Previous news story    Next news story

Preview: Fujifilm X-Pro1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera [Updated]

By dpreview staff on Jan 10, 2012 at 00:01 GMT

Just Posted: Our preview of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm's X system lenses. The X-Pro1 is, in many respects, the camera that many people hoped the X100 was foreshadowing: interchangeable lenses and a cutting-edge sensor combined in a classically-styled body and retaining the excellent hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. We've had a chance to get our hands on the X-Pro 1 and the 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 and 60mm F2.4 primes that are being launched alongside it, to get to really make sense of the camera, its capabilities and that unusual color-filter array.

Hands-on preview of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 System:

Update from Fujifilm press conference at CES 2012 [9/1/2012]: The X-Pro1's price will be around $1700, with lenses in the $650 region. The company says it will release 9 lenses for the X-mount over the next three years, including zooms, as well as prime lenses. The widest currently planned lens is a 14mm (21mm equivalent), and there will be mount adapters, with the Leica M-mount being the first to become available.

A slide from the launch presentation at CES 2012

Jump to:

Press Release:

Interchangeable lens system camera from FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM X-Pro1- featuring the new X-Trans CMOS sensorTM and an FUJIFILM original X-Mount and Hybrid Multi Viewfinder

FUJIFILM Corporation (President and CEO: Shigetaka Komori) are proud to announce the FUJIFILM X-Pro1, an all-new interchangeable lens camera system. The X-Pro1 features a 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, a brand new X lens mount, Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and three prime lenses.

Key Features

Setting new standards in image resolution

FUJIFILM have developed a new CMOS sensor called the X-Trans CMOSTM. The X-Trans CMOSTM sensor is capable of delivering resolution that is parallel, if not superior, to a full frame sensor.

The new colour filter array paves the way for an ideal sensor that does not need an optical low-pass filter. While the optical low-pass filter is indispensable for the reduction of moiré and false colour generated by conventional sensors, it also degrades resolution. FUJIFILM has developed a new colour filter array that is inspired by the random arrangement of fine film grain, removing the need for an optical low-pass filter to solve moiré and false colour issues. In the array, RGB pixels are arranged in 6x6 pixel sets with high aperiodicity. Increasing the degree of randomness eliminates the fundamental cause of moiré and false colours – a problem that occurs in conventional arrays when shooting stripes and other repeating patterns. The presence of an R, G and B pixel in every vertical and horizontal pixel series minimizes the generation of false colours and delivers higher colour reproduction.

EXR Processor Pro – As a result of using a film-inspired array, a more powerful processor is required to process the image signal data. So FUJIFILM have created the EXR Processor Pro. This development will maximise the full potential of the X-Trans CMOSTM sensor and deliver high speed and high precision image processing.

Prime FUJINON XF lenses deliver the highest image quality

Fujinon lenses have long been associated with delivering high quality images, with optics used for both broadcast TV and medium format cameras. Now the expertise borne out of this enviable optical heritage has been put into lenses for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1

Three compact XF Fujinon fast aperture prime lenses will be available at launch. The “XF18mmF2 R”, “XF 35mmF1.4 R” and “XF60mmF2.4 R Macro” all offer precise control over depth-of-field and deliver excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the design of the moulded aperture diaphragm blades. The blades are curved to create a circular image at all aperture settings, while the very edges of each blade are meticulously rounded off rather than simply cut off, which delivers a sharper image. In addition, the solid feel of the high-quality metal barrel and detailed exposure setting in 1/3 step increments using the aperture ring fuel your desire to capture more photos with every shot.

FUJIFILM original “X-Mount” maximises lens performance

Specifically designed to maximise the mirror less design of the body the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. This means the rear lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor. The wide opening allows the lens to be mounted deeper within the body – up to 7.5mm (approx) from the mount surface – reducing the back focus distance of each lens to the minimum possible, thus achieving high resolution all the way to the edge of the image

Hybrid Multi Viewfinder – seeing is believing

FUJIFILM’s revolutionary Hybrid Viewfinder first appeared in the X100. With its ability to instantly switch between an Optical Viewfinder and Electronic Viewfinder the Hybrid Viewfinder has added a new dimension to the pleasure of composing photographs. For the brightest viewing image, and to keep shutter lag to a minimum, users should choose the Optical Viewfinder. Those wanting focus confirmation, exposure information, white balance information and depth of field indicators should switch to Electronic Viewfinder.

The Electronic Viewfinder provides an excellent “Live View” of your composition. This fusion of technologies allows users to enjoy composing their images through a bright viewfinder, but has the option to overlay vital picture taking information should this be required.

Changing between the two viewfinders is simple, thanks to the switch on the front of the X-Pro1 body. When attaching a FUJINON XF-series lens on X-Pro1, both the viewfinder magnification and bright frame size automatically switch to support the lens focal length. Viewfinder magnification switches to 0.37x for the 18mm lens, and to 0.60x when the 35mm or 60mm lens is mounted, letting you compose your shot with the bright, crystal clarity of an optical image. The X-Pro1 also gives you the freedom to manually set a focal distance and switch between viewfinder magnifications.  

