Fuji X-Pro1 Review Round-Up

Given what I wrote in my previous post – plus the fact that I don’t feel like going to sleep yet, I thought it would be worthwhile to read back through some Fuji X-Pro1 reviews – and share the links with you.  So here goes, in vaguely random order:

Over at Zackarias.com, there’s a review and sample photos from all over the world – including a shoot that he did for Land Rover using the camera. “I will never travel on vacation with a DSLR again. Ever. Seriously. If you want a travel camera, this is your travel camera. No question about it.”

Ken Rockwell weighs in. “The X-Pro1 is an excellent camera for people photos and for people who want a lightweight camera that performs as well or better than DSLRs.”

My buddy Fernando Gros wonders if the X-Pro1 can replace a DSLR. “The best answer I can give is – maybe.”  Elsewhere, he used the camera to take some really stunning InfraRed shots – you really have to see these.  Overall, he seems to be liking it. “I still have my reservations. But, it’s fair to say that when everything “clicks” the camera produces some amazing images.”

The Digital Journal of Photography posts their first impressions and sample shots.

Imaging Resource has an extended review. “… a surprisingly excellent digital camera system that we recommend very highly to anyone who enjoys photography enough to try something new.”

DigLloyd has covered the X-Pro1 in several posts.  Herehe writes, “I’m finding that the dynamic range is excellent with the Fuji X-Pro1. But the sharpness is inexplicably poor …”  And here he writes, “The Fuji X-Pro1 has some fine qualities (fundamental sensor quality looks very good), but at present it is simply too frustrating to work with its images, not one of which has anything approaching the sharpness of what should be there with a 16MP camera.  This isn’t just me— a number of users have emailed to say ‘“it’s going back”. I’ll be flabbergasted if it succeeds in the market.”  And yet elsewhere he wrote, “In terms of sensor quality, the X-Pro1 sensor at ISO 200 seems to be superior to the Canon 5D Mark III at ISO 100, in tonality and low noise.”  And in another post, “The Fuji X-Pro1 pixel quality at ISO 200 is extremely impressive.”

Todd Owyoung did an initial review. ” To me, this kind of camera seems perfect for someone doing travel and personal photography.”  He followed that with a much more in-depth one with lots of sample photos.  “For many photographers, Fuji has released the camera that Nikon users wished they had gotten in the V1/J1 models, and which Leica users might prefer over the aging Leica M9.”

Engadget has a pretty good review. “The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a work of art, and like any masterpiece there’ll be some who hate it and others who get into heated bidding wars.”

Photohead Online has some example portrait shots that are quite nice. “Overall this camera is a great image making tool.”

Steve Huff Photo has a review by Ashwin Rao, with lots of photos.  ” Fuji’s X-Trans sensor simply friggin’ Rocks.”  But he notes that the auto focus is slow (while many have noted that the manual focus is all but useless).

The Verge says, “The Fujifilm X-Pro1 does almost everything right.”

So mostly positive but far from unanimous raves.  Honestly, if I still was making the salary I was making 3 years ago, this would be in my hands now.  But I’m not and I’m not feeling quite ready to jump into this pool yet.  What about you?  If you’ve read all this stuff and you’re thinking about buying, then consider clicking on these links to buy it from B&H Photo or from Amazon.




  1. Will June 23, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Hey Spike, as you’re contemplating this camera for yourself you might be interested in yet another (perhaps a little more level-headed) opinion at http://soundimageplus.blogspot.co.uk. I’ve been tempted by it myself, but I’ve gone the way of the Sony NEX-7 (still got a NEX-5N for now too). For what it lacks in available lenses, it makes up for in functionality and reliability. Also, I’m using mine mostly with Leica M mount lenses. The focus peeking feature makes manual focusing painless and the whole experience more engaging.

    • spike June 23, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Will, while I think the NEX-7 is an excellent camera, I think Fuji’s control layout shoots my style of shooting better.

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