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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.
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.
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: 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/