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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)


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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)


Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)

Fujifilm X-Pro1

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
  • 3″ LCD + Focal Length Changeable Hybrid OVF
  • Fujifilm X-Mount
  • 2nd Generation Hybrid Viewfinder
  • Focal Plane Shutter

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  1. 171 of 176 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not perfect, but closest thing I’ve found to my ideal camera, February 29, 2012
    By 
    brian
    This review is from: Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only) (Electronics)

    I have an X-pro1 with the 35mm/f1.4 lens. (I live in Canada, and ordered it from Japan.)

    Here are my overall first impressions:

    If I had to sum it up, I’d say it’s not perfect, but for me it’s the closest thing to the ideal camera that I’ve found.

    THE GOOD

    - Image quality is beyond reproach – in terms of colour rendering, highlight/shadow detail, sharpness, quality of the bokeh.
    - Feels very solid; excellent build quality
    - It looks better in person than in the pictures I had seen of it
    - Controls are big and easy to operate, even with gloves on
    - Shutter sound is very soft & quiet
    - Viewfinder is fantastic

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE & SIZE

    - In terms of performance, I’ll compare it to the Panasonic GF1 /w 20mm pancake, as it’s a camera I’m very familiar with. While the camera isn’t aimed at exactly the same market, both cameras fit into a similar category – they’re both alternatives to DSLRs that aim at providing excellent image quality and handling, with less bulk and weight. And many photographers fell in love with the GF1 / 20mm combo.

    - Focus speed: In my experience, the X-Pro1 autofocus speed and reliability is very similar to the the GF1. While I haven’t done millisecond timing to compare them, I can say that they feel about the same in autofocus performance. So, while a good DSLR can outperform both cameras for fast action focussing, the autofocus performance is more than adequate for most other types of photography.

    - Operational speed: No major issues here – startup time is definitely less than a second, and I haven’t even turned on the “quick start” mode. You can shoot quickly, and there’s no delay before you can take more shots in either single or burst modes. Again, very similar to the GF1.

    - Size and weight: The X-Pro1 is obviously bigger than the GF1. I’d describe it as somewhere between the GF1 and a DSLR in size. In terms of subjective impression, the X-Pro1 isn’t quite as small and innocent looking as the GF1. Depending on who you are, this may be a good thing or a bad thing. The GF1 has the edge if you want the camera to be small, discrete and non-intimidating, while the X-Pro1 is a little more substantial in keeping with its professional target market. But what really matters when it comes to always having the camera with you, is its weight. The X-Pro1 manages to feel solid, while not feeling overly heavy. Unlike a DSLR, I wouldn’t hesitate to carry the X-Pro1 around all day, although the GF1 still has the edge in portability and ability to tuck it into a jacket pocket. From my brief experience with the X100, I’d put it somewhere between the two in this regard, but closer to the GF1.

    - Manual focus: Very similar to the manual focus-by-wire of the GF1 / 20mm combo. It’s not ridiculously slow as I’ve heard the X100 was, but I’d still prefer direct mechanical manual focus.

    WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED

    - If there’s just one thing I’d ask for in a firmware update, it would be a central magnified area to aid manual focus. While you can magnify the whole screen by pressing the “command dial”, this is an extra step, and awkwardly takes you away from seeing the overall composition. Panasonic has gotten this right in some of their recent mirrorless cameras. I know some people like Sony’s focus peaking, and while that too would do the job, I find it ugly and suspect that Sony’s patents might make it hard for Fujifilm to copy this.

    - While aperture ring has a great feel to it, actual aperture adjustment lags. This is manifest when viewing the aperture number through the viewfinder while turning the dial, and in terms of actual aperture adjustment in DOF preview mode

    - Autofocus, while not loud, also isn’t silent as I’d wish it would be.

    - There is no option to visually preview exposure when setting shutter speed manually

    - I like the film simulation bracketing, as an option to record both a colour and black-and-white version, for easy comparison of black-and-white vs colour shots right off the bat on the computer. This mode allows you to choose which 3 film simulations you want to record, but it has a couple drawbacks. One is that it will always give you 3 versions – no options for just 2 for instance. Also, unlike single or burst mode, the camera locks up and doesn’t let you take another shot until it finishes writing.

    - Exposure compensation dial does nothing after you’ve engaged AE lock.

