Video: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.
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Zak, a Crutchfield camera enthusiast, had a chance to check out the Fujifilm X-Pro1 at CES 2012.
Zak: Hey. We're here at CES 2012 with Fuji and they're gonna tell us about the new X-Pro1.
Casey: Hi. My name is Casey Baker, and I'm in charge of this beautiful, beautiful camera. First and foremost we have to talk about the redesign of our APS-C sensor. We call it the X-trans. And what we ended up doing is that we ended up trying to, trying to get, maximize the quality so it matches a full frame sensor. In order to do that we had to get rid of the low-pass filter. And the low-pass filter is designed to get rid of moiré or false color. In order to do that we went back to our roots of silver hilade film and realized that the reason there's no moiré pattern in film is because it's very randomized compared to the linearity that exists within sensors. So we took the Bayer array got rid of it basically a 2x2 and we ended up with a 6x6 array and we randomized the pixels a little bit more so that now we were able to get rid of the low-pass filter, get rid of the false color and the moiré patterns and achieve a higher resolution image. Basically we're comparable right now to a full range sensor with the APS-C sensor.
We also have a new lens mount which is our X-trans mount. And this has been designed to be able to register the lenses because they are interchangeable. We have three that we're starting out with basically a 28mm, a 50mm, and a 90mm. The 90mm is a macro. And these seat separately, so they're seated individually to the register of the lens so they have the minimum back focus. For example, the 27mm has an 11mm back focus so the closer the rear element of the lens is to the sensor, the better the quality of the image. We have lots of other features with this camera including the retro design. We have, like I said, the Fujinon lenses. We have all kinds of new menu settings, including multiple exposure, including a quick menu setting as well. And we're really looking forward to the success of this camera.
Zak: It's nice to see a camera released with three prime lenses.
Casey: Yeah. Like I said before, we're really about quality and that's really about it. I mean the quality of the styling, the quality of construction, and most importantly the quality of the image.
Zak: That's great. That's the Fuji X-Pro1 system, coming soon.