Before I start the Fujifilm X-Pro1 review I just want to explain that I get asked at least once a week about cameras from friends/family/strangers so I thought it was about time I start reviewing them. Now these won’t be as in depth and crazy as other reviews, I wont have crazy in depth details about the technology used to power the camera or charts comparing it with it’s competition. My reviews are going to be simply based off my experience with the camera and who should buy or not buy the camera, followed by a hand full of images taken with the camera being reviewed. Now with that being said, shall we begin?!
First camera up is a beast of a camera and one of my most recent purchases, its the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
When I first read up on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 I thought that it was a great camera but for some of the quarks it had, $2000+ for the body seemed a little too steep of a price. Especially considering the DSLR cameras you could buy for that price range. So when Henry’s had the body and 35MM F1.4 lens on sale for $1,599.99 I jumped at the chance to add this beauty to my army. After buying it and ripping it open from it’s beautiful packaging, I started shooting. This is where I started regretting my purchase (at first) the focusing was so off/slow it was kind of frustrating. I would ask my friends to pose for a portrait and they would stand there with a smile and wait… and wait.. and wait while my lens tried to focus on the eye. I knew this was issue from all the reviews I read before hand but a little part of me was hoping it wasn’t as bad as people have said. Thankfully Fujifilm is working on a fix for it with numerous firmware updates for the body and the lenses! If you have this camera and you haven’t updated it yet click here NOW! It’s really easy to install and best of all the difference between focusing before the update and after are like night and day. Now that isn’t to say that the focusing is perfect now, but it’s very usable now.
Holding the X-Pro1 you can tell it’s a solid piece of camera goodness, with tons of features that make it stand over and beyond some of it’s competition. One of those features is the Hybrid Viewfinder one thing that kills me when it comes to micro four third cameras is not having a any view finder and shooting using a live view LCD. There is something about bringing the camera up to your eye when shooting that can’t be beat. The EVF works great and I have no complaints, but the OVF get’s some getting used too. What you see through the viewfinder and what the sensor sees through the lens are different, making focusing and framing a little harder then I would like it to be. They do try to help by adding a “Corrected AF Frame” option in the menu and that will compensate for the difference and give you guides when the shutter button is half pressed. Even so the focusing I found is’t spot on. I like to stick to the EVF just to be on the safe side, I would hate to capture a moment only to find out later it was out of focus.
The menu is simple enough for any photographer, new or vet you won’t have problems finding your way around X-Pro1. The camera has an easily accessible Q (Quick) menu that let’s you choose your settings very easily, it also has 7 custom settings that you can set and have ready to go on the fly. Currently I’ve set up two, one custom setting for low light and another more creative setting with a 1:1 square medium format capture setting… like “instagram” for those who know nothing about photography. Something I found pretty sweet is if you shoot with the square medium format setting the camera gives you a square medium format RAW file. Other camera’s don’t do that, they would give you a full sized RAW and then just produce a square jpeg from that file.
The image quality is absolutely amazing, I love everything about the images this camera produces. From the color to the sharpness, wholly cow the sharpness is a thing of beauty. I’ll throw in some random photos after this write up too show you guys some of the sweetness, until I have time to really put some shots together that will show the range this camera really has.
To be honest I would love to say everyone should buy this camera but that’s not true. The people who should buy this camera are camera enthusiasts, street photographers and or photographers who have a DSLR and want something smaller to carry around everyday with them. I would be brave enough to say that you can use this for fashion photography if you wanted. If your looking to capture fast moving action I suggest you stay away from this camera, unfortunately it’s not fast enough to capture those moments that need fast focusing.
***UPDATE August 1st 2013***
Just updated my firmware on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 to 3.0 along with my 35mm 1.4 lens. Can I just say that this camera just went from amazing to FREAKING AMAZING! Any issues I had with this camera had to do with focusing. Now with the Focus Peak Highlight and the overall auto focusing improvements this camera is now my hands down favorite camera. This video is just to show the Focus Peak Highlight feature… I’d love to get in to it more but you’re just going to have to update your firmware and check for yourself! Also it’s wedding season so I have next to no time :'(