Fujifilm improves X-Pro1 focusing with updated Firmware 2.0
Fujifilm has released firmware version 2 for the X-Pro1 mirrorless camera, that it promised before Photokina. The update improves aspects of the camera's operation that we criticised in our review, most notably focusing, both auto and manual. Firmware updates for each of the lenses are also required, and downloadable from Fujifilm's website. We've quickly tested the firmware and seen substantial improvements in both manual focus operation and autofocus speed - indeed we'd recommend all X-Pro1 owners install it. Click through for more details.
According to Fujifilm, Firmware 2.0 includes the following improvements:
1. Improvement of Auto Focus Performance
- Auto focusing speed has become much faster under a various shooting condition such as dark scenes, bright scenes and so on.
- The shortest focusing distance without switching to macro mode has become shorter.
2. Improvement of Manual Focus Performance
- The speed of images coming into focus when turning the focus ring has become faster.
- When adjusting the focus with the EVF or the LCD, displaying live view with the minimum depth of field in full aperture has made it easier to focus on subjects.
- In addition to the focus checking with the 10-time magnification function, the checking with "3-time" magnification function has been added.
3. Improvement of Writing and Processing Speed
- Writing speed to a memory card has become faster with the maximum speed doubled.
Note: The speed may vary depending on card type and sizes of images.
- The waiting time of viewing image after shooting has become shorter.
- An image will be displayed approx. one second after pressing the playback button.
4. Other improvements
- The ISO setting of "Auto (6400)" has been added.
- When EVF or OVF is used, the indicator lamp will turn off because the lamp comes to just in front of your right eye if you see the finder with your left eye.
- When shooting in low light situation, a recorded image will look like more natural atmosphere you saw.
Autofocus speed comparison, Firmware 2 vs Firmware 1.2
We've tested autofocus speed under controlled conditions using the same camera and lens, first with FW 1.2 then after updating to FW 2.0. We've used the XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro - the slowest-focusing of the three lenses - under low-level artificial light, with a relatively low-contrast target and the lens initially set to infinity focus. These are the conditions under which the camera struggled most with FW 1.x, and should therefore show the most-obvious improvement. Note that under most conditions the camera will focus much faster than this.
The videos below illustrate the improvement in speed. Focusing is initiated shortly after the start of the video - the green lamp starts blinking when the shutter is half-pressed. The improvement of autofocus speed with Firmware 2 is plain to see.
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Firmware 1.2
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Firmware 2.0
Manual focus improvements
Fujifilm has made two important changes to manual focus operation that transform its usefulness. Firstly, the 'feel' of the manual focus has been radically improved - the focus ring no longer requires multiple turns to drive the lens from infinity to closest focus, so now feels much more responsive. The 'dead spot' past infinity, where the camera would fail to register turns of the focus ring in either direction, also appears to have been eliminated (this was a particular problem with the 35mm F1.4 lens). The result is that it's now much quicker to set the focus distance, and the 'focus-by-wire' mechanism responds much more like a traditional mechanically-coupled lens.
Secondly - and just as importantly - the camera now always sets the aperture wide open for manual focus, allowing critically-accurate focus in all lighting conditions. The addition of a 3x magnification mode (alongside the existing 10x) also aids focusing by reducing the visibility of camera shake, particularly with the 60mm F2.4 macro lens. The results is that focusing using magnified live view works very much better than before.
Fujifilm says file write times have been improved, and our tests bear this out. A full burst of 11 JPEG+RAW files previously took 55sec to write to card - that time has now been cut in half, to about 26sec with the same UHS-I SDHC card. The time taken to enter playback after shooting a single image is also much shorter than before; however you still have to wait 5 or 6 seconds if you take 2 shots quickly in a row.
Auto ISO has an extra option, Auto(6400), that gives access to ISO 6400 in Auto mode. But there's still no way to influence the minimum shutter speed in aperture priority mode, and the camera still chooses shutter speeds that are too slow to reliably eliminate camera shake. There's also no option to set exposure compensation to influence image brightness when using Auto ISO in manual mode. So while this change is welcome, its usefulness is limited.
We've been impressed by the way Fujifilm has embraced the idea of using firmware updates to improve its X-series cameras after release, fixing bugs and adding new features. With Firmware 2 for the X-Pro1, it's substantially improved the camera's focusing, which we considered to be its Achilles' Heel in our review. Autofocus speeds have undoubtedly been improved (although we've not yet had enough time to properly assess the impact on real-world shooting), and the previously-dysfunctional manual focus has essentially been fixed, and is now far more usable than it was before.
