Fujifilm XF1 review: Stylish, creative controls and image quality amongst the best compacts

By Paul Carroll - Thursday, March 07, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Fujifilm XF1 sensor performance | Fujifilm XF1 versus competition | Conclusion
Fujifilm XF1 review: Stylish, creative controls and image quality amongst the best compacts

Launched in September 2012 the Fujifilm XF1 is a fixed lens compact aimed at advanced enthusiasts after a pocket-sized second camera for holidays and photo day trips. Featuring customizable function buttons, creative exposure modes and a manual barrel zoom lens with a 25-100mm equivalent focal length, there’s plenty of control for serious photographers to sink their teeth into. What’s more with a 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR-CMOS Sensor at its heart we’re optimistic the $499 Fujifilm XF1 will deliver on picture quality, too.

As demand for better image quality from smaller cameras continues, more options flood the market with varying sensor and lens specifications. These range, from mirrorless interchangeable lens Hybrids featuring either an APS-C, Micro Four Thirds or 1-inch sensor depending on the manufacturer, and more recently we’ve seen a trend toward fixed lens cameras with large sensors such as the full frame Sony RX-1, the Canon G1 X with its 14 x 18.7mm sensor, or the recently announced APS-C Nikon Coolpix A.

Hybrids and larger compacts like the RX1 or G1 X are not really pocket size in the same way as traditional compacts with retractable lenses however. The Fujifilm XF1 on the other hand is a compact in the true sense with a slim line body that, with the lens retracted, will slip into a shirt pocket.

XF is a new product line for Fujifilm and sits within their Pro/Enthusiast X range, which now offers three types of camera; Interchangeable lens Hybrids with an APS-C sensor like the X-Pro1, fixed lens cameras with an APS-C sensor like the X100 and Bridge or Compacts like the XF1 with a smaller 2/3-inch sensor.

With an ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800 at lower resolution) sensitivity range, 4-Stop image stabilization, a manual zoom ring, 3.0-inch 460k dot LCD, HD video, RAW image capture with in-camera processing and “Advanced Filters” for previewing processing effects on screen, the XF1 has lots on offer. Let’s see how that 2/3-inch EXR-CMOS sensor holds up in the DxOMark Scores.

Fujifilm XF1 sensor performance

Fujifilm XF1 versus competition

Conclusion