Summary: Fujifilm has a history of making beautiful cameras, particularly in its X series. The X100 and X10 are more than just pretty faces, too — both deliver gorgeous pictures and video. They're designed more as companions to a DSLR rather than your one and only camera, though, and the entry price is high for that kind of camera.
Pros: Gorgeous design, Takes excellent photos and videos, Efficient control system
Cons: Expensive, Lens ecosystem is new and very small, Relatively slow autofocus
Summary: You can set the camera to emulate old Fuji film types like vivid Velvia or soft Astia; turn your photo sepia or black-and-white; add yellow, green or red filters; adjust dynamic range, saturation, sharpness and more. Sweep panorama is present and works well, testers say. But there's no external microphone jack or built-in flash (although there's a hot shoe for an external flash).
Pros: Astounding image quality, Retro rangefinder body and controls, Compatible with high-grade lenses
Cons: Not the quickest to focus, Subpar video, Feels flimsy for the price
Excerpt: The Fujifilm X-Pro1 digital interchangeable lens camera features a 16.3 megapixel Fuji X-Trans CMOS image sensor coupled to the latest Fujifilm processor, a superb dynamic range, excellent high ISO noise performance, professional quality controls and handling, extremely accurate autofocus, Fujifilm's pioneering hybrid viewfinder, and all in a rangefinder-style body that is about as solid as anything you'll find outside the Leica factory.
Pros: What a camera. Despite my whining above about the v1 firmware autofocus speed, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has
Cons: The SD card slot adjacent to the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera is awkward to access because the slot door only opens 90 degrees. We had to figure out a kind of two-finger grip on the sides of the SD card to help line it up for insertion, and a perfectly perpendicular push & release to remove the card. A firmware update (v2) was released on September 12, 2012 and you are well-advised to download and install it in order to resolve slow SD card write sp...
Excerpt: Because this isn't a review per-se, but rather a personal first-impressions style report, I won't belabor a discussion of the camera's unique combination optical and electronic viewfinder. The concept is that it's two viewfinders in one; an optical window finder similar to that on an M Leica and an EVF like those on other mirrorless cameras.
Excerpt: I took up photography as a complete beginner around 8 years ago and was completely hooked form the start. I started out with a Canon 350D and quickly began to acquire a kit of Canon L series lenses. I took photos as often as I could and worked hard on my technique by learning from others. Since then I have owned the following cameras..
Summary: The Fuji X-Pro1 is a 16 MP digital camera with delivers class-leading image quality thanks to its unique X-Trans sensor which does not use an anti-alias filter. Paired with one of the three excellent XF-mount lenses, the X-Pro1 produces some extremely sharp large prints up to ISO 6400 and even remains usable for mid-size prints until its maximum ISO of 25600. Its retro design features a good number of direct mechanical controls.
Pros: Class-leading image quality, Extremely low image noise up to ISO 6400, Excellent sharpness, Great color accuracy, Above average metering system, Good white-balance, Excellent EVF mode, Plenty of direct controls, Instant video recording start and stop, Excellent build quality
Cons: Very slow autofocus in low-light, Sluggish autofocus in good light, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Not Exposure-Priority, Inconsistent AF points and frame in OVF, Only one Fn button, No AE-L in MF mode, Soft aperture detents, Fractional shutter-speeds get reset, Short battery-life
Excerpt: Fujifilm's X-Pro1 is the newest and most advanced edition to Fuji's premium X series digital camera line, a mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera with the retro look of a classic rangefinder 35mm film camera. There's a resemblance to the X100, but while that camera features a fixed 23mm lens (35 in 35mm film equivalents) the X-Pro1 will initially be offered with three interchangeable prime lenses - 18, 35 and 60mm, respectively.
Pros: Very good still image quality, Very good video quality, Exceptional high ISO performance for an APS-C sensor camera, Good ergonomics and control placement
Cons: Cost, No continuous AF with burst shooting, No diopter adjustment for viewfinder, Slow write times with RAW file burst shooting
The Fujifilm X-Pro1: so much more than just a pretty face
1 July 2012
Excerpt: Not counting hipsters and sentimentalists, photographers are roughly divided into 2.5 respective groups – pros, amateurs, and everything in between. Fujifilm’s latest offering from its X-series is aimed firmly at the first group but its gorgeous retro styling, usability and stunning picture quality make it as attractive to the latter groups. Although if you’re not serious about your craft, the price might make you think twice.
Conclusion: Shooting with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is really a kick. It took me back to the days when all I had were prime lenses, and my senses were tuned to the world around me such that I could anticipate which lens I needed before the action happened, and swiftly reach into my bag for the right lens. Naturally, though, I occasionally watched helplessly as moments passed with the wrong lens mounted, being since spoiled by the zoom.
Pros: Quality build, Unique hybrid optical viewfinder, Excellent LCD, even in sunlight, Good analog control dials for quick manual, auto, or semi-auto exposure, Digital controls are well-placed, Menu is well-designed and easy to use, Quick menu gets right to the point with a simple grid and quick navigation, Superb image quality, Very good detail and per-pixel sharpness, Impressive high ISO performance, Excellent lenses, Bracketing modes for ISO, film type, and exposure val...
Cons: Proprietary lens mount, Very limited selection of available lenses, Aperture rings and EV dial are a bit loose, OVF accuracy disappointing (but there's always the EVF), Auto white balance too red indoors, Incandescent setting too yellow, Saturation adjustment not very effective, Only +/-2 EV compensation range, Mediocre autofocus speeds, Slow buffer clearing (get the fastest card you can), Some minor demosaicing artifacts from new color filter layout, Below average ba...