The upshot is that an X-Pro1 running firmware v2.0 is a much better camera than it was with v1.x. Fujifilm says the new X-E1 has exactly the same improvements, which means that the outlook for that model looks very positive. Huge credit must go to Fujifilm here - not only has it shown it's prepared to make innovative new products, it's also genuinely listening to criticism of its products and fixing their flaws. This can only be applauded.
Sep 11, 2015
Dec 18, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Sep 9, 2015
|The Engineer by EXX|
from Steam Trains
|Madrid subway by MAGMATCICO62|
from Your City - Public Transport
|Incandescent Bulb by Kukla|
from Illuminate- Macro only
|Curiousity by PERCY2|
from Macro - Your Best Macro Ever
|Hoar Frosted Trees by sabishiT3T|
Rotolight has released the Anova Pro 2 circular LED for stills and video, boasting a 70% increase in brightness and what the company describes as "unrivaled battery performance."
Designer Vinicius Araújo has imagined what he believes the perfect Adobe software keyboard might look like. From customizable touch pads, to a scroll wheel, to a little display that shows the tool in use, his design is pretty compelling.
Peak Design has teamed up with Leica to release a limited-edition backpack made special for fans of the Red Dot.
A portrait of an android woman has beaten over 5,700 pictures of humans to take third place in this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. The judges were not told the subject was an 'android' until after the winning images were chosen.
Hauling around C-Stands just got a whole lot less annoying thanks to these new Matthews shoulder and roller bags, which can hold two or three C-stand (respectively) plus accessories.
Neal Preston has shot timeless photos of everyone from Led Zeppelin, to Whitney Houston, to Michael Jackson. In this interview, he offers insights into his craft to up-and-comer Elijah Dominique.
Future prosumer Canon DSLRs might feature light-up buttons, if this newly published patent is any indication of the camera company's plans.
Sony's a7R Mark III shoots 42.4MP files at 10fps and incorporates a robust video feature set, large battery, refined ergonomics and more. It certainly looks impressive, but what is it like to use, and how does it stack up against the rest of the market? Find out in our full review.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017 – the Fujifilm X100F takes the bronze and the #3 spot.
There's never been a better time to shop for a new camera, but the number of options available can be overwhelming. In this series of buying guides we've provided customized recommendations for several use cases, from shooting landscapes to buying a first camera for a student photographer.
Shopping for a camera with a set budget? No problem! We've rounded up our favorite cameras, broken them into price brackets and picked the best of the bunch.
Looking for a lightweight compact camera that's easy to bring with you anywhere? Or maybe you're smartphone-shopping and want the one that takes the best picture. And what if you want to shoot from above? In these buyers guides we have recommendations for the best compact cameras, smartphones and drones.
Despite reports to the contrary, analysis of DPReview images by our friend Jim Kasson confirms a disappointing fact: Sony a7R III is still a Star Eater. But there may be some improvements.
As the saying goes: A photo is worth a thousand words. And if you're sending that photo through Facebook Messenger, your thousand words now look twice as nice after today's update to 4K resolution.
Get to know the new Leica CL in short order by giving our 90 second 'First look' video a watch.
Leica has just released the CL, the forth in its series of APS-C L-mount cameras. Despite sharing a name with a camera released in the mid-70s, the new CL is a thoroughly modern ILC, with a 24MP sensor and built-in electronic viewfinder.
The Leica CL is a 24MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, which sits alongside the TL2 in the company's APS-C lineup. We've been using one for a few days – check out our gallery of images.
While it shares a name with one of Leica's most popular and affordable cameras of the 1970s, the new CL is separated from its namesake by more than just years. We've been using one for a few days - click through for a detailed first-impressions report.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #4 ranking goes to the Leica M10.
Sigma is discounting 13 different high-performance 'Art' series lenses from today until November 30th. The company is calling it an 'unprecedented' sale.
See DJI's 'AeroScope' drone-tracking technology in action. This is the system that DJI says can help law enforcement and airport (among others) track and identify rogue drones.
iPhone X owners can already accessorize their new phone with high-quality smartphone photography lenses courtesy of Moment's new lineup.
Considering buying Sigma's exciting new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for crop-sensor E-Mount and M43? Check out these official full-res samples first!
Vimeo has just added support for 8K HDR 10-bit content, making it possible to show up to 75% of the colors the human eye can perceive vs the usual 35%. Take THAT YouTube.
The holidays are coming, but your gear isn't cutting it? It's time to treat yourself!
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and sitting pretty at #5 is the Fujifilm X-T20.
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.