New Fujifilm XF1: Compact and Stylish


Following the recent release of the X-E1, Fujifilm has announced another addition to the X series: the XF1 digital camera. The XF1 is the most compact member of the X series and a true point-and-shoot at heart. Nevertheless, this small camera incorporates a large 12MP 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor and a manual, retractable Fujinon zoom lens. It is also capable of recording full HD 1080i video, handling full-resolution continuous shooting rates up to 7 fps, and offers manual shooting modes for greater control over exposure settings. These technologies are housed in an elegantly designed body featuring a colored leatherette wrap, keeping in line with the overall retro styling of the X series cameras.

EXR Imaging Sensor and Processor

The 12 megapixel 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor provides more than adequate resolution for high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i (at 30 fps) video recording. The unique makeup of the EXR processor combines two CPUs, the EXR core and a reconfigurable processor to handle high-speed performance and adaptability, enhancing continuous shooting up to 10 fps (7 full-resolution fps) and HD recording. In addition to speed alone, the combination of these different processes and technologies affords a greater dynamic range, higher low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800 and lower noise levels when making longer exposures or working with higher ISOs.

To aid overall high image quality, the XF1 is capable of recording still images in RAW format with in-camera processing, if desired. RAW files provide much greater room for manipulation during post production, resulting in the ability to adjust white balance and exposure after the image has been recorded.

Fujinon Lens

The built-in Fujinon 6.4-25.6mm lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-100mm with an impressively bright, fast maximum aperture of f/1.8-4.9. This wide range of focal lengths is suitable for most situations and the wide maximum aperture aids in low-light shooting as well as separation between the subject and background for selective focus applications. Aside from the optical attributes of the lens, it also has a convenient retractable design. By manually rotating the lens barrel, the lens can zoom in and out, rack focus and control the On/Off position of the camera. Its fully retracted design allows for the XF1 to be highly portable yet still offer an apppropriate focal-length range for efficiency. The manual control lends itself to greater precision when changing between zoom lengths when compared to a rocker switch or other mechanism for varying between wide and telephoto positions. There is also optical image stabilization for significantly reducing the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light, at telephoto lengths or when shooting close-up scenes.

Design and Features

The XF1 maintains the consistent, aesthetically pleasing design and minimalist styling for which the X series cameras have become known, and furthers this by adding color to the mix. The XF1 is available with a faux-leather wrap surrounding the aluminum body in red, tan and black versions. On the rear of the camera is a large 3.0” 460K-dot LCD for high-resolution monitoring and reviewing of images. The control design on the rear of the camera also remains minimal in design, favoring a simplified layout that corresponds to an updated graphical user interface. Also benefitting from an updated infrastructure, a customizable E-Fn button provides quick and easy access to a full range of controls for modifying your image settings.

Beside automatic functionality with the XF1, you can also control all exposure settings manually using standard Program AE, Aperture-priority, Shutter speed-priority and Manual modes; each allowing you a different level of input in the way the camera records imagery. For creative in-camera options, you also have the ability to apply up to 11 creative filters—including toy camera, miniature and pop color—as well as 5 different film-simulation modes for emulating the look of traditional Fujifilm emulsion types.

Effective Pixels 12MP
Image Sensor 2/3" EXR CMOS with primary color filter
Storage Media Internal (25MB), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Still Image File Format JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3), RAW (RAF format), RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format H.264 (MOV) with stereo sound 
File Size 4:3
L: 4000 x 3000
M: 2816 x 2112
S: 2048 x 1536
L: 4000 x 2664
M: 2816 x 1864
S: 2048 x 1360
L: 4000 x 2248
M: 2816 x 1584
S: 1920 x 1080
L: 2992 x 2992
M: 2112 x 2112
S: 1536 x 1536
Motion Panorama
360°: Ver. 11520 x 1624, Hor. 11520 x 1080
180°: Ver. 5760 x 1624, Hor. 5760 x 1080
120°: Ver. 3840 x 1624, Hor. 3840 x 1080
Lens Type Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens
Focal Length 6.4-25.6mm (25-100mm, 35mm equivalent)
Maximum Aperture f/1.8-4.9
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (including 4 aspherical glass molded elements)
Intelligent Digital Zoom Approx. 2x
Aperture Range f/1.8 to f/11 in 1/3 steps
Number of Aperture Blades 6
Focus Distance Normal
W: 1.6’ / 50cm to infinity, T: 2.6’ / 80cm to infinity
W: 1.1”-9.8’ / 0.03-3m, T: 1.6-9.8’ / 0.5-3m
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100 to 12800
Exposure Control TTL 256-zones metering; Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure Modes Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting Modes Natural Light, Natural Light & Flash, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text, Underwater 
Image Stabilizer Lens shift type
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
Shutter Speed Range 30 to1/2000 sec.
Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 10fps
Auto Bracketing AE Bracketing : +/- 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV
Film Simulation Bracketing : PROVIA / STANDARD, Velvia / VIVID, ASTIA / SOFT
Dynamic Range Bracketing : 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing : +/- 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV
Focus Modes Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual AF
Focus Types TTL contrast AF (AF assist illuminator available)
Autofocus Frame Selection Multi AF, Area AF, Tracking AF
White Balance Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater, Custom, Color temperature selection (Automatic scene recognition)
Self-Timer 2 or 10 sec. delay
Flash Auto flash (super intelligent flash)
Flash Range W: Approx. 1.6-24.2’ / 0.5-7.4m (ISO 800)
T: Approx. 2.6-8.8’ / 0.8-2.7m (ISO 800)
Flash Modes Red-eye removal OFF : Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro
Red-eye removal ON : Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro
LCD Monitor 3.0" / 7.6cm 460K-dot color LCD with approx. 100% coverage
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480 (30fps) with stereo sound
Video Output NTSC/PAL selectable with monaural sound
Digital Interface USB 2.0
HDMI Output HDMI mini (type C)
Power Supply NP-50A rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Number of Frames per Charge Approx. 300 frames
Operating Temperature 32°-104°F / 0°-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-80% (no condensation)
Dimensions 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2" / 107.9 x 61.5 x 33mm
Weight 7.9oz / 225g (with battery and memory card)

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Hello, I'm interested in seeing the fuji film xf1 when I come to visit from Hong Kong next month. Do you have some in stock? Please write me back and let me know.