When the Fujifilm X100 was first introduced I have to admit it was love at first sight. Reminded me of a Leica but without the need for a second mortgage to buy one. While I still love that fixed lens, fixed focal length retro looking camera, I found there were too many drawbacks to justify the cost. Now Fujifilm has done it again with the new, upcoming X-Pro1. This fantastic looking rig takes all the redeeming qualities of the X100 and adds to it with an interchangeable lens system. Of course, since the camera isn’t out yet we’ll have to wait and see about image quality, but they claim it will rival the Canon 5D Mrk II full frame DSLR. I won’t spoil how they’ve managed to do this (allegedly), you’ll just have to watch the videos. Another huge issue with the X100 was the menu system and software running the camera. It’s buggy and slow and has a number of problems. Hopefully Fujifilm had sense enough to solve those problems before releasing this baby to the masses. We’ll see. It’s not a cheap toy, I should mention — it’s right up there with semi-pro DSLRs — but if the quality lives up to their hype and the camera performs as well as the competition, this will sell like hotcakes. It’s not going to hit store selves until March, so there’s plenty of time for the reviews to come rolling in. By then we should know if Fujifilm has a winner on their hands.
Dpreview has posted a 4-page preview of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 on their site. You can view it here.