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Published On: Fri, May 4th, 2012

Fujifilm X-Pro1- Aimed at professional photographers

As soon as Fujifilm announced its latest product FinePix X100, which is a retro-styled large-sensor compact camera, it captured the imagination of thousands of serious photographers. Surprisingly, the manufacturer had not expected such a huge anticipation. The X100 boosts combination of the ‘traditional’ dial-based handling as well as outstanding image quality that is offered by widespread plaudits. This makes the camera cult classic in spite its incontrovertible flaws. It is said to be a subsequent addition to the existing range of X10 compact, which offers bright and manually managed zoom lens. This camera has cemented resurgence of Fujifilm as a brand that is worthy of some serious attention.

In addition to this, the X100 camera looks very traditional. On the other hand it houses some of the very modern technologies – starting from the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder. The design of the device allows you to have a choice of fully electronic view and rangefinder-style optical view. It is capable of overlaying the electronic data over the regular optical viewfinder. The device was a masterpiece of engineering. However, it appeared to be a design that is very much dependent on the usage with integrated set of prime lens.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Display :

Placed on the rear panel of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 boosts a 3.0 inches RGBW LCD display. When compared with the standard RGB displays, the RGBW types provide lower power consumption and equivalent brightness. It also boosts an ability to ramp up the brightness beyond the possibilities of the standard LCD panel. Additionally, the resolution offered by the display of X-Pro1 is 1,230,000 dots, where each pixel is comprised of separate green, blue, red, and white dots. It is approximately equal to a VGA camera 640 x 480 pixel array. Also, the coverage of the camera is manufacturer-rated at approximately 100 per cent.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Panorama :

There are exciting functions offered by X-Pro1, however not all of them gel with the retro styling of the camera. Thankfully, all of them are surely useful. One of the very first interesting features is a Motion Panorama function operating much like sweep panorama. You can now simply pan across a scene and hold the shutter button, the camera will automatically capture the picture and stitch it together either in a horizontal panorama or vertical one, with four resolutions offered that are 7,680 x 1,440 and 5,120 x 1,440 pixels for the horizontal panoramas, and 2,160 x 7,680 and 2,160 x 5,120 pixels for the vertical ones.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Price

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Dust reduction :

The X-Pro1 is capable of deal with the dust effects that enters the camera body while you are busy changing the lens changes. There are chances that these dust particles settle down over the image sensor of the device. To solve this issue, Fujifilm has now introduced an ultrasonic vibration system. It vibrates the cover glass that is placed over the image sensor, as the camera doesn’t have an optical low-pass filter.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Storage :

The camera stores its images and videos on Secure Digital cards, which includes both the higher-capacity SDHC as well as SDXC types. The camera also supports the high-speed UHS-I type cards. However, the manufacturer Fujifilm recommends to use Speed Class 4 for enjoying high-quality HD movie capture.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Camera

Pros of Fujifilm X-Pro1 :

Fujifilm X-Pro1 sports an excellent quality build. The device has a unique hybrid optical viewfinder as well as one of the best LCD displays. The camera offers good controls and excellent image quality.

Cons of Fujifilm X-Pro1 :

The camera is limited to prime lenses. It has a loose aperture ring as well as EV dial. In addition to this, it offers mediocre autofocus speeds. The device has slow buffer clearing. Moreover, the Tripod socket of the camera is located close to the battery compartment.

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Pricing and availability :

Fujifilm X-Pro1 as well as the first set of three XF lenses  is available in market for sale since April 2012. Also, the suggested retail price is US $1,699.95. Moreover, the XF 18mm f/2.0 as well as XF 35mm f/1.4 are priced at US $599.95, on the other hand the XF 60mm f/2.4 macro comes at a higher price tag of US $649.95.

The Verdict

Following the success of X100 success as well as the increase in the popularity of the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, it seems that Fujifilm has just entered the high-end camera with exchangeable lenses market at the right time. The rumors of introduction of such a beast was already in the market for a long time, finally the moment has come, when the camera is actually available on sale. Moreover, the camera is christened as the X-Pro1, which leaves absolutely no doubt as its authenticity: it has become the first camera in its segment that is specifically aimed at the professional photographers.

Review of Fujifilm X-Pro1

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