I don't usually review digital cameras here because there are so many variables that these are much better left for specialised blogs and publications. But I did want to have a look at the new Fujifilm XF1 and when the press release came in I managed to get one here for review.
I thoroughly enjoyed the few weeks with this camera. Unlike my NIkon DSLR the Fujifilm XF1 is actually very portable. And by this I mean it's so small and light I actually had it in my jeans pocket when going out, or even in the jacket pocket at a wedding - ready to get it out and snap some photos.
The camera itself reminds me of those old time cameras with leather covers - although in this case synthetic leather. The main body is built in aluminium, which helps to bring down the whole package weight. Still, very nice to hold and well balanced, its 350g almost nothing when using it.
The most interesting and perhaps disconcerting feature was its on/off cycle. You see, there's no ON/OFF button on this camera. You can use it in three modes: Shooting, Standby and Portable.
Basically from Portable mode you twist the lens kit until its first notch, when it extends the lenses but won't open them yet. This is the Standby mode. One more twist and the lenses are fully exposed and ready to shoot. The camera is ready for use less than a second (0.55 according to the specifications).
The LCD is nice and bright, very visible under sun outdoors.
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With a 2/3-inch EXR CMOS with primary color filter and 12 megapixels, photos are nice and bright and processing is fast, allowing for almost constant shooting.
There's a small 25 MB internal memory area for your test photos, but obviously for serious use you will have to insert a SD card. The camera works with SD, SDHC and SDXC(UHS-I) memory cards to store JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3), RAW (RAF format), RAW + JPEG images or H.264 (MOV) movies.
The Fujinon 4 x optical zoom lens give a focal length 6.4 - 25.6 mm (equivalent to 25 - 100 mm on a 35 mm format) and full-aperture F1.8 (Wide) - F4.9 (Telephoto). ISO varies from 100 all the way up to 12800.
The manual says a full battery can be used for up to 300 photos, and I certainly didn't have to recharge it for the few weeks I had it here, even after attending a wedding, a weekend of carols in the park and other family activities.
For a photographer looking for a camera that is always ready for action, Fujifilm XF1 maybe just right for you.
- Beautiful camera
- Fast storage
- Quite a few functions that may need some time getting acquainted to.