The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, built to satisfy the professional and enthusiast alike, by providing a small, high quality, light weight, interchangeable-lens alternative to DSLR’s.

After the successful launch of the Fujifilm X100, an interchangeable-lens X series camera was much anticipated by many photographers, and in January 2012, Fujifilm announced the X-Pro 1.

Featuring a 16mp APS-C type X-Trans CMOS imager, the fairly compact rangefinder-styled camera offers high quality imaging in a small convenient package. The spirit and character of the X-Pro 1 is different from all the other interchangeable lens compacts, as it’s targeted more towards the professional, putting priority towards manual controls, high quality optics and imaging characteristics. In some way, the X-Pro 1 competes more with an M9 than with interchangeable-lens compacts. This is quite a challenge, and in this light Fujifilm has bitten off more than it can chew... The compromises that have to be made in order to keep costs down, while at the same time offering exceptional quality in build and imaging, are ones that are likely to be criticised no matter which direction one takes. The X-Pro 1 is no M9, thats for sure, but it’s much cheaper. On the other side of the coin, the X-Pro 1 is much more expensive than other interchangeable-lens compacts or small DSLRs.

The X-Pro system was launched together with three quality prime lenses; A 18/2 wide angle, a 35/1.4 standard, and a 60/2.4 short tele macro. While the choice may be limiting, Fujifilm’s roadmap for 2013 show an interesting set of lenses to come, including an attractive 14/2.8 wide angle lens and a fast 23/1.4 wide angle lens. The current range of lenses offer an adequate range of focal lengths, but the need for more focal length choices is quite apparent after using the camera for a little while. The recently announced ( At Photokina 2012) Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom and the XF 14mm f/2.8 do make the line-up a lot more attractive, but the choice still feels limited somewhat.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera, and lenses alike, come very nicely packed. Good packaging ads great value for some people, and I’m glad to see that Fujifilm have made the effort to make the experience a little more gratifying than unboxing other large brand name products. The camera comes in it’s own foam core box, and accessories are found in a separate box. Aside from the necessary accessories that come in the box, Fujifilm also deliver their propriety software called SilkyPix, which can be used to do the necessary RAW conversions of the RAF files.