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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Compact System Cameras
The X-Pro1 is Fujifilm's first interchangeable lens camera since their S5 Pro digital SLR. It's a digital rangefinder camera based on their very popular S100 fixed lens camera. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 gets their unique new 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and a hybrid viewfinder that toggles between optical and digital, just like the X100's. It has a magnesium alloy body, a 3-inch 1.2-megapixel LCD display, 3 FPS burst and sensitivity from ISO ISO 200 to 6400, expandable to ISO 25,600.
Submitted by Greg McCary a Expert
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2013
Strengths: Ergonomics, awesome lenses, improved auto focus, ease of use in manual and very good image quality.
Weaknesses: Easy to knock it in the on position when putting it away draining battery, Exposure compensation easily changed. lack of a way for a wireless shutter or time lapse.
So I have used several compact cameras in the past, NEX 5/7, OMD EM-5, Olympus Pens and maybe a few I have forgot about. They all seem to have some flaw or quirk I just never could get past. With the NEX series was the lens size. The high end lenses were just to big or lagged in focus. The OMD EM-5 had the lens selection but to many of them were kit lens quality. It was also just to small for my big hands and since going full frame I have fallen out of favor with the x2 crop factor.
Now for the Xpro1. Even though it has it's quirks the issues with the Xpro is easily over looked and are very minor at best. The Xpro kind of reminds me of the Canonet QL-17 in operation. You manually set the aperture on the lens and adjust the shutter speed or exposure compensation with dials on the top. The exposure compensation is in a good but bad location. I love to use it but with that it is easy accidentally moved. The rest of the buttons are well placed and it's a breeze to operate.
I have read bad reviews on the focusing but I find it better than I thought as I think a recent firmware upgrade has really improved that. I think it falls somewhere in the middle of the OMD EM-5 and NEX7. When manually focusing it does make a very strange sound but at that even without focus peaking it's not to bad to manually focus. Maybe Fuji will find it in them to offer it in a future firmware upgrade. I would love that. I think the AF system is fine and I can live with it.
Image quality is where it shines. The image quality up to 6400 ISO is amazing. If it is behind my D800 and a99 it's not far off. This thing will more than likely really surprise you as it did me. Also the colors are very pleasant and the white balance is very accurate. It certainly beats all the competition. The RX-1 might do as well but it's also full frame and $2700.00.
The electronic viewfinder is as good as any I have used and maybe just a slight advantage here over OMD-EM-5. Also the Hybrid finder is sweet as you can over lay camera info including a histogram with the View Mode. Switching between the two finders is also easy with a switch on the front. Located where older cameras had their self timer.
Now for the lenses. Fuji as of me writing this only has four lenses available but with that I think the Fuji lenses are a cut above other compacts. For now all I have used is the 18mm 2.0 but I have not read a bad review on the lenses and am extremely happy with the 18mm. It is a great street candid camera. But I do wish Fuji had something in the 24mm focal length as that has always been my favorite focal length for a prime. More than likely I am going to get the 35mm 1.4 in a couple of weeks as I think I am going to stick with Fuji as my compact.
The camera build is better than I thought. Metal construction and nice and rugged. Also the lens is metal construction. Better build quality to me than the OMD EM-5 and it's considered weather sealed.
The biggest draw back for me is there is no way to fire the shutter wirelessly. So no way for time lapse. I would really like to set this camera up for sometime lapse with stars with it's low noise at high ISO's. I don't see the logic in leaving that out.
At the end of the day this is the best compact I have owned slightly edging out the OMD EM-5. Image quality and lens quality is just outright better than Olympus. Any quirk the Xpro1 has is easily over looked with the image quality it produces. I think I am going to set on this one awhile.
Price Paid: $1800.00
Purchased At: Private sale
Similar Products Used: OMD EM-5, NEX 3/5/7, Several Olympus Pens
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by Chris Gampat a Professional
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2012
Strengths: - Excellent Image Quality
- Stellar lenses
- Sleek retro styling that will turn heads
- PC Sync port means easier connection to studio strobes in an attempt to become your everything camera
- All the right buttons in all the right places
Weaknesses: - Molasses slow autofocusing
- Needs more lenses to build the system, but that will come in time.
The Fujifilm X Pro 1 is a camera begging to be picked up by retrophiles and those wanting full-frame image quality in a compact camera body with an APS-C sized sensor. The ergonomics and styling allude to classic rangefinders like the Contax G2: which was also the first autofocus rangefinder camera out there. But besides the vintage inspired exterior, the Fujifilm X Pro 1 also sports a 16MP sensor featuring a special sensor designed to deliver stunning image quality and some of the lowest high ISO noise I've seen. Coupled with three prime lenses right out of the door, the Fujifilm X Pro series already has a little bit of a presence developed. This is more developed and targeted towards the pro and high end enthusiast shooters than its main competitors were right out of the box. Despite the fact that the Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds camera systems have been out for a while now, the X Pro system surely has outdone them in some ways. However, it still hasn't quite gotten there: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/07/11/long-term-comparison-review-fujifilm-x-pro-1-vs-sony-nex-7-vs-olympus-omd-em5/
Despite all the good things it has going for it, the X Pro 1 does have its flaws. First off, it isn't weatherproof; so don't even try going out into the rain with an expensive camera body like this. Second, the autofocus is slower than a Canon 5D Mk II's. Luckily, the manual focusing using the electronic viewfinder is a bit better than previous models like the X100. Don't want to manual focus but want a real life experience? Simply switch the viewfinder back to the optical position for a super-imposed display showing the framelines and lots of other information you may need.
For even more, you can check out my full X Pro 1 review over at The Phoblographer: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/07/10/review-fujifilm-x-pro-1/
Purchased At: B&H Photo Video
Similar Products Used: Olympus OMD EM5, Sony NEX 7
Type of photography: People
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