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Movie Mode

The X-Pro1 offers a movie mode, although it's pretty clear the Fujifilm has added it mainly because customers expect to see listed in the spec sheet. Like on the X100 it's accessed as a drive mode, with recording started and stopped by the shutter button. The implementation is improved over the X100 in a few key areas, but overall not by very much, and still has annoying flaws. This really isn't the camera to buy if video capability is important to you - the Sony NEX-7 would be a much better option, for example.

Video specification

The X-Pro1 offers HD video capture at choice of 1920x1080 or 1280x720 resolution, and a fixed frame rate of 24 frames per second - no other options are available. The data is compressed using the H.264 codec, and stored in the easily-shared QuickTime MOV format. Audio is recorded via a built-in stereo microphone situated behind two closely-spaced holes either side of the AF illuminator, but there's no socket to connect an external microphone. The X-Pro1 offers neither a wind-cut filter nor control over the recording volume either.

Size • 1920x1080p (Full HD): 24fps
• 1280x720p (HD): 24 fps
Audio Internal Stereo Microphone
Format H.264 .MOV
Running time 29 min

Using Movie Mode

To set the X-Pro1 to video mode, you first have to select 'Movie' in the drive mode menu, at which point the preview display will switch to the 16:9 format. You can't use the optical finder for movies, so the camera will automatically switch to the EVF if you put it up to your eye. A full press of the shutter button initiates recording, but curiously only a half-press is required to end it.

Manual exposure control is limited; you can set the aperture and exposure compensation before you start, but once the camera has started recording it will ignore any changes made to these controls. ISO is always set automatically, and the shutter speed dial is ignored completely. This means that if you're shooting stills using manual exposure then switch to movie recording, the camera effectively goes into aperture priority mode, and suddenly recognizes the position of the exposure compensation dial too.

The implementation of autofocus in video mode is poor. It uses the 'Area' mode only, with the camera focusing wherever it likes in the scene: you can't choose a specific point. The X-Pro1 will also autofocus continuously during recording regardless of whether the focus mode switch is set to Single or Continuous, which means that even with a completely static subject, it will hunt to reconfirm focus every few seconds (and quite possibly refocus in the wrong place). We simply can't understand why the camera shouldn't allow normal use of the AF-S mode.

If you want to lock the focus before starting recording, you'll therefore have to switch to manual focus. In a welcome improvement over the X100, here you can either use the AEL button to autofocus, or click-in the rear dial to engage magnified live view. You can also move the focus area around the frame, just as in stills mode. Overall we'd recommend always switching to MF for movie shooting - it just works much better.

Curiously, the X-Pro1's aperture control behaviour changes completely in movie mode; the preview image is always displayed at the taking aperture, rather than a random aperture of the camera's choosing, which we'd consider to be a more sensible approach in general. Ironically this means manual focus works reasonably accurately in movie mode, as opposed to stills mode where it's effectively broken.

Movie mode displays

When set to movie mode, the camera shows a 16:9 preview image. You can customise this display to show or hide such things as gridlines or a live histogram (which are turned off here). Unlike when shooting stills, there's no separate 'simple' and 'detailed' displays.

In movie mode, the camera always shows the preview image at the set aperture, and adjusts the brightness to reflect any exposure compensation you have set.
Once recording has begun the camera displays a flashing red dot on the screen, and counts down the available time remaining. Movie clips are restricted to a maximum of 29 min in length (up from 10 min on the X100).
The Q Menu is dramatically pared-down compared to stills shooting, offering just Movie Mode (Full HD or HD), Film Simulation, White Balance and LCD Brightness. None of the processing parameter tweaks that you get in stills mode are available.
The Shooting Menu in video mode is likewise extremely limited, but includes an option to customise what's shown on the record display separate from stills shooting.

You can't set a custom white balance for movie recording, although you can manually specify a Kelvin setting with blue/amber and red/green shift. Luckily the Underwater preset is still available.
You have just two options for movie recording - FullHD 1920x1080 or HD 1280 x 720, each at 24 fps. The X-Pro1 can record up to 29 minutes for a single clip.
You can customise the information displayed on the movie record screen; in addition to the options shown here, battery level is also available.

Display Custom Settings are stored separately for movie recording and stills shooting.
You get essentially the same four playback screens in move mode as you do for stills. You'll want to play your movies back in the 'Information Off' mode, but then you'll have to remember which buttons to press as you no longer get the requisite onscreen hints.

The X-Pro1 doesn't support remote control over HDMI, so you have to use the camera's 4-way controller to navigate between movies and start/stop playback.

