Review Date: December 3, 2012
Category: Point-and-Shoot to Serious Amateur
Photoxels Gold Award – Point-and-Shoot Camera
This Fujifilm FinePix XF1 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.
The Fujifilm FinePix XF1 is a compact premium digital camera that combines a 2/3-in. EXR CMOS sensor with a bright F1.8 retractable zoom lens in a beautiful retro design.
This pocketable camera boasts a clean design yet provides enough controls for the important functions. A Mode dial, 2 command dials and a manual zoom ring add to the tactile pleasure of using the XF1. There are lots of customizable buttons for setting up the camera to the way you like to shoot. The manual 4x FUJINON optical zoom (25-100mm equivalent 35mm format) lens has a bright F1.8 aperture at the wide-angle focal length and geatures optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake.
Image quality is excellent at ISO 100 and very good up to ISO 400, with noise starting to be faintly visible at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 still very usable. There is no practical shutter lag and AF is both fast and precise.
The Fujifilm FinePix XF1 is exactly what a serious photographer might be looking for in an all-purpose everyday digital camera that captures very good image quality. It is compact, pocketable, well-built, fashionable and point-and-shoot easy-to-use, with its powerful features lying within easy reach should these be required. Highly recommended!