- Model name: Fujifilm X-Pro 1
- Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
- Format : APS-C / Crop Sensor
- Mounts: Fuji X
- Purchase options: Amazon | Adorama | B&H
- A newly designed 16.3 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
- A hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder using dual magnification technology
- The new X mount featuring a short flange distance
- Stereo sound recording with built-in mic
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is widely considered to be a design that has been inspired by the Leica M9 with a dose of refinement done by Fuji. Many of its performances have been inspired by this legendary mirrorless camera and many of them taken to a completely new level by the ingenuity of the engineers at Fujifilm.
The 16 megapixels X-Trans APS-C CMOS sensor
The new X-Trans APS-C CMOS sensor churns out an effective 16.3 megapixels. While the megapixels count is something that is not too exciting, the smart aspect about this sensor is the revamped proprietary color filter array. This is not the same as the standard Bayer array, just like any other of Fuji’s cameras and comes with the proprietary filter system developed by them. While the X-Trans CMOS continues to use the standard square pattern filter array as any other Fuji camera, it has been redesigned completely to ensure that it is less affected by color moiré. Color moiré is the unwanted pattern of colors (false colors) which are caused by patterns of close interweaved colors, the same type that we can see in a fabric. Most digital cameras with built in lenses and those which use separate lenses (interchangeable lens cameras) use an optical low pass filter to counter this. This while reducing the effects of false color, impacts the sharpness of the image. The new sensor design in the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 ensures that it can bypass this problem while eliminating the need for an optical low pass filter. In theory the new filter array and the removal of the OLPF means the camera should be able to capture more detail if we are to compare another camera with the same number of pixels.
The X mount
Fuji’s new X-Pro 1 camera comes with a new ‘X’ mount that has a very short distance from the flange to the sensor. This distance, also known as the ‘Flange Distance’ is only 17.7mm in the new camera.
The hybrid viewfinder & the LCD screen
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 inherits many of the features that the X100 came with including the optical / electronic hybrid viewfinder which gives dual magnification. The term Reverse Galilean with electronic graticules sounds like abracadabra for most amateurs (and even professional) photographers but this is what is behind this revolutionary hybrid VF technology. The viewfinder offers live histogram and a virtual horizon to level your shots (such as architecture and landscape) perfectly. Apart from that a host of other shooting information is also provided. Dual magnification means one can get the same optical field of view for an 18mm lens and then a 35mm lens when either of the two is mounted. Additionally the electronic viewfinder has a 1,440,000 dots resolution with approx 100% coverage. The 3” LCD monitor has a resolution of 1,230,000 dots and has 100% frame coverage.
Continuous shooting speed
The X-Pro 1 has two continuous shooting speeds. At continuous low it shoots at 3 fps and at continuous high it shoots at 6 fps.
Videos & stills
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 shoots large JPEGs of resolution 4896 x 3264 pixels at 3:2 ratio. At 16:9 ratio it shoots at 4896 x 2760 pixels resolution. Additionally the X-Pro 1 also shoots full HD videos at 24 fps and 720p HD at 24 fps. Videos are recorded in MOV formats encoded by H.264 with stereo sound recorded from the built-in stereo mic.
The X-Pro 1 has an auto-focusing feature that locks on focus rather slowly. This may just be one issue which makes the X-Pro 1 a bit frustrating for some one who also wields a professional DSLR. The new X-Trans CMOS sensor, although ensuring that the new X-Pro 1 is much faster than the older X100 that it replaces and even faster than the Leica M9 that it has been compared so often, is not blazingly fast as would imagine. However, continuous auto-focusing in movie mode & stills is a bit problematic. The X-Pro 1 does not have what it takes to successfully stay locked on when the subject is moving about.
The X-Pro 1 uses a single memory card slot which supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
The ISO range of the X-Pro 1 is 200-6400. On an expanded mode it is 100-25,600. The X-Pro 1 has a noticeably better noise correction compared to some of its competitors in the market; specially the Leica M9. At higher ISO the shots captured by the X-Pro 1 are more usable compared to those captured by the Leica M9.
What are missing / wish list
The X-Pro 1 is a neat little camera, one that combines the best of two worlds. It has sharp image quality, extremely good low light performance and fast AF for stills. However we cannot but help wonder why Fujifilm did not think it was justified to have a pop-up flash for it. Even the older X100 has one and it is very good.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 has been frequently compared with the Leica M9 which has inspired many of its features starting with its rangefinder-style looks (except that it is not a range-finder but a MILC). However compared to the M9 the X-Pro 1 is much faster, has better low-light performance, locks focus faster and costs a good deal less. Fujifilm’s own X-E1 is another of the MILCs that one can look into. However while one can get a better pricing (nearly $700 less) one has to make do without the optical viewfinder.
Should I buy it?
The X-Pro 1 is indiscreetly addressed to people who are not amateurs and more likely to already own a DSLR. This wonderful camera is aimed at people who want more control over their photography but not necessarily want to be consumed by the bulk of a DSLR. It combines the advantages of a compact light weight camera and the controls of a pro DSLR minus the weight. If you’re serious about your photography and want to have more control over what you’re shooting, the X-Pro 1 is indeed a great camera to invest in. The new X mount was launched with three lenses, the Fujinon XF 18mm f/2, the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 and the Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. Among these the 35mm f/1.4 is definitely a great buy with the X-Pro 1.
Sample Images by Fujifilm X-Pro 1 on Flickr
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Specifications
|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||SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
|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|
|Sensitivity||Equivalent to ISO 200 – 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
AUTO mode : AUTO (400) / AUTO (800) / AUTO (1600) / AUTO (3200) / AUTO（6400）*
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, increment 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 (P mode or A mode)
1/160 sec or sowler (S mode or M mode)
* 1/180 sec can be automatically set at some shooting conditions 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||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||3.0-inch RGBW (White) LCD monitor, approx. 1,230,000 dots, (Approx. 100% coverage)|
|Movie||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, 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|
|Functions||PictBridge, Exif Print, Languages selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Power save mode, Silent mode|
|Power||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.)
|Wt||Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 400 g / 14.1 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
|Operating Temp||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)
|Optional accessories||Li-ion battery NP-W126
Battery charger BC-W126
Shoe Mount Flash EF-X20 / EF-42 / EF-20
Diopter correction lens DPC+3 / DPC+2 / DPC+1 / DPC-1 / DPC-2 / DPC-3
M mount adapter
Protector Filter PRF-58 58 mm Φ
Protector Filter PRF-52 52 mm Φ
Protector Filter PRF-39 39 mm Φ
Hand Grip HG-XPro1
Leather Case LC-XPro1
* The lens of focal length at 35 mm or less can be placed in this leather case with the camera X-Pro1.