Firmware update v2.00 for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 coming on September 18th *UPDATED*

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With all of the buzz surrounding the new Fuji X-E1 camera, I am not sure if you noticed the press release about the previously rumored firmware update for the X-Pro1. There will be four major improvements in v2.00: improved AF and manual focus speed, better operating speed and a new auto-ISO setting of 6400. The new firmware will be available for download on September 18th. The big question is: will the X-Pro1 perform as fast as the X-E1 with the new firmware?

Update: this video shows the AF speed with the new X-Pro1 firmware:

Press release:

Since the launch of the X-Pro1 in early 2012, Fujifilm has received customer feedback on the camera’s performance and is addressing the issues raised by launching a firmware upgrade. On the installation of the new firmware, users will see significant improvements in Auto Focus, Manual Focus and processing / writing speeds.

Firmware version 2.00 improvements:

1.Improved auto focus performance*1

Focussing in challenging lighting conditions, where light is low or bright, will now be much faster in Auto Focus mode. The focusing distance has also been improved, allowing you to get closer to the subject and capture a great shot without switching to macro mode.

2. Improved Manual Focus performance

The speed of the image coming into focus when turning the focus ring has been vastly improved. When adjusting the focus ring using the electronic viewfinder or the LCD panel on the back of the camera it is now much easier to focus, always displaying the image closer to full aperture with minimum depth of field. The 10x magnifications / focus check feature on the X-Pro1 has been well received and in this firmware update an additional 3x option is now available. It is also now possible to find the optimum focus point whilst viewing the entire screen.

3. Improved operating speed.

At maximum speed the X-Pro1 will now write to memory card twice as fast as before. *2 Additionally, image playback now occurs less than one second after pressing the image playback button. On some occasions previously, for example when using continuous shooting, you had to wait until the images had been processed before they were shown on screen.

4. New 'Auto (6400)' ISO setting

This increased ISO not only speeds up the shutter speed, but also stabilises the image and mitigates blurring of the subject.

Firmware availability

This new dedicated firmware will be available from 18th September 2012  To enable these features, please update the firmware of your Fujinon XF lenses at the same time.  The firmware can be downloaded from “Support” on the Fujifilm website. Please go to the support website below for details on other changes. Firmware available at Fujifilm global website: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/

Notes

  • *1: The effect will differ according to the lens attached.
  • *2: The effect may differ according to the card type and image compression
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  • Matthieu

    There is a video of it on Youtube, with the 60mm macro lens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ca0YWDgE9wA

    What I appreciate the most is that the screen no longer freezes while focusing. This is huge, especially for the 60mm.

    • gfahey

      I agree. The 60mm gives me fits most of the time. I’m having a hard time embracing it. No doubt about the image quality if you get it to focus right though. But, I knew the issues when I bought into the X series. I took a leap of faith believing the firmware would be updated. I’ve never regretted buying this body/lens system. Not once.

    • http://www.ob1ne.wordpress.com o.b.1ne

      The screen does freeze, all the action stops as soon as he tries to focus… or am I seeing it wrong?

      Also he’s focusing on the chair and the pole which nearly the same distance away, I wouldn’t call this a very well thought out focus test. Why didn’t he focus on something closer then focus on something far and see how quick this thing can focus.

      • gfahey

        Right. The real test is in low light anyways. Try focusing on those objects with little lighting. That’s the test. Yeah, this video is useless to me as a test of this firmware.

      • Matthieu

        The first part is the old firmware, the second part is the new one.

        • http://www.ob1ne.wordpress.com o.b.1ne

          ahhh now it makes sense.. But it still doesn’t show its true focus speed.

  • Robert Korn

    They all sound like welcome improvements, look forward to downloading!

  • gfahey

    Is it me or is this guy pressing the shutter release before the focus is locked on and turning green? It sure looks that way.

  • http://www.ob1ne.wordpress.com o.b.1ne

    tacky hand bags, you’re selling to the wrong crowd.

  • legreti

    it seem that the speed its the same…… no difference between part 1 and 2 lol

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