Fuji X-Pro1 Review

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Fuji X-Pro1 Review4.4090909090909Nasim Mansurov2013-09-11 02:01:43Read this in-depth review of the Fuji X-Pro1, a highly anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with image samples and comparisons to other mirrorless camerashttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Reader Comments

  1. 1
    ) pankaj

    Exact same problem with X-10 which is a fantastic P&S from fuji (I don’t care about ORBs). The focus points can only be invoked via AF button on the left of the screen and no way to customize that. Nope I cannot program my Fn button which is conveniently located close to shutter release (which BTW help me chose the ISO/RAW format). If I am writing their firmware, I am sure it won’t be more than couple of lines of code. Because 1 good thing about shifting focal points in X-10 is, there is a wheel control on the back of the camera. It works great. Its just invoking the freaking AF points :-( If anybody knows about it, please let me know.

    I totally agree with you on Intervalometer. Such an expensive camera and yet they cut corners in writing excellent firmware. Same is GPS. This is a hardware add-on but come on $1600 for a body!!!! Fuji had a chance to make it an ultimate camera system. Clubbed with good quality X10 and X100 to make people feel at home.

    • Pankaj, thank you for your feedback.

      On the other hand, if you look at the X-Pro1 as a Leica alternative, then it is actually quite a decent camera, given its much lower cost…

  2. 2
    ) Dean M.

    Thank you, Nasim, for an excellent review. I, as you, was very hopeful for this camera, now, not so much. As you, one must wonder why in the world bugs with its predecessor were almost willingly carried along to the X-Pro1. So much right, but then, so much Not right. I had thought I had read that there was already a firmware update for the AF problem, perhaps not. In your followup, I hope you will touch on using Leica M-class glass with an adapter. Another review stated that due to the extra layers added to the sensor by the self cleaning mechanism that this might cause color shift changes with wide angles. Again, a shame that so many things were overlooked or seemingly unattended to, such as, I.e., battery life indicator, freezeups, inability to shoot RAW at high ISOs (what in the world were they thinking?) and the like, among several.
    Kindest regards
    Dean

    • Dean, yes, Fuji already released a firmware update for the AF problem that fixed the “aperture chatter”. However, the firmware update has not addressed any other issues highlighted in this review.

  3. 3
    ) Sam

    Hi,
    nice review!

    it seems like it performs better than d7000 or even some, right ?

    hmm…

    • Sam, are you asking about its image quality only? If yes, then the JPEG output from the X-Pro1 is definitely better. However, I am not sure how the camera will compare in RAW – will have to wait for the support.

  4. 4
    ) Graham

    Thank you for such a succinct summary. If only Fuji would address your detailed issues I believe 50% of users would abandon their heavy DSLR outfits, for many purposes. The sooner a completely revised Pro-X 2 arrives, the better, for many will not accept these limitations, especially regarding AF. I eagerly await a high-quality 12-24 mm landscape zoom — requiring that the corners should surpass those of the 18mm, where, according to posted examples, it is a bit disappointing. Then … the 24mm f/1.4 and a mid-long zoom with good AF. But has any reader discovered yet whether the new lenses have an image circle that could cover/predict a FF model? (Test on a Leica M9.) That option would wipe the slate and make a fortune for Fuji. Let’s hope!

    • Graham, you are most welcome!

      I agree, I would love to buy a mirrorless camera that would become my “primary” camera I take with me everywhere. I would then treat DSLRs as secondary , taking them only when the highest image quality and performance are required.

      A full-frame X-Pro1 would put some serious pressure on Leica. Can’t wait for Fuji to release a camera that would compete head to head with the M9. Who knows, maybe Leica would lower its prices like Hasselblad did a couple of days ago?

  5. 5
    ) Paulo

    Hi Nasim,
    I was also very interested in the x-pro1, however I had a play around with it the other day at a camera shop and found the AF to be really poor, and that is what most of the reviews highlight. That will be a no go for me especially given the price of the camera and lenses.
    I have been looking at the Olympus OM-D EM-5. Do you have any plans to test the OM-D?
    Thanks,
    Paulo

    • Paulo, yes, I am planning to test the OM-D, hopefully soon (need to finish reviewing the gear I have right now). Seems like a great mirrorless camera!

  6. 6
    ) gianpaolo

    About sensor aliasing…
    The different rgb pattern does not avoid aliasing at all.
    Rather, it moves it to LOWER frequencies (worse) and riduces the amplitud of simgle lines.
    It would be very interesting if you could investigate this behaviour, with your usual precision and thouroughness.
    Anyway, an excellent and usefjl review.
    P.s. I read that the oly om d has a better sensor… Did you test it?

    • Gianpaolo, thank you for your feedback! I did not think going too technical on the sensor was a good idea for our readers, so I just summarized it in a simple way.

      As for the OM-D, I am planning to test it too, once I am done with the Canon 5D Mark III and some Canon lenses.

  7. 7
    ) Graham

    The Olympus “OMG”?
    In my SLR slide-film days, the step-up in quality between the OM lens system and Nikon’s (even the old 35-105mm AF, scarcely their best!) was startling. Does OM compare in any way these days?

    • Graham, you would be surprised by how good some of the latest digital Olympus cameras have gotten. The OM-D seems to be a very attractive camera with impressive capabilities…

  8. 8
    ) shepherd

    Nasim,
    As usual you write interesting reviews, however, you are mistaken in several of your quibbles about the X-Pro1.

    First off, while the auto focus is not the same AF speed as a Nikon DSLR or Canon, the X-Pro1 does work well. Much better than what your review would lead one that has not experienced the X-Pro1 to believe.

    Many infrequent users commit errors with the auto focus functioning based on their extensive experience with major DSLR AF systems. The X100 and X-Pro1 will give fast and accurate focus if one does not half press the shutter release button, wait for a focus confirmation and then finish the shutter release press. Try pressing the shutter release in one continuous press when taking a picture. The camera does auto focus and functions much, much better than a half press and wait method. You and others should try the frame and full continuous press procedure. I think you’ll find AF works accurately and quickly.

    Another quibble I have is your assumption the X100 and X-Pro1 were designed as video cameras, or are least seriously lacking video capability. They were not designed for video. They ar designed as still cameras, first and foremost. The video function is very basic and, I believe, a small attempt at pacifying the current consumer expectation every still camera should also be a full featured video camera . Fuji added the basic video function as a side capability to pacify those that would have screamed bloody murder if video was completely missing in the X100 and X-Pro1 series. It is not an outstanding video camera, your are correct about that, but neither was it designed to shoot video and capture stills at the same time because, I stated previously, it was designed to be an exceptional, compact, lightweight, high IQ, high resolution still camera.

    IMHO, if I want full function, cinematic quality video, I need to spend thousands more to purchase a device specifically designed for video. There is nothing incomplete or lacking in a still camera that produces wonderfully sharp, colorful and high resolution photographs. Keep in mind the designed primary purpose of the X-Pro1. It is an outstanding tool for producing exceptional high quality still photos.

    Furthermore, I have not experienced the battery problems you described. Both my Fuji factory batteries have performed flawlessly and last almost all day with continuous use and chimping. The user should utilize the proper menu settings to maximize battery life.

    Yes, the X-Pro1 does have some attributes and function foibles that you correctly described. However, Fuji, as you pointed out, corrected many X100 foibles with firmware updates, and I’m sure more corrections for the small items you mentioned will see a Fuji solution this year, too.

    I, for one, am amazed at what Fuji has developed and manufactured in the X-Pro1 and X100 as far as IQ, compactness and quality in glass and the bodies. I am more than pleased with my two X100′s and my Fuji X-Pro1. So much so, that two of my Nikon DSLRs will be sold, along with several pieces of Nikon glass as the Fuji X series out shines the Nikon . I have been a Nikon user since the Nikon F and Nikon Nikkormat with manual single coated glass so I am not a Johnny come latley to Nikon. I know Nikon and appreciate Nikon’s strengths, but I find Fuji has surpassed Nikon in areas that are important to me.
    I will keep my Nikon D700 and a couple of high quality pieces of Nikon Nikkor glass, but my Fuji X series are my main cameras and, I suspect, will be overshadowing the Nikon from here on out.

