I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the quality of the images captured by the XF1. The images came out crisp and sharp with a good amount of contrast and pleasant colours.
The Fujinon F1.8 lens with its 25-100mm focal length gave me enough room to capture almost any situation that I came across. Here's a bumblebee-coloured tram on the streets of Melbourne
One thing I did notice was that the FujiFilm XF1 had a bit of a tendency to blow out the highlights of most the daytime photos that I took. I had to bring down the exposure compensation to ensure the harsh Australian sun reflecting off the side of the buildings did not wash out my image. This was pretty easy to adjust in my shooting options by bringing down the exposure compensation.
On the left is the image shot with Aperture Priority mode without exposure compensation. On the right side is the same scene with the exposure compensation adjusted to retain the highlights.
With an F1.8 aperture you can also use the FujiFilm XF1 to take macro shots. Minimum working distance (distance from camera to subject) is about 3cm. Being so close to my subject and opening the aperture all the way up gave me a nice shallow depth of field. The Bokeh (the look of the out of focus areas) was soft and smooth in the resulting macro shot of this flower.
As the day faded away, I kept taking photos to see how the camera would cope with lower light situations. Even during dusk, the camera still managed to capture great images, handheld without stabilisation due to the F1.8 aperture of the Fujinon lens.
Let's look at some of the more artistic shooting options offered by the XF1!
Just wanted to say a great review from somebody that can take a good photo, I'm just waiting delivery of my XF1 and this review has helped outline some very good pointers.