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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

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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

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Comments

Total comments: 389
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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 9, 2012)

$3650 for the whole kit is steep compared to many SLR and MILC alternatives.

However, an m9 kit with similar lenses might be $15k, so it's all a matter of perspective.

0 upvotes
RoccoGalatioto
By RoccoGalatioto (Jan 9, 2012)

Ths could be the answer to my camera dreams.

0 upvotes
Peter Sills
By Peter Sills (Jan 9, 2012)

The sample images posted so far are "nice" but nothing special. Alas, there is moire in the images - so the lack of an AA filter, while improving the sharpness some, has introduced some artifacts.

The Manual Focus - by wire concept, which was in the X100, will need to be drastically improved if it is to work here. It really doesn't in the X100.

This camera is not poised to compete with m4/3 or the NEX line. It is clearly gunning for Leica. The camera is about the same size as the M9, which is clearly not a "compact" camera.

Given the exhorbitant prices of the Leicas they really should have done a bit for for the $1,700 price range. In camera IS, tilt display, pop-up flash, better grip, etc. Then it would have been killer.

Tried the X100 and found its operation too slow to be usable. Here's hoping the X Pro 1 is faster, fast enough to be usable.

0 upvotes
Raymond Wardenaer
By Raymond Wardenaer (Jan 9, 2012)

I also hoped for in-camera IS.

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jan 9, 2012)

For an in-camera IS, you need to wait for a Pentax to do it. And that would add extra $ on top.

1 upvote
texviddy
By texviddy (Jan 9, 2012)

Image stabilization???

0 upvotes
Patrick Schneider
By Patrick Schneider (Jan 9, 2012)

The camera does not have image stabilisation. It's listed on the specs. The lenses may have, doubt thes 3 primes do ...

0 upvotes
Coguar
By Coguar (Jan 10, 2012)

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

SAMPLE IMAGES is here :)

0 upvotes
Patrick Schneider
By Patrick Schneider (Jan 9, 2012)

Looks indeed really nice. The 50mm eqv. f1.4 is sweet. But the price is insane 1700 + 650 bugs = 2350!! A nice little Zoom as addition would be welcome too, but yet another 650++ bugs …
Questions to be answered about AF speed and Image quality in real.
But definitely too expensive for me, sadly …

0 upvotes
mr moonlight
By mr moonlight (Jan 9, 2012)

What are ya talking about!!!! If it lives up to all the specs, $2350 for a camera like this is a steal! Professional metal build quality, fantastic Fuji optics all for much less than just a 5DII body. I can't wait to see the image quality and see how it stacks up.

3 upvotes
Michael49
By Michael49 (Jan 9, 2012)

Was there any mention in the preview about how good the EVF is? After using the NEX 5N I don't want to go back to a lesser EVF.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 9, 2012)

Have you used an X100?

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 9, 2012)

It's a combined EVF and OVF. Not as high res and the Sony unit, but an absolute pleasure to use (in the X100, at least).

0 upvotes
jwalker019
By jwalker019 (Jan 9, 2012)

This thing is gorgeous and the sample photos look great. I'm in *if* it has halfway decent autofocus.

1 upvote
Scott P
By Scott P (Jan 9, 2012)

Hmmm... I'm thinking making it in Taiwan/China/Phillappines and pricing it $1300 for the body would have been a smarter move. I was really excited about it, but now I'm sure I can justify the price... bummer.

Olympus, your move.

0 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 9, 2012)

IF the image quality is up to Fuji claims, and IF there will be an 35mm equivalent lens (f2 preferably), then I'm all in. This may be the camera I'm waiting for since my Hexar AF lost with the convenience of digital world...

1 upvote
WT21
By WT21 (Jan 9, 2012)

I think it's priced correctly, but sadly at that price, I'm out :(

back to my m43s.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Jan 9, 2012)

Finally a system that makes me wanna go mirrorless. Will have to wait for reviews on image quality first though.

0 upvotes
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Jan 9, 2012)

"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."

By their own admission the cam is not well balanced as is. For the premium price Fuji is asking this should be accessory included in the box, not an paid option.
Nevertheless, I like this refreshing camera, a step above other offerings.

1 upvote
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 9, 2012)

I think that's a stretch of logic. Saying the grip offers more balanced handling is in no way the same as saying the camera is unbalanced without it. Having actually handled it, I don't think I'd personally use the grip - naturally YMMV.

