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Fujifilm Joins Mirrorless Market With X-Pro1 Camera

by Mike Perlman | January 9, 2012January 9, 2012 12:51 pm PDT

Today Fujifilm joined the mirrorless camera market at CES in Las Vegas with the X-Pro1 digital camera. Featuring a 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is set to rival DSLRs in terms of image quality and take on Sony’s line of interchangeable lens NEX cameras. Fujifilm will blend its popular EXR technology into the X-Pro1’s new sensor and the company claims that their new X-Trans sensor will offer a superior performance to a traditional APS-C size sensor.

Compared to a conventional low pass filter sensor, the new X-Trans CMOS sensor uses a larger, more complex color filter that does away with the need for a low pass filter. The X-Pro1 will also have a brand new EXR image processor. What all this means is that the Fujifilm X-Pro1 looks promising in the image quality department.

Fujifilm announced three prime XF lenses to be available for the X-Pro1: XF18mmF2 R (27mm equivalent) f/2.0, XF 35mmF1.4 R (53mm equivalent) f/1.4, and XF60mmF2.4 R Macro (90mm equivalent) F/2.4. Fujifilm plans on releasing adapters to fit additional lenses in the future.

The X-Pro1 features a Generation Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a high-resolution screen and 1.4-million pixel LCD screen. The Hybrid Multi Viewfinder is unique in that it can alternate between optical and electronic via a switch on the camera. The viewfinder will also alter its magnification and bright frame size based on the XF lens attached.

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be capable of shooing Full 1080 HD video and is constructed via a magnesium alloy body composition. The X-Pro1 will also be capable of shooting in multiple exposure modes and professional film color modes.

Fujiflm is targeting professionals with the X-Pro1, including wedding, portrait and street photographers.

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be available in late February. Although no price has been announced yet, Fujifilm reps hinted at an estimated $1700 for the body and $650 for the lenses, which will place the camera in DSLR territory.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Pictures

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Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...