I don't know if the Cnet crew really appreciates the camera at hand, since they're deducting points for missing dedicated video button and such:
"The X-Pro-1's startup time was clocked at 1.2 seconds, twice as fast as the X100. Shutter lag was less than second and
negligible. It also manages a speedy 6fps in burst-mode shooting and if you're so inclined it makes for a fun tool for making your own animated GIFs.
The FinePix's autofocus performance is a mixed bag and brings a sense of deja vu--It's similar to the X100 that we've reviewed before. The X-Pro1's autofocus performance feels a little sluggish and lags behind the Olympus Pen E-P3 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 by a noticeable margin. We're hoping that Fujifilm would be able to fix this quirk in a firmware update. Outdoors, the camera fared better, but it tends to hunt in low-light conditions.
We also discovered that if you're focusing on anything up close (1m or nearer), it's best to active the Macro mode which acts as a focus limiter that will help you acquire a lock on your subjects faster.
Although Fujfilm claims the shooter does 300 images on a single charge, we only managed to capture between 160 to 180 images as well as a few videos before the juice pack was depleted. Of course, it did involve plenty of "chimping" (image playback) and adjustments of settings, so your mileage may vary. You may want to buy a backup battery if you're going to be traveling abroad.
Considering the price of the X-Pro1 kit is similar to a midrange, full-framed dSLR, we were mildly disappointed that its performance couldn't match up."
Fujifilm Press Release:
Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary . . . read more
No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth:
Wow, his must be the most serious case of X-Trans sensorophobia on the whole wide Interwebs. I still have a lot of respect for much of what he otherwise does, but when it comes to the X-Trans artifacting issue he clearly fails to see the sum of the image (heh): As a total, Fuji's sensor produces some gorgeous images, a fact that is stated in confessions and declarations by numerous pro, avid and generally accomplished photographers. I can point you to a zillion galleries and essays, but I choose just one for now and rest my case: Check out Dave Piper's gallery of images he got with the X-Pro1.
"Why bother with a problematic sensor? Or a company that can’t get its act together and just pay Adobe $250K a year or whatever to deliver exceptional results from ACR (if this is even possible, which I begin to doubt). This dog doesn’t hunt. Get a Sigma DP1/DP2/DP3 Merrill and enjoy real resolution with zero artifacts, totally clean, not even Bayer sensor demosaicing yuck. Or get a D600 or D800E system which isn’t that hugely different in size, but has a full frame sensor. I see no point in investing in a 2nd-tier system with a sensor that forces photographers to jump through hoops." . . . read more