    With your and my comments in mind, every camera has its strengths and weaknesses. The Fuji X series are not video cameras, they are excellent still cameras that have a basic video capability built in.

    I humbly suggest users and potential users of the X-Pro1 get to know and learn the AF capabilities of the X-Pro1 and how the AF functions before proclaiming the AF is terrible and horrible, in need of drastic improvement. Just keep in mind it is not an action DSLR that is at least twice as large and heavy as the X-Pro1.

    Time and time again, one can find the photog boards filled with complaints ad naseum about a product that is either not out yet or incorrectly used by people who condemn the item as if it were the worst product every produced. My simple advice is to learn the system and how it functions. Read the manual and try to comprehend the information. If the product is still not to your expectations and feel it is still worthy of excessive condemnation, either sell it or design, manufacture and market a better product. There is far too much complaining about extraordinary engineered products. Thank you for allowing my comments.

    • Shepherd, thank you for your detailed feedback – now that’s a great review from a reader :) I truly appreciate it.

      When I talked about my frustration with the X-Pro1 AF system, I obviously spoke about it when compared to other AF systems that I have used in the past, including Micro 4/3 and Nikon 1. I would not want to compare it to a DSLR AF system, because it does not stand a chance, not even close. It is good enough for stationary subjects, but AF-C is pretty useless and the shutter lag is painful.

      I played with the X-Pro1 for over a month and photographed with it in all kinds of environments. I have even tried your suggested method by just pressing the shutter release without half-pressing it. In fact, the photo you see in this review with a couple walking on the street, where AF-C grossly missed focus was captured exactly this way. I let the camera track the focus of the guy walking towards me, then pressed the shutter once without half-pressing it. You can see the end result. And yes, I have tried the same method in AF-S mode as well. But another thing I noticed when just firing the shutter, is that the AF could be a complete miss when you do that, even if it seems to be faster. I deleted a bunch of images of buildings that I photographed in London, with plenty of contrast that were completely out of focus. Many of those missed AF images were photographed with a single shutter release, no half-press. I then switched to half-pressing the shutter at that point, because half-pressing the shutter and forcing the camera to reacquire focus a couple of times before firing the shutter seemed to yield better accuracy for me.

      Not sure why you got an impression that I thought of X100 or the X-Pro1 as a video camera. I simply talked about the video implementation and that it should not be considered as a serious video tool, but rather a camera that can take occasional videos. I personally do not really care about the video capabilities either.

      As for the battery, the battery indicator is the problem, not the battery itself.

      Now about the firmware updates – why should I have to wait for a year for Fuji to address the current bugs and issues via firmware updates? I don’t know of ANY other camera manufacturer that does that. If there is a problem, I believe it should be fixed before the camera is released, not months after. Yes, it is a brand new system and yes it is prone to problems. But what is QA and UAT (user acceptance testing) for? Couldn’t Fuji spend some time with photographers, so that they could provide real feedback on the camera? For me, I find it unacceptable that I have to live with a buggy camera and patiently wait for its issues to be addressed overtime. Maybe I am just too impatient…

      At the same time, as I have already said before, I am very impressed by the image quality of the X-Pro1, its lightweight body, beautiful retro design, ergonomics and a few other things. Yes, it does have major flaws and problems, but I believe Fuji will work on them and make the X-Pro1 line much better than what it is today. It might take a generation or two before the camera gets perfect and I look at it as a DSLR replacement, but not with the current X-Pro1. I am willing to wait…

      For now, my DSLRs will still have to remain as my primary tools.

      But that’s me – I know that many of the X-Pro1 owners are very happy with their cameras and I am glad that you are happy with yours. Let me know how it works out as your primary tool, once you sell your Nikon DSLRs.

      Lastly, I think a re-review of this camera would be a good idea, about 1 year from now. Hopefully by then, Fuji will have most annoyances addressed through firmware updates…

    • 21
      ) Steve

      My experience exactly with the X Pro. My Nikon D700 and overpriced G Series lenses have been sitting in the closet for two months because every time I think about lugging that clunky behemoth around, I grab the X Pro. I can shoot 30 JPEG’s out of the camera and it would take me an hour or more to make a D700 Raw file look that good.

      I’m still waiting on my D800E, but I may cancel it. I’m just not sure I would use it.

      I took my dogs hiking this AM and took about 40 photos. Not a one was out of focus. They were gorgeous right out of the camera.

      And I might add, Fuji’s service is great. If I hadn’t already invested over $5,000 in Nikon lenses I would never buy another Nikon camera. Their service STINKS!!!!!

      • Steve, thank you for your valuable feedback – I am glad the X-Pro1 is working out for you and you are enjoying it. Weight is also a big problem for me, so I have been looking for an everyday mirrorless camera for a while now. Tried out the Nikon 1 V1, Sony NEX-5n, Olympus E-PL3 and now the Fuji X-Pro1 and each one has weaknesses and annoyances. My next camera to check out is the new Olympus OM-D. I also have high hopes for the upcoming Canon mirrorless. We’ll see what that will bring to the table.

        My goal is to have a compact and lightweight mirrorless that can take decent images, so that I could make my DSLRs secondary – only for planned shoots and situations where I need the highest image quality.

        I agree with Nikon service – I too had some very frustrating experience with them.

    • 78
      ) Dave Minn

      Sorry, but I have to say your opinion about AF is too optimistic and misleading. AF is something that Fuji has to fix for X-Pro2.

      I sold my X-Pro1 just because of AF performance. The IQ is truly outstanding and I really wanted to like this camera. I tried everything suggested on the net, including yours, however, nothing fundamentally didn’t improve AF. I’m not saying XPRO1′s AF is slower than professional DSLR. It is far slower and inaccurate even compare to much smaller cameras, such as OMD and NEX5n (which is not even considered as a fast AF camera).

  9. 9
    ) Michael

    Hello Nasim!
    Thank you for this great review! Well i know i am not going to buy this camera – i could live with poor battery indicator and some software bugs – but not with hopeless AF system.

    I’m going to wait – we may see “budget friendly” Nikon D600 soon. A full-frame camera for X Pro 1′s price i hope!

    • 10
      ) Michael

      And i think this Fuji is like a “beta” version camera – yes, it works – but leaves bad taste in mouth. Like a “beta” version software:/

    • Michael, yes, I also got a feeling of a “beta” camera. Who knows, maybe Fuji got some pressure to release the camera prematurely, since Canon will be releasing their mirrorless soon as well.

      An affordable full-frame DSLR would be great! I will post a small article on the upcoming D600 (if it ever comes out) later this week.

  10. 18
    ) David B

    great review like always, Nasim, I wish you had more than 24 hours a day to write more reviews for every camera and lens there is!

    • Thank you for your feedback David! I too wish I had more time to write reviews, since there is so much to cover :(

  11. 24
    ) Praveen

    My experience with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is very similar to Nasim’s. I tried it for 3 weeks and ended up returning it. Why? Because of autofocus primarily, but also because of other issues I have encountered with the camera. I loved the pictures and camera operation but hated everything else.

    I will wait for a year or two until Fuji releases something better. For now, my Nikon D800 and D7000 bodies are serving me well.

    • Thank you for your feedback Praveen. I am looking forward to seeing Fuji fix the bugs on the X-Pro1…

    • Hey Praveen.
      Do you have that green tint issue with your D800 ? Mine is horribly green and not just the lcd screen…

      hope to here your feedback on it.

  12. 25
    ) Praveen

    Nasim – forgot to add, images posted in this review are breathtaking.

  13. 26
    ) Kim

    The X Pro 1 does have focus peeking.

    How can you claim to be competent to review this product when you don’t know some of the key aspects of the camera?

    Overall, a fairly poor review in my opinion.

    • Kim, I would love to see you demonstrate the focus peaking feature of the camera.

      You might be confusing zooming with focus peaking. Here is how focus peaking works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGPF375-2rA

      Thank you for your feedback!

