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Fuji X-Pro1 Review

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Usability - How easy is it to use?

Fuji designed the X-Pro1 with a strong resemblance to a range-finder camera, giving it a retro look. Going retro adds a sense familiarity and luxury while embracing more mechanical controls. Such controls predate camera menus and digital cameras as a whole and provide much more direct control over the camera. The retro design also has a boxy shape which is not as comfortable as modern camera with curves and angled surfaces.

Fuji X-Pro1

The front of the camera definitely looks anachronistic. There is a viewfinder window which opens up when the camera is off and in OVF mode. Opposite is a yellow AF-assist lamp surrounded by the only modern touch on this side, a pair of microphones. A bit below it a spring-loaded lever which serves to switch the hybrid viewfinder between its electronic and optical mode. This one works well and is within easy reach of the forefinger when holding the camera. Since the EVF and OVF experience are so different, we suspect most photographers will simply use one or the other.

The top of the X-Pro1 is also clearly retro. Only the Fn button here gives a hint of modernity. That button can be programed to activate: Multiple Exposure, DOF-Preview, ISO, Self-Timer, Image Size, Image Quality, Dynamic-Range, Film Simulation, White-Balance, AF Mode, Custom Settings Selection, Movie Mode or RAW capture. It is tough call choosing what to put there but ISO and DOF Preview are the best candidates, since they are most likely to be used quickly. Note that there is NO way to preview Depth-Of-Field without assign it it to the Fn button.

Fuji X-Pro1

There is an Exposure-Compensation dial, marked from +2 to -2 in 1/3 stops. The dial has good detents and is easily accessible with the camera at eye-level. The retro-price paid here is that exposure increments are hard wired to 1/3 EV and the EC range is minimal. Most modern DSLRs and plenty of SLDs allow ±5 or at least ±3. The other dial on the top plate is the shutter-speed dial which is marked in full stops from 1/4000s to 1s. The A position indicates the camera should automatically choose shutter-speed. The T position is for exposure times from 2s to 30s. The B position is for Bulb mode which allows up to one hour exposures when the lens aperture ring is set away from the A position. Otherwise, it exposes for 30s.

To prevent accidentally changing from P or A mode to S or M, respectively, the shutter-speed dial locks itself in the A position. Outside of the A position, it stays unlocked but has detents which prevent accidental changes. A dial on the rear is used to select fractional shutter-speeds, moving ±2/3 EVs from the selected shutter-speed. A bug in the latest firmware of the camera makes it unfortunately forget the fractional part when entering Playback mode, so shutter-speed needs to be readjusted after reviewing images.

The top plate also shows a standard hot-shoe for external lighting. There the usual focal-plane indicator mark which is surprisingly towards the middle of the body, meaning that an XF-mount camera could be made at least 1cm slimmer.

The back of the camera is where all the remaining action is. This side looks more modern, at least if we ignore the texture and round viewfinder window. The position of the viewfinder is ideal for comfort and avoids having to press your nose against the LCD. The round frame around it made of hard plastic which would benefit from a soft rubber coating. Right next to it is the Eye-Start Sensor that automatically enables the Hybrid viewfinder based on proximity. Once used to one of these, there is no going back! Its sensitivity is just right, although you can turn it off using the VIEW MODE button to its right.

Fuji X-Pro1

More to the right is the control-dial which is sadly unused most of the time. It can be used to enable MF-Assist or change settings in the Quick menu screen which is invoked by pressing the Q button located at the right edge of the camera. Above it is the combined AE-L / AF-L button which be programmed to do either or both.

The remaining controls on the back are fairly typical of a modern advanced digital camera:

  • Playback: Enters and exists Playback mode.
  • OK / Menu: Enters the menu system and confirms choices.
  • 4-Way Controller: Navigates menu and toggles Macro focusing with the Up direction.
  • DISP / BACK: Cycles through 3 display mode in Capture mode or 4 modes in Playback mode. Goes back one menu level.
  • DRIVE: Chooses among 8 drive modes. Note that Movie Mode and Motion Panorama are both found here.
  • AE: Shows a choice of metering patterns: Multi-Segment, Average and Spot. The pattern must be selected using the Left and Right direction of the 4-way controller. It would have been more comfortable to use the control-dial instead.
  • AF: Shows the focus-point selection screen in MF and AF-S focus modes, as long as automatic focus-point selection is not chosen.

The back of this Fuji includes a large 3" LCD with an incredibly high resolution of 1.2 megapixels. The display is extremely sharp and bright with a good refresh rate. Visibility is good both indoors and outdoors. The display is unfortunately not Exposure-Priority at all and neither is the histogram. This means that exposure is not shown consistently which requires reviewing images more often then necessary.

The bottom of the Fuji X-Pro1 has a metal tripod mount which is neither in-line with the optical axis nor with the center of gravity of the camera. There is also a single compartment door which gives access to both the SDXC card and the Lithium-Ion battery. Since the door is really close to the tripod mount, it is not possible to change memory or battery while the camera is on a tripod or even just fitted with a quick-release plate.

Fuji X-Pro1

Since the Fuji X-Pro1 is an expensive camera aimed to advanced photographers, we have high expectations for its ergonomics and usability. After all, the image quality of a missed shot matters very little and so controls are critical to the success of all high-end cameras. While overall handling is certainly adequate, some issues come up frequently:

  • No direct buttons for ISO, WB, DOF-Preview and Self-Timer: Yes, one of these can be assigned to the Fn button but these are all important functions. Expect for DOF Preview, all other ones require multiple button presses and turns of the control-dial from the Quick menu system to change.
  • Aperture-Ring detents are too soft: It is very easy to knock the ring from the A position to F/16 which is beyond the diffraction limit and often cause very low shutter-speeds to be selected.
  • Shutter-Speed needs two dials. As mentioned earlier, the control-dial has to select fractional shutter-speeds but the camera often forgets the faction, notably after entering Playback mode.
  • Optical Viewfinder: The focus-points, even with parallax correction enabled, are sufficiently off to focus on the wrong thing. The 90% coverage guideline is not always at 90%. Plus, the lens sometimes blocks part of the OVF.
  • AE-L / AF-L Disabled with MF: In Manual Focus mode, the AE-L / AF-L button performs spot focusing instead, so it is not possible to lock exposure anymore.
  • Macro mode needed for non-macro shots: There is a focus limit which prevents lenses from focusing relatively close to the camera. When focusing closer than that limit, autofocus simply fails.
  • Deep Sleep: Once the camera enters its sleep mode for more than a few minutes, waking it up requires turning the camera off and back on.
  • Uncomfortable strap eyelet: The metal strap eyelet which protrudes from the side of the camera is directly on the way to the shutter-release which is in the retro position, flat on top of the camera.
Fujifilm X-Pro1
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By on 2012/06/26
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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Fujifilm X Mount
1.5X FLM

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-30s
0.47" Hybrid EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.60X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
6 FPS Drive, 20 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 1.2 Megapixels
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