Cutting-edge technology in a beautiful camera body

The top and base are made from die-cast aluminium alloy which, combined with high quality touches like precise engraving on the top-plate and hand-enamelled lettering on the lenses, underlines the fact that the entire X-Pro1 system is built without compromise.

This eye for detail extends to the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation control that is precision milled from solid metal. Details like the shutter speed dial lock mechanism and the recessed exposure compensation dial are designed to prevent accidental movement of settings. The knurled finish on the sides of the dials feature rows of minutely milled squared pyramids for superb grip and confidence.

“Made in Japan” confirms that every part of the construction has had to meet FUJIFILM’s highest standards. The lightweight, precision-milled lens hood (included with the lens) has been exclusively designed and machined from aluminium for the FUJINON XF lens. Its compact size delivers superb light shading performance in a design that perfectly matches X-Pro1 styling.

Diameters of the aperture ring and focus ring of the 3 Fujinon XF-series interchangeable lenses are only slightly larger than the barrel for sleek uniformity of design. Precision machined from metal, the reassuring click of the aperture ring at each setting and the comfortable torque resistance when operating the focus ring enhances the shooting experience.

The X-Pro1’s leather-like finish designed for a quality look and durability. The synthetic leather offers resistance to the elements and high durability, while an original manufacturing process produces a texture with the look and feel of authentic leather.

The X-Pro1 has been designed with the photographer’s comfort in mind. The natural fit of the eyepiece provides excellent shielding from light leakage. A dioptric adjustment lens can also be attached.

Extending FUJIFILM’s photo film legacy

In film cameras, multiple exposures is the unique photographic technique of superimposing one image on another by double exposing a single frame of film. Through advanced digital processing the X-Pro1 can simulate this technique - just select Multiple Exposure mode and take your first shot. By viewing it in the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder or on the LCD screen, you can see how the finished multiple exposure will look and precisely frame the second shot.

Further enhancements have been made to the Film Simulation modes with the new Professional Colour Negative Film Modes (Pro Neg. Std and Pro Neg. Hi) designed for X-Pro1 users working in the studio. If you’d like to shoot the same scene in a variety of Film Simulation modes, the X-Pro1 offers Film Simulation bracketing, along with AE, Dynamic and ISO bracketing.

FUJIFILM has also included Film Simulation modes, where the X-Pro1 simulates the colours and tonal qualities of popular FUJIFILM emulsions. These include the vibrant colours of Velvia, the softer skin tones of ASTIA and the natural look of PROVIA.

Enhance Monochrome Expression with Colour Filters - Replicating the effects of monochrome film photography the X-Pro1 lets you use colour 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 easily fine tune image quality with these filters. For those after a more nostalgic theme there’s a sepia filter too.

Premium Accessory Lineup

Hand Grip, HG-XPro1 (sold separately) - Giving you more secure and balanced handling of the camera, the X-Pro1 accessory grip smoothly moulds to the lines of the camera body for a uniform look. The grip helps balance the weight of the camera body, allowing for a more comfortable hold.

Shoe Mount Flash EF-X20 (sold separately) - Being designed to match X-Pro1’s distinctive styling. One dial lets you choose between two modes: AUTO - automatically optimizes flash for both outdoor daylight and dark indoor shots; MANUAL - for hands-on control. In addition, the built-in flash diffuser has an easy one-touch operation to soften harsh flash effects.

Leather Case LC-XPro1 (sold separately)* - Beautifully moulded to protect the X-Pro1, leather case is designed to allow fast access for easy shooting. Attention has been given to every detail, from the colour and spacing of the stitches to the adoption of a hidden magnet rather than a snap for closing the case. The premium case is completed by the inclusion of the authentic leather neck-strap and hood case.

Protector Filterφ39mm and Protector Filterφ52mm - This is a protection filter with high transmissivity without affecting the visible light. The Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) of these would control harmful borrowed light effectively. The frame of filter given the semi-gloss black coating fits a high sense design. Or the inner side of filter given the matt black coating restrains a reflection effect and does design well.

*Case not suitable for FUJINON XF60mm lens

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3264
Other resolutions4896x2760,264 × 3264, 3456x2304, 3456x1944, 2304 × 230, 2496x1664, 2496x1408 , 1664 × 1664
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXR Pro
Color filter arrayPrimary colour filter
Image
ISOAuto (400), Auto (800), Auto (1600), Auto (3200), 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 (100, 12800, 25600 with boost)
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3),
  • RAW (RAF format)
  • RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic and Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.37×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual exposure
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot-shoe with EF-20, EF-42, EF-X20)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini connector)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-W126 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)450 g (0.99 lb / 15.87 oz)
Dimensions140 x 82 x 43 mm (5.51 x 3.23 x 1.69)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Additional images

The X-Pro1's new Quick Menu Optional EP-X20 flash unit
X1-Pro with XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro and hood Optional handgrip

Images from CES Press Conference

636
I own it
72
I want it
31
I had it
Discuss in the forums
502
I own it
213
I want it
62
I had it
Discuss in the forums
214
I own it
42
I want it
14
I had it
Discuss in the forums
208
I own it
31
I want it
14
I had it
Discuss in the forums
Our favorite products. Free 2 day shipping.
Support this site, buy from dpreview GearShop.