5 upvotes
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Jan 9, 2012)

I don't know what prompted you to respond in this way, Andy. I have not handled the cam as you did but obviously, by the Fuji own admission the handling of the XPro1 could be better out of the box without the need for optional grip accessory. I think, every potential user of the cam would ask the same question.

Comment edited 46 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 9, 2012)

More comfortable hold comes at a price of higher weight and bulk. That's why it's optional. Most small (non-dslr) cameras would benefit from a grip, simple as that. But it's optional because small cameras are about to be small and light :)

0 upvotes
JMaldonado01
By JMaldonado01 (Jan 9, 2012)

Don`t you think that maybe the use of the grip will depend on the different size of the lenses to be used.....or if you want to have a big flash on top....

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
doctorbza
By doctorbza (Jan 9, 2012)

like the X100, this will be a success. like the X100, this camera won't be for everyone.

i don't care about IS. don't care about USB 3.0. don't care about more megapixels. don't care about GPS. etc. etc.

if i can get the pure functionality of the X100, plus a set of fast primes, in a setup that doesn't cost me as much as a honda civic, i'm sold. we'll just have to see if fuji made one that can actually focus this time :D

my X100 can't do 90% of things as well as my canon gear. except it's REALLY nice to photograph with and yields great images. turns out that counts for a lot.

9 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 9, 2012)

How's the auto focus on your X100?

0 upvotes
doctorbza
By doctorbza (Jan 9, 2012)

not great. it's decent enough in good light. in low light it's pretty bad. you have to search for contrasting texture in your subject and focus on that, and even then it's spotty. there are some tricks that you learn as well, such as using manual focusing, but not actually manually focusing, so you can leave your focus set at a distance for the subject and not have to worry about re-focusing with each shot.

if you're shooting sports, wildlife... anything where you need the shot *RIGHT NOW* it's not really reliable. when i shoot assignments i use my canon gear because it gets the job done right. but when i don't want to haul the canon gear around, or when i'm just out and about, the fuji is a dream to use just because it really lets you get down to the nuts and bolts of photography without all the noise (no pun intended) of all the bells & whistles.

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idbar
By idbar (Jan 10, 2012)

Mmm, what year of Honda Civic are you referring to (and does it come with navigation system)? ;-) Kidding!

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

doctorbza:

Right about the X100 focus problems.

Too bad the X100 doesn't have a real rangefinder focus system too.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

idbar:

1991, no, you have to get your own satnav.

0 upvotes
klbw
By klbw (Jan 9, 2012)

Bring it on Fuji, we're waiting for this long time! I'm always happy to see a new mirrorless camera with a proper viewfinder, not many of them on the market!

1 upvote
mike kobal
By mike kobal (Jan 9, 2012)

a bit pricey, let's hope it delivers, I have little doubt about the lenses and the sensor, however, if AF performance hasn't been vastly improved over the X100 then we are just looking at another piece of jewelry

0 upvotes
Danlo
By Danlo (Jan 9, 2012)

Hm, AF SPEED ? ?
Hm, SHUTTER-SOUND/VOLUME ? ?

The only two things thats important for a rangefinder-alike camera, rangefinders where made to be FAST and DISCRETE.

1 upvote
openskyline
By openskyline (Jan 9, 2012)

AF speed , any speed will be faster than your RF manual focus. Discrete with RF is a myth since all photos made last 20 years in all important events are with SLR. Get out and see the real world :)

1 upvote
garygraphy
By garygraphy (Jan 10, 2012)

Finally someone who drilled down on the most important considerations on whether the niche street photography market will pick this up.

0 upvotes
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 9, 2012)

For $800 this would be an interesting camera. For $1,700 without a lens...no thanks. Are the lens hoods going to cost $150 each for these too?

2 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 9, 2012)

You want a cutting-edge camera with a complex optical/electronic viewfinder to cost less than a mass-produced Canon Rebel? Your optimism impresses me.

14 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

why h8n on HiRez? Love Fuji, but how is this more cutting edge then the other ILCs? And straight EVFs are getting very high praise. Nex7 is only 1200 msrp. 5n with evf 950 msrp.

1700 is crazy for this.

AND another 600 for lenses. this is madness!

