Fujifilm XF1 Review

4.0
October 31, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

The Fujifilm XF1 produces images of very good quality. It recorded noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 up to 800, with a little noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 1600 and more visible noise at the fastest setting of ISO 3200 at full resolution, an excellent performance for a camera with such a small sensor. Even the reduced resolution setting of ISO 6400 is worth using, although the same can't be said about the range-topping ISO 12800. The RAW files were also excellent, with usable images throughout the entire range of ISO 100-3200, although they are noticeably soft.

The Fujifilm XF1's 4x zoom lens handled chromatic aberrations very well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots. Macro performance is very good, allowing you to focus as close as 3cmw away from the subject. The images were a little soft straight out of the Fujifilm XF1 at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting.

The Pro Low-Light scene mode produces better image clarity at high ISO levels at the expense of a loss of fine detail, while the Pro Focus mode effectively throws the background out of focus for portraits. The Sweep Panorama mode works largely as advertised, making it simple to take hand-held low-light and wide-vista shots, although there is a clear ghosting effect around any moving subjects. The EXR modes offer a choice between shooting at full 12 megapixel resolution in High Resolution (HR) mode, or a 6 megapixel image in the Low Noise (SN) mode for shooting without flash in low light conditions, or the Dynamic Range (DR) mode to achieve an optimal balance between shadows and highlights.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Fujifilm XF1. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
 
   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Fujifilm XF1's 4x zoom lens provides a focal length of 25-100mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

25mm

100mm

Intelligent Digital Zoom

The Intelligent Digital Zoom function can digitally boost the optical 4x zoom up to 8x, the equivalent of a 200mm focal length. Note that it's not available in continuous mode, during movie recording or when shooting in RAW mode, and rather strangely the effects are not visible in the LCD display during shooting.

4x

4x (100% Crop)
   

8x

8x (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little bit soft at the default sharpening setting, and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Fujifilm XF1 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

12M Fine (4.44Mb) (100% Crop) 12M Normal (2.95Mb) (100% Crop)
   
12M RAW (18.8Mb) (100% Crop)  
 

Chromatic Aberrations

The Fujifilm XF1 handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review. Just a little purple fringing was present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Fujifilm XF1 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject in Macro mode (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Fujifilm XF1 are Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, and any of those modes combined with Red-eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Wide Angle (100mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (100mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. Neither the Auto or Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Fujifilm XF1's maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 8 seconds at ISO 100.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Fujifilm XF1 has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. Here are some 100% crops of the images to show the results. As you can see, with anti shake turned on, the images are much sharper than with anti shake turned off. This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

1/5th / 25mm
     
1/8th / 100mm

EXR Modes

Fujifilm's EXR sensor can be utilized in one of three ways by the photographer. There's a choice between shooting at full 12 megapixel resolution in High Resolution (HR) mode, or a 6 megapixel image in the Low Noise (SN) mode for shooting without flash in low light conditions, or the Dynamic Range (DR) mode to achieve an optimal balance between shadows and highlights. The latter offers five strengths ranging from 100-1600%. If you can't decide which is best for a chosen scene or subject, then just leave the camera on the scene-detecting EXR Automatic Mode and let it choose for itself.

Resolution Priority

Resolution Priority (100% Crop)

   

High ISO & Low Noise

High ISO & Low Noise (100% Crop)

   

D-Range Priority - 100%

D-Range Priority - 200%

   

D-Range Priority - 400%

D-Range Priority - 800%

   

D-Range Priority - 1600%

 
 

Pro Focus

The Fujifilm XF1's Pro Focus mode makes it easier to achieve a blurred background, perfect for portraits where compact digicams traditionally struggle, with three strengths of blurring on offer.

Pro Focus 1

Pro Focus 1 (100% Crop)

   

Pro Focus 2

Pro Focus 2 (100% Crop)

   

Pro Focus 3

Pro Focus 3 (100% Crop)

Pro Low-Light

The Fujifilm XF1's Pro Low-Light scene mode produces better image clarity at high ISO levels, with the camera automatically taking a series of four high sensitivity/low-noise shots in quick succession which are then combined together using in-camera processing into an image with less noise than the single exposures. The main drawback is a noticeable softening of fine detail.

Pro Low-Light Off

Pro Low-Light On

Multiple Exposure

In the Multiple Exposure advanced mode the Fujifilm XF1 can combine two seperate images into one, as shown in the example below.

Film Simulation Modes

The Fujifilm XF1 offers 5 different film simulation modes to help replicate the look of your favourite film stock from the past.

Provia / Standard

Velvia / Vivid

   

Astia / Soft

Black & White

   

Sepia

 
 

Advanced Filter

The Advanced Filter mode on the Fujifilm XF1 offers six artistic special effects to help customise the look of your images as you take them.

Toy Camera

Miniature

   

Pop Color

High-Key

   

Dynamic Tone

Part Color

Panorama Mode

The Fujifilm XF1 allows you to take panoramic images very easily by 'sweeping' with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed. The camera does all the processing and stitching, and there are three views available. The main problems are that the resulting image is of fairly low resolution - 1080 pixels high and 5760 pixels wide for the 360 degree image - moving objects are recorded as "ghost" images, and different lighting sources cause obvious vertical streaks to appear.

120 Degrees
 
180 Degrees
 
360 Degrees

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