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.