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Body & Design

The X-Pro1 is overall very much like the X100, but with a some welcome tweaks and refinements. The essence of the control layout is unchanged, with top-plate shutter speed and exposure compensation dials, a front-mounted lever for viewfinder mode selection, and a shutter button threaded for a traditional cable release. The focus mode selector has been notably improved, and is now a rotary switch on the front like the X10's (rather than the X100's side-mounted sliding switch). Once again, though, there's no analogue ISO dial.

The back of the camera, however, sees the biggest changes. The X100 received some criticism for its sometimes-fiddly plastic buttons and dials, and Fujifilm has completely revised the rear layout to address this. The buttons have been rearranged and are now larger and more positive, which a higher quality of finish. Consequently, the X-Pro1 really does feel like a serious photographic tool.

The four-way controller is larger, with separated directional keys, a bigger 'OK' button and no surrounding dial; instead there's a single, clickable rear dial placed for thumb operation. The Drive mode button tops a column on the left side, above the metering mode and focus area buttons. Perhaps most notably, though, the RAW button has disappeared, replaced by a Q button that brings up a rear-screen control panel to change a wide range of photographic functions.

Tellingly, there's no dedicated movie record button: the X-Pro1 can record Full HD videos, but only via a drive mode setting; there's no real attempt at integration. The message here from Fujifilm is pretty simple - this is camera that's focused fundamentally on stills image shooting, and movies are very much a bonus.

Top view

From the top, the X-Pro1 has a very similar layout to the X100. The On/Off switch surrounds the shutter button, which is threaded for an old-fashioned cable release. Beside it is the 'Fn' button, which is larger than the X100's; this can be programmed to operate functions such as ISO, which has no dedicated control of its own. The shutter speed dial now has a central locking button for the 'A' position, and the exposure compensation dial is recessed into the top plate. Meanwhile, the lens barrel is almost entirely occupied by the manual focus and aperture rings - note that both of these controls are electronic, rather than mechanical.

The X-Pro1 has a rather minimal handgrip - just enough to give you something positive to hold onto, and stop the camera slipping out of your fingers. Fujifilm is offering an accessory grip that bolts into the tripod socket to provide a more positive hold, but you won't be able to change the battery or card with it attached.

Optional accessories

This is the EP-X20 flash unit, designed specifically to complement the X-Pro1. It's a small, fixed-head unit that has the distinction of incorporating a manual power output dial on top.
This is the X-Pro1's optional handgrip, that simply screws onto the base of the camera. However, once installed it blocks access to the battery / memory card compartment completely.
The X-Pro1's shutter release is threaded for an old-fashioned cable release. In practice this is something of a double-edged sword - they're certainly cheaper than other manufacturer's electronic remote switches, but you lose the tactile feedback of the half-press to focus. Also there's no facility to use a programmable timer remote, for example for time-lapse shooting.
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bootsofspanishleather

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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Gerardjan

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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theprehistorian

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.

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BobFoster

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

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optofonik

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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LightCatcherLT

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

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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.

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bootsofspanishleather

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.

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Nikonhead

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.

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bootsofspanishleather

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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