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Najib
By Najib (Jan 9, 2012)

I agree with R.Butler. This is a cutting edge camera. If it's half as good as a Leica M9, whom it's trying to appeal to owners of, then this camera will be a winner. $1700 is not a lot for the camera based on it's specs. If you've ever used a Leica, you'd realize this has the potential to be a bargain, especially if they are introducing Leica adapters as they say thy are. This has the potential to be HUGE.

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pcworth
By pcworth (Jan 9, 2012)

Could someone explain the fascination people have with these mirrorless cameras? What am I missing?

In reviews of cameras like the Canon S100 I see people saying "I can get a mirrorless camera for a few dollars more than the S100, so the S100 is overpriced," but when you consider the size difference and the additional cost of lenses for the mirrorless cameras the S100 is pretty reasonable.

In light of Canon's G1X release, I am questioning the logic of the mirrorless camera compared to SLR's. Its not like the lenses are superior or significantly cheaper. Most of them are smaller than my cream canon 70-200 IS f/2.8, but to get the same range and optical performance the prices on B&H are in the same ballpark.

The performance of canon cameras such as the G1X, the S100, and the optics of the Olympus ZX-1 and Panasonic LX-5 really make me wonder what the mirrorless cameras have to offer.

1 upvote
raincoat
By raincoat (Jan 9, 2012)

mirrorless cameras are for office ladies who want more than a compact but less than a DSLR.

rangefinders with all their inherent weaknesses (parrallax, can't have good zooms, macro) are loved by leica lovers or other people with more money than photography interest.

put these together and you have the target market for the fuji.

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 9, 2012)

pcworth:

Well for one the Samsung and Sony mirrorless cameras offer an APSc sensor.

The Canon S90/95/G12/100 and the Panasonic/Leica LX5/Delux5 don't.

0 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

what's with all the hate? and why is rainman even talking about rangefinders?

the advantages of ILCs:
compact- doesn't look like a weapon when you point it at someone; obvious size/weight (also speaks to advantage of s100)

manual lenses- cheap, excellent quality; hands on fundamentals fun; no commitment to lens/body/brand

Cheaper if you don't want a viewfinder. want one? buy it, no prob.

they're cool. cool is fun. girls dig it.

disadvantages: none. that's right.

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poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

ok, disadvantage: AF with contrast detection.

0 upvotes
Louis Dallara
By Louis Dallara (Jan 9, 2012)

What no USB 3.0 ??? Huh

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 9, 2012)

Seriously, that is what caught your attention ? Who the hell uses cables anyway.

2 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

$2350!! I'll keep my $250 nex5n and $40 Hexanon 40mm, ty.

Anyone know if any of those lenses are stabilized?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 9, 2012)

$250 for an Nex 5n, off the back of which truck was that?

1 upvote
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

got a package deal on here and sold all the extras. by the time the Fuji comes out, though, who knows how much the 5n, whatever else will be.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

poorfatjames:

That sure is a special "package deal" with a special market for the unwanted Sony crap--oops "extras".

I still want to know where that truck will be parked next month so I can be there when the "package deal" becomes available again.

0 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 10, 2012)

???

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

poorfatjames:

Seriously: "???"?

0 upvotes
crazyphotographer
By crazyphotographer (Jan 9, 2012)

APS-C, mirrorless, magic sensor, blah-blah-blah ... boring :( will wait for fullframe Fuji rangefinder!

2 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

fullframe! you know they're coming :D just a matter of time and everyone will be going "what only an APS-c? not interested"

2 upvotes
e268
By e268 (Jan 10, 2012)

My wife says "It is nice, only $1700. But it is not a Leica, dear!"

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

poorfatjames:

Full frame has more distortion and vignetting problems. That's one reasons the M9 is so expensive.

0 upvotes
crazyphotographer
By crazyphotographer (Jan 13, 2012)

HowaboutRAW: so u must stay with Canon S100 camera, 1/1.7" sensor have no vignette&distorsion ;) I shoot 35mm film, and i dont care about vignetting & etc "problems"... just want to see Leica M9 alternatives.

0 upvotes
Vladik
By Vladik (Jan 9, 2012)

At 16MP it is most likely Sony sensor. How can they justify 1600 dollars price tag, when Nex 5N is 599. They must be high on crack! For 1400 you can get Nex-7 kit, with real viewfinder etc etc etc. Fuji is out of control :))))

1 upvote
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

you are able to read?
did you even bother to read before making your dumb comment?

