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Fujifilm X-Pro1

Est. $1,000
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Pros
  • Astounding image quality
  • Retro rangefinder body and controls
  • Compatible with high-grade lenses
Cons
  • Not the quickest to focus
  • Subpar video
  • Feels flimsy for the price

Bottom line

"Stunning," "astounding" and "gorgeous" images are the Fujifilm X-Pro1's claim to fame in test after test. Even more than its retro rangefinder styling, its dazzling photos grab critics' attention. But it's flawed. Slow autofocus, disappointing video and some flimsy bits harm its rating in reviews. Note that Fujifilm has released a smaller, newer, cheaper version, the Fujifilm X-E1 (Est. $800), which delivers exactly the same image quality.

Ease of use

Fun rangefinder style -- with some flaws. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 looks like a cool old rangefinder camera -- but it's not just for show. Those old-fashioned metal controls make expert testers feel right at home, even though most of them don't do much and only one is customizable. Unlike other mirrorless cameras, the X-Pro1 has a true optical viewfinder, not an electronic substitute. But it's scooted off to the side, rangefinder-style -- so what you see is a bit to the side of what you're actually shooting. At 5.5 inches long, the X-Pro1 is a little bulkier than other mirrorless cameras. Still, reviewers point out, it's a lot smaller and more discreet than a DSLR.

Performance

"Amazing" photos, but second-rate video and focusing. Reviewers say that the images are "stunning," "astounding," "gorgeous" and "freakin' amazing!" They add, "The images are ridiculously sharp yet have a wonderful smooth, creamy texture. The color rendition is beautiful." Even murky light poses no problem. The X-Pro1's sensor is the size of a compact-sensor DSLR's, with 16.3 megapixels -- nothing unusual there -- but Fujifilm staggers its red, green and blue pixels, rather than repeating them evenly all over the sensor. The downsides? Slow, buggy autofocus and crippled manual focus plagued early tests, though firmware updates have eased these problems, but it's still not a quick-draw focuser for action or sports photography. Battery life is rated at 300 shots per charge, which "ought to be longer," one reviewer comments.

Durability

Feels flimsy for the price. The X-Pro1's metal-plated body strikes DPReview.com's Andy Westlake as "impressively solid," but other experts notice frailties. Users agree. "The body is well built and feels sturdy, but every button and opening is very flimsy," writes one Amazon.com customer. Another says, "It's metal clad, yes, but feels less dense than it should. The shutter speed dial is cheaper feeling than it should be. I was shocked, picking this up, that for a $1,700 camera [at launch] the quality wasn't better."

Features

Pro-style feature set, with a few missing links. Only five lenses (Est. $600 to $900 each) are available for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 -- and Fujifilm doesn't include any of them with the camera. Still, the X-Pro1's 35 mm prime lens is "truly excellent," Westlake says, and a $200 adapter fits M-mount lenses from Leica, Carl Zeiss and others. Aimed squarely at pros, the X-Pro1 skips the usual special effects you'll find on consumer-geared cameras. However, you do get more sophisticated options, including emulating old Fujifilm types like vivid Velvia or soft Astia, and adjusting dynamic range, saturation, sharpness and more.   Sweep panorama is present and works well, testers say. But there's no external microphone jack or built-in flash (although there's a hot shoe for an external flash).

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Our Sources

1. DPReview.com

The Fujifilm X-Pro1's excellent image quality and handling impress Andy Westlake in this extensive test, but slow autofocus, "dysfunctional" manual focus and other bugs drag down its score. Westlake notes that September 2012 firmware updates improve the focus problems, and "we'll be revisiting our conclusions in due course."

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1 In-depth Review, Andy Westlake, June 2012

2. Imaging-Resource.com

Imaging-Resource.com doesn't test as many point-and-shoot cameras as other sources, but its tests of more advanced cameras are unbeatable. Experts evaluate every aspect of the Fujifilm X-Pro1, shooting photos in multiple scenarios as well as video, plus side-by-side photo comparisons with rival mirrorless cameras and DSLRs at several light levels. They notice the same focusing problems (since alleviated by firmware updates) and disappointing video as other testers, but also the same "superb" image quality. Overall, they highly recommend it.

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review, Shawn Barnett, Mike Tomkins and Zig Weidelich, April 18, 2012

3. PCMag.com

Jim Fisher emphasizes that users shouldn't discount the Fujifilm X-Pro1 because of its slightly older age than other mirrorless cameras available. He says that it's a "top-notch camera" that will appeal to optical viewfinder fans who don't want to pay the high price for Leica models.

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1, Jim Fisher, March 13, 2014

4. Reviewed.com

Thanks to its "sharp, gorgeous pictures" and "awesome" manual controls, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 wins this site's 2012 Best Enthusiast Camera award. Christopher Snow finds the video quality lacking and the rear panel too crammed with buttons, but otherwise it's "absolutely state of the art."

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Digital Camera Review, Christopher Snow, May 23, 2012

5. What Digital Camera

"Astounding image quality" and a great hybrid viewfinder help earn the Fujifilm X-Pro1 a Gold Award here. Mike Lowe calls it "a staggering camera." He doesn't think the slow autofocus and other flaws are deal-breakers.

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review, Mike Lowe, March 9, 2012

6. Amazon.com

More than 70 owners review the Fujifilm X-Pro1 here, and half award it a perfect 5 stars. Most others agree that it produces beautiful images, but they downgrade it for other flaws. Some (like chattering aperture blades and slow autofocus) have been improved through firmware updates, recent reviews note.

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014

7. BHPhotoVideo.com

With over 120 owner reviews posted here, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 maintains a very high 4.6-star rating (out of 5). Several low ratings include complaints about the slow autofocus, which has since been alleviated by a firmware update.

Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Digital Camera (Body Only), Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com, As of May 2014

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