I have been shooting X-Pro1 alongside my X-T1 during my trip to Japan last month. I’m glad that I brought two cameras with me as there were times when the situation just a bit too tuff to warrant for a lens change, such as raining and stuck in the crowd.
As you may know, the X-Pro1 is actually a “new” camera just added into my bag. I have used it occasionally but this was the first time I really put it to pace. I used the X-T1 solely for my trip to Hong Kong, so I have a certain level of expectation in how my camera should perform in order to fulfill my needs. And I have read up on the complaints and so on by others with regards to this camera. Anyway, glad to say that I survived my trip with the X-Pro1 without much issues with it.
The first complaint that you generally heard about this camera is the poor auto focusing system. It does lack the phase detection goodness, but I don’t find it difficult to get things into focus. Well, you just need to know the AF system well and pick up those contrast point of your subject to focus on and it should just work fine. In low light condition it sure suffers a little, but it’s more or less the same case for other cameras, and I certainly can live with it.
Next is about the general speed of the camera. The writing speed is indeed… Slow. But it’s not something that will bother me as I rarely shoot burst shots. Sometimes I do took a few single shots in a row and that’s when I’ll see the LED keep on flashing, indicating files were being written to the cards. But I still can continue to shoot, so no issue in short. I do encountered a few times of “card error” during my trip in Japan. It usually occurs when I off the camera while the camera is still saving files into the card. I’m not sure is it due to the camera or the card, I’ll keep an eye on this issue some other day.
Handling wise, it’s more or less the same. Yes, there’s no direct AF point control and customizable Q menu, so it might be a few “button press” slower than newer cameras such as the X-T1. Otherwise, it feels pretty much the same and I don’t encounter situation where I was frustrated by the camera’s handling.
IQ wise, there’re some subtle differences that I found between X-Pro1 and X-T1, aka X-Trans 1 vs X-Trans 2. I found the colours on X-Pro1 is ever slightly more saturated or punchier. The noise pattern too seems a little different. But all in all, both sensors gave superb IQ. There are people who fell in love with the rendering of X-Trans 1 sensor, for me, some occasions the subtle punch do improve the picture a little, but not all conditions. So it’s something that I need to take note about when I shoot, so that I don’t push the colours too much.
All in all, there really isn’t much to complain about the X-Pro1. Until today, it is still a very capable camera that is not being obsoleted yet. I used it in the rain and under cold (but not freezing) weather in Japan. Everything works well as it is. I’m looking forward for more great times with the X-Pro1. Till then 🙂