"FUJIFILM have developed a new CMOS sensor called the X-Trans CMOS."

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14 upvotes
Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Jan 9, 2012)

Please read before you offer an opinion. This is nothing like a Sony Nex sensor.

8 upvotes
roblarosa
By roblarosa (Jan 9, 2012)

Didn't read the article at all did you? Try that next time before you speak!

2 upvotes
attomole
By attomole (Jan 9, 2012)

Fuji seem to have gone there own way on the sensor, its a bit of an oddball design, they are after the sub Leica market (want one but can't afford one) I don't think sony has much to fear.

1 upvote
oselimg
By oselimg (Jan 9, 2012)

Well you guys who called the others dumb,you've tested the new fuji sensor for sure even before Dpreview. Wow!!! how do you do that? Or are so you dumb so you believe every claim manufacturers make? Or are you so dumb as not being aware that you can buy a good second hand full frame camera for the same money. But for you guys only pixel peeping and pixel counting matter. Depth of field isn't the only difference between sensor sizes. It's granted the APSC cameras smaller and cheaper but if they were good enough manufacturers wouldn't bother with FF cameras. Sure the new Fuji camera looks beautiful and would be a discrete tool. Camera size is not everything but the sensor size is everything.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 9, 2012)

Based on what Fujfilm has said, I wouldn't assume that what Vladik says is impossible.

1 upvote
WyldRage
By WyldRage (Jan 9, 2012)

Higher than I hoped, but still within my budget.

0 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Jan 9, 2012)

Sounds like a really cool camera but $1700 really is a shocker. Still trying to figure out if it allows real manual focus or that maddening focus by wire business. The former i hope.

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7 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 9, 2012)

For me this seems like an answer to your question: "(Lenses) 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."

0 upvotes
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 9, 2012)

I'm not sure how many times I wrote in the preview that the X-Pro1 uses electronic focus-by-wire. But I'll restate it again here, just to be sure.

6 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 9, 2012)

Seems like I was commenting before reading all there is to read. Thanks for your preview and for pointing this out here.

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 9, 2012)

Hmmm - focus by wire? I am yet another one that cannot read :) Focus by wire I have never seen anyone that I liked. Maybe this one? If not - that would be a pity.

Pentax has a much better solution. Automatic manual take over. Thats the best of both worlds. As long as you auto focus you auto focus. But if you touch the focus ring - then the auto focus is turned off.

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1 upvote
garygraphy
By garygraphy (Jan 10, 2012)

It's a pity that it is focus-by-wire but not the deal breaker for me. If its the half assed X100 AF, then its a major deal breaker.

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 9, 2012)

Too big, too expensive and too niche. The future of mainstream photography is with NEX, Canon, M4/3 and maybe Nikon.

1 upvote
putomax
By putomax (Jan 9, 2012)

i guess... that's something positive to say about the fuji

9 upvotes
Poweruser
By Poweruser (Jan 9, 2012)

Wow, what a sweet camera. We´ve got a NEX / Micro FourThirds killer here ladies and gentleman!

2 upvotes
poorfatjames
By poorfatjames (Jan 9, 2012)

not at 2 to 5 times the price.

2 upvotes
putomax
By putomax (Jan 9, 2012)

biuuuutifulllll

0 upvotes
gusse99
By gusse99 (Jan 9, 2012)

The cam would look a lot nicer without that little grip that stick on as an after thought.

0 upvotes
longman
By longman (Jan 9, 2012)

That is an accessory grip, so you don't have to worry.

0 upvotes
Raymond Wardenaer
By Raymond Wardenaer (Jan 9, 2012)

I agree with you. If they had kept it straight, it would have looked nicer. A small design flaw.
And for longman: I don't think he was talking about the accessory grip.

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0 upvotes
Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Jan 9, 2012)

Does this have IS?
$1700 seems awfully high for a camera body only which doesn't have the added cost of a mirror and a flapping shutter.

0 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Jan 9, 2012)

You're aware of the Leica M9, no?

1 upvote
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

leica is like jaguar was.... much you pay is for the name.

1 upvote
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 9, 2012)

Not to mention Leica is full frame and a true rangefinder design. Not saying it's worth the money, but this camera is still not a direct replacement for the M9.

