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Some things just feel right. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 borrows much from traditional camera design, with classic aperture and shutter-speed controls and rangefinder-like styling. But beneath this retro exterior are cutting-edge electronics that include a 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and bespoke image processor. The perfect marriage of old and new.
Drawing on Fujifilm’s impressive heritage in professional transparency film, the X-Pro1 offers photographers colour reproduction modes that are based on classic emulsions from the era of film photography. Landscapers will love the vivid, bold colours of Velvia, while portrait photographers will appreciate the Astia simulation mode for its softness and skin tones. Provia is also present offering accurate colour reproduction and a natural look and feel.
The X-Pro1 is as much at home shooting black & white images as it is capturing colour. A selection of filter effects allows you to simulate the effect of coloured filters in front of the lens, which drastically changes the way that various colours are represented in black & white. Use yellow, orange or red filters to add depth and texture to dramatic skies, or a green filter to enhance skin tones in portraits.
Capture images as your eye sees them, using dynamic-range control to hold detail in dark shadow areas and bright highlights. The X-Pro1 can apply dynamic-range control automatically or you can select the degree to which the tonal range is compressed yourself, choosing from 100 to 400%.
The X-Pro1 can capture JPEG files for convenience or 12-bit RAW files for the ultimate in image quality. Or why not shoot RAW+JPEG for the best of both worlds? A single press of the dedicated RAW button is all that’s needed to switch between file types, so your attention can remain focussed on what’s in front of the camera.
Process RAW files in camera, choosing white balance, exposure compensation and even film simulation modes retrospectively. The results are saved to memory card separately from the original file, which is left unchanged. No PC required!
RAW files from the X-Pro1 can be processed in a number of popular software packages, including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Also include is SILKPIX® software, which not only allows precise adjustment and processing of Raw files, but also playback of HD video.
Sometimes a shot is too important to leave things to chance. Cover all eventualities by bracketing exposure, ISO, dynamic range and film mode, then decide which of the capture images you like best when you return home.
Press the shutter once and the X-Pro1 will capture three exposures of the same scene in rapid succession, each using a different dynamic range setting (100%, 200% and 400%).
Capture three images using different film simulation modes – PROVIA, Velvia and ASTIA – with just one press of the shutter release button.
In tricky lighting situations it’s often best to capture images at different exposures to make sure you get the photograph you want. The X-Pro1 can do this for you automatically, varying exposure in 1/3, 2/3 and whole stops.
Shoot at 5 frames per second for a maximum of 10 shots in a row, thanks the new, speedy EXR image processor and CMOS sensor. Great for fast moving subjects and on-the-fly street photography.
New fewer than 49 focus points (25 when the OVF is operating) ensure autofocus operates swiftly and accurately, recognising the primary subject and bringing it into focus. The active autofocus point is selectable within the position of the AF frame. When using the EVF of view screen for composition the size of the AF point can also be adjusted.
When using the optical viewfinder, shutter lag is reduced to a minimum, resulting in fewer missed opportunities when timing is critical.
The contrast-detection autofocus system in the X-Pro1 is faster than previous versions of this technology, thanks to the speed of the new EXR image processor and the design of the CMOS sensor.
Distance and depth-of-field scales are shown in the viewfinder, together with an aperture value, providing a helpful guide for focusing. Focus can be adjusted manually by rotating the focus ring on the front of the lens while checking the image in live view. Focus-point zoom is available for focus confirmation.
An AF assist lamp automatically illuminates a subject in low light, assisting autofocus and aiding composition.
Focusing is accurate and precise, even in macro photography situations where depth of field is limited at close focusing distances.
Adjust the strength of the viewfinder’s built-in eyesight correction from −2 to +1 diopters using the control next to the eyepiece.
Hold down the Disp/Back button for a moment to activate the X-Pro1’s silent mode, which disables all electronic sounds, deactivates the built-in flash and focus assist lamp. Great for discreet shooting: no one will hear your reportage or street photography.
Switch off the X-Pro1 and for 20min it will hibernate in a special quick start up mode. Waking up from this state takes just 0.7sec, compared to 2.2 sec otherwise, meaning you’ll be ready to capture that moment more quickly.
Customise the X-Pro1’s operation to suit your photography. Program the camera’s Fn button to give quick access to one of a number of features with a single press. ISO sensitivity, depth-of-field confirmation, image size and quality, dynamic range, film simulation, ND filter and AF mode are just some of the options available.
Save and recall up to three sets of user-defined settings covering all aspects of the camera’s behaviour, from white balance to ISO and image size – no fumbling between menus required! Save settings for different users, or perhaps different styles of shooting, like landscapes or street shooting.
Sweep the X-Pro1 through an angle of up to 180˚ and create stunning panoramic photographs without the need for post processing on your PC or Mac. Even when printed at A3 size there is no drop in image quality. Hold the camera vertically to include more top-to-bottom in the scene.
Fuji’s though-the-lens (TTL) flash control provides accurate flash metering no matter what the ambient conditions. A built in flash unit with guide number XX provides enough flash illumination for close-range indoor pictures and fill-in flash in strong daylight. External flashguns are available when more power is needed.