    • 48
      ) krugorg

      Sorry, it does not have focus peaking. I hope they do enable it on a future firmware update, though!

  14. 29
    ) GavIn

    Hi Nasim

    as usual another very balanced review. I sometimes wonder whether some other reviewers are influenced by external pressures or monetary gains.

    You know, one of the best things about when you read a lot of negative feedback about something is that when you get to use it you aren’t as disappointed. When I finally tried the xp1 the autofocus was so much better than what I thought it would be that it was a actually a non event. Sure it’s not perfect and really it should be better but for my photography it is just fine. I bought it as I do a lot of travel photography, generally portraits. Previously I was using a Leica M9 so having any autofocus is great. Shooting wide open on a Leica can really be hit and miss. Even open at 1.4 the Fuji has given me near to 100% success rate.

    One tip for autofocus…I found that if the AF box has some area outside of the plane of focus inside of it, sometimes it can confuse it and often ends up focussing on the background or some other point. I reduced the size of the focus box to its smallest size and has been great ever since.

    The quality and character isn’t generally as good as the Leica but is it close enough that I sold my M9….it was too expensive a camera for where I travel. I had planned on using a 50mm summicron Leica lens with the Fuji but my lens produces too much spherical aberration on the xp1 which is really disappointing. The Fuji lenses are simply better. Also the EVF focussing is too much of an effort. The zooming function is too high and needs an intermediate setting. Hopefully focus peaking firmware is around the corner.

    For me the major gripes are. 1) No adjustable diopter. I am just starting to have to wear glasses and this is just silly. Why does the x100 have an adjuster bit not this camera? 2) RAW conversion. I know it will happen but there seems to be a few technical issues relating to the sensor and demosaicing, it could mean that RAW will be a letdown. I guess time will tell there but if I had my chance again I would wait till Adobe releases their full version and see if it is up to scratch. 3) Focus inaccuracy when using optical viewfinder, obviously there is parallax error and the focus point may not be where you think it is!! 4) Disappointing results and usability with third party lenses (others have had better results)

    Every camera is a compromise, I bought mine fully aware of the faults and really really enjoy shooting with it. For me it is almost perfect to travel with. As you have said, everyone is pinning hopes on firmware updates. Waiting for firmware updates gives me that same kind of anticipation I felt as a kid with Christmas around the corner. I hope it will bring something exciting and not just another pair of sox ;-)

    • 30
      ) GavIn

      Just wanted to add….if you are happy with your DSLR and the weight and size isn’t an issue then really this camera probably isn’t for you. You lose speed and flexibility in exchange for a smaller more portable camera. One thing that always amazes me is the difference in expressions you get when using a small, non threatening camera for taking portraits in under developed countries!!

  15. 31
    ) JPanda

    Thank you for the simplified, and yet thorough, review!

    As a X100 user with D700, I was very interested in X Pro1. At this point, I think I will just hold on to X100 for now and will consider next iteration of X Pro1 based on your (and few other) review of X Pro1.

    I am very happy with my X100 (and its portability) but one thing I was hoping they would improve on was the AF but as I feared, I don’t think AF improvement was big enough (if any) to warrant X Pro1 upgrade from my X100.

    Once again, thanks for the review!

    • JPanda, yes, the AF on the X-Pro1 is only slightly better than on the X100 – it is definitely not a significant improvement as I hoped it would be. Let’s see what Fuji does with firmware updates on the X-Pro1, maybe they can make AF better without releasing a new camera body.

  16. 32
    ) Dean M.

    Nasim
    Expressing my ignorance without qualm, re the firmware updates, when there appears to be so many needed, would it not be more practical for Fuji to simply correct the problems in the line of manufacture as they become known, rather than basically say to owners/customers: “Ok, here, you fix it”? With the new lenses to come, and some this year, this could be for many (I include myself as a probability) a primary system with a full range of possibilities. I still hope for comment if you are able, and choose to, test at least one Leica “M” lens with an adapter. Hints are from commenters that this may bring up fresh problems anew.
    Best regards and thank you
    Dean

    • Dean, that’s exactly what I was trying to say in this review. Why should we be using a buggy camera that has not been completely tested? Why can’t Fuji fix its errors before it releases the camera to the public? Again, I do not know of any other manufacturer that lets its customers “beta test” a product for them.

      I have already returned the X-Pro1, so I will not have a chance to test it with the Leica M lenses right now. Once Fuji releases a few firmware updates, then I am planning to reassess the camera – I might test it with other lenses then.

      • 59
        ) Dean M.

        Many thanks, Nasim.
        FYI, and trust and hope that the right folks at Fuji are listening, I had fullyl planned on the X-Pro1 being my next and primary system. Now, to my regret and considerable regret it is, will probably have to wait for an X-Pro2, and wonder if in the meantime I will have to commit to another maker’s system. Such a shame.
        Thanks again
        Dean

  17. 33
    ) MK

    6400 is the highest ISO on the XP-1 and the X100 because it’s the highest ‘real’ ISO value in relation to the sensitivity of the sensor. The higher ISO values (12800 max on X100; 25600 max on XP1) are ‘fake’ modes in which the camera pushes the exposure one stop in-camera and spits out a JPG. Hence these modes don’t support RAW.

    For the maxed-out ISO values on Fuji’x X series, you could get the same results – and possibly better – with your post-production software.

    • MK, that’s understandable – the same with D700, D800 and many other cameras, but they all provide the “boost” ISO in RAW format.

      • 45
        ) MK

        Interesting. I wonder if it could somehow we possible with a firmware update in that case….

        • Yup, I believe a firmware update could easily enable this…

  18. 34
    ) John

    Nasim,

    Just curious, what travel camera will you be using now? I also was looking for a camera to replace my 5D for traveling. I bought (and returned) the X100 and rented the NEX-5N, but was disappointed too by the performance of the CD-AF for tracking any moving subjects. It seemed my other options were to go Micro 4/3s or an entry-level DSLR, so I chose the latter for the bigger sensor (D5100 with the 35mm f/1.8G). I’m mostly happy but there are still times when any DSLR is still too unwieldy.

    Thanks.

    • John, my next cameras for assessment are: Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and probably a couple of other compact bodies. So far I am leaning towards the NEX-series, but the OM-D seems to have impressive AF! A smaller DSLR like D5100 is an option, but that’s still not something you can put into your pocket :( Well, not that you can put something like the OM-D into your pocket, but what I mean is that an SLR is still quite bulky in comparison…

  19. 35
    ) MrCasual

    Hey Nasim. Great review; it truly is an amazing camera albeit with a hefty price tag :\

    Not to steal your thunder, but there’s another good review (you may have already seen it) that I think your visitors should check out: http://podakuni.livejournal.com/675627.html Google Translate can take care of the Russian language.

    Keep more reviews coming!

    • Mr Casual, thanks for posting the link – that’s a great review. I don’t need to translate, since Russian is my native/primary language :)

      • 58
        ) Dean M.

        Nasim
        Is it possible for you or the poster who writes in Russian to simply include the link to translate to English?
        Thanks
        D

  20. 36
    ) Amit

    Hi Nasim,
    I know you will love this post:
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1114874

    It is not related to X-Pro1 in any way but I was not sure where to post it.

    • Amit, haha, I have received like 5 emails so far about this. This news went viral and now it is even on dpreview.com!

      • 47
        ) Amit

        Oh, In that case I am sorry for the spam.
        I still remember the lovely pics of bears that you took at yellowstone and I thought that this article would bring back your good memories of that trip.

        BTW this camera gear loving bear might be the one who stole your CF card at yellowstone :)

  21. 37
    ) Musher

    SO MUCH nitpicking and negativity. What camera is perfect?

