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Design and size compared

On this page we're comparing the X-Pro1 with its Fujifilm stablemates, along with some some of its competitors, to give a perspective on its size relative to its peers.

Side-by-side with the FinePix X100 and X10

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 inherits its basic design philosophy from the FinePix X100, but in a larger, chunkier body that manages to look more purposeful and, arguably, 'professional' in its all-black finish. In fact if you take a second look, it's in several respects closer in design to the X10, incorporating such improvements as the front-mounted focus mode switch and recessed exposure compensation dial. This family group, however, emphasizes just how far Fujifilm is pushing the word 'compact' in its preferred 'Compact System Camera' nomenclature - the X-Pro1 is about the same size as the Leica M9.

The X-Pro1's family lineage is apparent in this side-by-side shot, nestling between the X100 and X10. It's a large, chunky camera though - rather bigger than the X100 - and like its siblings bristles with external controls. One noteworthy change is that the viewfinder mode switch points down rather than up, for operation by your middle finger.

Compared to the Panasonic DMC-GX1 and Sony NEX-7

As the first mirrorless camera aimed specifically towards professional photographers, the X-Pro1 has no really direct competitors. Arguably the closest is the Sony NEX-7, and we've chosen the enthusiast-orientated Panasonic GX1 to represent the Micro Four Thirds system. The traditional control layout of the X-Pro1 is very different from the button-and-dial approach of the other two cameras.

Left to right: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4, Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 35mm F1.4, and Sony NEX-7 with Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm F1.8.

The X-Pro1's size is reinforced in this view: it's quite substantially larger than the Sony Alpha NEX-7, let alone the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1, but of course it's the only one in this group with an optical viewfinder (although the NEX has a built-in EVF). On the other hand it's also the only one that lacks a built-in flash. Its 'traditional' control philosophy is pretty well the polar opposite of the NEX-7's, with its soft keys and highly modal dials.

The X-Pro1 is much bigger than the Sony NEX-7 from the front, and the optical viewfinder doubtless has a lot to do with it. However in this comparison the huge Sony 24mm F1.8 adds considerable bulk to the NEX (obviously it's not directly comparable to the Fujinon 35mm F1.4).
This comparison again emphasizes that the X-Pro1 isn't your common-or-garden Compact System Camera, by any stretch of the imagination. The GX1 is considerably smaller, substantially because it has no eye-level viewfinder (although it accepts an add-on EVF).

Compared to the Leica M9-P

It's not rocket science to work out who Fujifilm is really gunning for - the X-Pro1's similarity to the Leica M9 demonstrates the company's refound confidence, having already placed the X100 squarely up against the Leica X1 (which has since been replaced by the X2). It's pretty clear that Fujifilm very much sees the X-Pro1, with its hybrid viewfinder and infinitely-variable framelines, as the modern autofocus reincarnation of the classic rangefinder. Let's not forget that the company is no stranger to the high-end professional market - it may have had a hiatus of several years, but made a wide range of medium format film cameras.

This composite illustrates the similarity in size between the X-Pro1 and the Leica M9-P. It also emphasizes the X-Pro1's rangefinder-inspired traditional control layout.
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Total comments: 16
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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photominion

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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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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darngooddesign

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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