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FujifilmXF1 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (17)
  • Compact (15)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good in low light (14)
  • Nice body color (14)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Limited zoom (5)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Low light (15)
  • Family photos (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Weddings (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic little cam!

I am using this as a replacement for my Sony NEX-5n. Okay, you're probably thinking why in the world I would replace it with a little point and shoot? Well, I kid...Read complete review

I am using this as a replacement for my Sony NEX-5n. Okay, you're probably thinking why in the world I would replace it with a little point and shoot? Well, I kid you not! This little point and shoot just does that with a BANG!!! Fuji's color and sharpness of the lens and the power of its sensor makes it a more than capable kind of a camera. As a shooter of full full frame dslr/dslt (5D MKIII and A99), the image quality is pretty sufficient. Focus is snappy and on contact each time! The size and and weight is just right. The controls are simple and easy to navigate. The EXR mode does an incredible job. How do I know it's a great camera? It's when I catch myself not editing the images in post like in Lightroom or Photoshop just to make it look good. High ISO is impressive...definitely hit the right spot in my brain to hit "Add to cart"...lol! I was going to get the Sony RX100 but the high ISO performance of the Sony is not as good compared to this Fuji XF1. I'm afraid this point and shoot will keep your heavy, neck breaking, back pain maker DSLR in your bag. It may get jealous but there's time for them to shine as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

low quality for high price

Store policy is one month for return. I started using this camera a little too late to return it. After about 200 photos and 2 months of light using lens shutter stop working properly...Read complete review

Store policy is one month for return. I started using this camera a little too late to return it. After about 200 photos and 2 months of light using lens shutter stop working properly and acts with strange noises. Fujifilm site doesn't have even form you could fill out and send your non working camera on guarantee. You need to wait to contact somebody for direction where to return defected camera. Turn on camera in lens is real pain. Photos so so. Not recommended made in China with cheap material that not going to last.Another greedy Corporation that pays more for advertisement than labor.I am so stuck with this camera and no customer oriented company that I will never buy any fujifilm products in my life an will not recommend this to my fellow Americans.

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4.0

Some like it red

By Dv

from Saratoga CA

Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Red):

A cool and handsome little cam
Likes:
Solid and quality build
Nice good looking leatherette
Great IQ for a small sensor
Slick and pocketable

Like less:
Battery short life
Lens on/off a bit quirky
Weak flash
LCD could have more res

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5.0

11 months later...still superb

By untrammeled

from Polson, MT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Vid Button Too Easily Hit

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape And Nature
  • Landscapenature
  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel

Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

I returned to enter an 11-months retrospective on this camera, and add another star. It's still in perfect working order, and as I've gotten used to the exposure controls and camera's capabilities, I can say I have gotten some fantastic shots out of it in difficult, low-light conditions. Great optics, exposure capability, and image processing for the price. No discernible wear after many hours of use. I'm very surprised to see this camera discontinued here.

As stated before, this is not a camera for shooting where you need zoom capability. But what it does, it does very well. More than enough control over exposure and all other settings, in a very workable menu. Battery life is excellent.

My one complaint: it's too easy to hit the video record button with my thumb by accident when shooting still. I haven't yet figured out if the vid button can be disabled with the menu commands.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Fuji XF-1

By george4908

from Bethesda, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Has That 1975 Vibe
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

Gift for my daughter. Very good little camera, with much better images and flexibility than a typical point and shoot. Plus hipster-approved looks. That counts for something, no?

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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1.0

low quality for high price

By No 7 Eleven !

from New York

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Short Battery Life
    • Will Brake Fast

    Best Uses

      Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

      Store policy is one month for return. I started using this camera a little too late to return it. After about 200 photos and 2 months of light using lens shutter stop working properly and acts with strange noises. Fujifilm site doesn't have even form you could fill out and send your non working camera on guarantee. You need to wait to contact somebody for direction where to return defected camera. Turn on camera in lens is real pain. Photos so so. Not recommended made in China with cheap material that not going to last.Another greedy Corporation that pays more for advertisement than labor.I am so stuck with this camera and no customer oriented company that I will never buy any fujifilm products in my life an will not recommend this to my fellow Americans.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 1
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy the XF1 Digital Camera again

      By Nick

      from South Carolina

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

        This camera is used by the Coroner and makes great pictures. It's small enough to put in a pocket, but big enough to get the job well done. I do recommend reading ALL instructions before operating.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Awesome Compact Point and Shoot

