The Fuji X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera leaked in French magazine

Similar to the Nikon D4 (again!), the French magazine Responses Photo published an article about the upcoming Fuji X-Pro 1  camera. You can download the entire article here. A brief translation of the specs from the same forum:

  • Pricing : around 1300€ including the 35mm lens. The other optics being around 600€ (“according to their informations”, and “to be confirmed”)
  • Sensor : APS-C 1.5x, CMOS, Fuji “X-Trans” technology. Photosites pattern is 6 sides (as opposed to Bayer 4 sides). There is no anti-moiré filter, which will allow better resolution. [Note that there is no word about an organic sensor]
  • Lenses are full metal. “Fujinon XF optics are announced as exceptional”, They are 18 f2.0, 35 f1.4, 60 f2.4 macro (equiv 27, 53, 90)
  • New mount is “X-Mount”. “tirage” [flange-back distance ??] is 17,7mm. “Diameter is large enough to let the rear of the lens get inside the camera (up to 7,5mm to the sensor)”
  • “Viewfinder similar to the X100, which allows to switch between optical or electronic sight.With a welcome addition : the optical viewfinder will adapt its enlargement to the lens focal length”
  • “Other news : an external auto-focus, as hinted by the window above the lens” [???]
  • Aluminium build
  • "An optional grip will be proposed”
And one more update:

About the sensor: The colored photosites are layout without a particular order. They are ordered in pairs of six, in contrast to the common four, found in the bayer pattern. This allows to dismiss the low pass filter, which greatly improves resolution figures. The distance between the back of the lenses and the sensor is just 7.5mm. Lenses are said to have circular diaphragms.

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  • Mark Sperry

    Woooo!

  • xatnep

    the fk is this?

    • It’s an uprated Fujifilm FinePix X100 with interchangeable lenses and a well designed bayonet.

      If AF is good and it also works with Leica M this will be exceptional. Otherwise it will be like a digital Contax G.

  • ken elliott

    I badly wanted a X100, but after playing with one for 10 minutes I lost all desire. I feel the X100 was a great concept, but the execution was flawed. Perhaps this second design gives the engineering team a chance to get it right.

    • I agree. As soon as I took a picture and my viewfinder blanked out as it wrote the file to the card for 2-3 seconds, I was no longer interested. If this camera fixes the performance problems of the X100, then I am very enthusiastic about it.

      I was initially interested in the NEX-7, but the lens lineup for this camera looks fantastic. I already use a 28/2, 50/1.4 and 135/2.8 as my standard ‘lightweight’ kit. I think this one will fit me perfectly.

      • Persiyan

        The sluggish performance on the X100 was due to slow SD cards, mine is pretty snappy with a fast card.

        • osam

          Tried it with class10 cards from Panasonic, SanDisk, and Lexar: ALL were FAR too slow for real-world street use, even in JPG. RAW was just glacial.

          • chrisgull

            Class 10 designates 10 MB/s sustained rate which is relevant for video but says nothing about burst rate. A fast SD card does 30-50 MB/s which really makes a difference when shooting RAW.

  • Huggs

    That looks cool! Any idea of the dimensions?

    • MJr

      X100 + lens.

      • Eric

        Actually it’s slightly bigger.. Closer to that of an m9. Although it is a small difference, I do believe (or hope) it will be more comfortable…. I love my x100 but my canon f1 Fuji gw690 and d700 all are much more comfortable to use due to their size and weight.

  • J Shin

    Hmmm… Looks like it won’t be cheaper than NEX-7, and I don’t like the sound of the “external auto-focus”. That may be tricky to use with manual lenses.

    It sure is pretty, tho’. 🙂

    The next news I’m hoping for is where the manual controls are placed. I assume it is like the X-100?

    The race is back on!

    • Matthieu

      The quoted price is for the body and the 35 f1.4 lens and it is 50 euro less than the NEX7 with the kit zoom. It’s not a bargain, but I’ll take a fast normal prime over a kit zoom any day.

      • JG10

        Right. A 35mm f1.4 compared to a slow, crappy kit zoom? Come on now. Just in terms of lenses this thing is far more appealing than the Sony.

      • Sahaja

        Wish all manufacturers would go back to offering camera body + standard prime.

        A decent prime would demonstrate the capabilities of their cameras much better than a crappy kit zoom.