Comments

Total comments: 389
123
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 17, 2013)

This could have been better with a tilt screen as on the X-S1

I mean, for the price and all. just saying.

Comment edited 40 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Jan 20, 2012)

My wish list for the lens:

Ultrawide FF equivalent to 16mm

Fast Telephoto Prime at f2 or 2.8 for indoor shots when so called "professional cameras" aren't allowed.

0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Jan 20, 2012)

fuji, please have an ultra wide FF 16mm equivalent lens!

0 upvotes
Greynerd
By Greynerd (Jan 19, 2012)

If the sensor is cutting edge I hope these are not very precise circular cuts.

0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Jan 17, 2012)

Thank you FUJI! My dealer didn't believe me 5 years ago that DSLR is going to be dead in the coming years. I think just made him ate his words.

Thank you FUJI, I won't be purchasing the NEX or any other mirrorless camera other than this.

Can't wait for this. Finally! I passed the X100 when all my friends jumped on the band wagon. I guess I will buy their x100 for dirt cheap when this finally available for sale!

0 upvotes
Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Jan 19, 2012)

OK, so Fuji introduces a rangefinder and from this you predict the SLR will be dead soon? Talk about adding 1 + 1 and getting 5!!! Will this also be a sign of the end times, the coming of aliens from space, the balanced Federal budget and other impossibilities? You seem to think so. I might suggest that what it means is that it won't just be SLRs or P&S... but like the great old film days, there will be lots of other choices... GREAT, but not to the detriment of any class, IMHO.

0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Jan 20, 2012)

Fair enough, but for sure as tech gets cheaper faster and more powerful(think cellphones, who would ever dreamed about the coming quad core cellphones?) and so goes with Digital, sensor tech will be so good and processing power so powerful that mirrorless will slowly take over. I would go for it, my back neck legs will thank me for it. It's just that I hope that will come up with FF 16mm equivalent lens.

Comment edited 54 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Heru Anggono
By Heru Anggono (Jan 15, 2012)

Since the X1 Pro is an APS-C type. I would love to see a head-to-head review of Fuji X system vs equal mainstream DSLR system, perhaps Fuji X1Pro w/ 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 7D w/ 35mm f/1.4L or cheaper 35mm f/2.0 vs Nikon equivalent.

Even better if there is a comparison with Leica M8 with 35mm Sumicron or 35mm Zeiss.

2 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Jan 17, 2012)

who cares about technical details, it's not the camera, it's the person behind the camera.

1 upvote
SeanOReally
By SeanOReally (Mar 27, 2012)

Go and get yourself a disposable camera then. Some degree of details are necessary and a comparison between this and an SLR of the supposed same quality is a completely valid comparison....

1 upvote
Rubenski
By Rubenski (Jan 13, 2012)

Check this out, if it is true it's remarkable for sure!

'Finally, some very interesting A3 prints were on display comparing the high ISO output of the X-Pro1 alongside the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Sony A77, with significantly less noise and more detail visible from the X-Pro1 at ISO 1600 and faster, going some way to verifying Fujifilm’s claims that their new sensor produces more resolution with less artefacts than either APS-C or full-frame cameras.' (source: photography blog).

1 upvote
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

Part I - It may not seem relevant, but go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasselblad_H3D#H3D_and_H3DII. Click on the image of the blond lady and download the full resolution (7,304 × 5,478 pixels) by clicking on the correct link below the large image. Examine it magnified and you will find it beautifully sharp with not a hint of digital artefacts which even the best of my lenses on my Nikon D300 cannot equal. The latter are very sharp but lack the wonderful smoothness just a little.

If the lenses of the X-Pro1 are as good as this, albeit allowing but only slightly for the fact that they are APS-C not Hasselblad H size, then the X-Pro1 system will be the cat's whiskers, possibly taking over the mantle from Leica digital cameras. It is such a pity that Leica lend their name to second rate optics in the true compact class. My son has one of them, the DMC-TZ6 which has a so-called Leica lens but is inferior to the lens on the 5mp Olympus C-5060 of earlier vintage by about four years.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

Part II - From what we already know, I would expect DP Review in due course to have its full review showing the X-Pro1 to be everything a top notch digital camera can and should be. From the 19 minute Fuji Guys video “Fuji Guys - Fujifilm X-Pro1 Part 1 - First Look” at www.youtube.com/user/fujiguys/ its ergonomics seem to offer what almost every other digital camera fails to provide. I love the Q button’s functions which bypass the menu system and the ability to adjust all the key attributes without going down into either. I think a serious camera should be as simple and aesthetically pleasing to use as a top-notch film camera without stupid things like scene modes unless one wants to adjust something which film cameras just cannot address, ISO for example. The fact that almost every other digital camera fails miserably on this is a real catastrophy.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 17, 2013)

here are a couple of more unbiased vids for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-l9QZS8P9M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRyQU6XCQt0

