The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is Fuji’s first compact system DSLR camera (CSC) and features a 16.3 million pixel X-Trans CMOS sensor that produces images of up to 15.89MP. It was announced in January 2012 and launched in March 2012. It is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera and features the X-mount lens system that Fuji specifically developed for the X-Pro1. Perhaps more importantly, the images the lens and sensor take are impressed straight from the camera and with plenty of detail, pleasant colours, and with beautiful out of focus areas. This makes it an instant hit in any DSLR camera user’s inventory.
Although it’s quite a little larger than most micro 4/3rds compact system cameras, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has an APS-C sized sensor and an effective pixel count of 16 MP. The rectangular body is reminiscent of Fujifilm’s original Range Finder, and this look extends to the shutter speed dial on the top plate and the aperturing on the lens. While the shutter speed runs in whole stops running from 1/4000s to 30 seconds, the aperturing can be adjusted in third-stops.
In addition to the viewfinders, images may also be composed on the 3-inch, 1,230,000 dot resolution LCD screen on the back of the camera. This is one of the highest resolution camera screens around, but unlike those you see on many other DSLR cameras you see these days, it is not touch-sensitive.
Despite its overall rectangular shape that is typical of many modern range finder DSLR cameras, the Fuji X-Pro1 feels extremely comfortable in the hands thanks to the texturized grips on the front and the rear ends of the camera. It lacks the bulk of the average DSLR grip, but it provides strong support and makes the camera feel secure and comfortable in your hands.
When the shutter speed dial and aperturing are both set to ‘A’ the camera works in program mode, while setting one or the other to ‘A’ select aperture or shutter priority mode. There are no scene modes but the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is not designed to attract novice photographers, therefore you should be careful when you are planning on purchasing it if you are still a beginner with DSLR cameras.
Like Fuji’s premium compact camera – the X-100 – the X-Pro1 has a hybrid viewfinder that combines both a direct optical finder with an electrical viewfinder. And a small lever on the front of the camera allows you to switch between the two. The electronic finder shows the image formed on the sensor but the optical finder shows a direct view through the eye-window.
The X-Pro1 uses a 49 point contrast detectional autofocus system. While this isn’t the fastest in the world, it is perfectly adequate to most situations.
In continuous AF Mode however, the focus point is locked to the center of the frame which can have obvious limitations for some users. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 can also have trouble while tracking and keeping up with fast-moving objects, but this is not really news for a compact system camera.
In manual focus mode, a magnified view is activated by pressing the command dial above the thumb rest. In this case, most users will notice and see that the LCD provides a clearer view of the critical focus than the electronic viewfinder.
One very special and handy feature about the Fujifilm X-Pro1 DSLR camera is the quick menu that is accessed by pressing the key button on the device. In order to adjust any of the 16 features, the user can simply navigate to it and then use the command dial to set the option that he requires. The quick menu button sits on the ridge that forms the thumb rest in the top-right corner at the back-end of the device. You should note that when the camera is turned to shoot in upright orientation, you can accidentally press is button and this can be pretty annoying for some users.
Battery Life And Capacity
The battery in the Fujifilm X-Pro1 can usually last for up to 300 shots, but it can definitely be further enhanced by using the Energy Saver Mode on the device. For faster applications, you can go ahead with using the quick start mode, but it is always a good idea to keep a set of spare generic batteries with you, especially when you are shooting outdoors.
Price And Availability In Australia
The Fujifilm X-Pro1 DSLR camera is available from online Australian stores including TopBuy Australia, where it currently retails for AU $1,510.45 at an exceptional discount of 40%, down from its original cost of AU $2,499.00.
While the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has a few flaws, specifically the speed of its auto-focus system, we here at eShoppers Place Australia think that most serious photographers will find the Fuji X-Pro1 a complete joy to use.