    Build Quality 5 stars
    Image Quality 5 stars
    High ISO Performance 5 stars
    Size and Weight 5 stars

    Satisfaction! :-)

    • Musher, exactly! People do not seem to understand that 4/5 stars overall score is actually VERY good! Want to see bad? Here is an example of something we did not like… :)

  22. 42
    ) Sam

    hmm i´ve got a question,

    is the quality of this cam surpasses (with comparable lens) the quality of d700 with 50mm.1.8 or canon 5d markIII with 50mm 1.8?

    all pictures are great, but i can’t see the real difference, two same pictures would be great from both cameras

    is this cam revolutionary or something ? :D

    • 43
      ) Sam

      i must be drunk,
      forgetting words by typing :S no editing allowed :S don’t be mad @ me pls

      is the quality of this cam so good that …

      anyway , so many answers to the review, it must be ..

  23. > If you have used a DSLR before and never touched a rangefinder

    X-Pro 1 — не дальномерка. Насим, будьте аккуратнее, Вас читает достаточно много неосведомлённых людей, которые не имеют привычки перепроверять информацию и принимают написанное за чистую монету. Это во-первых.

    Во-вторых, Fuji провалила всё, что можно провалить. Какой смысл в камере, которая даже сфокусироваться толком не может? Собственно, это наталкивает на ретроградную мысль о том, что пока ещё ни одна технология не предложила ничего сверх того, что предлагают зеркальные или дальномерные фотоаппараты. У зеркального фотоаппарата преимущество в оценке изображения в реальном времени (при условии высокого посеребрения зеркала (зеркала с большей прозрачностью нужны для адекватной работы автофокуса) и установки хорошего фокусировочного экрана), что делает возможным использование любых объективов и позволяет очень точно фокусироваться по всему полю изображения, полагаясь только на собственное зрение. У дальномерной камеры есть ограничения по минимальной дистанции фокусировки и по использованию объективов с фокусным расстоянием больше 135 мм, зато есть преимущество в возможности безошибочно сфокусироваться в кромешной темноте и остаться незамеченным. Собственно, всё остальное — тупиковые полумеры. Fuji пускает пыль в глаза неофитам от фотографии, которые не смогли или не захотели попробовать реально работающие системы. Жаль, что такой хороший сенсор упакован в откровенно говённую обёртку. Камера должна безошибочно захватывать сцену. А если она не может этого — зачем такая камера?

    • Slow Gin, предложение “If you have used a DSLR before and never touched a rangefinder” не указывает на то, что Fuji X-Pro1 является дальномеркой – я хотел сказать что стиль и кнопки на камере очень похожи.

      Согласен со многим что вы сказали, но очень надеюсь что Fuji сможет исправить свои ошибки через прошивки или по крайней мере в будущей версии X-Pro. Идея и технология хороши, но им не хватает ума и навыков сделать фокусировку по-человечески как это умеет Nikon и Canon.

      • В Вашем предложении действительно не было прямого указания на принадлежность X-Pro 1 к классу дальномерных камер, просто предложение построено так, что не имея твёрдого представления о предмете, у людей может возникнуть ложное понимание. Вон, ниже товарищ не знает даже что такое карта памяти SD.

        Круглый селектор выдержки такой был ещё у Nikon FM2, а уж совсем круто эта идея была развита в системе Contax. Там даже селектор экспокоррекции был выполнен в виде вращающейся цилиндрической ручки. Очень удобно! Удобней, чем одновременно жать на кнопку и вращать задний лимб, как в современных Никонах. А вот что думали инженеры Fuji, когда размещали селектор фокусировочных точек в нижнем левом углу – далеко за гранью добра и зла. :(

        • Ааа…понятно. Попробую исправить предложение тогда, или просто добавлю что X-Pro1 не дальномерка.

          Кстати, Вы по английски хорошо говорите? Если да, то хорошо писать умеете? Выражаетесь Вы очень хорошо и внятно, сразу понятно знаете о чем говорите. Я думаю мы могли бы сработаться, если Вас это конечно-же интересует :)

          • Of course, I am very interested! Despite all the pressure, implied on me by foreign language teachers in times of education, I don’t see myself too constrained in communication at least in the Internet (the real life is a whole different story, though). Sure, my English isn’t fluent as it could be, but I am trying to improve my skills by talking with photographers all over the world and by watching original British Top Gear show. The bad thing is that I am very biased towards purism when it comes to gear, so many people would not just dislike what I will say — more than that: they will think I’m a sheer douchebag. On the other hand, there is an army of Chris Weeks’s followers, widely renowned for his tough mindset, so… The last word is yours, Nasim. :)

            • Hahaha, I like that! You know, hatred can be good sometimes, it creates dialogue :D On the other hand, most of our readers are very humble and polite, so I would not want to lose any of them.

              I will email you some stuff shortly.

            • Kudos to you! :D

  24. 50
    ) Jorge Balarin

    Dear Nassim,

    What is a SD card ? Is it the new type of card that is meant to be used with the D800, together with the traditonal compact flash cards ? Greetings.

    • 51
      ) Sam
      • 64
        ) Jorge Balarin

        Thank you Sam, I was confused about the nature of the second card used in the D800. But now I realized that this second card is useless in the D800, due to the problems described by Nassim. I think that is very bad. Is there a solution to this problem ?

        • Jorge, it is not entirely “useless” – it is just incompatible with some memory cards. Just don’t use the memory card I showed above and don’t buy any unknown brands. All other SanDisk and Lexar cards work very well with both cameras, as far as I know.

  25. 52
    ) Rufus

    Hi

    Nice review and I like your work.

    The XPro 1 has a few odd things about it, and I think your frustration with the AF is partly because you have’nt learned the camera.

    Take, for example, the London scene where you tried to track the guy in the green clothes. You offered that as an example of why the “AF sucks”. The AF does’nt suck. You were using it wrong.

    If you are trying to capture a moving object – do NOT half press the shutter and try to capture focus visually. The Fuji does’nt work that way. Instead, you should press the shutter all the way to take the picture WITHOUT a half press. Do that , and I bet a lot more of your images would be sharp.

    And the AF system does not work by looking for areas of contrast in quite the same way you may be used to. People often are used to finding an ‘edge” to lock focus onto. Don’t do that with the Fuji – simply place the AF area on the area you want to focus – using an “edge” only confuses it.

    And finally , a lot of people saying they have problems with the Fuji AF have not read the manual. If they did they would see that the size of the focus area can be changed. The camera is quite sensitive to this. So if the AF keeps hunting between your subject and the background, for example, reduce the AF area to a smaller size. It will then work a lot better.

    The AF on the Fuji does not suck. It seems that way at first if you pick the camera up after shooting a good DSLR and expecting it to work the same way.

    I find it very sensitive to adjusting the size of the focus area – personally I use it on the smallest area possible.

    AF on the Fuji is quite slow. But I find it very accurate.

    • Rufus, please see my response to Shepherd above – that’s exactly what I did! I let the camera track movement via AF-C, then I pressed the shutter without half-pressing it. And you can see the result yourself. Before you blame me for not “learning the camera”, please bear in mind that I fully read the manual and spent quite some time on forums trying to understand how to properly focus with this camera. And that’s with my prior experience with the X100, which had very similar issues.

      And how does focus tracking relate to the size of the focus area? Are you saying that if I change the focus area to be larger or smaller that the camera would work better in AF-C mode? I believe what you are recommending only applies to static subjects, not moving subjects.

      Again, I was not looking at the Fuji X-Pro1 from the DSLR point of view. If I did, I would have probably used a different word to describe its AF system, because it is nowhere close to what a pro DSLR can do. AF is accurate in good light, but as you have said it yourself, it is rather slow.

    • 66
      ) GavIn

      I actually find the autofocus acceptable, but only because I had heard so many complaints that when I came to use it I had low expectations. It also fits with my photography fine and being an ex Leica M9 owner it is a lot easier from my standpoint.

      Still if you look at it compared to other non DSLR’s it is way below standard. It was also the biggest complaint of the X100 so why not address the customers complaints instead of simply using the same or similarly flawed system.

