Camera Crush: Fuji XF1

As previously noted, I was given a Fuji XF1 camera and asked to try it out, blog about it if I liked it, but either way, provide the company with some feedback. The camera arrived just days before I departed for two weeks in India so that’s where I tested it out. I had my Lumix DMC as a back-up but I never reached for it, the Fuji served me just fine. And you’ve seen the photos it took here.

The XF1 is a pocket-sized, point and shoot camera that allows a user to manually adjust things like f-stop although I’m a blogger, not a pro, so I never bothered with the more complex settings.

My number one complaint about the camera is the start mechanism. There’s no on-off switch — you have to manually turn the lens out of a locked position then pull and turn the lens until it powers on. I got used to the process quickly enough but I still find it cumbersome and clunky. The good news is that without a power button, there’s one less electronic function to fail.

What impressed me most about the camera was the consistency of the focus. I would shoot a scene and then marvel at how the camera managed to capture detail in the foreground, middle ground and background as below.

Here’s a closer look at the detail above and beyond the main subject. Impressive.

In the street scene below, you can see how all parts of the photo are in focus even though the file size has been reduced to 500 pixels and 72 dpi. At full resolution the brass pot in the lower left foreground is remarkably sharp as is the detail on the sunlit onion domes.

I also did quite a lot of shooting from the open window of our moving vehicle as in the pic below. No hint of motion blur. And I was consistently impressed with XF1’s colour capture. What you see is what I saw, drab and vivid all at once.

The camera also coped quite well in varying light levels. The shot below was taken from the car window and the men selling marigolds are reasonably well lit considering that they were in deep shadow. Thanks for the smile!

I shot landscapes . . .

. . . I shot interiors . . .

. . . I shot portraits . . .

. . . and I shot general scenes.

I even dropped the camera so hard on a stone floor that the lens barrel was bent and dented. I was sure my XF1 was a goner but after a little gentle straightening the camera continued to function for the rest of the trip and still does. It took a licking and kept on ticking. Amazing.

So thank you, Fuji, for the sexy, little camera. It served me well and I’m happy to give it my endorsement.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Chris
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10 Comments For This Post

  1. KarenJ Says:

    The colour quality is amazing!
    Lucky you for getting the camera and lucky them for having you try it out in what looks like a photographers dream country to shoot in.

  2. Carol Says:

    Nice! It’s amazing what a p&s can do. And it beats carrying a big dslr around, especially if you are not a pro. I switched to a micro 4/3 (Fuji makes a particularly good one) from my big Canon.

  3. Magda Says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  4. gayle Says:

    Hello CHRIS, beautiful pictures on this frigid day in January…Gayle of nice to see you back

  5. Doreen Says:

    Chris, how bold of you to be wearing such a forceful blue hat!!

  6. shescomeundone Says:

    You may sing the praises of the camera Chris but you’ve got the magic eye.
    Point and shoot is just point and shite without a natural instinct for subject and
    composition. Props my friend.

    PS Whatever became of the murse?

  7. Bev Says:

    Chris: I agree! You have a great eye. Thank you for taking the time to share your adventure with us.

  8. Fran Devlin Says:

    Well Chris, I hope I have a magic eye too, because I’ve just bought myself a Fujifilm FX1 based on all the good things you’ve said about and done with this camera.

    I love it! Once I got used to the opening mechanism I was delighted with the excellent quality of the photos. Really looking forward to using it on my upcoming trip to India (I doubt my results will be as good as yours though)

    Thanks for the great recommendation!

  9. Bev Says:

    Thanks Chris. I was in need of a new camera for a few years. My last one met a watery end due to trusting a new husband, who told me he knew how to paddle my canoe having been raised on the “mighty Napanee”!And the fact that a zip lock bag may assist you in finding your camera after a dump into a spring swollen cold creek but it doesn’t necessarily keep it dry :(
    Just love my little red Fujifilm FX1 which I won’t be taking swimming anytime soon.

  10. Zed Says:

    I just got the XF1. While so many people do not like the ON/OFF mechanism and it seems that so many reviewers copy one another’s comments about not liking the way you turn on the camera – I on the other hand really like it!

    For the size, the camera is amazing.
    You also did not comment on the great low light capability
    or the panorama mode that the camera has.

    The camera – now $300 at Future Shop and Best Buy – is a winner

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