The new Fujifilm X-Pro 1
Since the Fuji X100 was launched to an incredible response over a year ago, the question on many people’s lips has been: when will the X-series add an interchangeable lens camera to its lineup? Well it’s here and it’s more than just an interchangeable lens version of the X100, it’s an impressive camera in its own right. Lets have a look at the specs….
- 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- X Mount Lens Mount
- 200 – 6,400 standard ISO range, extendable to 25,600
- Up to 6 fps
- Full 1080p HD movie capability
- Hybrid Viewfinder
- 3.0″LCD screen with 1.23M dot resolution
- 140 x 82 x 43mm dimensions
- weighs approx 450g including battery and memory card
- RRP £1,429*
The inclusion of a new 16.1 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS Sensor makes the X-Pro1 a very exciting camera indeed and it presents a compelling alternative to an APS-C sensor DSLR. Inspired by the random arrangement of grain in film, a new color filter array minimises both moiré and false color issues and eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter.
It isn’t small or light when compared to other interchangeable lens system cameras in the market, but the X-Pro1 doesn’t appear to be competing with them directly in this sense. It’s a camera for serious enthusiasts who appreciate the styling and functionality of traditional rangefinder cameras.
The X-Pro 1 boasts the next generation Hybrid Viewfinder, building on the successes of the X100. As in the first X-series camera, you can still switch between Hybrid and Optical Viewfinder options using the switch on the front of the body (which now points down rather than up) and both options are compatible with all three prime XF lenses. Framing in the optical viewfinder will automatically change when different XF lenses are mounted and the EVF will display 100% coverage on an 1,440,000-dot colour LCD.
Live view is, of course, an option on the X-Pro 1 as well and is displayed on a 3.0″ RGBW 1,230,000 dot LCD screen – a slightly larger and significantly higher resolution version of the screen on the X100.
X Mount Lenses
Alongside the X-Pro1, Fuji have announced the first three X-mount lenses which are sure to excite Fuji X-series enthusiasts: a lightweight 18mm f/2 R pancake Lens, a 35mm f/1.4 R Lens and a 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens. These three new prime lenses feature an all-glass aspherical lens, aperture ring control and are of metal construction, which gives a reassuringly solid feel. All of these XF lenses also come equipped with their own metal lens hood, which is a nice bonus too.
Fuji have worked to reduce the back focus distance as much as possible with the new X Mount system. It boasts a short 17.7mm flange back distance, wider opening and deeper lens mounting – all which contribute to keeping back focus distance to a minimum to prevent loss of light volume and enhance resolution.
There are a range of new accessories that will be available to complement the X-Pro 1 and XF lenses, including the HG-X Pro1 Hand Grip, an EF-X20 Shoe Mount Flash, a LC-X Pro1 Leather Case (there will be an additional case available for the 60mm lens), a 39mm Protector Filter (for the 60mm f/lens) and 52mm Protector Filter (for the 18mm and 35mm lenses).
In Comparison: the X Series
|Sensor||APS-C CMOS||APS-C CMOS||2/3″ EXR-CMOS|
|Lens focal length*||3 XF lenses available||35mm||28-112mm|
|HD video max||1080p||720p||1080p|
|Screen (dots)||3.0″ LCD (1,230k)||2.8″ LCD (460k)||2.8″ LCD (460k)|
|Dimensions||140 x 82 x 43mm||127 x 75 x 54mm||117 x 69.6 x 56.8mm|
We’ve sourced these sample images from Fuji (original source here or click through on the individual images) to get a first look at what the X-Pro1 and its various lenses can do. More sample images will be added here as they become available.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is now available for pre-order at Wex Photographic for £1,429*. It is expected to be available around mid to late February 2012.
*price as at 27th January 2012, subject to change