Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review

The Fuji X-Pro1 is the company’s first compact system camera (CSC). It features an X-Trans CMOS sensor with 16.3 million pixels capable of producing photographs with a maximum resolution of 15.89 megapixels. This indicates that when photos are printed at 300ppi, they are only a little fraction shorter than full A3 size, which is perfect for most amateur photographers.

Fuji says that the XPro1’s innovative architecture enables it to generate photographs that are superior to those produced by full-frame cameras, even though its sensor only has an APS-C size.

The X-Trans CMOS device uses a 6 x 6 RGGB filter array pattern, with a random arrangement of color filters within each block of 36 photoreceptors, in contrast to the majority of cameras, which use a Bayer pattern of red, green, green, and blue receptors (usually referred to as RGGB) arranged in a 2 x 2 grid. Bayer is a pattern of red, green, green, and blue receptors.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Build Quality

The Fuji X-Pro1 is relatively big in contrast to other current compact system cameras; however, unlike the Micro Four Thirds offering from Olympus and Panasonic, it uses an APS-C format sensor instead of a sensor in the smaller Micro Four-Thirds format.

Although it has a substantial feel, the camera without a lens installed is slightly lighter than we had anticipated. However, it is still a beast. It feels about right with one of the three lenses that are now available installed, and both the body and the controls have a good-quality feel to them.

The Fuji X-Pro1 is more of a competitor to sophisticated DSLRs or rangefinders than to compact system cameras (CSCs), given that it has a retro design and a classic control setup. When the rumored M mount adaptor finally makes its debut on the market, Leica owners interested in purchasing a digital camera will have a less expensive option than the Leica M9.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Viewfinder

With the X100, Fuji was the first to pioneer the notion of a hybrid viewfinder, which combines an electronic and an optical viewfinder. With the X-Pro1, Fuji was able to build a finder that is analogous to the hybrid viewfinder but is capable of working with interchangeable lenses.

Even while it is possible to gaze through the optical viewfinder (OVF) without seeing any shooting information, it is recommended that you use it with the information view on so that the bright electronic frame, which displays the imaging area, is visible.

Additionally, it is possible to view the active AF point (with the appropriate parallax adjustment) and the virtual horizon.

Even though the Reverse Galilean optical viewfinder has a magnifying lens that can be slipped into position when necessary, Fuji suggests that the electronic viewfinder be used in conjunction with the zoom lenses and longer telephoto lens that it plans to release shortly.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Performance

It is possible that describing the image quality of the Fuji X-Pro1 as having rates similar to those of film is the most accurate way to describe it.

Images appear to be realistic and not digital when seen at standard viewing sizes, which is a difficult quality to quantify. However, there is a seamless transition from in-focus to out-of-focus areas, which appear to have a natural blur.

Meanwhile, low-sensitivity photos show a lot of detail in the parts of the picture that are in focus. There isn’t quite the same amount of detail we’ve seen with full-frame DSLRs, but it isn’t that far off, and moiré patterning doesn’t seem to be an issue, despite the absence of an anti-aliasing filter. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a professional-grade digital single-lens reflex camera.

When JEPG photographs are zoomed in, it is possible to see that the firm edges have been over-sharpened, and, as is typically the case, the best results are acquired by editing raw images after they have been captured.

The native sensitivity settings go all the way up to ISO 6400, but there are JPEG-only choices for ISO 12,800 and 25,600 as well. The results suffer from oversharpening, probably in an attempt to remedy the softness that was generated by the noise reduction, which is why it is recommended to keep these high levels for use only in an emergency.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Image Quality

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is capable of producing photographs of exceptional quality. It captured noise-free JPEG photos at ISO 100 up to 6400, with only a little noise at ISO 12800 and more noticeable noise along with a small desaturation of color at the fastest ISO 25600 setting, which is an astounding performance for a camera with an APS-C sensor. The RAW files were also very high quality, providing useable photographs over the whole ISO range (200-6400).

When the sharpness setting was set to default, the pictures were soft right out of the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Therefore, for the best results, you should do further sharpening in an application such as Adobe Photoshop; alternatively, you may modify the setting inside the camera.

The night image turned out quite well. The camera’s maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds was sufficient for most after-dark shots, and the Bulb mode enabled considerably longer exposures if necessary.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialTitanium
Max resolution6240 x 4160
Image ratio w h3:2
Effective pixels26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorX-Processor 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayX-Trans
ISOAuto, 160-12800 (expands to 80-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Fujifilm RAF, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountFujifilm X
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic and Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.78× (0.52× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution3,690,000
Photography features
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support)
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (wired, cable release, or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries)497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)
Dimensions141 x 83 x 46 mm (5.55 x 3.27 x 1.81″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Verdict

It appears to come to adjust the exposure using a ring for the aperture and a dial for the shutter speed. The combination of outstanding noise control and fast lenses means that you can shoot with the sensitivity set to automatic without any significant issues.

The Quick menu system Fuji uses is easily one of the most advanced and streamlined we have ever used. It would be nearly ideal if it were possible to personalize it.

The hybrid viewfinder is likewise quite good, but its performance while manually focusing the camera is not entirely up to the standards we had hoped for.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Pros & Cons

Good For
  • An interesting dichotomy
  • Film-like visuals
  • Hybrid viewfinder
  • Defocused regions with a smooth quality
Need Improvements
  • Manual focus can be difficult with an EVF.
  • Autofocus is locked in the center and constant.

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