Date:22 November 2012
If a retro design implies class, then Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 camera has bucketloads of the stuff. At its heart is a new 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s reportedly capable of delivering resolution that’s a match, if not superior, to full-frame sensors. To get this right, the boffins have developed a new colour filter array inspired by the random arrangement of fine film grain, removing the need for an optical low-pass filter to solve moiré and false-colour issues. They also created a more powerful processor to accommodate the increased influx of data.
The camera’s top and base are made from die-cast aluminium alloy, and the body’s synthetic leather finish adds both durability and resistance to the elements. The build quality extends to the knobs and buttons, which are milled from solid metal. Three fast aperture-prime interchangeable lenses (18, 35 and 60 mm) are available, and all are said to offer precise control and deliver excellent bokeh (a photographic term referring to blur). Prices start at about R25 000 (for a body and 18 mm lens). Visit www.fujifilm.com/worldwide