0 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

Part III - For me, the key factor with the X-Pro1 will be the lenses and whether they follow the current least line of resistance by allowing substandard performance to be corrected by software. Such practice is fine for cameras that shoot jpegs which the user is unlikely to want to fine tune with software like Photoshop but not if you use RAW. It is all very well that usually the manufacturer provides a RAW converter which covers corrections including lens distortion but this forces you to use it. (It is a bit like putting Fuller’s earth in a car’s gearbox to make it function better.) I do not accept that limitation as I now use an HDR engine even for single shots. That is because in most respects Oloneo PhotoEngine gives superior results, usually far better than anything else does.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

At www.youtube.com/user/fujiguys/feed there are three very detailed videos from Fuji. The first gives a 19 minute leisurely but highly informative account and the other two lower down that page "Fuji Guys - Fujifilm X-Pro1 - Hands-on Preview (1/2) and (2/2) possibly cover some more. (Not yet watched.)

Did you know that Fuji are behind many Hasselblad cameras and make some of the lenses? That says a lot.

A couple of days ago I said the X-Pro1 was too expensive as a second camera to a DSLR like my Nikon D300 plus 3 zoom lenses but now I am beginning to think in time I might even decide on it as the replacement. I love my D300 with the Sigma 12-24mm lens but when the Fuji 15mm f/2.8 comes out, perhaps later in 2012, I may have to reconsider. The bulk and the weight are far too great for my liking and a far more compact alternative which equals or surpasses it in quality has to be seriously considered. But I will not rush into it as there will be a huge loss selling what I already have.

0 upvotes
geecen
By geecen (Jan 12, 2012)

You're right they do now make Has lenses, which used to be made by Zeiss, now THAT says a lot. On a smaller scale, they also made the Has X-Pan which shot 35mm double frame panos and was made of titanium. Based on this, I'd say that they understand the rich enthusiast/nostalgic pro market perfectly.

1 upvote
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

For some additional observations of mine about lenses especially that might be of interest to hard to please guys like me, please have a look at my comment at the DP Review preview at http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/10/FujifilmXPro1_Preview

Comment edited 44 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Jan 12, 2012)

The entry just above posted here in error and too late to edit out! Sorry.

0 upvotes
Kartika Sari
By Kartika Sari (Jan 12, 2012)

nice specs, but a bit too pricey.

2 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jan 11, 2012)

There is not much to complain about this camera. On the paper, it is tailored just as Fuji read and cared about my few posts. It has everything to be a good camera of it`s kind. It is somewhat bulky, but not heavy. It has hybrid VF. Fot those of us with eyes not so good for extensive use of LCD monitor, and for steady handling of camera. Optical VF for those who like it, and for situations when you can hardly see anything on EVF or LCD, but still can make a good photo. Good ISO range. Not too much pixels and small external flash that can be caried in the pocket if you need one. For me, it is much better to have the EVF, than flash IN the camera body, if you can`t have both. EVF I use almost 100% of the time, flash less than 10%. Very nice choice of QUALITY primes at the start; but I`d love 10-14mm quality WA in the future. Price? Yes, it is too high for my budget (pitty Fuji X-10/Canon G1x are without EVF). But not high if it follows quality. And yes, tipod screw SHOULD be centered.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jan 12, 2012)

Forgot to mention, a black and white variant (sensor without a Bayer filter array overlayed) for true bw photography should be great! (And 10-14mm not-too-heavy prime would be nice!)

0 upvotes
Boomz
By Boomz (Jan 11, 2012)

Why is the tripod mount off centered from the lens and so close to the battery compartment or is it my imagination when I saw the video? That's not too 'pro' :(

0 upvotes
Armin1
By Armin1 (Jan 11, 2012)

The price is kinda steep, for similar stuff a Samsung NX200 only costs about $700. Can "Made in Japan" justify the price?

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 11, 2012)

Well that didn't take long. Hot mirror is in there. Darn! Thanks, RR, enjoy the show.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 11, 2012)

I'm guessing the answer is no but I have to ask Kayce if the absence of a AA filter means this camera can shoot infrared at handholdable speeds. (I'm assuming they put a separate IR block in there but you never know).

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Jan 11, 2012)

This is the real "poor man" Leica!!! not X100!!! LOL :)

0 upvotes
Gerardjan
By Gerardjan (Jan 11, 2012)

Jealous maybe? You owe a Leica?

0 upvotes
MrJava
By MrJava (Jan 11, 2012)

All this talk about how this APS-C sensor having high IQ than FF sensors makes me wonder what it would be like as a FF sensor. I would love to see Fuji shove a FF version of this lens into the D700, probably would never happen but a man can dream.

1 upvote
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 11, 2012)

Another fabulous camera. Can't wait to give it a spin.

