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Fujifilm's X-Pro1 Eyes On: A 16-Megapixel Mirrorless Camera Beauty Queen

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Of all the leaks that have trickled out in the pre-CES churn, there's maybe none prettier than Fujifilm's X-Pro1. And now we've got the full, official spec rundown, and it looks it's a beauty on the inside as well.


Lurking inside the X-Pro1's vintage-styled body is a 16MP APS-CMOS sensor, a new filter array, and Fuji's EXR processor technology. The sensor has a 6x6 color array, rather than the traditional 2x2, which should mean clearer, better shots. And the camera shoots full HD video as well, up to 1080p.

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The camera itself is accompanied by three interchangeable Fujinon lenses—the XF18mmF2 R (27mm equivalent) f/2.0, XF 35mmF1.4 R (53mm equivalent) f/1.4, and XF60mmF2.4 R Macro (90mm equivalent) F/2.4—that each have rounded blade edges for increased sharpness. The XF lens range is new, specifically designed to work with the XPro-1, and are all-glass, aspherical workhorses. You can adjust aperture in increments of 1/3, giving you welcome control over your shots. And nine more lenses are incoming, ranging from a 60mm F2.4 Macro telephoto to a 18mm F2.0 wide angle.

Those lenses are paired with a new X Mount lens mount that's impressively spin, and Fuji's claiming extremely fast (though unspecific) shutter times. More impressively, it acts as a go-between for the lens and camera to communicate important features like focal length.

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Other features? The X-Pro1 includes a gussied up version of Fuji's Hybrid Viewfinder, which lets you switch between optical and electronic viewfinders with the flip of a switch. The framing adjusts automatically based on the positioning of your lens. Every time you switch your lens, the framing lines compensate accordingly, saving you some settings adjustment headaches. You can also manually set your focal distance and switch between viewfinder magnifications. Oh, and the back LCD screen packs in 1.4 million pixels. That's, uh, a lot. By contrast, the D4—no slouch itself— has 921k dots.


One note about the look: it's synthetic leather that we've been seeing in those recent leaks, which while more resilient for outdoor use could run the risk of feeling cheap. At the very least, the X-Pro1 offers some style in a category long accustomed to blocky mounds of utility.

The rig aims square at mid-to-high end DSLR market, and though the price hasn't been announced but you can expect it to be around $1700. The lenses themselves are expected to come in at around $650. Which sounds like you're paying a high premium for style, however good the guts are. It'll be available in February, but we're hoping to get our hands on it much sooner than that.


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This camera is amazing. And there is no way I can justify spending the money for it as a hobbyist. So instead I will find some small niggling detail I don't like about it and blow it out of proportion...

I can't believe they don't offer a 24mm wide angle! Dealbreaker!

Also, I'm sure the autofocus blows like the award-winning, critically acclaimed, constantly sold out X100! Another failure of a camera!

I was hoping for a full-frame mirrorless with an EVF and 24-160mm f1.8-3.5 kit zoom for $650. Anything less is a travesty.