Fujifilm is set to launch its first compact system camera (CSC), the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, tomorrow at its press conference at CES 2012. The X-Pro 1 will feature a 16-megapixel APS-C sized sensor which wil feature the ubiquitious Fujifilm EXR technology.
The camera will follow the retro styling we've seen recently from Fujifilm in the X100 and its little brother, the X10. What is most enticing about the new X-Pro 1 however is that reports suggest it will feature the hybrid viewfinder which was such an innovation when launched on the X100.
The hybrid viefinder is an optical and electronic viewfinder in one, with the option of switching between the two depending on what you want, or to have an digital overlay on the optical viewfinder for the best of both worlds.
The trade off however is that the X-Pro 1 looks a lot bulkier than some of the CSC cameras out there at the moment. The likes of the Sony NEX range, the Nikon 1 cameras and Olympus' Pen system are all smaller than Fujifilm's offering.
The camera will be aimed at the more experienced photographer rather than at consumers looking to replace a DSLR camera. And as such it will be priced relatively higher for a CSC camera at around €1,300 (£1,050). With pricing like that it will go up against the flagship NEX-7 from Sony which has a similar sized sensor.
Of course a CSC needs lenses, and the X-Pro 1 is reported to have a new X-Mount and there will be initially three Fujinon prime lenses available: an 18mm F/2, a 35mm F/1.4 and a 60mm F/2.4 macro. We expect a zoom lens to follow shortly.
We will be at the Fujifilm press conference tomorrow morning to get all the official details and hopefully some UK pricing and release dates.
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