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Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 to Receive Focus Peaking with Firmware Updates

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If you’re a owner of a Fujifilm X-Pro1 or X-E1 and have been dying to see focus peaking brought to your camera, today’s your lucky day. Fujifilm has announced a new set of upcoming firmware updates for those two cameras, and focus peaking is front and center as one of the big new features introduced.

There will be two waves of firmware updates. The first one will be version 2.05 for the X-Pro1 and version 1.06 for the X-E1, both of which were released today. Neither of those updates include focus peaking.

The main benefits of today’s update are: compatibility with lens that lack aperture rings and easier focus area selection when shooting with the eye-level viewfinder.

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Wait until July 23rd, 2013, and focus peaking will be yours. Fujifilm says firmware versions 3.00 for the X-Pro1 and 2.00 for the X-E1 will improve autofocus speeds with existing XF lenses (thanks to a new “updated algorithm”) and bring focus peaking to your camera.

The focus peaking feature will be the same one that was introduced in the Fujifilm X100S and X20 cameras. Here’s a look at what the feature looks like on those cameras:

If you’ve never heard of focus peaking before, it’s a manual focusing assistance feature that lets you accurately focus on scenes by using bright pixels to highlight the parts of the scene that are in focus.

To download the latest firmware updates, or the upcoming updates when they’re released in July, visit Fujifilm’s Download Drivers & Software page.


 
 
  • Tom Le Vine

    Now if only I could get a focus peaking update on my oly om-d

  • Mike Burchard

    The image at top shows the focus-peaking highlights in red. If it’s going to be the same as the current X100S firmware, the only color available will be white (unfortunately). Hopefully, this will be addressed in future firmware updates (for X100S, too) because white highlights too often get lost in daylight – (except for people who are color-blind) red is generally a much more useful focus-peaking highlight color – I use red highlights in my Sony NEX-6 and find it very helpful indeed.

  • Imazagi

    Hey Fuji, what about some love for you older customers? I’m waiting for updates for my X100.

  • Jun

    X pro 1 will be totally my birthday or Christmas gift.

  • Ms

    Our prayers have been answered!! :D
    And everyone said it couldn’t be done! Ha!

  • Don Tusk

    Won’t happen. X100 is an abandoned project.

  • Danvil

    Wow, that’s complicated. With the Fuji X-E1 you have one menu selection called, “Focus Peaking” and its’s done.

  • toast

    They’ve just released a new mega firmware for the X100. 4 months after your comment, bet you feel silly now.