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...

White balance and colour

Image: Skin tones are accurate in this portrait taken in overcast conditions and recorded in JPEG format, using AWB

Despite packing a sensor that uses Fuji’s EXR colour array rather than a Bayer arrangement, it is difficult to notice drastic differences in real-world images between the XF1’s colour rendition and that of other similar cameras. Like all Fuji’s current digital cameras, the colour mode menu is called Film Simulation, and includes three colour modes named after the company’s own film. Provia is the standard mode and gives relatively natural results, while Velvia creates a pleasant, vivid rendition that refrains from oversaturation.

There is also a black & white mode with a choice of yellow, red or green filter effects. These key filters are designed to cover most general shooting, with the green filter flattering for portraits and red filter for adding tonal depth to the sky in a landscape.

As with most auto white balance systems, a dominant colour in the scene can trick the camera into producing an ‘off’ colour cast, so shooting in raw is advisable for general use so that changes can be made post-capture. When time permits, taking a custom reading is quick, as is changing to a suitable white balance preset. As a default, white balance is accessed by one of the buttons on the rear through the E-Fn menu.

  • 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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