Fujifilm's X-series gets an interchangeable-lens compact
Details about Fujifilm's intriguing new camera have been leaking out for weeks now, but they took all of the wraps off at CES and the result is a camera that's both gorgeous and powerful.
The system is built around an APS-C, X-Trans CMOS sensor paired with the EXR processor technology. It also uses a unique color filter array that emulates the random nature of film noise and eliminates the need for a low-pass filter. They claim this gives it the ability to perform on the level of some true full-frame sensors.
The other really big news here is the interchangeable lens system. It's called the Fujinon XF line and there will be a few primes available at launch at the end of February. Here's a rundown: XF 18mm F/2 R (27mm equivalent), XF 35mm F/1.4 R (53mm equivalent), and the XF 60mm F/2.4 R Macro (90mm equivalent). The blades inside are rounded, rather than cut off in order to make for a sharper image and the metal barrels will have aperture rings, which sounds just great.
Carried over from the X100 is the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder technology, but it has been updated to meet the pro motif of the X-Pro1.You can still choose between optical and electronic viewfinders, switching easily between the two.
The body itself is also kind of a big deal. The chassis is made from magnesium alloy, while the top and base are made from die-cast aluminum alloy, which is engraved and enameled. Even the shutter and exposure dials are made from solid metal. This thing should really feel like a camera in the hand.
There are a few nice touches at the software level, including the ability to make "double exposures" on the same frame like you would on film. It also has modes that emulate the performance of their most popular film lines.
There will be a whole list of accessories to go along with the new system as well. Here's a breakdown:
HG-XPro1 Hand Grip: Attaches to the camera to make it easier to hold for longer periods of time. Matches the styling of the body itself.
EF-X20 Shoe-Mount Flash: There's no pop-up flash, but there is a shoe, which makes space for this relatively simple flash gun. You get two modes: Auto and manual. It has a built-in diffuser.
LC-XPro1 Leather Case: A classic accessory that comes with a neck strap and a hood case that makes for easy shooting.
The whole package will start hitting stores in February, but pricing won't be available until later this month. It's not going to be cheap, but it will be very interesting to see how this performs for Fujifilm. Initial reactions seem very positive, at least at the concept level. We'll definitely be spending some quality time with it on the show floor this week so stay tuned for more coverage.