Fujifilm X-Pro1

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Fujifilm X-Pro1
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Fujifilm X-Pro1
Maker Fujifilm
Type Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Image sensor type "X-Trans" CMOS
Image sensor size 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C)
Maximum resolution 16.3 megapixels
Recording medium SD, SDHC, SDXC
Lens mount Fujifilm X-mount
Focus contrast detection
Exposure TTL 256-zones metering
Viewfinder Hybrid (OVF and EVF)[1]
Dimensions 139.5 (W) x 81.8 (H) x 42.5 (D) mm
Weight 450 g (0.99 lb) (including battery and memory card)
Made in Japan

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera announced in January 2012[2] and launched in March 2012. It is part of Fujifilm's X-Series of cameras. In October 2012 Fujifilm has released a very similar, yet smaller, camera named the X-E1.

Key features[edit]

  • 16-megapixel, APS-C sized "X-Trans" CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with the Fujifilm X-mount system of lenses
  • 2nd generation Hybrid Viewfinder
  • TTL Hot Shoe and Sync Terminal

Fujifilm "X-Trans" CMOS sensor[edit]

The repeating 6 x 6 grid used in the x-trans sensor

The Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensor used in the X-Pro1 (and other Fuji X-series cameras) is claimed[3] to provide higher resolution than full-frame sensors, and also produce better colour reproduction.

Anti-aliasing filters are used on standard Bayer Array Sensors to reduce moiré effect when shooting regular patterns - however they are known to slightly reduce resolution. The "X-Trans" CMOS sensor uses an irregular pattern of pixels (similar to that found on Silver halide film) in order to reduce moiré without the need for an AA filter.

This same irregular pattern ensures that all horizontal and vertical lines of pixels contain at least one R, G and B pixel whereas Bayer array sensors do not have R and B in some lines resulting in false colour reproduction.

Fujifilm X-mount lens system[edit]

Fujifilm developed the Fujifilm X-mount lens system specifically for the X-Pro1, rather than license someone else's system as in their FinePix S5 Pro). The following X-mount lenses are available from Fujifilm and Carl Zeiss:

  • Fujinon XF18mmF2 R[4] – 18 mm (27 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens, f/2-f/16. Available at time of launch of camera.
  • Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R[5] – 35 mm (53 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens, f/1.4-f/16. Available at time of launch of camera.
  • Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro[6] – 60 mm focal length (91 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens, f/2.4-f/22. Available at time of launch of camera.
  • Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS[7] – 18-55mm (27–83 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format), f/2.8 / f/4-f/22. Announced September 2012.
  • Fujinon XF14mmF2.8 R[8] – 14 mm (21 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) fixed prime lens, f/2.8-f/22. Announced September 2012.
  • Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R – 23 mm (35 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) high speed wide angle fixed prime lens, f/1.4–f/16. Announced December 2013.
  • Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 – 27 mm (41 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) pancake, fixed prime lens, f/2.8–f/16. Announced December 2013.
  • Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS – 10-24 mm (15–36 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) ultrawide zoom lens, f/4–f/22. Announced December 2013.
  • Fujinon XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS – 55-200 mm (83–300 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) telephoto zoom lens, f/3.5 / f/4.8–f/22. Announced December 2013.
  • Fujinon XF56MF1.2 R. 56 mm (84 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) f/1.2–f/16 fixed prime lens.
  • Fujinon XC 16-50 mm f/3.5-f/5.6 – 16-50 mm (24–75 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) normal zoom lens. Announced December 2013. Designed to suit mid range CSCs. Lower cost, smaller and lighter dimensions, but all transparent elements inside are made of glasses instead of high refractive plastics as in another (low cost) "kit lens".
  • Fujinon XC 50-230 mm f/4.5-f/6.7' – 50-230 mm (75–345 mm equivalent angle of view (AOV) in 35 mm full frame format) telephoto lens. Announced December 2013. Designed to suit mid range CSCs. Lower cost, smaller and lighter dimensions, but all transparent elements inside are made of glasses instead of high refractive plastics as in another (low cost) "kit lens".
  • Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 E[9] – fixed prime lens.
  • Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 E[10] – fixed prime lens.

The X-mount lens mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7 mm. This means the rear lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor. The wide opening allows the lens to be mounted deeper within the body – up to 7.5 mm (approx) from the mount surface – reducing the back focus distance of each lens.

Hybrid Viewfinder[edit]

Fujifilm’s Hybrid Viewfinder[11] allows photographers to choose between an optical finder (OVF) and a high-resolution electronic view (EVF), complete with previews of depth of field and white balance. It also allows different optical magnifications and frame sizes to allow accurate framing with any of the XF-mount lenses in the system.

When an XF lens is mounted on the camera body, the most appropriate of the two available viewfinder magnifications is combined with the correct frame size.

Reviews[edit]

A number of reviews by popular photography websites have been very positive - with some noticeable negatives identified with the camera.[12] The camera's high ISO performance is often cited as a strength, while reviews initially called out poor auto focus performance in low light and battery life as two of the main weaknesses. Since its release, several firmware upgrades have been released that have significantly improved autofocus speed.[13]

Firmware updates[edit]

Fuji has adopted a "Kaizen" approach, meaning continual updates and innovation in releasing firmware updates to the X-Pro1.[14] Since the launch of the camera, there have been 8 firmware updates to fix bugs, improve the camera's performance and add new features. Key areas improved include the camera's autofocus accuracy and speed, as well as new features such as focus peaking in the latest 3.0 firmware update.[15]

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