The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 is an interchangeable lens system camera that features a 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, a brand new X lens mount, a Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and 3 prime lenses.
FUJIFILM have developed a new CMOS sensor called the X-Trans CMOS capable of delivering resolution that is parallel, if not superior, to a full frame sensor.
The new colour filter array paves the way for an ideal sensor that does not need an optical low-pass filter, that is required to reduce moiré and false colour generated by conventional sensors. Inspired by the random arrangement of fine film grain, the array features RGB pixels arranged in 6x6 pixel sets with high aperiodicity. Increasing the degree of randomness eliminates the fundamental cause of moiré and false colours – a problem that occurs in conventional arrays when shooting stripes and other repeating patterns. The presence of an R, G and B pixel in every vertical and horizontal pixel series minimises the generation of false colours and delivers higher colour reproduction.
As a result of using a film-inspired array, a more powerful processor is required to process the image signal data. So FUJIFILM have created the EXR Processor Pro. This development releases the full potential of the X-Trans CMOS sensor, to deliver high speed and high precision image processing.
Fujinon lenses have long been associated with delivering high quality images, with optics used for both broadcast TV and medium format cameras. Now the expertise borne out of this enviable optical heritage has been put into lenses for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1.
The compact XF Fujinon fast aperture prime lenses available include the 'XF18mmF2 R', the 'XF 35mmF1.4 R' and the 'XF60mmF2.4 R Macro', all offering precise control over depth-of-field and delivering excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the design of the moulded aperture diaphragm blades. The blades are curved to create a circular image at all aperture settings, while the very edges of each blade are meticulously rounded off, rather than simply cut off, which delivers a sharper image.
Specifically designed to maximise the mirrorless design of the body the X-Mount has a short flange back distance of just 17.7mm. This means the rear lens elements are as close as possible to the sensor. The wide opening allows the lens to be mounted deeper within the body – up to 7.5mm (approx) from the mount surface – reducing the back focus distance of each lens to the minimum possible, thus achieving high resolution all the way to the edge of the image.
With its ability to instantly switch between an Optical Viewfinder and an Electronic Viewfinder, the revolutionary Hybrid Viewfinder has added a new dimension to the pleasure of composing photographs. For the brightest viewing image, and to keep shutter lag to a minimum, users should choose the Optical Viewfinder. Those wanting focus confirmation, exposure information, white balance information and depth of field indicators should switch to the Electronic Viewfinder, if required.
The Electronic Viewfinder provides an excellent "Live View" of your composition. This fusion of technologies allows users to enjoy composing their images through a bright viewfinder, but has the option to overlay vital picture taking information should this be required.
When attaching a FUJINON XF-series lens on the X-Pro1, both the viewfinder magnification and bright frame size automatically switches to support the lens focal length. Viewfinder magnification switches to 0.37x for the 18mm lens, and to 0.60x when the 35mm or 60mm lens is mounted, letting you compose your shot with the bright, crystal clarity of an optical image. The X-Pro1 also gives you the freedom to manually set a focal distance and switch between a variety of different viewfinder magnifications.
The top and base are made from die-cast aluminium alloy which, combined with high quality touches like precise engraving and hand-enamelled lettering on the lenses, proves that the entire X-Pro1 system is built without compromise.
This eye for detail extends to the shutter speed dial and exposure compensation control that is precision milled from solid metal. Details like the shutter speed dial lock mechanism and the recessed exposure compensation dial are designed to prevent accidental movement of settings. The 'Made in Japan' engraving confirms that every part of the construction has had to meet the highest Japanese manufacturing standards.
The X-Pro1's leather-like finish was chosen for two reason, a premium quality finish and to maximise durability. The synthetic leather offers resistance to the elements and high durability, while an original manufacturing process produces a texture with the look and feel of authentic leather.
The X-Pro1 has been designed with the photographer's comfort in mind. The natural fit of the eyepiece provides excellent shielding from light leakage. A dioptric adjustment lens can also be attached.
In film cameras, multiple exposures is the unique photographic technique of superimposing 1 image on another by double exposing a single frame of film. Through advanced digital processing the X-Pro1 can simulate this technique - just select the Multiple Exposure mode and take your first shot. By viewing it in the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder or on the LCD screen, you can see how the finished multiple exposure will look and precisely frame the second shot.
Further enhancements have been made to the Film Simulation modes with the new Professional Colour Negative Film modes designed for X-Pro1 users working in the studio. Additional Film Simulation modes simulates the colours and tonal qualities of popular FUJIFILM emulsions, including the vibrant colours of Velvia, the softer skin tones of ASTIA and the natural look of PROVIA.
Replicating the effects of monochrome film photography, the X-Pro1 lets you use colour filters to expand your photographic interpretation. Heighten contrast with the yellow filter and red filter or brighten greens and deepen reds with the green filter. Just as professional film photographers once selected a filter and printing paper to complement their creative vision, you can easily fine tune image quality with these filters. For those after a more nostalgic theme there's a sepia filter too.
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