        By Bigheadtaco

        from Vancouver, Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Carry Anywhere Compact
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

        I'm a pro blogger and was given a copy of the camera to review on my blog... The main feature I enjoyed was the collapsing manual zoom lens. Not only do you use it to turn on and off, but you can manually set the focal length by turning the lens barrel. You can see exactly what focal length you're at (25,35,50,60,80,100) either on the lens, or on the screen. This is a very nice feature. And because it's manual zoom, not step, you can set to every in-between focal length as well.I also like the E-Fn secondary function. Trust me. It makes it so fast to access the extra settings that you prefer to shoot with. IT also gives you a single customizable button (best to leave as iso) like most, but having a secondary feature for the 4 way dial and the other buttons is really, really nice.I found that this camera has lots of great features, but it's buried inside a very confusing menu system. 11 filters buried in the advanced folder. Hopefully they'll organize it better on the next camera.The 25-100 lens is pretty good, but the X-10/20's lens is more solidly built and sharper. But considering this lens collapses almost flush and has a built in lens cover, it's worth the compromise.I had the camera for over a month so I really did get to test the camera and all its features. I'm not a video guy, but it has HD video. That's about the only feature I didn't test. Colour isolation mode is ok, but no adjusting sensitivity like Canon, nor the ability to custom input a colour or colour swap.Overall, I would recommend this camera for anyone looking for the biggest possible sensor in a truly compact body with a zoom lens. I would even recommend over the Sony RX100. Sure it has a bigger sensor, but at this size, you're not trying to get the best image quality. You're balancing image quality, shooting ease and ergonomics, compactness, and features. It's definitely small enough to fit inside the front pocket of your jeans. Take it while going for a walk or a jog, or even snow boarding. Just remember you gotta use two hands since you can't turn it on or zoom without turning the lens barrel!! Happy shooting!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        good luck if you buy this XF1..

        By gun007

        from san francisco, ca

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

        good camera but bad Quality Control:Dust on the sensor, it appear at F3.5 and up.Fujifilm needs Pay More ATTENTION FOR QUALITY CONTROL!!!!At the end I just returned this camera.Sony RX100 will be much better in Quality and Specs.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love, Love, Love my camera!

        By Raven the photojournalist

        from Mira Loma, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

          My XF1 Fuji camera is so easy to use. I love all the ways that I can shoot a picture or take a video, my pictures come out amazing! It is so light and easy to carry with me at all times. The price was the best,compared to other companies, and delivery was within a week of my ordering the camera. I will always buy all my camera needs from B&H!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Very good quality pictures

          By 5th street

          from Frederick MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Random Shoots
            • Travel

            Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

            I use this camera for capturing ideas, things I observe in everyday life. Because I carry my camera in my pocket the life of it is about 1 1/2 year. One of the problems with other camera's was that they opened by accident.
            That's one of the reasons I bought this one. The drawback is that you have to open the lens for any functions, to download pictures or settings.
            The quality of the pictures is very good, about the same as my previous ones in the same price bracket. (Canon, Panasonic). It is somewhat better in low light though.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 5
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Fine camera

            By random shot

            from Frederick, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Random Photo's

              Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

              Quality of image is very good. I like the manual function of the lens, I keep the camera always in my pocket and it does not open by accident.
              The draback is that you have to open the lens for all functions, even for downloading images to your computer.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 5
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              2.0

              Slightly disappointed

              By Benjamin

              from London, UK

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor Lens System

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Red):

              Lens system is clunky. Finishing not as good as the X10.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Pro Features in a Compact Body!

              By NOLA Phil

              from New Orleans, LA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                Forget the naysayers -- this little pockteable gem is just about perfect! Right size, right weight,excellent JPEG's, manual features, classic style and price point. Forget the critics of the power on/off process -- it's intuitive and simple to use. I love the manual focus in a camera of this size -- much more control than an auto zoom lens. The panorama feature is outstanding and worth the price of the camera! A definite winner for Fuji's X Series.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great little camera

                By Will

                from Northern Mass

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                I used to be a more serious photographer but now I really only require a point and shoot. I had been missing the feeling manual control afforded by my old film SLR, which is why I think I like the XF1 so much.
                It is very pocketable, which has been inspiring me to shoot more. And, even though the EXR setting is good for most occasions, when I want to seriously compose a shot the menus are easy to navigate. I love the lens manual zoom. Low light performance is decent. Start up time is great, once you get the hang of the lens on-off function.
                Not many cons yet, the dedicated record button is a little close to the thumb rest and I have accidentally pressed once or twice. The flash isn't very powerful but it gets the job done most of the time.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                A classic look and a pleasure to use

