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Review: Fujifilm X-Pro1

Look no further if you need a premium mirrorless camera.

Fujifilm X-Pro1
Price: Rs 99,999
Specs: (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS; 16.3 MP; 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec shutter speed; ISO 200 - 6400; Full HD; SD/SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I); USB 2.0, Mini HDMI.

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has retro written all over it. But looks can be deceiving. Beneath the 1970s vintage designing is a ultra-modern mirrorless imaging machine that pushes the limits for compact interchangeable lens cameras.

The retro looks mean this camera is peppered with buttons and dials. Shutter speed and exposure have dials near the trigger, while aperture can be adjusted directly from the lens like in some old cameras. The new X-Trans CMOS sensor has been designed to reduce moir. And the results are obvious. The colours are more lifelike, and it is hard to tell that they were not taken by a highend DSLR.

This 16MP camera also packs a lot of picture quality options, accessible from the Q buttons on the body. This button also lets you adjust most of the other settings on the camera. You can take pictures in full-auto by selecting the settings in both shutter and aperture. And it is better to stick to this option if you are in a hurry. Otherwise, you need to focus with the lens and this can take a bit of time for those not used to manual modes.

One of the best results with this camera is when you use the continuous or HDR modes, where the click sound is more like a galloping sound. You will love the sound as well as the results. When you playback, the pictures clicked in continous mode appear like a slow motion image. There is also Full HD video recording. Just make sure you have a fast CF card to get the best out of the above functions. With a slower card, the camera actually hanged up on us a couple of times.

The image quality of this camera is also due to the FUJINON XF Lens series, designed especially for this camera. We reviewed the camera with an 18mm F2R fixed lens and the portraits and landscapes were superb. We could not test the quality of pictures in zoom, though. There are two other lenses to choose from: a 35mmF1.4R and XF60mmF2.4 R Macro. You will also need to buy a speedlight.

The camera comes with a 3-inch LCD monitor and a Reverse Galilean hybrid multi-viewfinder which can switch of the electronic image if needed. So you can compose images and change settings entirely through the viewfinder, whatever mode you are on.

Overall the X-Pro 1 is an excellent camera. The only hitch is that you will see this camera more with Japanese businessmen than Indian tourists-the price will take care of that.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? Look no further if you need a premium mirrorless camera.

Courtesy: Gadgets and Gizmos