Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review: 16 MP Interchangeable-Lens Camera

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Made in Japan and the most advanced member of Fujifilm’s premium X series, the X-Pro1 interchangeable-lens camera is powered by a custom 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that Fujifilm says will rival the image quality of current mid- and high-end DSLRs. The X-Pro1 also features a hybrid multi-viewfinder and three prime interchangeable Fujinon lenses.

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“Fujifilm puts great emphasis on producing outstanding image quality, and with the X-Pro1, we are proud to offer an interchangeable-lens system that performs to the highest professional caliber,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging and Electronic Imaging, Fujifilm North America Corp. “Each element is the product of Fujifilm’s commitment to uncompromising quality.”

The compact XF Fujinon fast-aperture prime lenses now available for the X-Pro1 are: the XF 18mm f/2 R (27mm equivalent); XF 35mm f/1.4 R (53mm equivalent); and XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro (90mm equivalent). Engineered to deliver sharp, clear images, they offer precise control over depth of field and deliver excellent bokeh effects. The solid feel of their metal barrels and detailed exposure settings in 1/3-step increments using the aperture ring will fuel your desire for photographic creativity.

First introduced in the Fujifilm X100, the camera’s hybrid viewfinder can instantly switch between an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder (EVF)—adding a new dimension to the pleasure of composing photographs. For the brightest viewing image, and to keep shutter lag to a minimum, you should choose the optical viewfinder; if you want focus confirmation, exposure information, white balance information, and depth of field indicators, switch to the EVF, which provides an excellent “live view” of your composition. This fusion of technologies allows you to compose images through a bright viewfinder with the option to overlay picture-taking information, and changing between the two viewfinders is simple, thanks to the switch on the front of the X-Pro1.

With a leather-like finish, magnesium alloy chassis and improved user interface, the X-Pro1 is a testament to Fujifilm’s attention to details, from the deliberate placement of buttons and precision-milled dials to the engraving on the top-plate and hand-enameled lettering on the lenses. The knurled finish on the sides of the dials features rows of minutely milled squared pyramids for a sure grip.

Other notable features are the camera’s multiple exposure mode, which superimposes one image on another; and its film simulation modes, including professional color negative film modes. And replicating the effects of monochrome film photography, the X-Pro1 lets you use color filters to expand your photographic interpretation. Heighten contrast with the yellow filter and red filter, or brighten greens and deepen reds with the green filter. Just as professional film photographers once selected a filter and printing paper to complement their creative vision, you can fine-tune images with these filters.

Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 retails for $1,699 body only. The three lenses have MSRPs between $600 and $650.

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