Fuji XF1 Review Summary
Fuji XF1 Assessment
The Fuji XF1 is the only pocketable digital camera with a mechanical zoom. This premium compact features direct manual-controls including dual control-dials and a highly customizable interface.
This model uses a 12 MP BSI-CMOS sensor with Fuji EXR technology which gives it a class-leading dynamic range. It is paired with a ultra-bright F/1.8 - 4.9 ultra-wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens.
The Fuji XF1 delivers good image quality for mid-size prints up to ISO 1600. With its reliable metering and decent white-balance system, the XF1 is a capable camera. A fast autofocus system and a responsive interface round off this camera's performance.
Competition is tough for the XF1 and depends on priorities. The only similarly specified digital camera with a mechanical zoom is the considerable larger Fuji Finepix X10
Fuji Finepix X10. Otherwise there are premium ones of similar size, most notably the Sony RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 which sports a much larger 1" sensor with 20 megapixels. Given the similar pricing of these models, it comes down to image quality versus interface and that is a really tough choice.
|Ultra-Bright F/1.8 Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Excessively strong noise-reduction|
|Very low image noise||High edge-softness|
|Stellar dynamic-range||High optical distortion|
|Unique mechanical zoom lens slides into camera body||LCD not Exposure-Priority and incorrect Live-Histogram|
|Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations||Incorrect framing shown for RAW files|
|Good center-sharpness||Average shot-to-shot speed|
|Very reliable metering||2s Filming delay|
|Very quick and accurate autofocus||Poor tripod mount placement|
|Instant shutter-lag||Short battery-life|
|Good build quality|
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Fuji XF1 Facts
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-3200|
|4X Mechanically Linked Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|7 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Custom white-balance|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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