        • Cass Roads

          +1. The Panasonic GF1 and 20 1.7 was a refreshing kit combo, but they dropped it with later models. It’s a shame “kit lens” is now synonymous with “low quality zoom.” I guess they assume people want a zoom – or maybe they can make more money forcing people to buy a standard prime separately.

    • Mistral75

      > I don’t like the sound of the “external auto-focus”

      Réponses Photo is a nice French magazine but not a very professional one. I’m not sure I am prepared to believe them when they write:

      Autre nouvelle : la présence d’un autofocus externe comme le laisse présager la fenêtre au-dessus de l’objectif

      i.e. “Another piece of news: there will be an external autofocus, a sure sign of which is the window above the lens

      when the so-called “window” hasn’t anything to do with a rangefinder and definitely looks like a focus-assist lamp surrounded by the two holes of a stereo microphone 😉 .

  • z

    Aluminium? That alloy will dent easily. How can Fuji call this a pro then? All pro cam always use magnesium that 100 times tougher.

    • Vlad

      You are kidding, right?

    • Magnesium is NOT 100 times tougher the Aluminum. Magnesium is much more brittle and it is easier to dent especially when compared to alloys of Aluminum.

      • Mistral75

        …like Alclad, commonly used in the aircraft industry.

        • z

          In aviation, the priorities is always weight>strength>everything in between>price.

          In a pro camera, price>strength>weight.

          In amateur camera price>cheaper price>dirt cheap stuff>weight>strength.

          Get it?

      • z

        Really? Last time I check the more brittle an alloy is, the more dent resistant it is. Magnesium will crack before it can be dent. The hardest things on earth is always brittle, like glass, rocks, magnesium or the mighty diamonds.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittleness

        On the other hand, aluminium is very ductile which means it will dent like crazy. A simple quote from wiki show “Aluminium is a soft, durable, lightweight, ductile and malleable metal”
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium#Physical

        There’s a reason for 1D and D3 has magnesium alloy. Even cheapo 5N use magnesium. Aluminium is great for lightweight amateur camera at least.

        • Mistral75

          z, you who seem to like Wikipedia, you should read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duralumin

          • z

            Yea, I’ve read that a lot. I even own one on my samsung 9 series.

            I know guys, aluminium alloy is an ambiguous term. But how you guys associate puny cheapo basic aluminium with strengthened, high temp processed and magnesium added duralumin and alclad is beyond me… It’s a lot more expensive than good old magnesium alloy and especially cheapo aluminium for good time’s sake.

            Cmon guys, I mean, really?

        • Alex

          It is most likely a translation error in one of two ways.

          I do not know how the French refer to specific die cast magnesium alloy types, but the first scenario could be that the author meant to say magnesium alloy. The the main one used for high tiered DSLRs is AZ91D. where aluminum is the main alloy material. The other is zinc, and that’s where you get the A and the Z from. Also, the X100 uses a magnesium alloy.

          http://korowa.en.alibaba.com/product/388732814-210848165/Camera_Shell_Magnesium_Alloy_.html

          The second scenario is that the author meant aluminum alloy . For obvious reasons, aluminum is almost always alloyed for metalwork and construction. The Nikon D90 used an aluminum alloy and polycarbonate mix, and it was still considered a rugged camera although not so much compared to magnesium alloy builds.

          However, if this camera is going to follow the retro theme from looks to mechanics, then the build material will probably as well. Take a look at Fujifilm’s GF670 professional medium format film camera.

          http://www.gf670.com/gf670-home.php

          It uses a die cast aluminum body with magnesium alloy elements. Aluminum alloys are typically much tougher, heavier, and more dense while magnesium alloys are significantly lighter and less dense while still maintaining a strong build. This kind of build brings capitalizes on the advantages of both.

          • Alex

            Whoops. Here is the link showing that the X100 uses magnesium alloy. The other link was to show how AZ91D is used.

            http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/FujifilmX100/page2.asp

          • z

            At last! A reasonable reply.

            First of, I don’t speak french and not interested translating it using google.

            My point is, which you might agree, in a normal world, magnesium alloy is always a lot stronger, tougher, harder, brittler than puny normal aluminium alloy, no?

            I notice the word aluminium might be a result of translation error. But, even though magnesium alloy consist mostly of aluminium, calling it plain aluminium is like calling a well decorated cake, a flour, no? If I wan’t to call an end-product, I’d rather say tarts or pies than floury egg.

