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Fujifilm X-F1: 10 things you need to know

Fuji has once again expanded its X range of premium cameras, this time in the compact segment. The Fuji X-F1 is designed to sit alongside the Fuji FinePix X10 as an ultra-stylish and ultra-compact camera that still manages to pack some seriously impressive specs. Here we take a closer look at its key features.

Fuji X-F1 sensor

The Fuji X-F1 uses the same sensor as found in the popular Fuji FinePix X10. It is a 12 million pixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS device, making it larger than many of the 1/1.7-inch sensors found in other compact cameras.

Three different sensor modes include SN for high ISO and low noise, DR for high dynamic range and HR resolution.

Fuji X-F1 lens

The lens will surely be a key selling point of the Fuji X-F1. With a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, low light photography is made easier without having to up sensitivity levels. Constructed of seven lens elements in six groups (including four aspherical and three extra lens dispersion), all elements of the lens have been treated with Fuji’s special coating to reduce ghosting and flare.

It also features a unique Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) mechanism, while macro photography from as close as 3cm is possible. The 4x optical zoom is controlled manually, by rotating the lens itself rather than via a switch.

Fuji X-F1 manual controls

Although it’s a compact camera, the Fuji X-F1 offers full manual control. A main command dial can be used to alter the shutter speed and aperture, while a number of frequently used settings can be assigned to the Expanded-function button. The option to shoot in fully automatic and semi-automatic modes is also given.

Fuji X-F1 design

Like all of the cameras in the X range, Fuji has taken a lot of time over the design of the X-F1. It is specifically intended to appeal to stylish customers. Crafted from light aluminium, the synthetic leather covering comes in a choice of three colours – black, red or brown.

The 4x optical zoom lens retracts into the body when not in use, for an extremely slim design.

Fujifilm X-F1 autofocusing speed

Thanks to the EXR processor, the Fuji X-F1 promises fast autofocus, even in dark conditions. Fuji says that the camera is capable of focusing in as little as 0.16 seconds, while a shot-to-shot time of just 0.8 seconds is estimated.

Fujifilm X-F1 raw shooting

One of the key features of Fuji’s X range of cameras is the ability to shoot in raw format. This means that you can alter many of the settings of the camera in post-production, and is usually the domain of compact system cameras and DSLRs. To see it in a compact camera of this size is particularly appealing to those wanting to use the camera as a back up or second device.

Fuji X-F1 LCD screen

Made by tempered glass, the Fuji X-F1′s rear monitor is a 3-inch, 460k dot LCD screen. Fuji claims that it is both bright and sharp, making it good for composing images, since there’s no viewfinder on the camera.

Fuji X-F1 artistic effects

As is common on many cameras now, Fuji is keen to tap into the market for creative photography. A new advanced filter option enables you to choose from 11 creative filters, including pop colour, toy camera, dynamic tone and six partial colour options. The effects can be previewed on the LCD screen before shooting.

Not only that, but there’s also the ability to shoot panoramic images, as well as Fuji’s film simulation modes, which recreate the look of classic film stock such as Provia and Astia.

Fuji X-F1 accessories

Since Fuji is so keen to capitalise on the looks of the Fuji X-F1, it has also designed a range of accessories to complement the camera. This includes cases that feature the same leather finish as can be found on the camera itself.

Fuji X-F1 price and release date

The Fuji X-F1 price has yet to be finalised. A Fuji X-F1 release date of November is anticipated, to make it available for the Christmas market.

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