Summary: The Fujifilm XF1 is priced at Rs 33,989, which may sound unreasonable to you. But then, you get a pocketable camera that performs almost at par with an entry-level DSLR equipped with the 18-55 mm kit lens. In fact, the lens on this camera is much more capable—it’s bright, has a greater focal range and also takes macro shots. This camera doesn’t come in cheap. And at this price, it’s fair to expect premium features such as a 920K dot screen and GPS.
Fujifilm's stylish XF1 an enthusiast compact for auto snapshooters
13 February 2013
Summary: The Fujifilm XF1 is one of the nicest-looking point-and-shoots available and it performs well, too. But its photos and features might not please some enthusiasts.
Pros: The Fujifilm XF1 looks great and can be a lot of fun to shoot. It has a fast f1.8 maximum aperture and captures in raw and raw plus JPEG. It also has a healthy selection of shooting options and a good control layout.
Cons: Some of its best photos come at the cost of control and resolution. The lens gets much slower when zoomed in. There's no option to add an external flash or viewfinder.
Summary: The fujifilm XF1 is an attractive high-end compact camera with easy handling thanks to a simple layout and clever E-Fn button. With a larger-than-normal sensor, the XF1 has a solid low-light performance, too. Well done to Fuji for trying something different with the lens design, which could have been the camera's trump card but for its fiddly handling, average maximum aperture at mid to telephoto settings and, disappointingly, soft edge detail.
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the XF1: it's got plenty of retro style, it's easy to use, it's packed with useful shooting features and it takes a great picture. Yes, switching it on and off can be a bit fiddly, but the double payback for this is a super-sharp manually operated zoom that's a real pleasure to use, along with a camera that's small enough to happily sit inside a coat pocket when switched off.
Pros: Stylish snapper, Small form-factor, Very fast autofocus
Excerpt: With camera-incorporating smartphones eviscerating the market for simpler snapshots, Fuji is another manufacturer reacting by going high-end. The XF1 is the latest in its gorgeously retro styled ‘X’ series of premium-build compacts.
Pros: Stylish retro appearance and lightweight aluminium build. Fast and bright f/1.4 maximum aperture lens with manual operation. High ISO12800 light sensitivity. Fair pricing
Excerpt: Fujifilm has enjoyed considerable success recently with its ground-breaking cameras. It has single-handedly built a market for quality, retro-styled creative compacts with and without interchangeable lenses. Building on this success is Fuji's next battle. Stepping up to continue the good work in the compact arena is the slim and stylish 12MP XF1. Initial appearances count for a lot and there's no doubt that the XF1 stands out as a classy and attractive compact.
Excerpt: The Fujifilm XF1 was announced in September 2012 and is a pocket-size premium digital camera. It is available in brown, black and red for £365.00.
Pros: Well-built body, Lots of buttons to make it quick and easy to change camera settings, Image quality is good, Lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8, Good value for money, Advanced filter mode allows for unique picture taking, Takes excellent panorama pictures
Cons: Screen resolution a little low, 10 fps high-speed shooting is only available at a reduced image size, No hotshoe socket, Switch on method and manual zoom won't be too everyone's liking