Fujifilm’s most ambitious camera ever has retro appeal in abundance
Fujifilm’s most ambitious camera ever has retro appeal in abundance, but it’s one frustrating step from perfection. Whereas the gorgeous but non-lens-swapping Fujifilm X100 had the silvery look of a 1950s Leica, the lens-enabled X-Pro1 is a little more ’70s in its workmanlike black. But it’s still got the same clever hybrid viewfinder, allowing you to switch between optical and electronic views: in optical mode, frame lines overlay a broad window, showing how your lens will crop and making composition easier. Anyone who’s used a traditional rangefinder will feel quite at home.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 review: image quality
The hybrid finder’s clever, but the real smarts lie in the DSLR-sized sensor. It’s utterly astounding and noise-free throughout its wide ISO range – boostable to 25,600 – and quality is almost impossible to fault. Video is fine but there’s no dedicated record button: unsurprising, maybe, for such a stills-oriented snapper.
Fujifilm X-Pro1: controls
Controls are comprehensive. For starters there’s an exposure compensation dial on the back-right of the top plate – not to mention direct access to just about every other setting (except for video recording). Aperture is manually set using a ring on the lens, while shutter speed settings are on a top-mounted dial. They can still be set to Auto, though.
Fujifilm X-Pro1: retro
Other old-school touches include a threaded cable-release socket (remember them?), faux-vulcanite covering, and a range of lenses that’s limited to primes – no zooms here – with Leica-ish square lens hoods. But sadly, ‘old-school’ extends to the ponderous autofocus, which makes fast photo-taking a chore.
At this price, we’d expect better.
Fujifilm X-Pro1: too big?
By today’s standards the X-Pro1 is big and heavy, but it’s luxurious too. The lenses feel bulletproof – but so far there are just three available: 18mm, 35mm and 60mm macro (27, 53, and 90mm equivalent).
Fujifilm X-Pro1: summary
The Fujifilm is close to being stunning, but the slow autofocus is unexceptable at this price.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 review
Amazing in almost every way, but a slow autofocus holds it back from greatness