EXR, anyone?


by Rico Pfirstinger

Hello and Happy New Year!

While the topic of Friday’s column appears to be set in stone by now (I have already uploaded several samples on “extended ISO settings” to my Flickr Photostream), I’d like to know about your interest in a different subject matter: EXR sensors. Plenty of Fujifilm cameras are using them, including three X-series models: X10, X-S1 and XF1.

To be clear: This is not about “EXR Auto” mode, which is basically kind of a “dummy mode” where the camera automatically decides which scene program to choose and what settings to establish, so the only thing the user has to do is press the shutter button. Nope, it’s about EXR DR and EXR SN: how it works, what it means (practically!), how to use it, when to use it, and when not to use it. Plus, how does your EXR camera actually use EXR? Do you really know? Do you even care to know?

Having spent several years with at least five different EXR camera models, I may have gathered some knowledge and experience that could be instrumental in answering some of these questions. I had to do it all by means of “reverse engineering”, as Fujifilm doesn’t disclose any kind of useful technical information about the inner workings of the EXR camera logic. So the question is: Do you want to know (more) about EXR?

Kindly answer the poll below:

Do you agree with the position of Fuji about IBIS?

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Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-80s. He has written a number of books on topics as diverse as Adobe PageMaker and sled dogs, and produced a beautiful book of photographs titled Huskies in Action (german version). He has spent time working as the head of a department with the German Burda-Publishing Company and served as chief editor for a winter sports website. After eight years as a freelance film critic and entertainment writer in Los Angeles, Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital photography and compact camera systems. His book “Mastering the FUJIFILM X-Pro1” is available on Amazon.

  • MV

    Guys – I come to this site to read rumors about upcoming fuji cameras, as its title suggests. You are doing a great job in that.

    But recently I see posts about tutorials, votes on tutorials, etc. Every time I see there’s a new post I head on over to your site and bam, it’s not a rumor but a tutorial post. This is a real switch-off.

    Please don’t lose your focus. You were doing so well. Make another blog for the tutorial stuff if necessary. But keep fujirumors just that: Fuji Rumors.


    • patrick

      On Fujirumors we feature all things related to Fuji. And this is, I’m sure, a very useful column for many photographers using Fuji cameras. You can skip this column if you want, or click on the “rumor” section on my site… or you can read it, and look if there is something useful also for you.

      I’d like to assure you that I’ve my radar always finely tuned on the rumors. Lot of my energy and time goes into it. So I was the first talking of a X-100 and X-10 replacement. And also the first to give specs about it. I know you appreciate it. And I want to continue to give you reliable rumors for first. But I can’t create rumors out of nothing…

      So, I’m behind Rico and his great work. And don’t worry, my work continues as always… and as soon as whispers grow into rumors, and rumors become reliable, you’ll be informed at fujirumors!


    • dave

      agree MV

      post this tutorials in a tutorial section

      I want to check rumors without making a previous selection


      • patrick

        There are the 4 main sections at the top of my site: News-Reviews-Rumors-Deals (and Home). Click on them to filter the articles. And then there is a box at the right, where you can read all the articles of Rico. To check rumors, it’s just one click, and you see them all.

        Now, in addition to the 4 sections, there is a fifth, “X-pert corner”. It’s a welcome addition. And what concerns the rumors, you have to be patient. You don’t know the work that is behind every rumor. I have to be very patient and careful. As I wrote before, I can’t create rumors just for more clicks on my websites. When trusted sources (or possible new sources) will tell me rumors, be sure I’ll share them.

        Now, that’s all. I strongly believe in this new column. There are many people reading it with their X-camera in the hands and immediatly try out Rico’s tips. That’s great.

        dave, I’ve always appreciated you comments. And also this critic. It’s an invitation to improve the interface of my site. I think it’s ok so, but there is always something to improve. I’ll put my best also into this. If you have concrete suggestions, write me an email.


        • dave

          Thats a nice explanation. I know the efforts behind such a website and appreciate it. My previous comment was quick and more superficial than the admin would have deserved. The site is great anyways. It’s only that the change in presenting things slowed the klick-klick for rumors down. And I don’t own a Fuji yet, so tutorials will be an issue for me later. Thanks!

  • Adam

    I respectfully disagree with MV. I’ve found Rico’s posts to be quite valuable — an expert in both Fuji cameras and photography explaining real world methods for getting the most from our gear. Sure, it’s not exactly “rumors,” but the flow of rumors is pretty thin — a post every other day or so? — and the same people interested in rumors can benefit from Rico’s posts. I hope they continue.

  • Martin

    Harmonizing the opposite. I agree and disagree with both of you and would like to suggest “a solution”.
    A even stricter seperation between rumors, news, reviews and tutorial would be nice to have. I think this piecewise seperation was already tried with the upper tags or chapters. If more posts will come, and I hope this is the case, a thorough separation would help the reader to differentiate between the types of posts. But for now – small critics – all posts seem to be flung together. Although I read every post anyway. But for beginners or new readers, a better separation would be useful I guess.

  • nxxo

    GET OUT MV pfff!

    Continu your excellent work Rico thx you

  • David

    I do appreciate the great work as well.

    I clicked over to the Amazon link for “Mastering the FUJIFILM X-Pro1” though and read, in the description: “With the X-Pro 1, Fujifilm released the first mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor.”

    Wouldn’t the NEX be the first mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor (if not previous fixed-lens models)?

  • ECH

    Rico please keep up the good and share your experience and expertise with us. We all could benefit from more technique instead of continually acquiring newer gear and hoping new gear will result in better photos.

  • Peter

    As I have just started setting up and learning my new XE-1 with zoom lens, I really appreciate Rico’s tutes, and plan to buy his book too. Just what new users need and more important to me that the rumors.

  • Guys, you gotta do better than this. Give me at least 1000 votes pro EXR, and I’ll spend a week of my life writing everything up. :)

  • Admittedly, you guys are doing a lot better, already. Only 240 more vote to convince me on this EXR business!

    By the way, I took my first test shot with a XF14mmF2.8 R lens earlier today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25805910@N05/8362183465/in/photostream

  • Hamdun Hutasuhut


    Your writing is the best out there about the heart and soul of Fujifilm X-Pro1.
    I also vote for EXR business and want more to learn.

    I, personally, focus to use other brand name lenses on my X-Pro1 with adapters for having interest in bokeh and macro images. Hoping soon the X100’s “Digital Split Image” features and “Focus Peak Highlight” function could be added in the next firmware?

    Thank you so much for your dedication.

    HNH Mandily

    • Thank you for your kind comments. Peaking is a possibility, Digital Split Image is not.

  • Having crossed the 1000 votes threshold pro EXR (that took rather long, didn’t it?), I am beginning to feel more inclined to write an article about it. Of course, the more additional votes the topic gets, the more elaborate my article will become. ;) Have a nice weekend, y’all!

    • Tim Auger

      I hope you haven.t forgotten . . .

    • Thomas

      Rico, this X-Pert corner is really excellent, thank you. I own an X10 for a few months now (mainly as an easy-to-transport D-SLR replacement) and i only realized here, that my old chemical film knowledge is outdated and does not apply to my digital gear. This is extremely helpful and now i’d really appreciate more in-depth information about EXR.

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