    - It would be nice to have some confirmation that the exposure compensation dial is centered. Ideally, there would be something to let you tell physically, perhaps with a bump/indent on the dial, and different feeling to the click when it returns to the 0-location, so that you can confirm without looking. Also, it would be nice if the exposure compensation indicator in the viewfinder changed color when…

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  2. 83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    How Fuji stole my heart and money, April 19, 2012
    By 
    Vinay K. Sharma (NYC) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only) (Electronics)

    WHY WHAT WHO

    I chose to write this review because the reviews on Amazon are so polarizing and sometimes downright pushy, so much so that they made me buy this camera to judge it for myself. I have to admit that it has been a long time since I had to defend my spending to myself. I am sure many must have faced the same internal struggle. Let me admit that this camera is a keeper for me. The decision came after a long search for a discrete both in use and appearance camera with a image quality worth taking prints and blowups of. I didn’t personally own too many of micro four thirds, DSLRS and compacts but have friends who shared fair and clear opinion about the equipment they own(ed).

    What this camera is? It’s a collection of wishes in a very ambitious package and just like any other ambitious technology firsts, suffers from lack of polished user interface as well as competition. Some might find it downright offensive but X-Pro1 does not really have a competitor and for those who own M8 and M9s you know that you are eventually going to hit that buy button on your shopping cart sooner or later. You may say what about NEX7 and O-MD? I must say, to me NEX7 seems like a very light and compact laptop running Microsoft XL to take pictures, that is to say extremely flexible, configurable and fast but requires you to dedicate your brain, hands, fingers and eyes behind a thick software interface. Hardly photography for me since it would be so hard to make mistakes both unintentional and deliberate. I haven’t touched O-MD so can’t say much about it. And then there is the IQ, yeh well.. Fuji Xs can make any photography lover’s eye go all watery but X-Ppro1 IQ can really grab on and hold on to a photographer’s soul, especially when you get it going past its many issues. Although to be fair all issues are under MY limits of acceptable.

    Who is this for? I understand why the reviews are so heavily opinionated since people have different photographic needs and have certain expectations from a camera especially an expensive one like this. If you:

    Do landscape photography: You’d love it.
    Do portraits: You’d love it.
    Do street photography: You’d love it.
    Do kids photography: You’d hate it.
    Do sports photography: No way, this camera is not so sporty. You’d hate it.
    Do low light action photography: You’d hate it.
    Do want your camera to do photography for you: You’d hate it.
    Want to show off your new toy to friends: You’d hate it. It would be hard to justify the cost to them in the 10 mins they hold the camera and the red dot owners would think that you don’t know squat about photography.

    So why would you go the distance to buy this camera? Just look at the images in flickr. Also it’s truly an enjoyable experience to shoot with this camera. Here are my reason why I choose to keep this camera:

    THE VIEWFINDER

    The OVF is not complete by itself, it’s the combination of OVF and EVF on a flick of a switch that makes this camera probably the best tool to compose great images. The bright lines and a little extra of the world that you see around them makes you think in terms of a `photograph’ you are going to take not a `scene’ you are going to capture. If you think that’s a subtle difference, just try making a frame with your hand in front of your face and see it for yourself how a frame helps you compose when you can also see around it. One suggestion is to enable the parallax adjust focus frames, so that you can avoid about 10 mins of frustration when you think that the camera can’t focus correctly. The frame lines are a bit tighter than the actual image that comes out but hopefully a fix to it is just a firmware update away. I have a 35 f1.4 and if I need to get a DOF preview, instead of enabling the function button to do that, I find it easier to switch to EVF and half press the shutter button. Needless to say my camera stays with OVF most of the time. One truly amazing thing is that OVF lets you compose your multiple exposure images, which may as well be a gimmick but is never the less very awesome to experience. The manual override to the magnifier is also sometimes useful like when I am taking images for a panoramic image. Yes I don’t like the in camera panoramic composition, I would rather use a desktop software do it.

    AUTO FOCUS

    I think since it is almost fashionable to say that the camera has a slow autofocus, it is possibly the reason, I am almost glad that it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. In bright situation it’s just as fast as your run of the mill SLR. It does hunt in the dark and so does MOST of the cameras. It needs high contrast objects to allow it to focus in dim light. Now I am almost encroaching on the domain of Captain Obvious. One thing that I have already mentioned that you need to enable the parallax adjusted focus frames to correctly relate to what the camera is focusing…

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  3. 131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Has Impeccable image quality but also operational quirks., March 9, 2012
    By 
    Parka (Singapore) –
    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only) (Electronics)

    Update 27 Sep 2012: I’ve to rewrite a big portion of the review because firmware 2.0 is a rather significant improvement.