2 upvotes
UnChatNoir
By UnChatNoir (Jan 10, 2012)

A few conclusions... 1. Fujifilm wants to hurt Leica with a concept Leica isn't able to develop. But a lot of questions, certainly because it's in theory 'only' an APS/C sensor whatever technology may be in it. 2. Let's also wait to see whether the glass will also rule out the M-range, an almost impossible challenge. 3. Concerning that glass, 3 primes, one macro. Cannot think of a real pro that will be satisfied with only this set. What is to come... unknown in this stage - but important if you go for such a system camera. 5. The same applies a bit for all accessories. A range of stuff not adding too much value in this stage. 6. A pricing that matches a 5DMkII? Yes Leica is still doing worse. But Leica is Leica and even if you love the concept, the same money can buy a lot of very attractive camera's. Surely in the APS/C-range. 5. Hello Canon, hello Nikon, are you still there? The V/J1 and G1X was not exactly where I was waiting for. The kids already have their own camera ;-) .

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 11, 2012)

Fuji lenses equal the quality of Leica M lenses, NOT.

0 upvotes
communicat
By communicat (Jan 11, 2012)

You may well be right . . . but there are a lot of Hasselblad users you may choose to differ since Fuji has a long history of making top quality medium and large format lenses. My guess would be that they probably won't be as good as some of the better Leica lenses, but they will be easier on the pocket and few would be able to tell the difference anyway.

3 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Jan 11, 2012)

"6. A pricing that matches a 5DMkII?"
But together with lenses, not so heavy on the shoulder...
("Keep things as small as possible, but not smaller than that" A.E. - and this is just this concept.)

0 upvotes
J Parker
By J Parker (Jan 10, 2012)

I thoroughly enjoy shooting with Nikon, Pentax, and Sony cameras -- and they all give outstanding results. But I have to admit, the images in my studio shot with the Fujifilm cameras are the ones that consistently move prospective wedding and portrait clients to ask me what type of camera was used -- and to want similar images for their weddings/portraits. I have no idea why (I can only guess that it has something to do with Fujifilm being one of the few camera makers that also has a long history of making excellent films in addition to cameras). Hopefully this camera will live up to its potential.

3 upvotes
david_beholder_1
By david_beholder_1 (Jan 10, 2012)

1700 for body only is too expensive, I'm passing on it.
Waiting for Cannon mirrorless and rumored Pentax with bigger sensor.

0 upvotes
Boomz
By Boomz (Jan 10, 2012)

Can't wait for the full review of this camera and it's lenses. DPReview please give this camera priority, thanks :)

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

Wow, these three lenses don't even have witness markings (distance settings indicated in meters/feet) on their focusing barrels. Wow!!! That's not too high-end, is it now?

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 10, 2012)

The distance is seen in the view finder. Maybe not what I primarily want. But ... it will work. A more doubtful thing is focus by wire. Never liked that.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"Optional handgrip?" You have have gotta be kidding me.

"'Made in Japan' confirms that every part of the construction has had to meet FUJIFILM’s highest standards."

No, it does not. MADE IN JAPAN simply means that the camera is made, i.e. assembled, in Japan. That is all it means.

Fujifilm is getting pretty "creative" with their press release lingo. And that's not good.

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 10, 2012)

Its not uncommon to say e.g., made in Germany, to hint at quality. I have seen other Japanese companies telling that they really are made in Japan, i.e. assembled and tested. I think its some kind of quality assurance.

0 upvotes
3dreal
By 3dreal (Jan 11, 2012)

Exactly, i remember also this cigarshaped golden camera institute label on a grey market lens which was less good than that in an official shop. No matter where the lens parts are produced i am fully confident that fuji will do full end controls, having very high standards.

0 upvotes
RusVolley
By RusVolley (Jan 10, 2012)

It will be the Best Fuji camera Ever have maden! (+ lens).

0 upvotes
Uaru
By Uaru (Jan 10, 2012)

- The first lenses are all primes...
- I expect the IQ to be equal or better then X100.

I think I will buy this camera, selling off everything else...

1 upvote
Uaru
By Uaru (Jan 10, 2012)

on second thought, this camera does not have leaf shutter, which I liked with X100 very much...

0 upvotes
Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Jan 10, 2012)

It looks lovely - but I almost giggled at the flash unit, which looks like something from the cheaper regions of eBay.

1 upvote
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 10, 2012)

resolution better then a 5D MK2.. well lets see if fuji is telling bull as usual or if it is true.....

3 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jan 10, 2012)

Sounds like a stretch but getting rid of the anti-aliasing filter should make a pretty big improvement.

0 upvotes
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Jan 10, 2012)

Without the anti-aliasing filter, I can believe that the resolution can match 5d Mk2. However, noise, dynamic range and color depth will still be the same as APS-C sensors. Another concern is that the new RGB arrangement could create false colors at the microscopic level, which could be detected by the human eye in some circumstances.

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

Bull, probably. But at the very least, Fujifilm's latest press releases are getting to be Comedy Central approved material. Fun-fun-fun!