                By Brian

                from Seattle WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

                  I bought this camera as a supplement to my Pentax K-5 and to take a look at Fuji before perhaps going for an XE-1/XPro1. The unusual on/off control through the lens twist and pull was a lot easier than some reviewers have said - and took me back to my Rollei 35S days - a camera that shares the classic looks of the XF1. The out of camera JPG quality is excellent - good colours - the RAW is a little more challenging either with CP1 or LR4. Had a quick play with SilkyPix but not as intuitive as LR4, and the in camera RAW processing is a little fiddly - so I'll probably stick with JPG. High ISO also good so far. Haven't tried some of the multi exposure options to further reduce noise in night shots. A nice set of features giving good intuitive manual control and some interesting art filters to play with. The feel of the camera makes you want to take pictures!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Has its niche, and great manual controls

                  By Untrammeled

                  from Polson MT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Precise Zoom And Framing
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Limited Zoom
                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Natural Light Macro
                  • Travel

                  Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

                  I bought this camera to fit three specific and overlapping needs: 1) compact size for travel and hiking, 2) outdoor low-light shots, often with moving subjects, 3) close shots of small subjects in natural light (in particular, aquarium animals and small scale models). The cool look is cool, but for me that takes a back seat to the mechanical simplicity (which has some very practical benefits, like no inadvertent button-pressing and almost nothing to snag on your backpack or pocket). I'm finding the leatherette cover superb for grippage. The fast lens, short focal length at the wide end and easily accessed and very intuitive menus and indications for full manual control of shutter speed, aperture, film type effect, and etc., are so far serving very well for the niche situations I specified. I'm fast growing to love the tactile control and firm feel of the hand zoom ring; it's quicker and more precise than motor zooms, and find it keeps my hand in a good position for stable shooting. The camera's also fine for general shooting, but not at the head of the class. Caveat, but obvious with a glance at the specs: if you need or crave a lot of zoom power, this absolutely NOT your camera. Given the knowns going in, my one significant gripe is there seems to be a slight LCD viewer-to-shutter lag that I haven't gotten used to yet when shooting moving subjects; from experience I know this is something I can compensate for with a bit more shooting time, but it's one drawback of not having an optical viewfinder that I hadn't expected. I've only been shooting for a week with it, so can't comment on durability, but so far operation is flawless. Ask me in 9 years about durability, which is how long I shot with my last Fuji point and shoot.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for my needs

                  By NYCNomNom

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Close Up
                  • Good For Food Photography
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Powering It On

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Red):

                  I was looking for a camera that could take clear, focused shots inside under low-light conditions. I take a lot of pictures of food inside restaurants, but I wanted a camera that would be compact enough that I could be more inconspicuous and not bother other diners. This camera takes GREAT shots and makes impressive depth of focus blur for a Point and Shoot.
                  The only part I don't like is how you turn it on. It is a bit clumsy and takes 2 hands most of the time. It's the trade off for having a camera that looks pretty neat though.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera for Auto and manual

                  By Photo Taker

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Red):

                    Got this camera for my wife for Christmas. She likes to take a lot if indoor pictures in lower-light. Best camera I we ever had for that. The EXR mode is great - sometimes it will choose on its own to take 3 pictures and average them into one for less noise! It is mostly used on the EXR setting. I have also used aperature priority to good effect. Manual focus is not so great- hard to tell when it is in sharp focus. A lovely camera. I bought it just before it came down in price though. Will be getting one for my 80-year old mother for her birthday.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By Chi. Z

                    from Madison, WI

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Red):

                    It has great outlook, excellent shooting experience

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    nice compact pocketable camera

                    By yltangdds

                    from san mateo, ca

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

                    love the style and size of this camera. easy to use menu. pretty good low light capability and good IQ for this small compact size camera.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fun Retro Point & Shoot camera!

                    By TravelsfromMadAve

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom
                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about XF1 Digital Camera (Tan):

                    I bought this camera for a trip to Costa Rica as I had left my Nikon DSLR at home. I love the style of the camera but more importantly it works perfectly on auto but also provides me with most of the settings I use on my DSLR. I got perfect sunset pictures on the preset sunset setting as well.
                    The only watch out is it does not turn on automatically, you have to turn the lens to unlock it. It was annoying at first but once you get used to it, not a big deal.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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