Fujifilm XF1 Compact Digital Camera

Next to its predecessor, which in this case is the X10, Fujifilm has managed to put a new flagship to its X-series: the XF1. While the said predecessor shouted a much better but classic-style body with controls relatively optimal for newbies and professional SLR holders alike, the new XF1 is but a redefined version with a more minimal control without compromise on quality. Priced relatively average at $500 or less, the XF1 should be a good rival to Canon’s PowerShot series from which the setup draws its origin.

Coming in a same chromatic body with leather casing (luckily, users can get to choose different colors but with the same texture) for the grip and style, the vintage-style camera from Fujifilm can be considered as the smallest in the series. With a body size of 4.25×2.44×1.3”, the XF1 is truly an amazing build with only a weight of 0.56lbs. Adding to this is the more simplified layout but adding a more customizable program content, which we will be taking into account later.

The Fujifilm XF1 has a clean setup with its controls. Not only is it minimal, but there is also a new feature coined in this case as the ‘EFn’ button to which users can change the virtual (or program) functions of the buttons laid at the back, but not totally taking place the physical functions of each. There’s a small pop-up flash sitting on top of the design, but this flash cannot be electronically triggered, making users take another step in triggering the manual switch to make the flash work. On the same top surface, we have a shutter button, a customizable Fn button (but defaulted as an ISO controller), and a seemingly crowded dial that can only be accessed by the thumb.

The said dial that sits on top of the Fujifilm XF1 cannot be simply said as designed for selecting exposure modes in a click, but is rather contained with but new features as well. Among the items listed is an ‘Adv.’ mode, which actually refers to advanced settings or filters wherein modes like panorama and low-light multi-shooting can be called. Preceding this mode is a ‘SP’ mode for ‘scene positioning,’ two ‘C’ modes (which I think stands for ‘custom’ since these two clicks triggers memory-based settings), and the last would be the EXR mode for accessing the low-light features of the sensor.

Following the interface of the Fujifilm XF1 we have two additional dials: one which can be rolled horizontally for assisting manual focus settings without leaving the scene, and the other which assists in navigating between menus. As usual, there’s a four-way control system with a ‘menu’ button in the middle, and such four-way control, including some buttons surrounding it, can be effectively modified through the ‘EFn’ button. In between the dials we have a playback button and a direct video button, and on the lowest, a button for controlling the amount of information on the display, and the said ‘EFn’ button.

While having ports for AV out and HDMI, the Fujifilm XF1 lacks an optical viewfinder, a feature lost after following its predecessor. Though this would not concern much for street photographers, for sure a lot would still want to ask for this—at least such component would be available externally via a hotshoe, which is not available in this model. Lastly, while the XF1 uses its predecessor’s lens barrel power switching, a new change here is that the XF1 can be put to a stand-by phase without lowering the barrel completely.

Having the same 12-MP CMOS sensor as its predecessor, the Fujifilm XF1 did not lack in feature—or advantage—when compared to some rivals or even to its own kin. One feature is the faster burst shooting rate at 10fps (the X10 has 7fps), and another, a bigger battery life at 300 shots. The company has claimed this XF1 to be better also with lens with a wider aperture, though I find it still in need of speed and of a better EBC (electron beam coating). Ultimately, the XF1 has no metering when compared to its predecessor, and the 0.4-inch closest focus range dropped to 1.2 in this model.

For my verdict, I consider the Fujifilm XF1 to be a good variable in its price class, and the design is generally a good choice for different types of photographers. The focusing system of the camera, however, is still in need of some more tweaks and controls to fully enjoy the manual focus, but nevertheless, the sensor quality and the lens do well in bringing out the best in images especially in low light and in high ISO.

Fujifilm XF1 Digital Camera Price in the Philippines:
Approximately Php 22,000.00

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