Fujifilm XF1 Review

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This premium compact interchangeable-lens camera, in Fujifilm’s flagship X series, pays careful attention to detail and offers the company’s latest imaging technology. It combines a fast, 4x manual zoom Fujinon f/1.8 (25–100mm equivalent) wide-angle lens with a 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, and its lightweight aluminum body comes in three designs: dimpled synthetic black leather; smooth synthetic tan leather; and synthetic red leather.

“The Fujifilm X series is known by photographers for their outstanding image quality, precision build and stellar performance,” said Go MiyazakiFujifilm-XF1_Review, president and COO, Fujifilm North America Corp. “And the Fujifilm XF1 lives up to that reputation, while adding a new level of portability and style with its unique retractable f/1.8 manual zoom lens along with lightweight and durable aluminum body covered in synthetic leather for a bold, retro look.”

The camera’s lens has new High-Transmittance EBC coatings on all surfaces to reduce flare, as well as optical image stabilization to produce crisp, clear images. And Fujifilm says the XF1 can shoot in low light without boosting sensitivity, keeping noise to a minimum, by using high shutter speeds to prevent camera shake and stop subject motion, without the need for flash. And with the XF1, you can capture images with a bokeh depth-of-field effect (for sharp subjects set against out-of-focus backgrounds).

For easy handling, a touch of the zoom ring lets you select one of three camera configurations. In portable mode, the Fujifilm-XF1-Reviewslens retracts fully inside the body, minimizing camera size. In standby mode, the lens partially extends but remains closed. Then, with one more touch of the ring, you activate the camera into shooting mode. And, an on-screen menu dial gives you full control of the camera’s manual shooting options. The dial is customizable and enables quick setting adjustments and selections. Plus, you can assign six functions to the programmable E-Fn button, permitting manual control via the 3.0-inch, 460k-dot LCD monitor.

Built for quick response, the XF1 offers fast autofocus, even in dark settings. It boasts a start-up time of 0.55 second, focus acquisition in 0.16 sec and a minimum shot-to-shot time of 0.8 sec. And its EXR processor provides high-speed processing for hassle-free Full HD movie recording and burst photography.

Other notable features include: ISO 100–12,800; 3-cm macro shooting for perfect close-ups; motion panorama 360º; six filter effects with 11 patterns; five film-simulation modes; a 3D shooting option; an in-camera RAW converter; and Full HD movie recording with the ability to zoom and take photos during recording, with automatic scene recognition.

Retro-style coordinating cases will be available to complement the XF1, which retails for $499.95.

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  1. This is not an “interchangeable-lens camera”

    Stephen Waddington