  26. 67
    ) Dennis

    Hi Nasim,

    Thanks for reviewing X-Pro 1. I read quite a couple reviews which most of them have had similar conclusion like you. I am an M9 user, and still a D700 user but on the fence for X-Pro 1. For me, it definitely don’t replace a rangefinder and I don’t expect Leica characteristics from X-Pro 1 output. But I will never get another M10 because of Leica price. I didn’t regret getting an M9 especially when I learn even more about photography, approach, and questioning my own photography. Unlike my usually snap and go with my nikon tele lens, I learn to close in my target now if possible. Love its simplicity and weight. Having say that, for longer reach, I still turn to Nikon. I am now on the serious side of questioning my Nikon gears which is left in the cold for many months now. The more I shoot, the more I know which ranges I need. I may off-load 70-200 vrii and 105 vr, and get just a 85 f1.4 to pair with my D700.

    Hope to hear other reviews from you soon. Thanks! Side track abit, I read reviews that 85 f1.4 doesn’t work well with D800. How is your experience on this? I have been suppressing my thoughts on D800, and thinking if I should upgrade my D700.

  27. 68
    ) David

    Great review, but it’s so disappointing that Fuji haven’t fixed basic problems that were present in the X100.

    I wrote a review of the X100 here:
    http://www.frescoglobe.com/2012/05/14/fuji-x100-hands-on-review/

    And the list of complaints (battery being a stupid shape, awful battery life indicator, AF issues) etc is almost identical to those you mentioned here. Such a shame. Fuji have obviously made an amazing camera, but it is still flawed and annoying like the X100 was/is.

    After falling in love with my X100, I was really looking forward to the XPro-1, but I can’t see why I would buy what is basically an X100 with interchangeable lenses which is still flawed like this. So frustrating to make an amazing, desirable camera with incredible image quality, then cripple it with silly design choices. And the X100 and X-Pro1 aren’t exactly cheap point and shoots either. I really can’t see myself paying for an X-Pro1 while is it still marred by annoyances like this.

    Maybe after a year of firmware updates, the X-Pro1 will be much better! Or the X200 might FINALLY address some of the issues – hopefully with a better LCD, faster AF, a new EVF, nicer quality control dials etc along the way.

    In that respect, the X100 still seems like a better deal imo. It’s cheaper, still has fantastic image quality, and it’s had so many firmware updates that the AF is usable now and many glitches are fixed too. If I had to choose right now, I’d still buy an X100!

  28. 69
    ) Murat Mutlu

    Hey Nasim, we are still waiting for the camera comparision :)
    As of June it is available for Lightroom now! :)

  29. 71
    ) Sheena

    Hi Nasim, first time at your site. Very nice simple and straightforward style. Enjoyable, thank you. I have a question I don’t see being raised/answered anywhere that you might have an answer to. There is no dipper adjustment built in on the X pro 1. I wear eyeglasses, but still need to change the diopter due to my walk around eyeglasses being no-line bifocals. Depending on where you are looking, and the distance that is from me, I am looking up through the top for distance, centre for medium distance and down for reading. This makes it difficult to get anything in focus through a camera without some sort of diopter change, which seems to fix my problem using other cameras. I live in the USA by the way.

    So my questions are: 1) How to help my optician find the right diopter to suggest with glasses on. (I don’t want to remove glasses to take the picture, because I can’t see enough of the scene while setting up the shot without them, before or double checking, while using camera).
    2) Fuji recommends Cosina diopter eyepieces, but I can’t find a supplier even when I have a prescribed diopter to try.

    Any suggestions? If I can’t solve this problem, I’ll have to sell this lovely (even with bugs) camera.

    • Sheena,

      Yes, diopter was a big screw-up on Fuji’s side. This is the product you need: Nikon Diopter – they have different diopters that work with Fuji X-Pro1 – just pick the one that suits you and you should be good to go. Search for “FM2/FE2/FA” and you will find a number of different diopters.

      Hope this helps.

  30. 73
    ) Dennis Pierre

    Hi Nasim,
    Just wanna say nice review. Just wondering: I’ve been looking to upgrade from my Olympus EPL-3. And, do you think X-Pro1 is a good upgrade? or should I get a standard (basic) DSLR? I’ve heard the AF is horrible or off. But, overall a “descent” camera. And that the battery life isn’t really that great.
    And do you think Fuji should just come out with a digital rangefinder camera? since there putting in work on making two camera’s (X100, X-Pro1) have the spirit of a rangefinder feel.
    But your suggestions would make a difference. Thank you

  31. 74
    ) Max

    Highly interseting but above my budget for now (I just ordered the D800). Hopefully there is a Xpro 2 when I can afford.

    For those who are on a budget but interested in the fantastic Fuji colors: try a used Fuji S5 pro. Now you can buy used for about € 300,-. With the fast computers of today and with the coming of lightroom 4 all the software limitations of this camera are gone and he is “reborn”.

    I have several professional Nikon camera’s but for color rendition and dynamic range this camera beats them all (i did not yet try the D800, I will soon).

    If you need the highest resulution and speed go for Nikon but the Fuji pictures are plenty sharp (need a bit more sharpening than the Nikons due to the special sensor).

    I know the Fuji S5 is an old and outdated camera but the sensor is really magic (and the autofocus is not the fastest but good enough and for sure better than the Xpro). An other nice thing about this camera is that you need so much less editing than with the Nikons. The camera just has a little colorshift (very easy to correct with a standard setting in Lightroom) and a few bacic corrections, more or less standard as well. High Iso’s are pretty good as wll. Noise it looks nice and reminds to the old filmdays (what happened, in those days everybody wánted noise!).

    After having made the best films for such a long time Fuji simply knows much more about colors than Nikon i.m.o. Works with all Nikon lenses and the body is exactly the same as a professional Nikon D200.

  32. 75
    ) Jhon

    I don’t understand…i think it’s a stunning camera..but the quality of lens ex 35 is not …at the top:

    http://www.photozone.de/fuji_x/746-fuji35f14?start=2

    “The quality is fine from f/2.8 and great across the image field between f/5.6 and f/11.”

    “The centering quality of the tested (2nd) sample was very good. However, the initially tested sample had a centering defect”

    three stars only?

  33. 76
    ) Sergio

    Excellent review, really really well done!

    My only comment is that AF-C is not useless at all. In fact, as with the x100, this is the “go-to” auto focus mode.
    I keep it in AF-C all the time and rarely miss a shot, even with moving objects.
    The trick is not to half-press the shutter. Just “point and shoot”.
    It works.
    Example- you see a car moving at 40mph. You point and depress the shutter fully. The camera will focus and nail it. Done.
    I have not tested it indoors, but outdoors it’s great.
    Yeah, you only get the center focus point, which Fuji should improve.

  34. Thanks for a great review – as usual. I have a D4 and an X100. After reading the review, I wish that Fuji would release the X100 with the XPRO’s sensor. (X200???). Otherwise I prefer the X100 for flash sync, silence, built in flash and ND filter. A front of lens converter for wide and another for portrait would just do me fine.

    (I a going to buy the new wide converter for the X100). The only thing that I REALLY wish for is image stabilization. Such light cameras are particularly difficult to release slowly without movement.

    Just my 2 cents’ worth.

    ps: My X100 examples can be found here: http://photos.remektek.com.au/Other/Fuji-X100-examples/19101843_cKbxdd
    Send comment re these direct to me: paul @ remektek . com . au

  35. 79
    ) Nuno

    Allow me some considerations regarding the firmware update comments I read above. Unfortunately , for now at least, I am forced to desagree. 

    In this new era , the electronic era, firmware updates are possible, which wasn’t not so long ago (the mechanical / electrical era).

    And…thankGod they are possible now. Cars ,mobile phones, even planes, every type of electronic systems, operational systems, etc.etc. literally everything that has a circuit board with a chip is being updated via firmware nowadays.  Why not Fuji ? Leica does it, by the way. (at least M8/M9 and every ‘Panaleica’) . 

    And one never heard an Alfa Romeo or BMW owner complaining that he bought a beta version of his car , right? Let’s think backwards: in present days, things get outdated in months, since new technologic possibilities / features / improvements arise almost daily. What if Fuji had presented his customers with a ” plastered” camera, that is not capable of being updated? In what? one year we’d have an outdated camera . In four years we’d have a dinossaur, like some brands out there I won’t mention the name in respect. In this regard I actually think that Fuji is being more oxygenated and pro consumer oriented than every other manufacturer that I’m aware of. 