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Jan 11, 2012)

has seen the image sample, the noise on 1600 ISO is clean and film like, and the dynamic range (even with 100% setting on DR) is superb, and the sharpness not dissimilar than Foveon sensor camera but with more resolution. :) Just: WOW! Definitely better than M9 on the higher ISO.

0 upvotes
lichtloper
By lichtloper (Jan 10, 2012)

- Another camera with its own RAW-format; why not simply DNG?
- another camera with a name that has an "X" in it [cf. Canon's new G1x]; don't they have any imagination in manufacturer's land?;
- button marked as AE has nothing to do with AutoExposure, but with metering options; userunfriendly unlogic;
- no four-by-three image ratio - which would have been the optimum efficient image ratio to fit a lens's image circle.
No thanks!

2 upvotes
RomanB
By RomanB (Jan 10, 2012)

"No" because of "X" in the name and 3:2 aspect ratio???
I guess the ideal aspect ration is 1:1

3 upvotes
increments
By increments (Jan 10, 2012)

Even if it had the same file format, it would need a unique processing algorithm because of the pixel array.

2 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 10, 2012)

DNG does probably not support the creative random CFA filter. Or at least - if it does - no software is going to be able to convert it anyhow. So - not a good idea to use DNG. Maybe in the future - and then there can be a firmware patch.

2 upvotes
JPG
By JPG (Jan 10, 2012)

So, which will hit the market first, the NEX-7 or the Fuji X Pro 1.? My bet is that if Sony doesn't get the NEX-7 out on the market now, there's going to be a lot of switching in the pre-orders, if it hasn't started already.

1 upvote
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Jan 10, 2012)

Specs and body look great.
I have confidence the sensor will be just great.

So for me, the success of this camera depends on:

- Operation speed (no black-outs between frames, etc)
- AF speed
- AF accuracy

Can't wait for a full review. DRP - please escalate this camera to the top of the pile!

6 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 10, 2012)

AF relies on sensor contrast detection, so accuracy is 100% guaranteed. Speed and sensitivity in low light are different beasts altogether. :)

0 upvotes
MrZxy
By MrZxy (Jan 11, 2012)

The focus speed for X-pro1 is still doggy, pretty much like X100 (maybe worse)...
Check out this video (from 4:40): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ChjzvHPOq4&feature=player_embedded

0 upvotes
steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Jan 10, 2012)

I've been waiting for this type of system for several years. Keeping my fingers crossed on the IQ and Fuji menu quirkiness.

I wonder if Zeiss will now go digital? Will Cosina follow suit?

2 upvotes
deleted_081301
By deleted_081301 (Jan 10, 2012)

Cosina is most likely to make a Zeiss camera if Zeiss do go digital just like they make Zeiss lenses .....

0 upvotes
cxsparc
By cxsparc (Jan 10, 2012)

I know why they chose 17.7 mm.

The answer is.......
.... so that the Nex users can't use those primes.

A Nex 5N is the obvious alternative to this camera and probably equal in therms of IQ. The 7 might even be better in resolution in good light. Both are cheaper.

Now if you could mount those lenses on the Nex, who would buy the Fuji body?

0 upvotes
drakkar
By drakkar (Jan 10, 2012)

Equal in therms of IQ? mmmhhh. Fuji prime lenses its best!
And Fuji has a M mount Leica adapter...
Fuji rulez.

2 upvotes
kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jan 10, 2012)

Yes Fuji lenses are better, NEX system is so far 90% consumer oriented. Tested A77 with kit lens, not very responsive system actually and ISO 800 images are not good. ISO 100 is noisy like in all Sony sensors. If Fuji can offer same quality as 5DII in low isos, it would be step ahead from Sony-s.

1 upvote
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Jan 10, 2012)

The fanboys have spoken.

3 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

Saying that NEX system is 90% consumer oriented is putting it mildly. Sony relies on hoopla hoping the buyer will jump to conclusions, just like whtchocla7e.

These posts are about Fuji, so Go Fuji, although I think Fuji is going much too fast already.

1 upvote
jacketpotato
By jacketpotato (Jan 10, 2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gzREBGKUFI
4min 01
Senior business manager FujiFilm Uk
Pricing
in around £1000 body only
just under £500 per lens

4 upvotes
sporty883
By sporty883 (Jan 10, 2012)

So the $1700 price is indeed the price for the kit, as I speculated yesterday. Very nice.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 10, 2012)

That's the nice things about mirrorless interchangeable mount standards... it is always changing.

4 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 10, 2012)

lol...yeah. :)

and that is why pros stick to 35mm from nikon and canon.

Comment edited 24 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
tt321
By tt321 (Jan 10, 2012)

It looks so much nicer than the new Canon G...

1 upvote
ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Jan 10, 2012)

Sure, it looks nice but that's only relevant if you like to shoot in front of a mirror. When it comes to making functional cameras my money is on Canon or Nikon.

1 upvote
increments
By increments (Jan 10, 2012)

@ ChrisKramer1 Though I agree with you in theory...

Look at Thom Hogan's review of the J1 to show that build quality (in this case linked to looks) matters. The rubbish (and ugly) J1 rear controls affect usability.