4 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 9, 2012)

Henry M. Hertz:

No, you buy the M9 for the Leica M lenses.

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jan 9, 2012)

And this camera will take the lenses. There is an adapter coming at release of camera. I think this will be a wonderful second camera for everyone that owns a Leica.

0 upvotes
Raymond Wardenaer
By Raymond Wardenaer (Jan 9, 2012)

Read in the specs about IS.

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 10, 2012)

Roland Karlsson:

Depends how well the manual focus on the Fuji works.

0 upvotes
Marslerouge
By Marslerouge (Jan 9, 2012)

What price for body + 35 mm f1.4?

0 upvotes
reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Jan 9, 2012)

Able to outresolve the Canon 5DM2??? Hmmm...

0 upvotes
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Jan 9, 2012)

I doubt it. Its marketing and even if it would have an edge it wont be anything ground breaking. I ll stick to my 5d2 quite hapilly for next few years

0 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

who believes PR crap?
fuji sensors in their P&S suck as any other P&S sensors.
there is not much of a difference.

0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Jan 10, 2012)

I second that, Henry. You only have to go as far as the DPR studio.

I really would have second thoughts seeing my doctor with X100. He/she just might put up a good front.

0 upvotes
Superka
By Superka (Jan 9, 2012)

WOW! Fuji! From the time of Fuji TX-1 and GX617 - Fuji is the best! The controls are perfect!!!! That's what I need!!!! Fuji, I hope you will make panoramic camera, some day. Only you, Fuji, can do it! Thank you!

1 upvote
Klay
By Klay (Jan 9, 2012)

Ah yes... there it is.

0 upvotes
Just Ed
By Just Ed (Jan 9, 2012)

Wow...that may be the camera I have been waiting for. Only question is how many chocolate chip cookies it will cost.

Ok, not the only question, am still am a slight bit nervous about emptying the cookie jar all on FUJI just because I don't know how good their support will be.

But still...WOW!

0 upvotes
Klay
By Klay (Jan 9, 2012)

Saw some live coverage of the announcement at CES. No price yet but the body will likely be $1700ish and the lenses in the $650 range. They will announce at the end of January.

0 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (Jan 9, 2012)

Take that Canon and Nikon, stop release us half-A$$ compact sensor camera, Sony would had real rivals now.

7 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 9, 2012)

well fuji would be happy making as much money as nikon and canon with their camera gear.

0 upvotes
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 9, 2012)

Nikon's compacts are not that great (tiny sensor and small OVF), but for the price of this XPro you could nearly get a new D700 body, and probably could get a used one in good shape. That's hard to stomach.

3 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Jan 9, 2012)

It's to early to decide, of course, nothing to make sure the quality is there, and there is no 35/2 (hopefully) yet... but I think there is a possibility I will swap my d700 w. 35/2 for this camera. There was nothing able to give good results on the street, in the shadows, and in the night. I realize this is no low-light camera, but I can live with that, used to shoot superia 1600 ;) as long as it gives me something better than gx1 and full manual control with little lag.

0 upvotes
KieranGee
By KieranGee (Jan 9, 2012)

Om nom nom!

2 upvotes
roblarosa
By roblarosa (Jan 9, 2012)

Lust....

1 upvote
jeerzz
By jeerzz (Jan 9, 2012)

take my money

3 upvotes
billy77
By billy77 (Jan 9, 2012)

just spend some money...

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 9, 2012)

This is why FujiFilm is still in business and Kodak is in Chapter 11.

27 upvotes
OpieSF
By OpieSF (Jan 9, 2012)

I was left thinking exactly the same thing.

1 upvote
NineFace
By NineFace (Jan 9, 2012)

Kodak films rule!!

0 upvotes
Doc_Holliday
By Doc_Holliday (Jan 10, 2012)

Fuji also has a reputation for their lenses. In medium format, Fujinon lenses rival any of the European lenses. Rumour has it that Fuji has its sites on Nikon as the number two behind Canon. That said, the X-Pro1 may well be the weak link of many new cameras to come. If Fuji makes a full frame with this new non-Bayer chip formation, it will change everything.

0 upvotes
cactusgeorge
By cactusgeorge (Jan 9, 2012)

Okay, you've got my attention.

3 upvotes
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