    Thanks for the attention, apologies for my english (not my first language) and best regards! (-:

  36. Hi All

    I see above in #2. “RAW shooting at boosted ISO levels. Another X100 problem that never got addressed – why doesn’t Fuji allow shooting RAW at boosted ISO levels such as ISO 100, 12,800 and 25,600?”

    My question: Is “100″ a typo? I’m quite interested to know if this camera can shoot RAW at most normal ISOs ranging from 50-1250.

    Thanks for the help!

    Lisa

  37. Hi All

    It appears from a bit of online research (though I’m hoping I’m wrong!) that Camera Raw doesn’t support Fuji X-Pro1 raw files unless one upgrades to CR7 which theoretically only works with Photoshop 6. Anyone have personal experience with whether this is true or not and/or have a solution for me? I just got the complete Creative Suite 5.5 less than a year ago and want to continue using it rather than being forced to upgrade already.

    Thanks for the advice and great article.

    Lisa

  38. 82
    ) Robert

    Nasim,

    Another spot on review. Without a doubt FujiFilm makes good looking bodies but all the X models including the new X-S1 are overpriced. Add to that that they all come with flaws makes them a deal breaker for me to even test the waters. Take the X10 and the new sensor now shipping, their is no way to determine if your getting the old stock that sat on shelves when purchases dropped. I find it hard at my age to carry my Nikon gear around even to just take a stroll in the park. To buy into the X-Pro1 system looked like a great alternative for us “old folk” and the cost to switch would be expensive. Body + 2 or 3 lenses + accessories and your over 3k already. No problem, i’d sell off Nikon gear I don’t need. But, I don’t want to sell a pristine D700 and some pro lenses to buy into a system that has issues. Too bad it looked promising.

    Ps I like your Red Gyro on the book shelf. I have one in Yellow but I can’t put it on display or my cat will pull out her RPG and knock it off the shelf

    Caio

  39. Please help me decide:
    Currently have Nikon D4 and D300 (non-s) and Fuji X100. I also have 85mm f1.4D and 50mm f1.8D lenses (others too, but for this comparison, not so relevant).
    I recently borrowed an XPRO1 and loved it. Now the owner has decided to sell it after only a handful of shots. This means I have the option to buy at $1,900 with the 35mm f1.4 lens. If I did, it would be to replace the D300.
    Bearing in mind that I have the X100 for street and “always carry” is buying the XPRO a waste of my limited cash? It would be used as portrait camera over the D4+85mm, and as backup to the D4 for events/weddings.
    As I need to make a decision quickly re purchase, I would REALLY appreciate some advice! Thanks.

    • 84
      ) Sam

      hmm you must be a super freak, having d4 and 85 1.4 and shooting with x100 or d300… since you not rely on crop zoom, i see no need for backup…

      d4 is so great, id like to have it, but 6k are just to much.
      what kind of advice do you need?
      sell d4 and all you have for xpro ?..

      oh i do have a lamborgini, ferrari and porsche, but do you think i should buy volkswagen as backup?
      i need advise…

      • I am sorry if my selection offends you. Plus I don’t quite understand your reply, other than the fact that you are pissed off because I have a D4.

        I had borrowed and used the XPRO-1 before and I can tell you that it produces superb results, just not so suited for action type work, so as a backup to a D4 it is not so stupid. Anyway, FYI I am picking up my friend’s XP1 tomorrow. If you post your address, perhaps I can send you my D4 as it is now clearly redundant, eh?

        • 86
          ) Robert

          No sarcasm please, both of you. You getting the body + lens at a $400 discount if bought new. If both pieces are like new then it’s a good purchase. Your keeping the D4 + the 85f1.4D and 50f1.8D that’s good. You have the X100, again good. So the thing I would do is sell off the D300 and the 50. You might be able to get enough to buy the other two lenses or wait for the new line of lenses and check them out, price and quality. If you bought it already, then enjoy it. Definitely sell the D300. Their’s your spare cash. And with the system you have I don’t think you will miss the D300.

          Caio

      • Sam, let’s be nice to each other please. There is nothing wrong with owning a D4 and an X-Pro1. Both have their pros and cons (weight being the biggest differential).

    • Paul, sorry for a late reply. And there is nothing wrong with owning a D4 and an X-Pro1. I would say if you already have the X100, unless you really crave for an interchangeable setup, there is really no need to add the X-Pro1 to your bag. The X100 is more or less stable now with all the firmware updates and the X-Pro1 is still suffering from issues. I personally would either get the X100 or the X-Pro1, but not both…

  40. If you own an iPad and have an interest in the X-PRO1, then get this great FREE app:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/x-pro1-guide-en/id547461659?mt=8

    It is a News Stand style interactive Manual for the X-PRO1. Excellent reading…

  41. 90
    ) Lizard Sam

    While pixel peeping your sample images, I found something ‘interesting’. The guy on the second DVD box (from the bottom) seems to have his eyes closed in all of the Fuji photos and open on the Nikon and Canon photos. Somehow this detail got lost with the Fuji.

  42. 91
    ) SiliconVoid

    I am extremely impressed with the X-Pro1, partly due to Fujifilm’s interpretation of a traditional photographic tool, but mostly due to its currently unparalleled image quality. As a long time rangefinder user I feel that Fujifilm has provided the industry with a better digitally evolved rangefinder style film camera than is available from any manufacturer, even Leica in many respects. Are there anomalies in its design, are there changes I would make personally, a b s o l u t e l y, however as with any manufactured product cameras are no different today than they have been throughout history – designers cannot focus on a primary goal and still satisfy everyone at the same time. Complaining why this feature or that function should be changed on the bases that it is not like another camera is simply the inability to grasp the aforementioned reality.

    Anyone experienced enough to have used 35mm film cameras (not by choice, but because there wasn’t any other option) could sit down and right a short book on what features and functions they wanted and did not have or lacked in comparison to another model/brand. They all captured images, they all provide the means to convey perspective, and the only real limitation any suffer from is the person holding the camera. Instead of complaining about the things a camera should do or cannot do FOR us, we should be learning how to do it OURSELVES. In the end we will also learn about this creative art so many have enjoyed, in concept, presentation, or practice, for hundreds of years.

    In the review I enjoyed your relatively objective evaluation of the X-Pro1 features and functions, ;=) and as previously mentioned I understand the desire to prefer some things were a different way. In that context perhaps it would be more informative for us to read how any particular feature or function can be utilized to a desired outcome – even if it was not the way the manufacturer intended. Manual focusing for instance, how do other lenses function on the X-Pro1? I understand that Fuji may not have released their adapter yet, or at the time of your review, but there have been other adapters available through 3rd party manufacturers almost since its release. Not to mention that aspect being an integral part of any rangefinders appeal. Overall your review had me interested in your observations and perspective up until your little plug for the exaggerated performance of the D800..
    =)

  43. 92
    ) RJK

    As an owner of both the xPro1 and a Nikon D800 I generally support all of Nasim’s comments and think the evaluation of the xPro1 is very objective. The autofocus system sucks at certain points and is very slick at other times. I don’t use the follow focus system because in normal lighting conditions the single focus option will acquire someone moving towards me (even on a bicycle) sufficiently quickly to focus them. It also keeps running when there is no pressure on the shutter release and runs the battery down very quickly. There are some areas where the camera is too smart for itself. For instance the AF illumination assist light comes on only when the camera thinks that there is insufficient light. I do a lot of ‘street’ or social photography with the camera in less than perfect light conditions and would like more assistance from the camera. On the other hand ‘silent mode’ switches everything off and I can stand very close to a subject without them being aware I am photographing them as we talk. I am sure that even Leica owners have a wish list. My only real niggles relate to the exposure compensation control being too easy to move and it changes as I drag the camera out of a pocket or bag. The second being that occasionally menu setting relating to the OVF/EVF and LCD displays for shooting seem to mysteriously change between uses of the camera. In the OVF I like to see pretty much everything around the frame (using the 18mm lens as standard) and suddenly the focus indicator or the 9x grid has changed to the HD style OVF screen.
    I can’t afford to buy a Leica, but when I look around at events and see other professional photographers also carrying a DSLR with the required 70-80 / 200mm zoom and an xPro1 with a 18mm lens for wide shots I know i have done something right this year. For all it’s idiosyncrasies the xPro1 is undoubtedly the best ‘street’ camera around in it’s price range and market segment.

