Fujifilm XF1 review

December 1, 2012

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Fujifilm XF1

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It is the slimmest and sleekest Fujifilm X-series camera so far, and the pocket-sized the XF1 uses the same 12-million-pixel CMOS sensor as its bigger brother, the X10. Read the Fujifilm XF1 review...


Image: There are eight colour modes to choose from, including Standard, Vivid and Black & white

Despite being one of the smallest high-end compact cameras, the XF1 uses a 2/3in (8.8 x 6.6mm) EXR CMOS sensor, which is approximately 25% bigger than the 1/1.7in sensors in most other high-end compacts. This gives a 3.93x focal magnification, which means the 6.4-25.6mm Fujinon zoom lens gives the same angle of view as a 25-100mm lens on a full-frame model. It comes equipped with image stabilisation for single or continuous capture, and has a handy design, which I will explain in the build and handling section.

Raw + JPEG capture up to a 12-million-pixel resolution is fairly standard for this type of compact camera. However, the XF1 uses a bigger sensor than most others, so the photosites (pixels) are physically larger, too, which should impact upon the sensor’s ability to collect light. In fact, the sensor is Fuji’s unique EXR-type and, in its High ISO & Low Noise and D-Range Priority options, it offers two modes that benefit the camera’s performance in low-level and high-contrast light respectively. In the EXR design, red, green and blue pixels are grouped in pairs rather than the Bayer ‘quad’ arrangement used in most other cameras. Each EXR mode then combines the pairs, in a process designed either to reduce noise or extend the dynamic range, and results in a 6-million-pixel image. For more on the EXR sensor, see our review of the Fujifilm X10 in AP 10 December 2011.

As well as PASM shooting modes, there are two custom settings, the company’s EXR auto mode, 16 scene modes and an Advanced Filter menu with options for motion panorama (120°, 180° and 360°), 3D and a two-image multiple exposure, among others. Drive modes include a ‘best-frame’ capture over 16 frames, and continuous high-speed shooting up to 10fps at medium quality, or 7fps at full resolution.

  • External mic: No
  • Video: Full 1080p HD (30fps), H.264 MOV video with stereo sound
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets (including underwater and 3 fluorescent), custom and Kelvin 2,500-10,000K
  • Viewfinder Type: No
  • Output Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 460,000-dot LCD
  • Weight: 225g (including battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, EXR, auto, custom 1 and 2, advanced and scene
  • Sensor: 12-million-effective-pixel, 2/3in, EXR CMOS (8.8 x 6.6mm) sensor
  • Power: NP-50 Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Lens: 6.4-25.6mm (25-100mm equivalent) Fujinon lens
  • Shutter Speeds: Up to 8-1/2000sec
  • File Format: JPEG, raw (RAF format), JPEG+raw
  • AF array: Multi, evaluative, individually selectable single point from any of 49 points, AF tracking
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Best frame capture, 10fps super-high, 7fps high (full res) and 5fps for raw, 2 or 10sec self-timer
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • Metering System: 256-zone multi-pattern sensing system
  • Dimensions: 107.9 x 61.5 x 33mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, digital/video out
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £399
  • ISO: 100-3200 (extended to ISO 12,800)

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