Comment edited 10 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

It looks nice possibly because it is a retro knock-off styling of successful cameras that are not Fuji's. Something the Chinese are so fond of doing these days.

0 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 10, 2012)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that apart from spec sheet there is no single mentioning of AF system in above press release. Someone was even asking in the comments if the darn thing has an AF. I'm afraid this may be a bad sign, we should read some marketing praise of an AF system in a press release, don't you think? Of course we have to wait and see, but this is like Fuji saying "AF? Yeah, it's kind of there". My worries are based on x100 AF performance...

0 upvotes
Scorpius1
By Scorpius1 (Jan 10, 2012)

If it lists the Autofocus spec's in the spec sheet that it must have autofocus... and why would it have an Autofocus lamp if it didn't have AF....

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 10, 2012)

Of course there is an AF, but it's just no intention to brag about it in the press release by Fuji that gives me worries, based on x100 user experience with AF.

0 upvotes
kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jan 10, 2012)

Thre is theoretical possibility that they have done R&D in modern contrast detect algorithms, there is possibility to get same or even better speed than in conventional DSLR phase detect AF. Have you seen once you eyes are hunting with focus ? Similar tricks can be used, it is possible to predict focus point from image with enough CPU power.

0 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 10, 2012)

I have a feeling they deliberately didn't talk about the AF in the press release because the potential customer for this camera might be turned off by any mention of AF.

1 upvote
ogami
By ogami (Jan 10, 2012)

Same here. I was very disappointed with X100 AF performance, and the lack of informations on that matter for the Xpro is suspect...

0 upvotes
ThomasX
By ThomasX (Jan 10, 2012)

looks great....
However, I hoped it will be in the $13k range.
Way too expensive for me. Bummer!

2 upvotes
Raymond Wardenaer
By Raymond Wardenaer (Jan 10, 2012)

Well, it is much cheaper than that!

5 upvotes
ThomasX
By ThomasX (Jan 10, 2012)

??

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jan 10, 2012)

$13K range ? It's Leica price. $1.3K range is better :)

0 upvotes
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Jan 10, 2012)

You get a body and a couple of lenses for only $3k.

0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

Well, ThomasX, you are too subtle for this crowd.

4 upvotes
ThomasX
By ThomasX (Jan 10, 2012)

how embarrassing
1.3k of course

2 upvotes
CriticalI
By CriticalI (Jan 10, 2012)

Fuji really have the modern-retro styling thing nailed down. It's utterly stunning and a lot of people will buy one for that reason alone. Bit rich for my tastes though, but if the performance is really exceptional then I may bite. I suspect it will create a very desirable niche which will elevate used prices and therefore reduce cost of ownership to a manageable level.

Ironically this is much closer to the tradition of a modern Leica than the M9.

3 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Jan 10, 2012)

"Specifically designed to maximise the mirror less design of the body the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. "

I thought it does have a mirror because its hybrid viewfinder is also optical? How does it achieve an optical viewfinder without a mirror?

Anyway, I'm not sure what Fuji is aiming for here. It's double the price of the Sony NEX7 if you account for the purchase of one of their pricey prime lenses. So its image quality really does have to be as good as full frame to justify its price. However, it probably doesn't have the video capabilities of Canon's 5D Mark II, and the fact that the one thing Fuji HASN'T really showed off is its AF performances coupled with the X100's sluggish performance probably means its AF performance isn't up to par either. And the 5D is only a few hundred away from Fuji's Pro X system. So...poor man's Leica regardless, it's overly expensive.

1 upvote
Dark Mist
By Dark Mist (Jan 10, 2012)

The Leica M9 has an optical viewfinder and no mirror. Look at the images, the viewfinder is a direct view type not TTL.

0 upvotes
dmstraton
By dmstraton (Jan 10, 2012)

Add the new NEX Zeiss prime to the NEX7 body only and then compare prices. Probably not so different at that point. To get the all-metal fast primes I like, I shoot Zeiss on Canon, and all of their better prime glass - with no autofocus! - is over $1000, sometimes $1800. Pro Canon primes are all more expensive than the $650 per Fuji. And all of these lenses are HUGE. I like what I see here, a lot, if the IQ is there.

AF from X100 could be improved, yes...I agree, and I have to believe they addressed it...if not, big issue.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 10, 2012)

Technically the M9 has a mirror in the RF mechanism. Its just not TTL. The Fuji might also or is it a prism? Still not TTL.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 10, 2012)

"I thought it does have a mirror because its hybrid viewfinder is also optical? How does it achieve an optical viewfinder without a mirror?"

Barrel-type parallax view viewefinder, I would think. Grew up with those back in the days, and many 8mm and 16mm film cameras that I used had that design, too. On the film cameras, when you were getting closer to the subject, you could actually adjust the optical VF tunnel piece in an angle, so that even at say 50cm away from the subject, you would see exactly what the lens saw and the film captured.

0 upvotes
dgc4rter
By dgc4rter (Jan 10, 2012)

Fuji could well have nailed it with this camera. If the AF proves to slick, the ISO performance is up there along with the better FF sensors and the IQ is as good, if not better, than the X100 then my order is placed.

