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When the Fujifilm Finepix X100 made its debut it made more than a few hearts flutter, but it also left more than a few photographers wishing it had more than a fixed, semi-wide angle lens. Enter the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
If Fujifilm’s X100 reminded you of a Leica M, the new all-black Fujifilm X-Pro1, with its classically retro design, analog-style camera controls, a first-class lineup of interchangeable Fujinon optics and a shopping list of real-world (as opposed to frivolous) features and imaging technologies is dead on target to be a hit among professionals and serious photographers alike.
Fujifilm’s rangefinder-style X-Pro1 is designed around an all-new 16MP APS-C format X-Trans CMOS imaging sensor (23.6 x 15.6mm), which is driven by a Fujifilm EXR Pro image processor that enables still capture in the form of JPEG, RAW (RAF format), or JPEG+RAW, one at a time or in bursts of up to six frames per second in Continuous Drive mode.
An interesting design feature of the new camera is its lack of a low-pass filter, which is typically employed in consumer level and many pro level digital cameras as a method of hampering the moiré patterns that inevitably appear when photographing stripes and other linear patterns. But the problem with low-pass filters is that in addition to eliminating moiré patterns, low-pass filters also rob a degree of image sharpness. Fujifilm’s solution to this problem was to design a new sensor that features a 6 x 6 pixel array that unlike traditional 2 x 2 pixel arrays, arranges the pixels with “a high degree of aperiodicity,” i.e., an irregular alignment, which in practice greatly reduces the chance of distracting moiré patterns while maintaining optimal image sharpness.
The X-Pro1 can also capture 1080p full-HD video at 24 frames per second, with stereo sound. The shutter range on the X-Pro1 goes from 30 seconds to 1/4000-second with a top flash sync speed of 1/180-second. Shutter speeds and apertures can be set in 1/3-stop increments. The ISO range is equally up to snuff with a standard sensitivity range of 200 to 6400, which is expandable to an ISO equivalent of 100, 12800, and 25600 when the going gets particularly tough.
Like the original X100, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 offers two options for composing and reviewing imagery. The first, in the case of the X-Pro1, is a 3.0 inch, fixed position touch-screen LCD that sports an impressively high 1,230,000 dots of resolving power. The second is a hybrid viewfinder that can be transformed from optical to EVF with the flip of a switch. The X-Pro1’s LCD and hybrid finder both offer 100% of the total image field for accurate framing in both still and video mode.
When set to its optical position, the X-Pro1’s viewfinder is very bright and clear, similar to a rangefinder. When switched to EVF mode, exposure data can be displayed along the edges of the frame and you can also view exposure and white balance adjustments you might make in real time. The camera performs a bit quicker when the finder is set to optical mode, but the important point is that you have choices, and you can switch back and forth in an instant depending on your immediate needs.
In terms of construction, the top and base plate of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 are made from die-cast aluminum alloy and feature elegant design touches that include precision engraving on the top plate and hand-enameled lettering on the camera’s dedicated XF-series lens system. The camera’s shutter speed and exposure compensation dials are milled from solid metal and feature lock mechanisms that prevent you from inadvertently changing settings. Even the lens hoods are machined from aluminum and not less expensive polymer materials. To round things out, finely textured faux-leather materials wrap around the front and side panels of the camera body.
Tradition-minded photographers will appreciate the selection of film-emulation modes featured on the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Included among these film emulations are two Negative Film modes, Velvia for more saturated, vivid colors, Astia for soft skin tones, and Provia for natural color renditions. There’s also an Enhance Monochrome mode that can emulate the look of red, yellow and green filters as though you were shooting black-and-white film through those filters.
Options available for the new Fujifilm X-Pro1 currently include a Hand Grip (HG-XPro1), an EF-X20 shoe-mounted flash, an LC-XPro1 leather case, and 39mm and 52mm Super EBC-coated optical glass protective filters to guard the X-Pro1’s dedicated X-mount lenses.
Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 is powered by an NP-W126 lithium-ion battery (included with charger) that is good for up to 300 exposures per charge. The camera supports the use of SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
|Sensor||16.3MP CMOS (APS-C)|
|LCD||3" 1,230k dots|
|Viewfinder||Optical - EVF Hybrid|
|ISO Range||100-25600 (expanded)|
|Top Flash Sync||1/180th-sec|
|Shutter Range||30 seconds - 1/4000 second|
|Still Capture||JPEG, RAW, JPEG - RAW|
|Video||1080p @ 24 fps|
|Media||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Burst Rate||6 fps|
|Dimensions||5.5 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 1.7 (D) in.|
To complement the new Fujifilm X-Pro1 digital camera, Fujifilm is introducing three fast-aperture Fujifilm XF-mount lenses (out of a total of nine projected lenses over the coming year or so), each of which, like the X-Pro1 camera body, is machined aluminum alloy. For wide-angle shooting, Fujifilm has an 18mm f/2.0 XF R (27mm equivalent), which contains eight elements in seven groups including two aspheric lenses, and focuses down to 7" (18cm); a 35mm f/1.4 XF R Normal Lens (53mm equivalent), which contains eight elements in six groups including one aspheric lens, and focuses down to 11" (28cm); and a 60mm f/2.4 XF Macro Lens that contains ten elements in eight groups, including one aspheric lens and an ED element, which focuses down to 10.5" (26.7cm) for a maximum magnification ratio of 0.5x.
|XF 18mm f/2R||XF 35mm f/1.4R||XF 60mm f/2.4R Macro|
|Groups/Elements||Seven / Eight||Six / Eight||Eight / Ten|
|Aperture Range||f/2 - f/16||f/1.4-f/16||f/2.4-f/22|
|Min Focus||7.1" (18cm)||11" (28cm)||10.5" (26.7cm)|
|Dimensions||2.54 x 1.6" (64.5 x 40.6mm)||2.56 x 2.2"(65 x 54.9mm)||2.52 x 2.79" (64.1 x 70.9mm)|
|Weight||4.1 oz (116 g)||6.6 oz (187 g)||7.6 oz (215 g)|
Future Fujifilm XF-mount optics will reportedly include zooms and additional fixed focal length lenses in the near future.