2 wideangle lens, a 35mm F1.4 normal lens, and a 60mm F2.4 Macro telephoto lens (providing 28mm, 50mm, and 90mm equivalents respectively). The 60mm F2.4 Macro lens has increased close-focus capabilities that give a magnification of 0.5x. Each one features a manual focus ring that is easy to see and an aperture dial that can be adjusted in 1/3-stop increments (a welcome improvement over the X100). On the other hand, neither the focus nor the aperture controls are mechanically connected; rather, they are both electronically powered “by wire.”
The optical/electronic ‘hybrid’ viewfinder that is distinctive to the X100 has been preserved, and in order to better accommodate interchangeable lenses, the viewfinder now features two magnification levels. When the 35mm lens is fitted, an extra magnifier slips into position to match, offering 0.6x magnification. At its lower magnification of 0.37x, it covers the field of vision of the 18mm lens. Within this enlarged perspective, the 60mm lens creates an image with a narrower frameline. It goes without saying that one of the benefits of the hybrid finder is that it can project suitable frame lines in the optical finder for a wide range of focal lengths. Furthermore, in spite of the lens that is being used, it is always possible to obtain critically accurate composition by switching to the electronic viewfinder.
The very quiet in-lens shutter that was featured on the X100 has been replaced on the X-Pro1 with a more traditional focal plane shutter. This is one modification that may not be as evident as the others. This will always result in a more audible operation and will provide a slower flash sync. On the other hand, this indicates that the X-Pro1, in contrast to the X100, is completely capable of combining its quickest shutter speeds with big apertures.
A clever multiple exposure mode that provides a live preview of the composite image even when using the optical viewfinder is one of the other additions that have been made in comparison to the X100. Fujifilm claims that the upgraded LCD offers wider viewing angles and lower reflectivity, both of which make it easier to see the screen when it is directly exposed to sunlight. In addition to that, there are now two additional Film Simulation modes, which have been given the names ProNegS and ProNegH respectively. These, of course, capitalize on Fujifilm’s lengthy history as a film maker, and as their names imply, they try to imitate the qualities of Fujicolor’s professional color negative film (PRO 160NS and PRO 400NH respectively). As a result, they are directed particularly toward professional photographers that specialize in portrait and wedding photography.
All of these factors combine to make the X-Pro1 an appealing option to consider. In spite of its many peculiarities, we have a great deal of affection for the X100, and on paper, its bigger sibling promises enhanced handling as well as even higher picture quality, in addition to all of the versatility offered by interchangeable lenses. In this analysis, we will determine whether or not it meets up to the expectations that were set for it.
Fujifilm X Pro Specifications
|Body material||Die-cast Aluminium alloy|
|Sensor||• 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS sensor|
• 16.3 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB color filter array)
|Sensor cleaning||Ultrasonic Vibration|
• 4896 x 3264
• 3456 x 2304
• 2496 x 1664
• 4896 x 2760
• 3456 x 1944
• 2496 x 1408
• 3264 x 3264
• 2304 x 2304
• 1664 x 1664
• L 7680 x 2160 Horizontal 7680 x 1440
• M 5120 x 2160 Horizontal 5120 x 1440
|Still image formats|| • RAW (.RAF)|
• JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
• RAW + JPEG
|Image processor||Fujifilm EXR Processor Pro|
|Movie recording||• 1920 x 1080 Full HD, 24fps|
• 1280 x 720 HD, 24fps
• 29 minutes max recording time
• H.264 MOV format
• Stereo sound
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X mount|
|Image stabilization||• In-lens optical stabilization when available|
|Auto focus|| • TTL Contrast Detection AF system|
• Multi, 49 Area (7×7) LCD / EVF, 25 area (5×5) OVF
• AF frame size changeable, 5 types
• Distance indicator
|Focus modes|| • Single shot AF (S-AF)|
• Continuous AF (C-AF)
• Manual focus (MF)
|AF assist lamp||• Yes|
|Exposure modes|| • Program AE|
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
|Sensitivity|| • ISO 200- 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)|
• 100, 12800 and 25,600 in extended mode
• Auto ISO (400, 800, 1600 or 3200 upper limit)
|Metering modes|| • TTL 256-zones metering|
• Center-Weighted Average
|Exposure comp.|| • Up to ± 2.0 EV|
• 1/3 EV steps
|Shutter speeds|| • 1/4 – 1/4000 sec (P mode)|
• 30-1/4000 sec (all other modes)
• Bulb (Max 60 min)
• Time (2-30 sec)
• Flash sync 1/180 sec
• Focal plane shutter
|Self timer||• 10 or 2 seconds|
|Continuous shooting||• 6fps / 3fps selectable|
|Auto bracketing|| • AE Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)|
• Film Simulation Bracketing (any 3 type of film simulation selectable)
• Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
• ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
|White balance|| • Automatic scene recognition|
• Fluorescent light (Daylight),
• Fluorescent light (Warm White)
• Fluorescent light (Cool White)
• Incandescent light
• Color temperature selection (K)
|Film Simulation modes|| • Provia / Standard|
• Velvia / Vivid
• Astia / Soft
• Pro Neg Hi
• Pro Neg Std
• Monochrome + Yellow Filter
• Monochrome + Red Filter
• Monochrome + Green Filter
|Dynamic Range Setting|| • Auto (100-400%)|
|Internal Flash||• None|
|External Flash|| • Hot-Shoe (dedicated TTL flash compatible)|
• Sync terminal
|Flash modes|| • Auto|
• Forced Flash
• Suppressed Flash
• Slow Sync
• Rear Curtain Sync
• Red-eye Reduction Auto
• Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash
• Red-eye Reduction & Slow Sync
• Red-eye Reduction & Rear Curtain Sync
|Viewfinder|| • Hybrid Multi Finder|
• Eye sensor installed
• Eye point approx 14mm
|Optical Viewfinder|| • Reverse Galilean with electronic bright frame display|
• 0.37x and 0.6x magnifications
• Framelines cover approx 90% captured area
|Electronic Viewfinder|| • 0.47in, approx 1,440,000 colour LCD|
• Approx 100% coverage
|LCD monitor|| • 3.0″ RGBW colour LCD|
• 1,230,000 dots
• 100% frame coverage
|Photography Functions||Select custom setting, Motion panorama, colour space, colour (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 conversion, 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, Favourites|
|Connectivity|| • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)|
• Mini HDMI
|Power|| • NP-W126 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery|
• Approx 300 frames battery life
|Dimensions|| • 139.5 (W) x 81.8 (H) x 42.6 (D) mm |
• 5.5 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 1.7 (D) in.
|Weight|| • Approx. 450g / 15.9oz. (including battery and memory card)|
• Approx. 400g / 14.1oz. (excluding battery and memory card
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is the company’s first entrance into the high-end mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera market, and it combines outstanding image quality with easy handling. Although the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder is great, the autofocus may be very sluggish at times, and manual focus does not function very well.
- Fantastic photos taken with high ISO.
- X-Trans image sensor.
- Optical and electrical components combined into one viewfinder.
- Clear display on the rear.
- Excellent control arrangement.
- Strong construction.
- PC sync flash socket.
- Continued support for firmware update downloads
- A little bit of a challenge to focus on.
- A built-in flash is not included.
- This is not a suitable option for the video.
- There is no mic input.