    And for ‘Siliconvoid’ the D800 is awesome!
    ;-)

  44. 93
    ) Arif

    Hi Nasim,
    I just bought the X-Pro1 and updated the firmware to 2.0 for body and lens. it a big improvement! you should update the review with the new firmware

  45. 94
    ) Art

    Nasim,

    Your review is very nice…it would be great to hear your thoughts on the Fuji since all the firmware updates. What brings me to comment is the high level of great shots you produced with the Fuji. Perhaps I’m biased but it seems to me this camera gave you more incredible shots than the NEX and OMD reviews combined. I have the NEX 5N myself but I love gear and I’ve looked longingly at the OMD and Fuji. Crazy, yeah I know. But I digress. Almost all the reviews show (IMHO) more artistic shots with the Fuji and yet the photographer returns the Fuji in half the cases. Here you had an artistic shot of a building reflected in a street, the repeated bicycle shots, the clothing shots, and the tulip shots and despite going to the SW with the NEX and OMD I found these Fuji shots more impressive, more creative, and better composed. And I wonder am I biased? Does the viewfinder setup make composing easier? Regardless, I can’t wait to see your review of the Fuji system with the new firmware. I’d like to hear your thoughts on comparing the keeper images of the three systems. I get it that the OMD produces many shots with clear focus due to its better AF…and yet the Fuji shots seem better composed and more creative merit. What is your response?

    • Art, the review was updated today with notes from the 3.01 firmware. Hope you like the updated review :)

  46. Thanks for the review. I would jump on this camera, if they did just one thing. To change the manual focus from a electric motor focus to a proper mechanical manual focus ring as in days of old. Such a shame they put so much great “retro” into the camera but don’t do that one.

  47. 96
    ) Jake C.

    Hi Nasim
    I really enjoyed your great review. Is it possible for you to try the x-pro1 since firmware 3 was released, which added focus peaking and (apparently) much better focusing performance? The only reviews only are either really old, or from very enthusiastic Fuji owners which are not very impartial. Fuji xe-1 got the same updates as well. I’m looking to buy eithe x-pro1 or xe-1, and I would appreciate your help very much

    Best
    Jake

    • Jake, an order with every single Fuji camera and lens is already placed. Expecting the first shipment this Thursday…

      • 99
        ) Jake C.

        Wow! That’s amazing. I really appreciate how much you guys value your readers’ input. I’ll spread the word.

        Happy shooting!
        Jake

        • Jake, the above review has been updated and a lot more sample images have been uploaded. Love the camera now, the new firmware surely does address most of the issues I encountered originally.

          The next task is to review the X-E1 and X-M1, along with all the Fuji lenses!

  48. 97
    ) Jake C.

    Wooops sorry just read on tech radar it will be released on 29th of July.

  49. This is great Nasim,

    Would you now rather have Fuji as your compact system over your previous choice of olympus ?

    Cheers,
    samer

    • Samer, at this point, yes, absolutely. I will probably keep the EM-5 until I test out the EM-1, and then I will sell it and purchase either the X-E1 or wait until X-Pro2 comes out…

  50. 103
    ) Marcel

    Hello Nasim,

    thank you for this review.

    I have a question about the interpretation of your final assessment/judgment. As an example, you give in the summary 5 stars for Image Quality.

    => Does this mean 5 stars for a MIRRORLES CAMERA
    => or is the meaning of it 5 stars in comparison with ALL NIKON CAMERAS (including FX cameras)?

    Your answer would greatly help me to interprete and understand this summary.

    Greetings
    Marcel

    • 104
      ) Neil

      I am sure it is for all cameras. Imagine if the scales were for mirrorless, APS-C crop SLRs, 35mm SLRs, 4/3 SLRs, Compacts, etc. You’d have to have one scale to make any meaningful comparisons between categories.

      • 105
        ) Marcel

        ” You’d have to have one scale to make any meaningful comparisons between categories.” Sure, I agree.

        But perhaps it is meant only for a comparison within one category. Thats wyh I ask. This is the thing I never know in such reviews.

        • 106
          ) Marcel

          and besides I have problems to imagine that a mirrorless delivers the same image quality like a FX camera.

    • Marcel, I guess I have to expand the rating categories to 10 sometime in the future, since these cameras are getting better and better each year! A camera that rated 5 a couple of years ago might rate 4 when compared to the best of the breed today. In regards to the ratings, these are purely subjective ratings based on my analysis and yes – they are the same for all camera categories. I was very impressed by the performance of the Fuji X-Pro1 camera when compared to the Canon 5D Mark III and D800 (both full frame). The performance is very close and almost as good. Without a doubt, the D800 has no equivalents on the market today, but take a look at the camera comparisons page – the X-Pro1 did extremely well in most cases. There is some loss of details due to the new pattern on the image sensor and the way RAW data is interpreted, but the image quality is exceptionally good in my opinion.

      • 108
        ) Marcel

        Nasim, thank you very much for the reply.

        Its good to know that the rating is absolute and can be compared with any camera, and not just within its own category. !!!

        In this case its really worth to think about the X-Pro1 as a very good travel camera. With a point-and-shoot I was always disappointed even when it was just for ordinary travel pictures, to remember the good time. But taking an FX with me to make hiking holidays in South America or India was not making me comfortable.

  51. 109
    ) Sudharshun

    Thanks Nasim, wonderful review, I am eagerly waiting for your x100s review and its comparison with Nikon D7000

  52. 111
    ) Marcel

    Date?

    This review is labeld with Sept. 11 2013 and it is on top on photographylifel.com, the newest review —- but the first reader comments are from May 2012.

    • 112
      ) Jon R

      I think the review first came out in May 2012 but it was probably recently updated to account for the newer firmware updates.

      • 115
        ) Mauro

        The newer firmaware updates improve AF very well, now my X-Pro 1 AF is = x100s AF (i don’t notice …differences)

  53. 114
    ) enrico

    Hi Nasim,
    first I thank you for your reviews, really pragmatic and “on the field”. I’m a pro working mainly on travel and documentary stories, with a bacground on the news. Older than you, unfortunately! so the weight is often a problem, the size of reflex sometimes a problem for many subjects, and for thiefts…and security in many countries! So I’m really interested ina alternative approach like Fuji, or m4/3, BUT without missing the quality for a double page of a quality magazine. The answer is, how his now the situation for x-trans raw, speaking of the foliage and smaring problems? I still don’t understand if it is a mainly pixel-peepers problem or could be a problem in some colour images, perhaps a crop.
    Thanks, and good work
    enrico

    • 116
      ) JDuffy

      Enrico…in my experience, the infamous “foliage” and “smearing” issues are almost entirely due to Adobe raw conversion. It’s gotten a LOT better, but Adobe is still a bit behind the best options for xtrans raw conversion. The best? Iridient Developer, Capture1Pro7…then a small step down with Aperture…and than a step down with Adobe LR / ACR. The free Raw Conversion software (SilkyPix) that comes with the camera is excellent as well in terms of IQ, just not the interface.

  54. 117
    ) Peter Trinidad

    Hello Nassim,

    I am back on this review from you since my X100S purchase last month after a great difficulty of getting my hands on one. I have faced a similar problem with the X100S AF but overall since I am just a enthusiast with a zest for good fun in photography I found the X100S more comfortable than my NEX7 or the other DSLRs I seem to own as it consistently shot better pictures that made me wow. Now I am thinking of popping of my Nex7 and all the lenses that I had with it and am thinking of taking on the XPro1 for it better performance. What would you advise? I am sorry but I would not be able to say what Firware the X100S came with (I need to check on that first thing on my return back from shift duty). It’s a final word of advise – Is it the XPro1 or the X-E1. I can afford both LOL hehehe.