Video quality comments

The X-Pro1's video quality is OK, but not great. As when shooting stills, colour is natural and appealing, and white balance generally pleasing. Exposure tends to be well-judged, but highlights are rather prone to clipping in bright light. The camera is capable of rendering plenty of fine detail when the contrast is high, but moiré and false colour can be quite pronounced with certain repeating patterns (for example railings, brickwork and the like), while low-contrast detail tends to get smoothed-away. As a result, video quality doesn't really stand up to to scrutiny when viewed up-close on a computer monitor, but looks fine when n viewed on a TV from a longer viewing distance.

Sound quality is perfectly acceptable for casual use, but the tiny internal microphone can't work miracles and is quite prone to wind noise under the wrong conditions (there's no wind-cut function either). The mic can also pick up operational sounds from the camera while recording; for example if you forget to turn off AF, or manually refocus during recording, then the focus motor can be audible in your soundtrack. A substantial fraction of our movies signed-off with the noise of the shutter button as recording was stopped too. (Note that there's no provision for an external microphone, which could solve these problems to some extent.)

Because the camera has no image stabilization of any kind (at least with the initial set of primes, your videos will be highly prone to shake, and a tripod is essential for best results. This is, of course, more visible the longer the lens, and is exacerbated by the use of the shutter button to start and stop recording - many of our movies began or ended with visible downwards camera movement. So it's probably a good idea to use a cable release too.

Also, because you have no control over the shutter speed (and naturally the camera uses fast speeds in bright light), any movement can appear disconcertingly 'jittery', whether it's subject motion or hand-shake. This is compounded by the fact that the camera doesn't tell you the speed it's using, so it's not immediately obvious if you'd benefit from adding an ND filter to slow down the shutter and make motion appear more smooth.

Playback over HDMI

It's worth noting that the X-Pro1 is a rare example of a modern camera that doesn't support CEC, the communication standard that allows external devices to be operated using a TV's remote control when connected via HDMI. As a result you have to play back movies using the camera's own buttons. This is an annoyance rather than anything else - it mainly means that you have to buy an HDMI cable long enough to stretch from your TV to your sofa.

Sample videos

These videos were shot in a range of different environments, and at a range of different settings. We are pleased to announce that is now partnering with Vimeo to bring you high-quality embedded video in our test pages, but as always, the original files are available for download from the links beneath the thumbnails. We've turned HD playback on by default for our embedded videos, but depending on the speed of your internet connection, you may get better performance by turning it off.

Sample video 1

This movie was shot on a tripod, in manual focus mode using the 18mm F2 lens. It encapsulates the best and the worst of the X-Pro1's movies; colour and white balance are very pleasant, but look too closely and you can see jaggies on diagonals and colour artefacts all over the place (in the water, for example; most visible if you download the original FullHD version). The X-Pro1's microphone also picks up plenty of wind noise.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 25 sec. 43 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 2

The X-Pro1 records using the aperture set on the lens, and the relatively fast prime lenses give plenty of options for blurring the background. In manual focus mode you can also refocus during recording. This is illustrated in this movie, using the XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens wide open. If you listen closely you can hear the lens's focus motor clicking away during refocusing.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 13 sec. 22.8 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 3

You can of course also stop right down for maximum depth of field. Here we're using the XF 60mm F2.4 Macro, set to F22 to get both the foreground and background sharp. As video is much lower resolution than stills there's no real image quality penalty for using the smallest apertures, and in principle they can help smooth motion too, by forcing the camera to use a slower shutter speed.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 25 sec. 43.1 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 4

This short video gives an idea of the X-Pro1's sound quality and pleasing colour rendition. But it's also shaky due to being shot hand-held, and shows how the camera repeatedly refocuses even when the focus mode is set to AF-S for normal stills use.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 9 sec. 16.2 MB Click here to download original .MOV file
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I was looking at getting the X-E2 second hand on E-bay, but with X-Pro2 coming soon the X-Pro1, brand new, with two beautiful prime lenses and the gorgeous full leather case is available at a no-brainer price of £649 in the UK.
My wife bought me this unbeatable package as a present for our 30th anniversary! What a wife? (love you so much Fee X).

The camera IQ is amazing, handling is fantastic, build quality is superb, (not a plastic part in sight, more than can be said for a comparatively priced CanNikon DSLR). I take it everywhere with me, it's small light and always at hand.
If like me you don't have the time or the money to buy an X-pro2 and if you don't just want the latest, buy what is still, (for me at least) the greatest camera bargain going. My advice is grab one before it's gone!


I've spotted this incredible 2 lens offer here in the UK as well. Very tempting, but the 28mm f2.8 would be a nothing focal length for me, too close to the 18mm. Fortunately, I found a mint outfit from a London Leica dealer whom I've dealt with before so I know the quality of his used equipment, and this kit comprises of the f2/18mm and the very desirable f1.4/35mm.

David Smith - Photographer

Well, I guess it's an early christmas for me this year. Today I'll receive my (like new with warranty) 2015 Fuji X-Pro 1 body. The price is insanely low for such a nice camera. It really is. I'm sure it will be a nice complement to my X-E2.