            I hope that article is just plain wrong.

          • Mistral75

            There is no translation error. The French report says “alliage d’aluminium, the translation of which is “aluminium alloy.

            The text says: “As well as the finish of the lenses [they say before the lenses enjoy a fully metallic construction], the body’s finish in aluminium alloy should make people envious“.

          • Vlad

            Like Alex said, it is always an alloy, magnesium or aluminum. The properties depend on the type of alloy.
            http://www.paceind.com/die-casting-101/about_alloys
            And, no, magnesium alloy is not always a lot stronger, tougher, harder. I have no idea how you come up with statements like “puny normal aluminum alloy”.

            “But, even though magnesium alloy consist mostly of aluminium, calling it plain aluminium is like calling a well decorated cake, a flour, no?”
            No, magnesium alloys consist mostly of magnesium, hence their name.

            “There’s a reason for 1D and D3 has magnesium alloy.”
            Yes, cost advantage.

            “Aluminium is great for lightweight amateur camera at least.”
            You’ll be better off using magnesium alloy for lightness.

      • Sahaja

        If you need a good bright light source in a pinch you can always burn one of your magnesium camera bodies.

    • hexx

      back to school, off you go!

      • z

        I will, sir, if I was wrong.

        But, how can so many people fail this basic things? I wonder….

        I have nothing against using aluminium. I love my E-P3. What I object is when you use aluminium, you call it a PRO in the frickin name! Not all magnesium bodies is a pro I know, but all pro is magnesium.

        • Cass Roads

          There is nothing inherently more “pro” about magnesium than aluminum. Magnesium alloys will generally give you lighter weight, while aluminum alloys are generally stronger. The properties of both magnesium and aluminum, though, will vary greatly by specific alloy and heat treatment processes.
          The 7005 series aluminum used for my mountain bike frame is frequently under more stress than any camera I own will ever be. I would also never call a 747 “non-pro” for primarily being made of aluminum alloys.
          Both aluminum and magnesium alloys seem like good choices for camera bodies. The ubiquity of magnesium alloys probably reflects a preference for lighter weight and possibly lower manufacturing costs (easier to stamp), but I think the differences as experienced by the photographer would be negligible.

          • Bob2

            marketing BS– aluminum sounds cheap, like foil, whereas Magnesium sounds somewhat exotic. Like anything else, there are grades and qualities of anything and everything, whether Aluminum, Mg, Titanium, carbon fiber, etc.

            Z thinks that all things Mg are better than Al. Marketing fool.

  • Fabio27

    Finally. A digital Leica. A realone,not an adaptation. Viva Fuji

    • Michael

      Hardly

    • Sahaja

      No red spot – and the lenses cost nowhere near enough.

      More like a digital Contax without Zeiss branding

  • Looks good. But aluminum build does not sound good.

    • MJr

      ‘caus it’s aluminium, with an -ium ! 😉

      It sounds lightweight, but i’m sure they know what they’re doing … Actually there’s no doubt that they do, i mean just look at it ! And i don’t mean ‘the looks’, because that is just a bonus.

      • Cass Roads

        One can tell you’re from the other side of the pond. Blame it on Sir Humphry Davy for confusing us all. First he called it aluminium, then changed it to aluminum, then back to aluminium. I’ll admit that “ium” is more internationally accepted, but I’ll stubbornly stick with local convention, even if my spell check is set to English (UK) and gives me a red squiggly under aluminum… 🙂

    • peter

      its not like its an aluminum can.

      • z

        But not as tough as magnesium can.

        Pun not intended.

        • Cass Roads

          Well, not as light as a magnesium can, but potentially tougher.

  • Joaquim Prado

    any change to have a leica M converter?

    • MJr

      Should be so obvious, they may even offer one themselves. The reason it isn’t M-mount natively should be so that it can mount both M- AND Screw-mount Leicas and anything else. While still featuring their own new mount at the same time.

  • ennan

    Tis a beautiful camera. Looking forward to trying one.

  • FuFu

    X Mount? WTF? Sad. If they were smart enough they would have made it M Mount.

    • Mark

      Yeah so they could NOT make money on lenses, have to make the body larger, and cater to the like 3 people who want to deal with an APS-C crop from their full frame M lenses. Genius.