    • Peter, if I were you, I would either get the X-E1 while its price is excellent, or wait till the X-Pro2 / X-E2 come out. Personally, I favor the X-E1 over the X-Pro1, as explained in this review :)

      • 119
        ) Peter Trinidad

        Thank You Nassim for the reply.

        I could wait like you said is the better option. But any feelers about the X-Pro2/X-E2 launch dates? I hope soon. BTW I am now at your site after each new post and have started with a humble monthly donation to your work in appreciation. Great stuff. Thanks.

        • Thank you for your support Peter!

          As for the launch dates, I do not know at this point – the X-E2 should be coming out pretty soon I heard, probably with the X100s sensor.

  55. This is an amazing camera! Thanks for this review

  56. 122
    ) T.A.

    Hi Nassim,

    Sample shots are looking awesome.
    Are they processed raw files or SOOC jpgs ?

    • Some are SOOC JPEGs and some are RAW files. The images from the initial review are JPEG-only, since back then there was no way to process RAW.

  57. 123
    ) Erol Cagdas

    Hi Nasim,

    Great updated review on the X-Pro1.

    Being a Nikon shooter I have set my mind on treating myself with a Fuji-X, as an extra camera (not replacement). Well, I would feel comfortable getting an X100s and be done, as I am totally ok with the 35mm fov.
    There is a but and a budget involved. I do have some 30+ years old OM Zuiko MF lenses, real nice ones (24mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 135 2.8) that I want to use. I have held them in from of my camera and actually shot with them (no focus or infinity) but when it hit, it hit nice. Nice glass, very nice glass!!!
    I know there are some converters out there for these lenses, and so, it opens up an opportunity to utilize them on Fuji. I have found 2 very good deals on a used x-e1 and x-pro1, and so, and I seriously considering in getting one of the two (and perhaps an x100s later), but do not know which of the two is better fit for using with my OM Zuiko MF lenses.
    O, the used x-e1 is about €200 cheaper than the used x-pro1, though, money is not a reason for me to get one over the other.
    Keeping in mind the recent firmware updates, I would like your advise.

    Regards & success with your wonderful website.

    • Erol, personally, I would get the X-E1 over the X-Pro1 – see my X-E1 review on why: http://photographylife.com/reviews/fuji-x-e1

      • 134
        ) Erol Cagdas

        Nasim, meanwhile I have decided on the X100s, for now, and all I can say, I love it! For me the 23mm (35mm FOV) is great!
        Me sometimes also being “guilty” of pixel-peeping, I am very impressed by the quality of the grain it produces at higher ISO’s. I have not hesitated to shoot it all the way up to ISO 6400 when really needed.
        I already have used it commercially for interior shots, and not anyone can tell it has been shot by this little gem instead of my DSLR.
        I still am considering the X-e2 (now) or X-pro1 (love to have OVF – as well I am curious how the latest firmware updates hold for satisfaction by users), but there is no hurry.
        What I thinks is really important that there needs to be be a dedicated RAF-developer by Fuji (not Silkypix). Momentarily I use LR5 and some nice presets by Fredrik Averpil and Thomas Fitzgerald. The X100s has an in-camera converter which I really like, so why doesn’t Fuji carry this technology over to the PC platform?
        Maybe of interest, there is an online petition for better x-trans support for anyone interested: https://www.change.org/petitions/please-cooperate-to-provide-your-common-customers-with-better-x-trans-raw-files-support

  58. 124
    ) Wing

    Great review and insight.

    I think more of the issues you wanted resolved with the X-Pro 1 such as more auto ISO customizing is supposed to be released with the latest firmware 3.10 update… which was suppose to have been released 12/5/2013, but has been delayed till 12/19/2013, hey! which is tomorrow!… I can hardly wait to see how this latest firmware update will improve this camera which I’ve been tempted to pick up for a long time, but have held off because it didn’t quite feel complete and lacked in a few areas.

    My Olympus OM-D E-M1 fills a lot of photographic needs very well right now, a great pro-level workhorse camera, actually. But, I’d like to eventually pick up a X-Pro 1 someday just for a different type of shooting experience… I like the style and the image quality, especially at lower light and higher ISO’s are impressive alone just to have and use. It would probably be my recreational camera to keep handy and just take pics with a fixed prime lens and be happy like that.. probably the acclaimed 35mm f1.4.

    I had a X100 & X10 and loved the image quality… dynamic range, detail and color renditions just looked right to me… I imagine the same with the X-Pro 1.. For me, the focusing issues made me sell my Fuji X cameras.. just wasn’t reliable and really slow.. though, the latest updates seem to make the X cameras overall perform so much better these days.. very useable, from what I’ve read so far.

    I am anxious to see the latest 3.10 firmware update as it is suppose to also improve OVF frame line accuracy… I know if you want perfect frame lines and accurate composition you should just switch to the EVF, but the OVF has it’s own pleasure in usage and I am hopeful providing more accurate frame lines using the OVF with the latest firmware update will make it that much more enjoyable and reliable to use.

    • Wing, yup, will have to re-update the review again! The X-Pro1 just got even better and I am happy to see all those changes on my X-E1 as well. Great job Fuji, what a great way to treat customers!

      • 130
        ) Wing

        Cool!

        I really look forward to seeing whatever updated updates you have on the new 3.1 firmware update.

        Anybody else who has a X-Pro 1 and has updated with the new 3.1 firmware, please also share your experience and insights as to how much it has improved the X-Pro 1.

        Again, I’m pretty damn happy with my Olympus E-M1, but I would like a 2nd camera for added fun and something different. something with a slight upgrade in overall image quality and improved low light/high iso… WITH a nice cool retro style… for me, 2 cameras fall into that category.. The X-Pro 1 and the new Nikon DF… you should get better performance out of the Df, but, it’s like 2x more expensive than a X-Pro 1 with the 35mm f1.4 lens. You get FF with the Df, but I don’t know if it’ll be that much better FOR ME, to go that route?.. I mean for at least $3k (and you know you’ll spend $2800 + $50mmf1.4or1.2 +$xtraBattery + $omeaccessories), you can get a very fully outfitted X-Pro 1 and probably have some change to enjoy a celebratory dinner on such a fine purchase.

        Anyways, I really hope the latest update 3.1 will make the X-Pro 1 all that much sweeter to own and use.

  59. 125
    ) Charles Packard

    Such an excellent, well balanced, helpful and not too technical review. After watching and waiting for a year I decided it was time to learn about Fuji’s mirrorless X system. I only recently bought a used X-Pro1 and after downloading the v. 3.10 update today my ‘glass’ is now feeling more than half full ! I do hope you might find time to comment on the recent update in the New Year. I, and I’m sure many others, should value your very knowledgeable opinion…kind regards, Charlie

  60. 131
    ) norms

    Nasim,
    i had just recently discovered my interest in street photography, is it ok to buy x100? i have a tight budget and i cannot afford x100s. do you have any suggestion for a good alternative cam for street photography? (i mean budget wise)…tnx in advance and more power….merry x-mas!

    norms

  61. 132
    ) norms

    nasim,
    i just discovered my interest in street photography, can i buy x100? i think x100s is too expensive. can you suggest a good camera for street photography?thanks in advance…more power!

    • Hi Norms!

      I have an X100, I actually chose it over the X100s for a few reasons – the main being that the photos have a really nice film-style grain at higher ISOs. The X100 is perfect for street photography as it is small, silent and looks like an old vintage film camera and thus not as alarming as a big, chunky DSLR. With the new firmware installed it’s nearly as fast as the X100s and has also acquired the focus peaking of the newer model.

      It is a camera with a steep learning curve, so expect to get disappointing results for the first couple of weeks you have one. Once you get used to it you’ll find it pretty wonderful. I’ve used it for both street and landscape photography, if you like why not take a look at my photo blog and see what you think of the image quality: http://petetakespictures.com/blog

      Cheers!

  62. 135
    ) Mritunjay

    I used it very recently and faced almost no issues: http://bit.ly/1e14rVI
    Seems #Fujifilm has fixed most of the issues with the incremental updates.

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