Fujifilm: more X-mount cameras and X10 firmware on their way
CES 2012: Fujifilm has confirmed in a discussion with dpreview, more details about its plans for the X-system. It also said a firmware update for the X10 aimed at reducing the 'white-orb' problem is due in early February, if not before. The firmware update, that addresses the hard-edged white discs or orbs generated when highlight regions clip, will reduce but not completely remove the effect. Meanwhile, the company hinted the X-Pro1 will be accompanied by at least one less expensive model.
The company says it sees the X-Pro1 as occupying a space above the level of current high-end mirrorless cameras, such as Sony's NEX-7, but below the level of Leica's full-frame, manual focus M9 rangefinder. With this in mind, it launched the X-Pro1 with a trio of lenses aimed at pro and enthusiast photographers (there are few examples of systems that start without a consumer-grade zoom). It says the 60mm and 35mm lenses require 'almost no correction,' while distortion from the 18mm lens is corrected automatically (we'll look at this more closely when reviewable cameras become available).
There was a suggestion of how the hybrid viewfinder will behave with zoom lenses. The intention is that the brightlines projected into the viewfinder will zoom in response to the lens being zoomed, allowing the use of the optical finder, rather than just the EVF mode.
It says it certainly expects the X-Pro1 to be some photographers' only camera, rather than a small camera to support a DSLR. The decision to target high-end, dedicated photographers has been buoyed by the company's success in selling its premium-priced fixed-lens large sensor X100 camera: 'We didn't know who was going to buy the X100,' explains Fujifilm Digital Imaging director Adrian Clarke: ' but twice as many people bought them as we expected.'
Our hands-on preview of the X-Pro1
Walkthrough of the X-Pro1 with Fujifilm US' Kayce Baker:
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