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.