    The image quality on this camera is sublime. The colours are absolutely gorgeous, mesmerizing.

    It has the best image quality compared to previous cameras I’ve used, namely Canon 7D (sold), GF1, GH2 and X100. 7D is quite good, except in high ISO, relatively speaking. X-Pro1 is significantly better in image quality than the GH2, which I use frequently for videos. I’ve also borrowed an Olympus OM-D E-M5 to try out and the Olympus camera is close but the X-Pro1 is still one notch better. I’ve read that many say that E-M5 is as good as X-Pro1, but you really need to have used both to see the difference.

    I don’t post-edit much with the X-Pro1 because the jpeg quality is just too good. That’s just JPEG. Since I don’t need to do post editing, I guess I’ll be shooting just JPEGs from now. I’ve read many complaints regarding the RAW files and photo software being unable to process them to the best of their potential. I can’t comment much since I don’t shoot a lot of RAW.

    After a series of firmware updates, latest being 2.0, AF speed for the three prime lens have improved. The AF speed is now more satisfactory, although still not as fast as DSLR or Micro Four Thirds. I’ve two tips on even fast AF. Turn Power Save Mode off to have faster OVF AF speed. Another tip is not to pre-focus and hit the shutter all the way – the camera will get the focus most of the time.

    The AF speed could be a source of frustration and potential deal breaker for many. But it comes down to what type of photography you’re into. This is not a sports camera, that’s for sure. So it’s not that suitable for shooting subjects moving faster than walking speed. It’s definitely not a general purpose do-it-all camera. Depending on what you shoot, you might actually need another camera. It’s also not a beginner’s camera, although if you’re willing to learn, you’ll learn a lot. I’m learning a lot.

    Speed is quite subjective. For example on the GF1 & X100, I expected them to be slow, so their speed is satisfactory. I expected X-Pro1 to have faster AF speed, so it’s slightly unsatisfactory in that sense. But since I’m already used to the X100 speed, this again becomes satisfactory. When you consider the price, it becomes borderline satisfactory. It’s all about expectations.

    Manual focus is responsive to the turn of the focus wheel. The 3x magnified view is useful as it’s large enough to see the subject clearly, but not too large as to have the subject move too much, such as when you’re using a long telephoto lens. The overall focus-by-wire implementation has improved a lot, way better than X100, almost as good as Micro Four Thirds.

    Handling is excellent. All the things you need to shoot are there: the aperture ring, shutter speed dial and exposure dial. It’s taking photos at its simplest form, with no need to go into menus.

    After using the camera since March 2012, I’ve had a lot of people telling me they really like the design of the camera. The design may not be as discreet as I thought. Most people are so used to seeing DSLR and P&S cameras that this rangefinder-shaped camera actually stands out as a result! I’ve also noticed that people are generally less guarded when being pointed with this camera than with big DSLRs.

    So to buy or not?

    In my opinion, if you’re coming from the best Micro Four Thirds camera, you’re gaining high ISO performance, colour rendition and a huge step in image quality.

    If you’re coming from a heavy DSLR camera, you’re gaining high ISO performance and a lot of weight advantage.

    This is a camera that challenges expectations, in the most literal sense. You’ll either love it, or hate it. I like it very much. There are still some quirks but Fujifilm has shown themselves to being able to listen to customers and release the appropriate firmwares.

    5 out of 5 stars for image quality and handling.

    4 out of 5 stars for everything else.

    + Excellent build quality
    + Nice weight for body (450g) and lens
    + Discreet just-a-piece-of-black design
    + Lens have aperture rings
    + Rubber hand grip works well enough
    + Exposure dial is tighter, less prone to accidental hits
    + Buttons have nice tactile feel
    + Hybrid viewfinder (OVF and EVF) works nicely
    + Sharp 3-inch LCD
    + Shutter dial has a lock at A
    + Shutter sound is soft, blends with ambient noise
    + Impeccable image quality
    + Legendary high ISO performance
    + Amazing quality JPEG at default setting
    + Auto White Balance is almost always correct
    + AF speed is satisfactory
    + Able to focus in extreme low light, although it takes more time
    + AF accuracy seems slightly improved over X100.
    + Manual focus is responsive
    + Start…

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