      Or they could make their own mount, their own premium AF lenses that will give the best from Zeiss and Leica a run for their money, and if you really MUST use an M mount you simply buy an adapter.

    • stepper

      Why when they can make money off of the X mount?
      People will buy this thing regardless of the lens mount.

    • MJr

      Dude… ADAPTERS. With the flange-back thin enough it can simply mount anything with a adapter. The other way around when it’s M-mount it can not. This way it can even mount the old screw mount Leicas. Can a native M-mount camera do that ? NO.

    • c.d.embrey

      Not everyone is a Leica FanBoy. I’d prefer a F-mount 😉 i use a Novoflex F to E mount adapter on my Sony NEX 5n, and wiil use it on the NEX 7 when they are available.

    • Bob2

      Should have named it the G-mount. Instructions would be to find the G-Spot, insert, and press (the shutter).

  • TheFujiGuy

    ALUMINIUM: X100 is magnesium alloy hence it follows that any successor will be too.

  • MJr

    SOLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter

    People… Do you even know what Fujinon means… Fujinon optics are as good as Leica or zeiss…

    • BklynPigeon

      Zeiss maybe, but no where close to the standards that Leica builds their lenses.

      • camerageek

        Then I guess all those motion pictures and ads shot with fujinon lenses (the lenses for the Hasselblad H system are actually built by Fuji) must really suck huh? Damn people who really have no frakkin’ clue or knowledge

        • J Shin

          I’m not a big fan of fracking, so I’m glad to see it being used as a curse word… 🙂

          • photonutz

            Frakkin’ is from Battlestar Galactica, the new one. Fraccking is something else entirely

        • hexx

          huge +1

  • I really hope it has better manual focusing ability than the X100, with hard stops at each end of the focus range.

    • MJr

      Me too, but it’s hard (impossible?) to implement that with any autofocus lens, at least for one that doesn’t spin like crazy in your hands when focusing. Unless ofcourse they use Olympus’s technique as in the 12/2 for micro four thirds. Not that would make this camera ABOVE perfection.

      • MJr

        *Now that …

      • Kyle Batson

        I dont see why. SSM lenses can disengage the focusing ring during AF and still provide hard stops.

        • MJr

          It doesn’t look like there is a distance scale tho, so it’s doubtful. But the front filter threads also seem small enough to allow the focusing ring to slide over it and reveal a distance scale underneath. They’ve basically sold me on this system already, but that would be crazy good.

  • JS

    I was a bit disappointed by the lenses, i would like to see 24mm, 35mm, 50 and a tele (35mm equiv), maybe a 24mm ist to wide for an the optical viewfinder (if you forget about the tele its possible, look at the voigtländer Bessa R4M) .
    BUT I really like the concept and the style of the new Fuji-Line (and the X100), hope to hear and see more in the next years.

  • my only other thought is that the Leica X1 is also up for a re-fresh….
    wonder what Leica will have for us at Fotokina 🙂
    am

  • JG10

    Will the absence of an anti-moire filter make it difficult to photograph things like fabric?

    • Mistral75

      No. They can take a pass on the hi-cut filter (aka anti-aliasing filter) since there is no repetitive 4-pixel colour pattern such as in the Bayer matrix, replaced by random patterns of 6 “coloured” pixels.

      Hence the higher resolution and the claim “as good as, if not even better than, full-format sensor“.

      • JG10

        Thank you Mistral! I don’t fully understand what you said but I like the sound of it. 🙂

        • Mistral75

          Just consider that, when you photograph a repetitive pattern (e.g. fabric) with a sensor which encompasses itself a repetitive pattern (in the way the unitary cells are organized), you are in trouble. There is no such (chromatic) pattern in the Fuji sensor.

          • JG10

            Ah, thank you. Very interesting!

  • Wow.. Im drooling now.. This is what we have been waiting for.. Seriously Fuji, will you do me the honour of becoming my wife? It´s like Im hallucinating.. but the image of the new Fujifilm just pops up everytime I go to photorumors.com.. I think I need a walk, and then a drink to celebrate 🙂

    • BigTam

      Close, but it needs to bring me tea in bed every morning 🙂

  • JG10

    If that translates to $1,300 with the 35mm 1.4 that is a better price than I expected. Good looking camera and the lens line up is well thought out. They just need a 35mm equivalent. I wish the 60mm was a little bit faster but still, this camera looks like a winner to me.

