The FujiFilm XF1 is a high quality compact camera with a simple retro design and features that you'd typically expect to find only on a DSLR. It features a 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, 4x optical zoom, and a high quality F1.8 Fujinon lens. The focal length of the lens is equivalent to 25-100mm which is a great range for everyday walking around. The effective aperture of the XF1 is F1.8 at 25mm and F4.9 at the 100mm end. For the more advanced casual photographer the camera has aperture priority, shutter priority and manual shooting modes as well as the capability to shoot in RAW.
One of the most noticeable design differences with this camera is the way you turn it on and off. Instead of a pressing a power button, you turn and twist the lens outwards to turn the camera on. You twist and push the lens back in to turn the camera off.
The FujiFilm XF1 features a 3 inch LCD monitor on the back to review your shots and manage the camera settings. The menu is organised into logical sections and most options are pretty self explanatory.
On the side of the FujiFilm XF1 you will find a USB 2 port as well as an HDMI mini connector to output your photos or videos directly onto your TV. At the bottom of the body is a slot for your SD or SDHC memory card.
The FujiFilm XF1 is a fairly chunky compact camera, weighing in at 225g. However, it packs a ton of features that offer something to the beginning as well as the more intermediate photographer.On top of the the main shooting modes, you have a large number of additional in-camera shooting options. These include the EXR modes to help with night time photography or expanding the dynamic range of an image. You will also find facial recognition, different types of film simulation as well as a number of more creative settings like multiple exposure, HDR, panorama or even tilt-shift effects.
The highest ISO supported by the FujiFilm XF1 is 12800 and with a F1.8 lens and the additional EXR noise reduction modes you can capture photos at night without too much trouble.
The FujiFilm XF1 supports video recording at up to full 1080p HD. The highest supported frame rate for the camera is a whopping 200 FPS, but unfortunately only at a low resolution of 320 x 112 which didn't seem particularly useful.The capability of shooting in RAW format is a welcome addition for photographers who want to take the developing of their digital negatives into their own hands. Hop over to the official FujiFilm website for the full specification of the FujiFilm XF1 .
I decided to grab the FujiFilm XF1, an empty SD card and headed out into the city of Melbourne to find out how the camera would perform in the field.