Review: Fujifilm XF1

The Verdict

Amidst the pool of bridge cameras and smart cameras, unique compact cameras like the XF1 are a breath of fresh air. The XF1’s manually operated zoom, the ability to shoot in RAW and manual control over exposure settings help users become the master of their scene. Sure, ILCs can do that, too, but they’re not nearly as portable as compacts. What’s possibly missing from the XF1 is a bigger sensor, a viewfinder and manual focus control, but if Fujifilm were to throw those in, then it would have to become a slightly bulkier package.
Buy Meter: 3.5/5.0

What’s Hot

·      Attractive retro design

·      Fast AF response

·      f/1.8 maximum aperture

·      Dynamic black-and-white filters


What’s Not

·      No viewfinder

·      No manual focus

·      High noise levels

·      Within price range of more high-tech cameras


Bottomline:
The Fujifilm XF1 offers a fast lens that enables manual zoom in a sleek, ultra-portable retro-looking package.

 

Specifications

Sensor 12MP 2/3-inch EXR CMOS Sensor
Processor EXR Image Processor
Zoom and optics 25-100mm Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens; with 2x digital zoom
Dimensions 107.9(W) x 61.5(H) x 33.0(D) mm
Weight Approx. 225 g with battery and memory card
Approx. battery life 300 frames (CIPA standard)
Memory 25MB internal memory; expandable via SD/SDHC/SDXC
***A more concise version of this review can be found in the upcoming March issue of Gadgets Magazine.

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