Fujifilm X-Pro1 Ilse Jurriën : February 4th 2012 - 15:30 CET
Fujifilm X-Pro1 hybrid camera : Fujifilm has announced the Fujifilm X-Pro1 interchangeable lens camera system. The Fujiifilm X-Pro1 hybrid camera features a 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, a brand new X lens mount, Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and three prime lenses. Fujifilm have developed a new CMOS sensor called the X-Trans CMOS. The X-Trans CMOS sensor is capable of delivering resolution that is parallel, if not superior, to a full frame sensor. As a result of using a film-inspired array, a more powerful processor is required to process the image signal data. So Fujifilm have created the EXR Processor Pro for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 hybrid camera. This development will maximize the full potential of the X-Trans CMOS sensor and deliver high speed and high precision image processing.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera with interchangeable lens system comes together with three new compact XF Fujinon fast aperture prime lenses. The Fujinon XF18mmF2 R lens, the Fujinon XF 35mmF1.4 R lens and the Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro lens all offer precise control over depth-of-field and deliver excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the design of the molded aperture diaphragm blades. With these new lenses the Fujifilm X-Pro1 can make excellent photos with ease.
Compatible Fujifilm X-Pro1 lenses
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 hybrid camera uses the X-mount, which is specifically designed to maximize the mirror less design of the body as it has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. 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 of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, reducing the back focus distance of each lens to the minimum possible, thus achieving high resolution all the way to the edge of the image.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera body
The top and base of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 are made from die-cast aluminum alloy which, combined with high quality touches like precise engraving on the top-plate and hand-enameled lettering on the lenses, underlines the fact that the entire Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera system is built without compromise. This eye for detail extends to the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation control that is precision milled from solid metal. Details on the design of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 are designed to prevent accidental movement of settings, like the shutter speed dial lock mechanism and the recessed exposure compensation dial. In addition, the Fujifilm X-Pro1's leather-like finish has been designed for a quality look and durability.
Hybrid Viewfinder on the Fujifilm XPro1
Fujifilm's revolutionary Hybrid Viewfinder first appeared in the Fujifilm X100 and will now be available on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 as well. With its ability to instantly switch between an Optical Viewfinder and Electronic Viewfinder the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder has added a new dimension to the pleasure of composing photographs. The Electronic Viewfinder of the Fuji X-Pro1 provides an excellent "Live View" of your composition. This fusion of technologies allows users to enjoy composing their images through a bright viewfinder, but has the option to overlay vital picture taking information should this be required. Changing between the two viewfinders is simple, thanks to the switch on the front of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 body.
Film modes on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1
In film cameras, multiple exposures is the unique photographic technique of superimposing one image on another by double exposing a single frame of film. Through advanced digital processing the Fujifilm X-Pro1 can simulate this technique - just select Multiple Exposure mode and take your first shot. By viewing it in the Hybrid Viewfinder or on the LCD screen of the Fujifilm X-Pro1, you can see how the finished multiple exposure will look and precisely frame the second shot. Further enhancements have been made to the Film Simulation modes with the new Professional Color Negative Film Modes (Pro Neg. Std and Pro Neg. Hi) designed for Fujifilm XPro1 users working in the studio. If you'd like to shoot the same scene in a variety of Film Simulation modes, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 offers Film Simulation bracketing, along with AE, Dynamic and ISO bracketing.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 test photos
Fujifilm published two test photos on its Imaging website. Download the Fujifilm X-Pro1 test photos to judge the image quality yourself.
Fujifilm X Pro1 accessories
• Fujifilm HG-XPro1 Hand Grip (sold separately) : gives you more secure and balanced handling of the camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 accessory grip smoothly molds to the lines of the camera body for a uniform look. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 hand grip helps balance the weight of the camera body, allowing for a more comfortable hold.
• Fujifilm EF-X20 Shoe Mount Flash (sold separately) : being designed to match the distinctive styling of the Fujifilm X-Pro1. One dial lets you choose between two modes: AUTO - automatically optimizes flash for both outdoor daylight and dark indoor shots; MANUAL - for hands-on control. In addition, the built-in flash diffuser has an easy one-touch operation to soften harsh flash effects.
• Fujifilm LC-XPro1 Leather Case (sold separately) : beautifully molded case to protect the Fujifilm X-Pro1. The leather case is designed to allow fast access for easy shooting. Attention has been given to every detail, from the color and spacing of the stitches to the adoption of a hidden magnet rather than a snap for closing the case. The premium leather case for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is completed by the inclusion of the authentic leather neck-strap and hood case.
• Protector Filter φ39mm and Protector Filter φ52mm - this is a protection filter with high transmissivity without affecting the visible light. The Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) of these protection filters would control harmful borrowed light effectively. The frame of filter given the semi-gloss black coating fits a high sense design. Or the inner side of filter given the matt black coating restrains a reflection effect and does design well.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 price & availability
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera will be available from mid-March, together with the newly launched Fujinon prime lenses. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 body will have a suggested retail price of about €1.600 Euro in Europe. The fast prime lenses will ship for approx.. €600 Euro. In the United States the camera will have a suggested retail price of about $1.700 USD. Prices may vary from country to country.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 review
Once we get our hands on a Fujifilm X-Pro1 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures and videos, followed by an in-depth Fujifilm X-Pro1 review. In the meantime entertain yourself with some test photos of the newly launched Fujifilm X-S1 or download the free brochure of the Fujifilm X-Pro1.