  • Axel

    Please make it compatible with Nikon CLS !!!!!!!

  • If this really the same price as the NEX-7 WITH the 35mm f/1.4, I’m sold. This is probably going to replace both my Nikon D90 and Panasonic GF1.

    However, how will zooms work with the hybrid viewfinder? I’m a bit confused about that. Though the only zoom I’m truly interested in would be a wide-angle, and even then a prime could do the job just as well, IMO.

    Never been more excited about a camera!

    • photonutz

      I have the funny feeling there will be no zooms for this

  • Ivar

    I really liked the concept of the x100, however there were some serious flaws looking at today’s standards – battery life; moderate af (GF3 is a nice one); no good mf to compensate the af; writing speeds; start-up time, video lacks flexibility (why not all: 24,25,30), menu usability etc. While one may get used to these shortcomings or overcome, it still was not convincing for me.

    Fingers crossed the basics are fine this time for the x-pro.

    • MJr

      Well for starters it should have a separate AF sensor they say, rather than the flawed contrast-detect.

  • Zeusman

    Looks like a winner! Will be interesting to see if Fuji addresses some of the issues commonly stated here about the X100. Love the lens line-up! This will absolutely have the NEX 7 buyer wavering now. This looks to be a modern day Leica M AF. Really sweet!

  • photonut

    Interesting. Looks promising, but the should have gone m43.

    btw the retro design is butt ugly!

    • inteliboy

      There is already a huge range of m43 cameras on the market. And hundreds of countless “modern” looking compacts. Why on earth you’d want fuji to do what everyone else are doing is beyond me…

      Also I don’t see this as “retro”… but just, well, it looks like an actual camera.

    • fants

      Butt ugly? I think it’s pretty much the best looking camera out there. I mean beautiful. To each their own, I guess!

      I just hope Fuji actually, you know, makes enough!

  • VT

    €1300? Does that mean it’s gonna be US$1600-ish?

    • BigTam

      No, european prices include value-added tax, usually about 19-20%. Deduct this, convert to US dollars and you get about the same number. So expect $1300-1400.

  • Rene

    Looking at my X100, I bet that the ‘mysterious holes’ above the lens are a pair of (stereo) microphones, with the AF illumination LED inbetween them. No magic external autofocus system…

    • Mistral75

      So do I, look at the message I posted at 11:45 am (approx. the 11th from the beginning).

    • MJr

      Indeed, but it’s a nice idea as the hole is in exactly the right place a rangefinder window would be. It could actually be a small camera from which the image is displayed through the hybrid viewfinder, and you’d have a actual rangefinder. Now i’d gladly trade the AF illuminator for that 😉 !

      • dandelion

        +1000000

      • Sahaja

        If it is an AF illuminator – when it’s on the camera won’t be very discreet.

  • Mat

    Welcome back Fuji, Thank you for listening to everyone…. Now that you have a full house take it to the bank baby!

    • Mike

      +1. But. If it had been full frame for $2000ish with lens I would have sold my Nikon stuff.

  • Lio

    Well the text say the camera will be all metal build and the finish in aluminium. They dont know what to expect my guess is magnesium alloy ala X100 with a a aluminium cover ala X100. So an X100.

  • Lio

    The flange will permit to use many lens, leica M … great.

  • frank

    So they shoot ads with fujinon, and Imax movie with elcan (formerly leica canada) . I suppose they already have the knowledge then.
    Btw, obvious troll is obvious, cine lens are much different, blabla, fujinon lenses have always been great, and leicas always a bit better.

  • Kojihugy

    X100 looks much better, don’t like the slated top.

    • Kojihugy

      Slanted top**

      • Rosco

        Yip; I’m sure slate would definately add weight to the camera! 😉

  • Definitely need to get my hands on one of these. Hope Canon follows sometime in 2012 and brings out a similar camera.

  • sflxn

    Cautiously optimistic. I like the lens sizes. I like the lighter aluminum body. I like the fact they have PDAF. I like the 2nd gen hybrid VF. Still wondering about such things as speed and LCD resolution. With the X100, I could really care less about the hybrid VF since the EVF portion is so low res. The preview LCD is also too low res. The lack of mention of any image stabilization may ultimately sway my decision. Still need more details. Hope an announcement with more details is coming next week.

