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Fujifilm XF1 review

December 1, 2012

Overall Rating:

3

Fujifilm XF1


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Price as Reviewed:

£350.00

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...

Metering

‘Photometry’ is the name of Fuji’s metering system, which offers spot, centre or evaluative metering, the latter being made up of 256 segments. We have used this system before, and as I expected, the XF1’s multi-segment metering is geared towards print-ready exposures. This can mean that highlight areas are overexposed and top highlight detail is lost. Dialling in -0.7EV when shooting in auto or semi-manual exposure modes can be worthwhile in order to preserve some of these details.

For precise metering on a given subject, the handling of spot metering is intuitive and it can be accessed directly via the E-Fn menu and one of the rear buttons. The spot is linked to the AF mode, and can be positioned over most parts of the frame. The spot can then be set to one of five sizes, the largest being a thankfully modest size, while the smallest is very precise.

Image: A dark exposure was needed here for the dramatic sky. Brightening the exposure +2EV shows detail is present in shadow areas, but so too is luminance noise 

  • 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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