FUJI X-Pro 1 In Store And In Hand
I've got one in front of me on the editorial desk. It's fitted with the normal lens - the 35mm. I think it is the best starting point as a representation of the camera and what it will be for many photographers. Bear with me while I give a personalized view of it. Bear in mind this is a sales feature as well.
It is a good size - my hand is medium and the grip round the right hand side is thick enough to give a good hold; my last finger is the only one not resting on the actual camera body. The lens on the other side gives a natural point of rest for the left hand - bear in mind that this is not one of those lenses that telescope out in several sections - it is a proper interchangeable lens with a focusing ring wide enough to rest thumb and forefinger on, even when the lens is on autofocus. It makes for a steady hold.
The camera controls are smoothed over in comparison with the Fuji X-100, and while accessible, do not catch the thumb and slip out of adjustment. The Fuji feature of a quick external exposure adjustment wheel at the upper right corner is retained. In practical terms it means that, while you can specify a spot pattern from the light meter, most times all you need to cope with back light is a spin of the wheel.
The exposure controls are the classics: aperture ring on the lens and shutter speed dial on the top plate of the camera. Each of these has an "A" marking for automatic so you can get full auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, or full manual with the simplest means.The lens ring is effectively detented and the shutter dial has a central lock if you decide to leave it on "A". The only other top button is a discrete Fn under the right forefinger - I've programmed mine for ISO changes.
The viewfinder has either clear sight or projected frame line and if you need to switch off the LCD screen while viewing there are two eye sensors that watch for the approach of your face. There is provision to flash up an electronic repeat of the image you have just taken into the viewfinder so that you don't have to lower the camera to check it out.
Hot shoe on top and wonder of wonders - a PC socket down on the lower left side. Dedicated TTL flashes available.
Menu is extensive but the really nice feature for me is provision of a "Q" button under the right thumb. One press displays all the settings on a very simple basis on the LCD screen. Changes are easily done - a far better experience than my normal DSLR or those of the other major brands here in the shop. Admittedly it is nice not to have to change horses in mid-stream, but when you do need to alter a setting, ease and logic like this are wonderful.