I’ve searched extensively over the past 12 months of X-Pro1 ownership to find the best settings that work for me with my X-Pro1 and have tried a number of different settings based on a number of different recommendations. Following these and trying out my own on a bit of hit and miss basis, these are my favoured Fuji X-Pro1 settings.
ISO – Auto6400 Auto 6400 keeps me safe in almost all indoor situations. I look to reduce the ISO when I’m outside but still keep the Auto ISO feature functioning.
Image Quality – F+RAW I shoot almost everything in Fine plus Raw mode. Straight out of the camera, the Fuji produces fantastic JPGs but I have the option to process the RAW file if I need to. I rarely shoot exclusively in one format or another.
Dynamic Range – DR Auto I leave the camera to work this out for itself in almost all instances.
Film Simulation -PRO Neg. Standard for colour. MONOCHROME+R for black and whites (set as custom on the Q button). I'll use the custom settings to set up with auto ISO with a headroom of 3200 and 6400 to switch quickly between the two.
White Balance – AUTO Occasionally I shoot in Cloudy setting, but for the majority of the time I leave WB set to Auto. If adjustment is required I can do so in post processing.
Sharpness – -1 I shoot in both RAW and JPG and prefer to control the sharpness in processing. Out of the camera images can be a little on the soft side, but I can control the sharpness more to my taste in post processing using Lightroom or similar.
Noise Reduction – -2 Like Sharpness, I prefer to control the noise reduction in post processing and find it a little too aggressive straight from the camera.
Fn Button – ISO
AE/AF-Lock Mode – Switch AE/AF-Lock Button – Both AE+AF Coming from a DSLR I got used to back button focussing. Setting the X-Pro1 up in this way means I use the AE-L AF-L button to operate in a similar fashion. This works in manual focus mode using the AE-L AF-L button for focusing which is one touch and the shutter button works with AF focus removed from it. It also means you can auto focus using the AE-L AF-L button and rely on the shutter button to take the image a little quicker (remember, it’s doesn't have to expose and focus). Great for focus and re-compose too.
Other menu settingsPower Safe Mode - Off Quick Start Mode - On Silent Mode - Off
Settings are personal and what works for me, won’t necessarily work for you. However, they may give you a starting point or at least a point of view as to where to start if you’re new to X-Pro1 ownership and looking at how to set your camera up. Remember, the best settings are whatever works for you.