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Fuji X-Pro1 review

A harmony of traditional and digital photography

Our Verdict

For

  • Film-like images
  • Good contrast
  • Smooth quality defocused areas
  • Hybrid viewfinder

Against

  • Centre-locked continuous autofocus
  • Manual focus tricky with EVF

Fuji X-Pro1 review

In comparison with other recent compact system cameras, the Fuji X-Pro1 is quite large, but then unlike the Micro Four Thirds offering from Olympus and Panasonic, it has an APS-C format sensor.

It is also a pretty solid feeling beast, though without a lens mounted it is a little lighter than we were expecting. With one of the three current lenses mounted it feels just about right and the body and controls have a high quality feel.

Given its retro styling and traditional control arrangement, the Fuji X-Pro1 isn't so much a CSC competitor as an advanced DSLR or rangefinder rival. And when the promised M mount adaptor comes to market, Leica users wanting a digital camera will have a more affordable alternative to the Leica M9.

Fuji X-Pro1 review

Despite its overall rectangular shape, which is typical of traditional rangefinder cameras, the Fuji X-Pro1 feels reasonably comfortable in the hand, thanks to the textured rubberised grip on its front. It lacks the bulk of the average DSLR's grip, but it provides purchase and makes the camera feel secure in your grasp.

Although the Fuji X-Pro1's body looks similar to the X100's, Fuji has made a few changes to improve the new camera's handling.

Fuji X-Pro1 review

First up, there's a Q button that activates the Quick menu, giving access to 16 key camera features including the sensitivity, Dynamic Range optimisation, white balance, file format and Film Simulation mode settings, to name just a few.

Fuji x-pro1 review

Any of the features within the Quick Menu grid can be selected simply by navigating to them, and then adjusted using the command dial near the thumb rest. It's quick to use and, unlike Olympus's approach, doesn't require a button press to select the feature ready for adjustment.

It is also possible to save up to seven custom set-ups governing the settings for nine features, for quick recall via the Quick menu.

While the Quick menu is really useful, it would be even better if you could specify what features you access from it. Users who always shoot raw and JPEG files simultaneously, for example, have no need of the image quality control and may prefer a faster route to the bracketing options.

Fuji X-Pro1 review

Another issue we have with the Quick menu is with the button itself. This sits on the ridge that forms the thumb rest, and when the camera is turned to shoot in upright orientation, it's very easy to accidentally press it. Granted a bit of familiarity does reduce the frequency of this occurring, but it remains a problem.

In response to requests from X100 users, Fuji has given the X-Pro1's shutter speed dial a lock button and changed the command dial for navigation buttons.

Fuji X-Pro1 review

The exposure compensation dial is also slightly recessed, to make it harder to knock out of position. However, we found it is still prone to being moved accidentally.

Fuji X-Pro1 review

Although the shutter speed lock button is a bit fiddly to use, it only needs to be pressed when the dial is being turned from the 'A' (automatic) position. It's a small point, but crucially it prevents the camera switching from aperture priority mode to manual or from fully automatic to shutter priority mode.

Available to pre-order for the considerable price of £1,429 in the UK and $1,699 in the US, the Fuji X-Pro1 is a delight to use aside from one or two niggles.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyX
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesLive View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, MOV
Viewfinder TypeHybrid
Weight (Approximate)400 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate24 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeX-Trans CMOS
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-W126
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height81.3 mm
Width139.7 mm
Depth43.2 mm
Autofocus Points49
Product SeriesX
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Suppressed Flash, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-Pro1
Product NameDigital Camera X-Pro1
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC06390A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

For the discerning photographer who lets nothing stand in the way of quality, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 offers superb build quality, fast-aperture interchangeable lenses and the look and feel of a modern classic.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • Digital Camera X-Pro1
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Metal Strap Clip
  • Protective Cover
  • Clip Attaching Tool
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Display Resolution1230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker