A Review of the FujiFilm X-Pro1 with Doug Kaye

Doug Kaye and Frederick Van Johnson sit down in a Google+ Hangout to discuss the brand new Fuji X-Pro1 – a new camera system, from the minds at Fujifilm. The new system comes complete with a brand new mount as well as new glass.

At a cost of $1,700, this camera is clearly targeted at a high-end audience. Fujifilm has promised two more lenses later in 2012.

Some important features of this camera are:

  • EXR Processor Pro image processor
  • Dual-magnification hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder
  • Analogue dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation on top of camera
  • All-new, fully electronic X lens mount; 17.7mm flange-to-sensor distance
  • Three ‘XF' lenses at launch: XF 18mm F2 R, XF 35mm F1.4 R, and XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
  • Prime lenses have traditional-style aperture rings (1/3 stop increments) and large manual focus rings
  • Revised rear-panel control layout
  • On-screen ‘Q' control panel and redesigned tabbed menu system
  • Focal-plane shutter, 1/4000 sec max speed
  • 3.0″ RGBW 1.23M dot LCD

Here are some sample images created by Doug Kaye using this new camera (all except the image of the camera):


  1. I don’t think a d7000 would be quieter than a x-pro1. The noise is probably the most offensive part of having a dslr pointed at you. That mirror ka-clunking is more of a giveaway than the size. I can take pictures in liveview of people speaking that I wouldn’t dare otherwise.

    I still think it would be a suitable reporter camera, humans are easily startled and don’t like strange noises. If you’re nosing around some area PLUS making disruptive noise people will get more agitated, or say you’re in a conference while someone is speaking.

    Noise is a big factor, heck with the new 1D-C shooting 24fps at 8MP, I’d love if the 1Dx could just shoot off single 8MP frames in liveview totally silently. I pull frames out of 5dII videos every now and than that never could have been captured conventionally.

    Mirrors gotta go and then the shutters gotta go as well.

  2. Hi Fredrick;
    I was one of a guest on TWIP last year. I came to the same conclusions as Doug regarding this camera as I also rented the exact same setup as he did and yes it’s a neat little camera but the overall use of this camera for me was that I wasn’t really impressed with it now if there was a raw converter available than that might be a different story. The images I captured we’re okay and I did like the depth of field but it seemed as if I moved my hand neat the on off switch it would off at exactly the wrong moment. Nice camera for about $600.00 less but not a camera I would rush right out and buy.

    1. On the “…if there was a raw converter available…”, just to let you know that the camera ships with a RAW converter on DVD (from Silkypix). It is most definitely not elegant or easy to use compared to Lightroom but it will do until Adobe release their version. 

      But the JPGs are pretty good straight out of this camera in the mean time