As well as all compact cameras, the XF1’s direct challengers are the higher-end compacts in the Canon S, Panasonic LX, Olympus XZ and Nikon P product lines. We’ve picked out a comparison for each.
Versus the P7700, the Nikon compact just nudges out the XF1 with a +1/3rd of a Stop improvement for Color Depth, at 21.1 bits to 20.5 bits at base ISO, and ½ of a Stop for Dynamic Range, 11.7Evs to 11.2Evs.
The best Dynamic Range scores are achieved at the minimum ISO however, which, in the case of the XF1, is at a measured ISO of 106 compared to 71 on the P7700, giving the Nikon compact an advantage ; but at the manufacturer ISO of ISO 200 there’s very little in it however.
The same can be said for Sports (Low-light ISO) Scores, where ISO results of 199 ISO for the XF1, compared to 191 ISO for the P7700, are very similar despite the fact the Nikon utilizes the slightly smaller 1/1.7-inch sensor.
Against the Canon PowerShot S110, the XF1 has almost identical Color Depth and Dynamic Range results as well; despite the fact the Canon compact has a lower minimum ISO of 80. The smaller 1/1.7-inch sensor on the PowerShot S110 doesn’t hold up quite as well for noise however, and the Fujifilm XF1 offers a +1/3 of a stop improvement for Low-light ISO.
Although practically the same image quality overall, there are some small differences as you drill-down in to the detail.
For Color Depth scoring 20.5 bits (XF1), 20.4 bits (XZ-2 iHS), and 20.7 bits (LX7), the Panasonic model does just have the edge at base ISO, but the difference is marginal in real world terms, and in fact as sensitivity is increased over ISO 100, both the XZ-2 iHS and XF1 offer +1/3 of Stop better Color Depth than the LX7.
For Landscape (Dynamic Range), the XF1 just about matches the XZ-2 iHS with 11.2 Evs to 11.3 Evs, and the LX7 offers a +1/2 Stop advantage with 11.7 Evs. Again, this is only at the base ISO sensitivity however, and at ISO100 or above all three cameras offer the same Dynamic Range.
For Sports (Low-light ISO), both the Olympus and Panasonic models feature the smaller 1/1.7-inch sensor, compared to the 2/3rds-inch Fujifilm EXR CMOS, so it’s little surprise the XF1 offers a +1/3 of a Stop improvement over the LX7. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS beats expectation however and surpasses the XF1 with 216 ISO to 199 ISO, but again the difference is very slight and neither camera is a good option in low light.