Summary: Not sure if I got a defective camera, but I'm spoiled by cameras that consistently capture quality photos that are judged by framing, timing, and general content, rather than poor image quality such as poor focus, blur, etc. I really wanted to like this, as it's stylish and had really nice photo quality with great skin tones and exposure, taken in automatic mode, when it worked... it's just frustrating that it doesn't take such photos consistently.
Summary: It's been a good camera, taken nice shots and been fun to use . . . for exactly (and I mean exactly) a year as of today 01/04/14. On owning it for exactly a year the camera shows a "Lens Control Error." Unfortunately the one year falls on a Saturday. I'll be calling Fuji Monday morning. Hopefully, they'll stand by their warranty. I called their customer service number in Edison NJ this morning and spoke with a very professional rep who asked me to send it back to them.
Summary: I tried this for a few months. While the camera itself takes great photos, I don't like Fujifilm's implementation of menus. It's too confusing to get to what you want, to remember how to get there, and if you turn on the Info to get all the feedback and settings indicators on screen while shooting - wow, it's like an airplane cockpit. I think cameras are like cars - you know the ones that are right for you and the ones that aren't. This one wasn't for me.
Summary: The "twist-the-lens-to-turn-on" feature works more or less okay on the Fuji X-10, but it is not nearly as well implemented here on the XF1. In fact, I found it to be terrible, at least on my copy of this camera. It is an awkward, herky-jerky, 3 step process just to turn the camera on. If it was silky smooth, I could look past it, given that it does allow for a nice compact form once closed, but as it is, it turned me off from the camera completely.
"Lens Control Error" on 4 out of 4 cameras I got. 100% failure rate with identical symptoms, likely design flaw in lens. Avoid.
19 November 2013
Summary: Length:: 0:21 Mins This review is going to be a short one, only to warn those of you who might be considering this camera of its fatal flaw, from my experiences with these. During this past summer we bought not one, but four XF1s among the friends and family. I loved the Fuji. The EXR sensor was made famous by its X100 for great signal to noise ratio, low light capability, and saturated colors.
Summary: I've had this camera for a few months now, and have used it for a few trips, as well as for hikes around North Carolina. This camera has a few aspects that I really like. In some settings it really takes great photos. In high contrast situations the EXR-dynamic range function works great to make sure that nothing is over or under exposed. In sunny and cloudy conditions, the pictures come out crystal clear and with great looking colors using the white balance presets.
Summary: I loved and still love the design of this camera and really wanted to love its functionality as well, but in the end I found that the user interface and over-dependence on menu driven functions to be too cumbersome to make it practical. The image quality is very good, though the fact that you cannot see exposure simulation made it nearly worthless for someone who shoots in manual. For a camera of this caliber and price, I expected more.
Summary: I tried this camera few days ago in London at Jessops they have them for sale to be honest I didn't like the lag on this camera we are in 2012 and fuji still make camers that slow enough to make you change your mind , I might buy it on day just for how it look like but i will never ues it