FujiFilm XF1 Hands On In Depth Review

User avatarFebruary 11, 2014 by Surfaced Studio

Taking Videos

I have taken a number of sample clips with the FujiFilm XF1 and you can check them out in the video at the beginning of this post. The quality was pretty good shooting at 1080p, although I felt the audio recording was nothing to write home about.

Since the resolution gets smaller as the frame rate goes up, I wouldn't consider anything past 60FPS at 720p as usable - unless you intend to only show the video to your mates exclusively on your phone. At 200 FPS the resolution is so small that I couldn't think of any other use than maybe creating some animated gifs with the video.

One thing i didn't like about the video capabilities of the camera was that you no longer had control over the aperture or the shutter speed. None at all. Once you start taking video the camera takes over and you lose all the manual controls that you have available when taking photos. This was especially noticeable with the autofocus that continuously flicked in to 'focus' the image, causing a fair amount of jittering in my footage, especially when filming moving objects. For many people that might not be a big deal, but it just made me feel like the video capabilities were rather hastily tagged on to FujiFilm XF1.

As a camera to take casual video or capture your adventures however, this camera will be more than sufficient. It's unlikely you'd use anything except 1080p, 720p at 30 or 60 FPS anyways or that you'd feel particularly bothered by the autopilot taking over when you film your clips.


The FujiFilm XF1 is a very versatile compact camera that should satisfy most people looking for taking great quality shots in most situations. The Fujinon lens is incredibly sharp and with a F1.8 aperture can create a nice shallow depth of field with pleasant Bokeh as well as operate well as the light of the day begins to fade. While not spectacular, even shooting at night gives satisfactory results thanks to some of the more specific shooting modes available with this camera.

For the more advanced user, the camera does offer aperture priority, shutter priority and manual shooting modes as well as the capability to capture the images in a RAW format for further processing in programs like Aperture or Adobe Lightroom.

The camera comes with a ton of options and shooting modes for artistic expression and I have to admit I enjoyed the Miniature (Tilt-Shift) mode the most, running around Melbourne and looking at the world like a giant looming over a toy world.

My biggest  gripe I had with the camera was the way of turning it on or off. Twisting and pulling the lens itself to switch the camera on and off felt awkward and tedious, even after I've used the camera for a while. One thing that happened a couple of times was that while trying to zoom out, I would rotate the lens  a little bit too far and accidentally power down the XF1. I would at least have preferred a simple 'on/off' button to be available as an alternative.

If you're primarily looking for a camera to primarily take video, this is probably not it. But the photos coming out of the FujiFilm XF1 look excellent and the F1.8 aperture and 25-100mm focal length of the lens will have you covered for most shooting situations. If you're looking for a compact camera with a few more advanced features to take your photography to the next level, the FujiFilm XF1 might just fit the bill.

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Stewart Digance
4 Years Ago
December 17, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

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.

Many thanks

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Surfaced Studio@ Stewart Digance
4 Years Ago
December 21, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

Thank you very much! Great to hear you found the review helpful!

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