Hi everyone. As a starter of this Photokina 2012 D-Day, after the X-E1, Fujifilm fires the X-F1. Summing the premium compact camera Fujifilm X-F1 up is fairly easy : it is directly inspired by the X10, but in a more compact format, very compact, believe me, I saw it 2 weeks ago, and not designed to target “PASM photographers” manual settings addicts, but a public of amateur photographers more concerned about the look and feel of their camera while expecting a high image quality. These photographers want a device to use in automatic mode without sacrificing image quality. And this is one of the strengths of the Fuji X-F1: it offers the same 2/3″ CMOS sensor of 12 megapixels of resolution with the EXR technology as the X10 or X-S1 bridge camera. It is reasonable to expect an image quality equivalent to the X10’s, even if the lens quality is not as high because it is much more compact and foldable.
Now, the second main asset of the X-F1 is its lens. It is both fast in wide-angle (f/1.8), and has a manual zoom ring, a major pro that I think all camera manufacturers should offer to their enthusiast amateur cameras. The manual zoom ring is nice but also helps the lens collapsing and folding into the camera body with an ambitious mechanism that make of the X-F1 one of the most compact large sensor cameras. It has more or less the same form factor as the Canon Powershot S100 or the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.But that is not it ! I like the focal length range of the Fuji X-F1 : 25-100mm. A real wide-angle and a portrait telephoto. Neat and more versatile than the 28-100mm of the Sony RX100 or the 28-140mm of Canon’s compact camera ….
To achieve such a compact, fast and lightweight lens, uji’s Japanese engineers have done a lot and have integrated in the lens optical formula no less than 3 aspherical lenses and 4 ED glass ones. Impressive ! The X-F1 image is also optically stabilized by the OIS system. What else?!
If you buy an X-F1 it might also be because you like nice things, and love beautiful objects, that it is with its vintage design and finishing touches that combine metal and fake leather coating. But if you buy a X-F1, it will probably also be because you appreciate high image quality, and that you like to play with your photos. You will therefore enjoy the EXR signal processing system of the X-F1 that we know from its predecessors, a system that deals with the sensor in various ways depending of your priority and conditions : definition, sensibility or dynamic range. The X-F1 also offers the film simulation mode and 11 digital filters, eleven in number (toy camera, high-key, miniature, etc …). Of course, the Fuji X-F1 has PSAM modes and RAW format to draw the quintessence of the 2/3″ sensor while offering Full HD video recording as a bonus. When you are recording video sequenced, you can use the manual zoom and even take stills.
Fujifilm claim the X-F1 is very fast. The sample camera I had in my hands 2 weeks ago was not a definite production camera and I ca,n not tell, but they look pretty confident and announce a lightning fast start up time of 0.55s. But that could be true as the lens erection is operated manually and this is what usually takes time. The X-F1 is said to focus in as fast as 0.16s and the lag between 2 shots is 0.8s.
Price and availability of the Fujifilm X-F1
The Fujifilm X-F1 will be sold in 3 colors, red, brown and black. It will be sold $499 / €499.
Fujifilm X-F1: Main technical specifications
- 12-megapixel 2/3″ CMOS sensor
- Sensibility : ISO 100 to 3,200 and up to 12,800 ISO in EXR mode in low resolution
- 25-100mm f/1.8 to 4.9 lens
- OIS Optical Image Stabilization
- Macro mode : 3cm from the subject
- t rate : 10 fps in size M, 7 fps in size L
- Sweep Panorama
- Brackreting: exposure, ISO sensitibility, dynamic range, film simulation
- Built-in Flash
- External flash hotshoe
- 3 “/ 460 000 dots screen
- Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Outputs: USB 2.0 high-speed, mini-HDMI
- Dimensions: 107.9 x 61.5 x 33mm
- Weight: 225 grams with battery and memory card
- Battery: Lithium NP-50A
- Battery life: 300 photos