Photokina 2012: Fujifilm has also announced firmware v2.00 for the X-Pro1 high-end mirrorless camera, promising performance improvements. Firmware 2.00 addresses many of the criticisms that have been levelled at the camera by many reviews. This includes improved autofocus speed, better manual focus behaviour and less waiting for processing and card-writing. We've been using a beta version of the firmware and have prepared some notes on its effects. The final version of the firmware will be available for download from September 18th 2012.

First impressions:

The write times are the most noticeable improvement with the last firmware. Using a comparable SanDisk 45MB/s UHS-I card as used in our review, we found the time taken for the buffer to empty dropped from about 14 seconds in JPEG mode to 10 and from 55 seconds to around 29 seconds. The camera also gains the ability to enter playback mode during card writing, making those write times much less of an irritation.

Both autofocus and manual focus feel much more responsive. Manual focus in particular is greatly improved - the lens aperture stays fully open when trying to manually focus, meaning that depth-of-field is minimized and focus precision is increased. This is a big step forwards from the original behavior that would adjust the aperture uncontrollably. The 'feel' of manual focus has also been tweaked so that you don't find yourself repeatedly turning the focus ring with no obvious change in the focus distance.

In our review we stressed that we hoped Fujifilm would commit itself to improving these features, so it's heartening to see it do just that. X-Pro1 owners will be pleased to see these improvements aren't reserved for X-E1 buyers and Fujifilm should be commended for that.


Press Release:

Firmware update ver 2.00 improving the performance of the Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the release later this month of new firmware for the Fujifilm X-Pro1, designed to improve performance and enhance the users’ photographic experience.

Since the launch of the X-Pro1 in early 2012, Fujifilm has received customer feedback on the camera’s performance and is addressing the issues raised by launching a firmware upgrade.

On the installation of the new firmware, consumers will see a significant improvement in speed of Auto Focus, improved manual focus and processing/ writing speeds.

Improvements made after firmware update:

  1. Improved performance of auto focus*1
    Focussing in challenging lighting conditions, where light is low or bright, will now be much faster in Auto Focus mode. The focusing distance has also been improved, allowing you to get closer to the subject and capture a great shot without switching to macro mode.
  2. Manual Focus improved performance
     • Improved operability
    The speed of the image coming into focus when turning the focus ring has been vastly improved. When adjusting the focus ring using the electronic viewfinder or the LCD panel on the back of the camera it is now much easier to focus, always displaying the image closer to full aperture with minimum depth of field.
     • New addition of 3x magnification for checking focus
    The 10x magnifications / focus check feature on the X-Pro1 has been well received and in this firmware update an additional 3x option is now available. It is also now possible to find the optimum focus point whilst viewing the entire screen.
  3. Improved writing speed/ processing speed.
     • Improved wirting speed to memory card
    At maximum speed the X-Pro1 can now write to memory card twice as fast as before. *2
     • Improved speed for playback after shooting
    Image playback now occurs less than one second after pressing the image playback button. On some occasions previously, for example when using continuous shooting, you had to wait until the images had been processed before they were shown on screen.
  4. Other additional functions:
    Auto (6400) has been added to the ISO setting. This increased ISO not only speeds up the shutter speed, but also stabilises the image and mitigates blurring of the subject.

*1: The effect will differ according to the lens attached.
*2: the effect will differ according to the card type and image compression.


Launch date of the dedicated firmware:
September 18th, 2012 6:00a.m. (GMT)

To enable these features, please update the firmware of your Fujinon XF lenses at the same time.

The firmware can be downloaded from “Support” on the Fujifilm website. Please go to the support website below for details on other changes. Firmware available at Fujifilm global website: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/