  • EnPassant

    As nobody seem to have said it yet: This is the digital Contax G many have been waiting for! Only the X-Pro 1 will not AF with the old G-lenses, just possibly be able to use them with manual focus via adapter. However the Fuji lens line-up is very close to the standard lens kit available for Contax G with 28/2.8, 45/2 and 90/2.8 lenses. Only with overall faster lenses and a little longer normal. Later a 35 mm lens was added for the G system and the wide 21 and superwide 16 mm plus a standardzoom was also available. We will propably see a similar lensprogram for Fujifilms camera. Maybe with exception for the superwide as it may be difficult to get good cornerperformance on a digital sensor compared to on film. It will be interesting to see how the X-Pro 1 will be in that respect with adapted wide M-lenses if it will be possible or practical with metering.

  • Bob2

    This pretty much dooms my Nikon D200 and D300 and several lenses to fleabay. I’ll keep the D700 and select lenses for pro work and the X100 for fun. I have a feeling though, that just like my film days where the Nikon F3HP’s stayed in the Domke once I got an M4 and 35mm Summicron, the D700 will get a lot less use.

  • Andy

    Is there any information about if they are sticking with a leaf shutter?

    I really hope they’ve revised their focus system with this one, compared to the X100. I love mine but the MF is just woeful.

    • Sahaja

      Funny you should mention sticking with leaf shutter

  • John Santana

    I’ve held off replacing my Oly E-P2 because image stabilization is so important to me. The answers I’m waiting for are to the questions:

    Will there by ANY type of in-camera stabilization? A sensor-mover or perhaps software like the Sony anti-shake? If not, it’s not a contender for me–unless the high ISO performance is spectacular above 6,400.

    How well will manual lenses work with it? If the focus sensor is “external” then that might be a factor. What about the viewfinder? It is obviously coupled to the focal lengths of the Fuji lenses. Would the EVF take over for manual lenses? Would we have to use the rear screen for viewing?

    I’ve been disappointed so many times by cameras that sound great in the pre-release rumors, but don’t measure up when the camera is released. For example, the Sony NEX7 sounded like a dream come true, until we found it had no in-camera IS (important to me, maybe, more than most), and that the high ISO performance is disappointing. Maybe the anti-shake mode or night-mode will prove to be enough to make it work for me.

    Olympus looks like it’s going to announce something new next month. It is reported to have a viewfinder, but that’s about all we know. Unless the sensor is improved over the E-P3, it won’t interest many buyers.

    It seems that what so many serious photographers want gets “danced around” in the design stage. There are so many close-but-no-banana attempts. If the NEX7 had IS and better high ISO, you could count me in. I would trade lots of pixels for better overall image quality. Similarly, if the NEX5N had a viewfinder and IS, I could live with it. For that matter, I could live with my Oly E-P2 if the high ISO performance were somewhat improved.

    My ideal camera would have:

    * In camera IS (essential to me)
    * Excellent high ISO performance
    * Viewfinder
    * Accept manual lenses, and would be nice to have some focus-assist to work with them

    That’s about it. I don’t need particularly small (my Oly is a little too small already). Don’t need tons of pixels. 10 mpix would do me fine. Don’t need video, art-scenes, high frame per sec rate either. Don’t need weather sealing. Doesn’t have to be super light weight. I don’t care what it’s made of, as long as it’s durable. While I love high quality metal bodies and lenses, I don’t care if it’s aluminum, aluminium, magnesium, or (to paraphrase Weston) made out of a bath mat–as long as it works.

    On the bright side, it does look like camera makers are seeing the market for this type of camera. It’s just taking a while for them to get it all together.

    • Sahaja

      IS seems unlikely. I expect this system is primarily designed to be used with Fuji’s own lenses – though adapters will work

      The viewfinder might not be all that good for focusing and framing with 3rd party lenses. NEX’s EVF + peaking & zooming may be better in that regard.

      Anyway we should know more next week.

  • Al

    Is it me, or does it kinda resemble the Hasselblad XPan? Wait, that was actually built by Fuji ;-/

    Speaking of which, why not revive that concept as a digital camera with multi-format capabilities: standard, HD and panorama?

    • Mark

      I wouldn’t put it past Fuji to MAKE a digital X-Pan. Just stitch a couple APS-C, or hell even M43 sensors together and go. Single shot digital panoramics!

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