In all honesty, I had no idea that this camera won any awards. My only concern when I bought it was, will it deliver what it advertises. The answer: YES and more.
What do these awards mean: Well, you can take them for what they are or you can throw away all modesty and shove them in peoples faces, while boasting that the XP1 is a better camera than what they have. Nanny nanny boo-boo!!!
Now, lets break down these awards. First, the TIPA award. What is it? TIPA stands for Technical Image Press Association and if you win an award from these folks, you have it made! Worldwide, they are the most coveted photo and imaging awards.
TIPA awarded the Fuji X-Pro1 “The Best Compact System Camera Professional Award – Premium Interchangeable Lens Camera”. Here is the verbage of the award, copied from the Fuji site:
“”FUJIFILM X-Pro1” is a premium interchangeable lens camera, developed with thorough dedication to delivering premium image quality and elegant texture. It has won the award in recognition of its “Hybrid Multi Viewfinder”, which allows users to freely switch between the optical viewfinder (OVF) and electronic viewfinder (EVF), and automatically selects the OVF magnification and frame size according to the focal length of the attached lens (for wide-angle and standard focal lengths). The recognition is also given to the 16.3-megapixel APS-C “X-Trans CMOS Sensor”, which uses a color filter array with enhanced aperiodicity to control moire and false color generation without requiring a low-pass filter, thereby achieving very high image quality.”
The EISA award: EISA stands for European Imaging and Sound Association. EISA awarded the X-Pro1, “European Professional Compact System Camera of the Year 2012-2013”.
Once again, here is the verbage of the award copied from the Fuji site:
“EISA judges were particularly impressed with the X-Pro1’s outstanding image quality. Commenting on the award, the EISA jury said; “It is a combination of exceptional lens quality, great build and a revolutionary new sensor design that makes the Fujifilm X-Pro1 such a successful camera. The X-Trans sensor, with its more film-like color filter layout over the pixels, really makes the most of the resolution delivered by the camera’s Fujinon optics to produce images with far more detail than most 16-million-pixel models can manage. The hybrid viewfinder offers the photographer the best of both digital and traditional optical worlds, and the straightforward layout of controls on the body makes the X-Pro1 simple and pleasurable to use, even if the AF system is not the fastest on the market. Although it isn’t the smallest compact system camera on the market, its size is more than compensated for by the quality of the images it produces and the enjoyment it brings to the user.”
Aimed at advanced photographers looking for an edge on their existing camera, the X-Pro1 is a new compact system packed with exciting features, lenses and accessories. Housed in a robust metal shell, the X-Pro1 contains a 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, a Hybrid Multi-viewfinder, an original X-Mount for FUJINON XF lenses and an EXR Processor Pro, all unique to Fujifilm. With additional features such as Multi-exposure mode, Aperture and Shutter Priority, Enhanced Film Simulation mode and a TTL Hotshoe with a Sync Terminal, the X-Pro1 is already establishing itself as the professional choice for photographers.
EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries. In June each year, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of the products analysed in their publications during the past year deserve a coveted EISA Award. The six categories under consideration are: Audio, Video, Home Theatre, Photography, In-Car Electronics and Mobile Devices.”
Aside from these two prestigious awards, the X-Pro1 was awarded many other accolades at CES 2012 by various magazines & websites. To view all of them, you can go here: http://fujifilm-x.com/x-pro1/en/reviews/reviews-and-awards/index.html
In sum, it is a pretty well-received camera by people who know cameras, photography & technology. As with most of the X cameras when they first came out, the X-Pro1 was not without it’s “quirks”. Though, that was when the camera had firmware 1.10. The latest firmware is 3.01, which almost makes the X-Pro1 of today a second generation version of what appeared more than a year ago.