Yes, better camera models are coming at the end of this year. Possibly with a new higher resolution sensor, faster autofocus and more features. I'll get my hands on that stuff in a year or two, when everybody dumps it, like they dump the X-Pro 1 bodies now. Man I love capitalism.

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Looking to get an X-Pro1 for christmas and really happy to see that all relevant flaws seem to have been eradicated by Fuji's firmware updates. Yes!

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David Smith - Photographer

Well, I can tell you right now that you've got something nice to look forward to photominion. I just bought my X-Pro 1 and my first impression is very good. It makes the X-E2 feel like a toy and using the 27mm I haven't really found any difference in focus speed. Not sure what the fuss is about. It's not lightning quick. None of the Fuji cameras are. Focussing speed certainly is adequate and again, I don't see a difference in speed compared to the X-E2. It does take a little longer for the X-Pro 1 to write the file to the SD card. Since both cameras are about the same price, I recommend the X-Pro 1 if you don't need every bit of extra speed and if you prefer to hold a slightly bigger and noticeably better build camera.

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I am a rather new member and I must say that the few dopey questions I have asked have usually been answered with great information and a lack of sarcasm and judgement. They were not dopey on purpose. If anyone would like to visit the images in my portfolio you will at least know that I am not just obsessed with cameras but sing them to shoot, share, publish et. So without further ado, just purchased a new Fuji X Pro1 and bam I read the rumor page and it says Fuji X Pro2 verified rumor will be introduced this year. Besides offering the advice, "just shut up and shoot', What would you do? Is this even the right spot to leave my qesriom

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Don't worry too much about it.I also just bought the X Pro 1,well aware of the rumors. It's all about IQ right?I can assure you,you wont be disappointed! Far away from it.And I really wonder whether the IQ(mind you, IQ!)will be very different from this one.
All else, yes for sure.

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Don Sata

It will take you a bit of effort getting used to the AF of this camera but it's very engaging to use, the VF is great and images are great too.

If you don't shoot action (like sports, pets or running children) you will be ok.

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I bought an X-Pro1 a week or so ago - I've got a use for it (I wanted a compact 50 that's not too demanding) and they can be had new for £350 in the UK! Happy days. No doubt a new flagship X-Pro2 will be announced soon, but it'll be a very expensive camera, presumably sitting above the X-T1 in the range.


Fujifilm has fixed most of the reported issues (like slow AF) with incremental updates. I got a chance to review it recently


What is the seemingly insurmountable problem with studying a traditional 35mm film rangefinder and re-engineering it into an equally capable digital rangefinder instead of trying to re-invent the wheel? The idea that you cannot accurately use manual focus is absurd. The whole focusing by wire thing is absurd. Again, why is everyone trying to re-invent the wheel?

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things what you are asking do exist and they are called Leica.

paul simon king

looking at these RAW examples the fuji x Pro looks softer nad less saturated than the Fuji X100s

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Dave Chilvers

After using one for a while and with the latest firmware I find the camera to be quite superb. Lets face it, most of us are looking for IQ firstly and has been said in the review lenses like the 35 1.4 are second to none in my book.


I just purchased a used X-_pro1 like new in box and I am very curious about the firmware updates that seem to address its previous shortcomings. Should I ask the seller about these because I am naive and no nothing about these on her camera is it a simple fix to update the firmware Your recommendation I don't even know the latest and best ones. or are they available fre e or can they be user updated. and again what is the latest firm ware and how would you perceive this as situation.


The latest firmware update as of May 2015 is version 3.4 and can be downloaded from Fuji's website for free. Also check to see if your lenses are also up to date.


Firstly I really would like to thank almost everyone for the generous and non combative input. So as long as I am curious about one further issue, any gracious input will be devoured with great enjoyment. Some lenses, whether short, medium or full on zooms have O.I.S and some don't. So any other advice on gaining sharpness and stability that works well for you, hardware wise , please let me know because I am well aware of the great impact shutter speed and stillness etc. have. And please take a moment to take a look at my gallery just so you understand that it is images and not equipment I am really hungry for. Thanks in advance, and yeah thanks Light Catcher LT for the real corn on the cob. "things what you are asking do exist and they are called Leica..Really??

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OIS helps when the shutter speed gets below 1/60.

Use as wide an aperture as possible and push the ISO up to 6400.

Brace the camera against your face with your left hand under the lens to steady it. A thumb-grip, like the Lensmate, helps as well.

Set the camera to continuous low and learn to fire off two or three shots. many times one will be sharper than the other.

After that, just practice being as smooth as possible while gently pressing the shutter release, I find a screw-in soft release button helps. Also, use a faster SD card like the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95 Mb/s.

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