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Fuji X-Pro 1 Review – Hands-On in Dubai – Part 2

Fuji X-Pro 1 Performance and Image Quality

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This is where the X-Pro1 shines and as a photography enthusiast myself, this is what I care the most about.

The menu of the X-Pro1 is user-friendlier compared to the X100, the buttons are positioned logically and they are very intuitive. When I first received the camera, I just powered it on and shot right away.

The first thing I noticed is that the X-Pro1 overexposes by 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop in 80% of my shots. Although it can be easily solved by turning the exposure dial, I hope Fuji will correct this in the next firmware release.

I am a RAW shooter, but the X100 is an exception, the out-of-the-camera JPEGs that come out of it are just great, and the X-Pro1 is no exception, in fact I find it even better than my X100, making the X-Pro1 in my opinion the best out-of-the-camera JPEG processing, I have ever seen.

I tried checking the raw shots but as of this writing, the latest Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 doesn’t support the X-Pro1 files yet. So, I can’t comment on the raw files.

The High ISO performance is quite great, I think it is better than the one of the X100, and the X100 is no slouch in that department. Images from 3200 – 6400 are very usable.

All the images shown here are non-edited; these pictures are JPEGs straight out of the camera.

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35mm | f1.4 | 1/70 | ISO 400

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35mm | f1.4 | 1/70 | ISO 200

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18mm | f4.0 | 1/1700 | ISO 200 | Auto Panorama

When it comes to image quality, I couldn’t be happier with the X-Pro1. I really love the fact that JPEGs produced by this camera are top-class and don’t require any Photoshop work; I mean probably some cropping if the image needs it. As I said before and I’ll say it again, this is the best JPEG processing I have seen in any camera I have ever used. That includes the X100, which comes second.

The write speed is also improved compared to the X100. I am using Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards and I didn’t feel any lag whatsoever during the writing process. The shutter sound is very subtle and it sounds great.

The black color of the camera makes it a little stealthy when shooting on the streets and crowded places like malls; nobody gives you that ‘look’, you know what I mean, the look from people you get when you have your ginormous DSLR pointed at something or someone. It gives me a similar feeling when I’m shooting with my X100 — I feel invisible; and in a place full of security guards, that’s a big deal! Photo hobbyists and photographers should know right?!

Final Verdict of the Fuji X-Pro 1

I have to applaud Fujifilm for building cameras like this; Cameras that are not just technologically advanced but cameras with soul—with character. The Fuji X-Pro 1 is for those who demand image quality with the versatility of changing lenses. It is for those who want to travel light and for the street photographers who want a small but very capable system.

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60mm | f2.4 | 1/90 | ISO 1250

I personally believe that mirrorless cameras are the future and soon we won’t need to lug around with kilos of DSLR equipment to go with serious photo shoots.

I am not saying you should sell your DSLR right now and get a mirrorless camera, my point is, at some point in time, that primitive mirror, slapping back and forth inside all our DSLR should evolve into something more advanced and a lot more portable.

There are some issues like the AF speed with mirrorless APS-C cameras, but this is similar with the micro four thirds cameras when they first came out; it took Panasonic and Olympus to perfect the focusing only on their third generation m4/3 cameras.

The handling and overall performance in the field of the Fuji X-Pro1 are just simply superb. This camera will make you go out and shoot, with its outstanding images and best-in-class colors and sharpness, you will never be disappointed using it.

The only thing I can see that can be improved is the AF speed in low light and a much-improved MF (Manual Focus) implementation. And with my experience with my X100, I am sure that Fuji will solve these issues with the future firmware updates; if not all at least most of them.

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35mm | f1.4 | 1/500 | ISO 800

The X100 is almost one year old and the fact that Fuji is still pushing updates with this camera is just extraordinary and gives you the sense of dedication Fuji has for its customers. And for the Fujifilm X-Pro1, I have no worries that in time, all those little quirks should be fixed.

The X-Pro1 is a great system, producing top-class image quality and the only thing that I feel why most people are holding back is its price. It can be quite of an investment; as a photographer, it is up to you to decide if this investment is worth it for you and your shooting needs.

I suggest, picking one up in the stores and trying it out for yourself; you can bring your own SD card so you can check the image quality in a computer and decide if the system is for you or not.

At this point, you should have established two things, first is that I am very impressed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and second is that I am in love with my Fuji X100; that begs the question if I’m going to upgrade from X100 to the X-Pro1…

After using the X-Pro1 for a few days, I have to admit, I’m wishing that I had a Fuji X-Pro1 in my bag. Suffice to say, in case I’ll surrender my X100, the X-Pro1 is definitely one of the cameras I would go for.

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Key Accessories and Lenses

Fujifilm XF 18mm (27mm) F2.0 Lens
Fujifilm XF 35mm (53mm) F1.4 Lens
Fujifilm XF 60mm (90mm) F2.4 Lens
Fujifilm Leica M-Mount Adapter
Fujifilm LC-XPro1 Leather Case for FinePix X-PRO 1