Fujifilm's X100 became an instant hit upon its release in 2011, thanks to a 12.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a high-quality fixed 23mm ƒ/2 lens and a beautiful industrial design. It was followed by the X10, which had a smaller sensor, but also a built-in zoom. Now Fujifilm has introduced the X-Pro1, with a new 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses. For travel photographers, in particular, this new camera looks like a real winner.
Hybrid Multi Viewfinder
Like the X100, the X-Pro1 features a Hybrid Multi Viewfinder—you can view using an optical viewfinder (for the brightest image and minimal shutter lag) or a 1,440,000-dot electronic one. But this next-generation viewfinder offers two magnifications, automatically switching to 0.37x for the 18mm lens, and 0.60x for the 35mm and 60mm lenses. Both viewfinders can display a lot of shooting information when desired, including exposure compensation, depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, image quality and size, number of available frames, distance indicator, AF target and ISO setting.
Besides a hot-shoe for an external TTL electronic flash unit (Fujifilm offers the EF-X20 for the camera), there's a PC connector so you can connect studio flash systems. Maximum flash sync shutter speed is 1⁄180 sec.
Solid, Elegant Body
The X-Pro1 features a solid, attractive body (made in Japan) with a magnesium-alloy chassis, die-cast aluminum-alloy top and baseplates, and leatherlike finish. Precision-milled dials provide direct control of shutter speed and exposure compensation, while apertures are set (in 1⁄3-stop increments) via a ring on the lens. Manual focusing is via a ring on the lens, but as with the X100, is electronic "focus by wire," not mechanical.
New 16.2 MP APS-C Sensor
At the heart of the new X-Pro1 is an all-new Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS image sensor. It's APS-C in size, with a 1.5x focal-length factor and assuring DSLR image quality. But it's also new in concept, with a unique "enhanced-randomness" filter array that has red, green and blue pixels in every row and column, minimizing moiré and false colors, and thus eliminating the need for an optical low-pass filter—and the resulting loss of sharpness it causes. A new EXR Processor Pro with supporting co-processor gets the most from the new sensor and lenses.
Image Sensor: 16.3 MP X-Trans CMOS Max. Resolution: 4896x3264 pixels Sensor Size: 23.6x15.6mm (APS-C) Video: 1920x1080/24p; 1280x720/24p AF System: 49-area contrast Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., B ISO Settings: 200-6400 (expandable to 100-25,600) Continuous Firing Mode: 6 fps Recording Format: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG Metering: 256-zone, CW, spot Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC Dimensions: 5.5x3.2x1.7 inches Weight: 14.1 ounces Power Source: Rechargeable NP-W126 Li-ion battery Estimated Street Price: $1,700 (body only) Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilm.com