The Fujifilm X-PRO1 is Ultra-Modern and Retro-Cool
The X-PRO 1 Combines Modern Technology with the Rugged Good Looks of a Hollywood Idol
Fuji have used the X-PRO 1 to launch a new camera system aimed at the professional or high-end enthusiast. Whereas other manufacturers have used their Compact System Cameras to emphasize their modernity, this camera has a more than passing resemblance to the classic Leica – it is about the same size – and has a retro feel that makes it aesthetically pleasing. It feels chunky and is suitably heavy in the hand. However, the weight isn’t made up of clanking analog parts, but top end technology. It boasts a 16 megapixel sensor, which due to some wizardry, Fuji claim can can produce the sort of resolution a 20 megapixel sensor would achieve. The new prime lenses that come with this camera are limited to, effectively, 27mm, 53mm and 90mm – although more lenses are promised for later this year.
This camera is not a sports camera, but in keeping with its Leica-like aspirations, would be ideal for street photography, reportage or landscape. The promised lenses may widen the possibilities further. All the manufacturers seem to recognize the potential of the CSC market. Whilst most are housing their offerings in slim, chic, modernistic casings, Fuji obviously feel that the retro-market is the way to go. Essentially, this is a very good camera.
The mode settings are sensible and easy to use, and reminiscent of other x-prefixed Fujis. New settings include multiple exposure mode and Pro-negS and Pro-negH options, which hark back to the days Fuji made film and are paticularly good for portraiture. ISO can extend from 100-25600 and the shutter speed can go to 1/4000. It has both a high resolution 3 inch LCD screen and an eye-detecting viewfinder. It can shoot full HD video with stereo sound.
The Fujifilm X-PRO1 is designed for the high-end enthusiast / semi-pro who wants to leave his cumbersome D-SLR at home, but retain the flexibility, versatility and – above all – quality. It is an iconic camera hoping to become a future classic. It could give some of the best digital SLRs a run for their money.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Features
16MegaPixel sensor: Bumped up to over 20 MegaPixels by Fuji magic.
Dual optical / electronic viewfinder: Allows you to use both equally well.
Three ‘XF’ Prime lenses: XF 27mm, 53mm, 90mm: More to come this year.
shutter, 1/4000 sec max speed
3.0″ Hi-Res LCD