I've always wanted a Leica M9 but could never justify the cost. I hope my dreams have come true and the Fuji X-Pro1 is my knight in shining armour.

4 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 10, 2012)

So you think fuji will provide epic looks with IQ better than FF cameras for 1000$ ?

Something doesn't seem right here, it might all be marketing BS, like the Foveon claims from Sigma.

3 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 10, 2012)

a minor point, but a major disappointment: NO diopter adjustment for the VF - shameful really to be so skimpy on essentials in a $1700 body - sad !!

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 10, 2012)

The diopter is screw-on this time, they'll offer those separately. They needed the space to make the OVF multi-angle to work better with different lenses. It's in the FujiGuys videos on YouTube.

0 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 10, 2012)

@M Jesper
yes, I saw the video, but it seems they talk about a simple gimmick (a screw-on ring to hold a single correction lens) - what I need is an adjustable diopter = to allow a quick fix for both shooting with/w-out my glasses;

on all Canon DSLRs I use their diopters are flexible enough to allow just that !!

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Hynee
By Hynee (Jan 10, 2012)

But this viewfinder is completely different from a DSLR viewfinder.

0 upvotes
jpr2
By jpr2 (Jan 10, 2012)

@Hynee
so what? adjustable diopters have been implemented
in many compacts and even P&S before :) !!

2 upvotes
Bob from Plymouth
By Bob from Plymouth (Jan 10, 2012)

The rangefinder style and high quality build is very clever marketing by Fuji. They dipped their toe in the water with the X100 and X10, now this. It's like the camera many of us wanted in the past but could never afford.

The price is high but this is the premium end of the market and a beautifully built piece of kit like this will not only be attractive to people who appreciate fine things but also to many serious photographers. Particularly those who think twice about lugging heavy DSLR kit everywhere. One hopes the image quality will be acceptable. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be no worse to carry than my old Pentax K1000 was.

0 upvotes
ksgant
By ksgant (Jan 10, 2012)

Good to see that once again, we have a polarizing camera which makes people either proclaim it's the end-all-be-all of photography, and the other side which has the attitude that they're going to show they're smarter than everyone and they won't get duped and that it's all a scam or whatever.

10 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Jan 10, 2012)

lol!

0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

It may be funny but getting duped is not. You can read all about it (X100, say) on Amazon because the buyers use the return policy and live to write about it.

What are the terms of endearment of the GF1+20mm? What makes this kit reach the magical $1,700 when the body is no longer in production?

Does Fuji believe in this Xmount camera so much they could put it on a market at a fair price and then let the market decide (and even increase the price if the sales are good)? Likely not. It seems like a movie promotion: Ride the hype and then work on a new model hoping the returns will not turn into a rout.

So you've got but a feel to go on. You could get a nice leather case for the XPr1 camera but where will you put the hood? (Pana 20mm does not need a hood.) Is the hood needed because of "while spots" that surfaced recently on Fujis? Will DPR be compelled to test the camera with the hood so that the spots would not show up? I hope you discover all this before your return deadline is up.

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jan 10, 2012)

Sample images from Fujifilm here:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_pro1/sample_images/

Expecting to see pixel sharpness rivaling that of Sigma SD1/9/10/14. Didn't happen. Nothing particularly exciting... All hype....

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Jan 10, 2012)

agreed

0 upvotes
ljclark
By ljclark (Jan 10, 2012)

Can't really tell from the posted files. I'm not sure whether these were only given light PP (or none), or suffered from dreadful PP. Fuji tends to post rather poor examples -- another mystery of life. Regardless, even at these resolutions you'd be pressed to make a bet-the-ranch judgement from JPEGs -- and we wouldn't be able to do anything with RAW files at this point.

0 upvotes
Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Jan 10, 2012)

So far I see no reason not to like this camera, and certainly a lot to like about the lens. I am glad Fujifilm do not try to go off and try to made the camera do everything but the coffee, and instead focus on delivering a genuine still capturing platform.

Would be eagerly await result from some real world field shoots with that new sensor. After the basics, I wonder what else of trick Fujifilm can do with the sensor, might be something along their EXR approach to extend further the DR and high ISO performance , or ....

3 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 10, 2012)

Same for me (except that it's bigger than the x100), but so far the full-size samples i've seen aren't very convincing. I think the sensor is good, that new pattern appears to work, but it seems the lenses are not up to the task. Which is quite unexpected.

0 upvotes
capanikon
By capanikon (Jan 10, 2012)

I think it's one of the most beautifully-designed digital cameras to date. Fujifilm is on a roll. I will not buy one because it is too expensive for me. But it will sell out immediately and have a months-long backlog of sales ... that's what happened when the X-100 came out and this is even better!

2 upvotes
pabloman
By pabloman (Jan 10, 2012)

AGAIN, NO IBIS :<

So fuji ads to the stupid companies list:

Canon, nikon, panasonic, sony, fuji...

1 upvote
Total comments: 389
123