Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review: A Straight Shooter

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Expandability
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 8.25
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Very good still images
    • Exceptional high ISO performance
    • Good ergonomics, styling
  • Cons

    • Cost
    • No continous AF in burst mode
    • No diopter adjustment for VF

Quick Take

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 produces some of the best high ISO images we've seen in its class. But overall performance still doesn't match that of a mid-level DSLR, even though the X-Pro1's price tag does.

No \”gourmet food\” scene modes. No smile detection. Just a serious camera for serious shooters. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 leaves the auto modes to the point-and-shoots. In their place users will find a classic rangefinder with a thoroughly modern 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder and some of the best high ISO performance seen in a cropped sensor system. The only thing that might stand between this camera and a serious photographer is the price tag. For the asking price of an X-Pro1, users could be the proud owner of a Canon 7D or a Nikon D300S. Both of these mid-range DSLRs boast faster overall performance and excellent image quality.


DigitalCameraReview found the ergonomics and styling to also be top notch, with \”nicely placed\” controls and a \”cool\” retro rangefinder look. Unfortunately, compared to a DSLR, the X-Pro1 barely retains a size advantage. It?s not much lighter than the large interchangeable lens digicams, and the X-Pro1 is simply a large camera.

Other drawbacks include the lack of a decent continuous autofocus and burst shot mode. Photographers needing those features, like those who shoot sporting events, should look elsewhere.

The X-Pro1 presents a compromise: great images, classic look and compact form with some concessions in speed, all at the same price as a traditional DSLR.



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