The XF1's fast f/1.8 lens allows poorly-lit subjects to be photographed without raising sensitivity levels, keeping noise to a minimum. Its aperture of f/1.8 with a construction that features 7 lens elements in 6 groups. All elements are subjected to Electron Beam Coating process.

Fujifilm's XF1 gets DXO Marked: "Stylish, creative controls and image quality amongst the best compacts"

"Introducing a new XF product line, Fujifilm looks set to launch more options in to the ever-popular small camera with high image quality category. The first camera in the new range, the XF1 uses the 2/3-inch type sensor that’s smaller than the APS-C, Micro Four Thirds or 1-inch type sensors used in interchangeable lens Hybrids, but it’s a little bigger than the 1/1.7-inch type predominantly used in more expensive compacts.

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Fujifilm XF1 camera review by Ben Pitt at expert Reviews

"The Fujifilm X10 is an excellent alternative, and currently available for around £310. It has better controls, an optical viewfinder and a brighter aperture at the long end of the zoom. Then there's the forthcoming Fujifilm X20 with the promise of sharper detail, and the Panasonic LX7 with its superior videos, faster performance and even brighter lens. However, we'd be tempted to trade all of this for the XF1's slimmer design and integrated lens cap, which makes it much easier to slip in and out of a pocket. With its lower price and gorgeous design, the XF1 is at least as good as the LX7, and fully deserves our Best Buy award."

Fujifilm posts RAW File Converter update for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (ver.3.2.13.0)

From Fujifilm:
The firmware update Ver.3.2.13.0 incorporates the following issues:

Applicable models for the raw file converter are added as follows

FUJIFILM X-E1 / XF1 / X-Pro1 / X-S1 / X10
FinePix X100 / F800EXR / F770EXR / F775EXR / F600EXR / F605EXR / F550EXR / F505EXR / HS30EXR / HS33EXR / HS20EXR / HS22EXR . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at Digital Versus: Like its competitors, it's no match for the Sony RX100 in the expert compact market, but it's an original camera with plenty of character to help it stand out.

The XF1 lens is a nice surprise. At wide-angle, it does a respectable job.

"The most original thing about the XF1 is its mechanical zoom, as this isn't something you see often in a compact camera. Back at the beginning of 2012, the Fuji X10 was the only one on the market! But a mechanical zoom has several advantages. First of all, you can change focal length as quickly or as slowly as you like. Plus, you can line up shots in the frame with greater precision, as you can stop zooming exactly where you want to (not where the electronic motor thinks you want to). A mechanical zoom can also help save battery life. It's pretty hard to imagine a mechanical zoom on an ultra-compact camera, as the control ring needs to be pretty chunky to make it easy enough to use. This in turn pushes up a . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at DPS: How do you turn this thing on? (A.K.A: how do you write a proper review?)

"After a swag of complex, interesting and somewhat challenging digicams passed over my review desk, I felt I deserved a holiday. So I fell upon this new, aluminium-bodied Fujifilm model as an example of what you can find out there: small, pocketable, easy to use, yet with a smallish zoom range … but with a very fast lens.

It’s easy to get blasé in this business and sometimes I don’t immerse myself deeply enough in the press guff that . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review at Photoxels: Highly recommended, despite some minor complaints.

FujiFilm XF1  brown, front.

"his 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. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at the Tech Radar: small sleek and sexy.

"Images straight from the camera need little editing, with bright, but not overly vibrant, colours. There's lots of options to get creative, with film simulation modes and art filters. Unlike many other cameras, you can also shoot in raw format when shooting in these modes, leaving you with a clean image to work with should you choose to."

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Photoreview.com au: This little beauty almost hits the top score.

FujiFilm XF1  brown, rear side.

"We measured an average capture lag of 0.25 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. It took 2.1 seconds, on average to process each JPEG file and 2.8 seconds for each RAF.RAW file and 3.1 seconds for each RAW+JPEG pair. Shot-to shot times averaged 1.1 seconds without flash and 3.5 seconds with. In the SH speed continuous shooting mode, the camera recorded 10 frames at 2816 x 2112 pixels in 1.1 seconds. The H speed setting recorded 10 full-resolution images in 2.5 seconds. The M speed setting recorded 10 frames in 2.7 seconds and the L speed setting . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review by Ming Thein: Not for those that seek the best image quality in a compact camera.

"The overall impression one gets of the XF1 is a positive one. It has some endearing quirks – the mechanical zoom, for the most part – some less endearing ones (control idiocy and mode confusion) – but what really impresses are the quality of the JPEGs. And if you need something pocketable that delivers great results without too much effort – albeit without as high ultimate image quality potential as something that has a malleable raw file – then this is probably the camera for . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at NeoCamera: Could be the best prosumer camera, if not for some ninor and major niggles that add up.

"Without a doubt, the Fuji XF1 has an excellent interface and is more pleasant to use than most other compact cameras. Ergonomics may not be perfect but the mechanical zoom is enough to excuse everything else. The tiny Fn button is flush with the top-plate, making it difficult to use and impossible to do so with gloves on. The most serious usability issue is the poor accuracy of the display which can be corrected via a firmware update. For now, this forces the photographer to . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Trusted reviews: The gorgeous style alone is not enough to place this camera at the top.

"Despite otherwise generally quite impressive performance speeds, the camera is also bit laggy at high ISO settings and when shooting Raw files. And although image quality is very good on the whole, noise reduction does affect sharpness at high ISO settings. Overall though, if you’re after a stylish enthusiast compact that will fit readily in to your pocket and produce good images in a range of conditions, then the XF1 is a great choice." . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Pocket-Lint.

"The collapsible lens is a fun and functional feature that works well and we love having a more traditional hands-on manual zoom lens to whizz between focal lengths. But its this design which means the maximum aperture - which is an impressive f/1.8 at the 25mm wide-angle setting - dips down to an f/4.9 maximum at the 100mm equivalent. It sure isn't the f/2.0-2.8 aperture of the X10."

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review at PhotographyBlog.

"Things aren't quite so rosy on the handling front, though. While we love the new E-Fn menu system, which effectively makes up for the XF1's reduced number of external controls, the same can't be said for the innovative but ultimately obtrusive lens ring. The ability to manually zoom through the focal range is very welcome, but we'd much prefer a simple on/off button to the frankly convoluted way of turning the camera, with the Standby mode feeling redundant. The XF1 . . . read more

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Lightweight, durable aluminum body parts and synthetic leather covering enhance the feel of the camera in the hand, with texture that resembles genuine leather.

Fujinon manual 4x optical zoom lens with bright f/1.8 aperture produces stunning pictures in low light

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