Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fujifilm XF1 First Look

When the buzzer rang I jumped with excitement to meet the delivery guy at the elevator.  I anxiously opened the box and found three XF1 cameras ready to take a quick tour of NYC.

The camera is unique in many ways.  Styling, operation, design and overall handling is definitely different than a "regular" point n shoot.  Similar to the X10, the XF1 has a manual zoom lens - but this model takes it a step further - or should I say back a step into the body to create a slimmer camera.


Without fail people new to the camera are struck by its beauty.  Then they are confused by how to turn it on.  Then they are wowing at the process and the sharp, bright screen.  

I've asked 10 people now which is their favorite color and tan is leading (male audience 7 to 3) by a smidge, then red, then black.  The feeling is the tan just oozes that retro feel.


Now because these are pre-production models I am not here to give pixel peeping images.  As I've mentioned several times before I feel there are many way more qualified bloggers and reviewers to handle that task.  I just want to be able to share some features and a quick look.  Just like with the X-E1, I wasn't trying to make an exclamation, I feel judging the image quality wasn't really an issue since the X-E1uses the same sensor as the X-Pro1, and thus with that lineage, to me it is going to make astounding images.  That's what I saw.

I love having XF1 F/1.8 lens at 25mm.  I know that most of the time I will be using the lens at 25mm for my street shooting and social situations.  Party shooting is where I'll get into the zooming and yes the aperture does close down a bunch.  All the specs are down below the images here.

http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_xf1/index.html  
I look forward to reading the reviews when the camera ships!  Until then it looks like a winner to me.











The NEW E-Fn button allows quick access to popular functions and can be programmed as you like for several camera operations.







Model Name FUJIFILM XF1
Number of effective pixels*1 12.0 million pixels
Image sensor 2/3-inch EXR CMOS with primary color filter
Storage media
  • Internal memory (approx. 25 MB)
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card*2
File format
still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*3, RAW (RAF format), RAW + JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
movie
H.264 (MOV) with Stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels L : (4:3) 4000 x 3000 / (3:2) 4000 x 2664 / (16:9) 4000 x 2248 / (1:1) 2992 x 2992
M : (4:3) 2816 x 2112 / (3:2) 2816 x 1864 / (16:9) 2816 x 1584 / (1:1) 2112 x 2112
S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536 / (3:2) 2048 x 1360 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080 / (1:1) 1536 x 1536

<Motion Panorama>
360° Vertical 11520 x 1624 Horizontal 11520 x 1080
180° Vertical 5760 x 1624 Horizontal 5760 x 1080
120° Vertical 3840 x 1624 Horizontal 3840 x 1080
Lens
name
Fujinon 4 x optical zoom lens
focal length
f=6.4 - 25.6 mm, equivalent to 25 - 100 mm on a 35 mm format.
full-aperture
F1.8 (Wide) - F4.9 (Telephoto)
constitution
6 groups 7 lenses (4 aspherical glass molded lenses included)
Digital zoom Intelligent digital zoom approx. 2x (up to 8 x when combined with optical zoom)
Aperture F1.8-F11(Wide)
F4.9-F11(Telephoto) 1/3EV step (controlled 6-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
Normal
Wide : Approx. 50 cm / 1.6 ft. to infinity
Telephoto : Approx. 80 cm / 2.6 ft. to infinity
Macro
Wide : Approx. 3 cm - 3.0 m / 1.1 in. - 9.8 ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 50 cm - 3.0 m / 1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft.
Sensitivity Auto / Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000* / 5000* / 6400* / 12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
  • * ISO4000 / 5000 / 6400 : M mode or lower, ISO12800 : S mode
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Shooting modes
SP
Natural Light, Natural Light & Flash, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text, Underwater
MODE DIAL
EXR, AUTO, P, S, A, M, C1, C2, Movie, SP, Adv.
Image stabilizer Lens shift type
Exporsure compensation -2.0EV - +2.0EV 1/3EV step
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/2000* sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/2000* sec.
* 1/2000 sec. at small aperture, 1/1000 sec. at full aperture
Continuous shooting
TOP
Super High : approx. 10 fps (Size M, S)
High : approx. 7 fps (Size L, M, S)
Middle : approx. 5 fps (Size L, M, S)
Low : approx. 3 fps (Size L, M, S)
*SD memory card with a class 4 write speed (4 MB/sec.) or better is recommended.
*The frame rate varies depending on the shooting conditions or numbers of frames in continuous shooting.
others
Best Frame capture :
Super High : approx. 10 fps 8 / 16 frames (Size M, S)
High : approx. 7 fps 8 frames (Size L, M, S) / 16 frames (Size M, S)
Middle : approx. 5 fps 8 frames (Size L, M, S) / 16 frames (Size M, S)
Low : approx. 3 fps 8 frames (Size L, M, S) / 16 frames (Size M, S)
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing : ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing : PROVIA / STANDARD, Velvia / VIVID, ASTIA / SOFT
Dynamic Range Bracketing : 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing : ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Focus
mode
Single AF / Continuous AF,
Manual AF (One-push AF mode included)
type
TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
AF frame selection
Multi AF, Area AF, Tracking AF
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Preset : Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater, Custom, Color temperature selection
Self-timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. delay
Flash Auto flash (super intelligent flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO (800))
Wide : Approx. 50 cm - 7.4 m / 1.6 ft. - 24.2 ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 80 cm - 2.7 m / 2.6 ft. - 8.8 ft.
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.
Hot shoe -
Viewfinder -
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 460,000 dots, color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 pixels / 1280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (30 frames / sec.) with stereo sound
Optical zoom (manual) can be used.
Photography functions EXR mode (EXR Auto / Resolution priority / High ISO & Low noise priority / Dynamic range priority), Face recognition, Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Film simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, Advanced mode (Advanced filter, Motion panorama360, Pro focus, Pro low light, Multiple exposure, Individual shutter 3D), High Speed Movie (70 / 120 / 200 frames/sec.), Electronic level, Advanced Anti Blur, Recording movie in the EXR Auto mode:Automatic Scene Selection. (Auto,Macro,Landscape,Night,Portrait,Portrait+Night,Backlight Portrait), E-fn (extended function) BUTTON CUSTOM SETTING
Playback functions Face Detection, Auto red-eye removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, Voice memo, Histogram display, Exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, Favorites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase selected frames, RAW conversing
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode
Terminal
Video output
NTSC / PAL selectable with Monaural sound
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI Mini connector
Power supply NP-50A Li-ion battery (included)
CP-50 with AC power adapter AC-5VX (sold separately)
Dimensions 107.9(W) x 61.5(H) x 33.0(D) mm / 4.2(W) x 2.4(H) x 1.2(D) in.
Weight Approx. 225 g / 7.9 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 204 g / 7.1 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0°C - 40°C
Operating Humidity 10% - 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation approx. 300 frames CIPA standard
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-50A
Battery charger BC-50B
Hand strap
Lens cap
USB cable
CD-ROM
Owner's manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-45W
A / V cable AV-C1
Soft case SC-XF
DC coupler CP-50
AC power adapter AC-5VX
  • *1 Number of effective pixels: The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light through the optical lens, and which are effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.
  • *2 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
  • *3 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

I am an employee of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.
The statements, comments and opinions expressed here represent my own, personal views and are not endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, FUJIFILM North America Corporation or its affiliates.
bremler@fujifilm.com 

3 comments:

  1. Great looking images and camera. These may be some of the first samples on the web. Thanks.

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  2. Anonymous5:36 AM

    great review but if You r able to please upload full size images. even one..

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  3. Anonymous5:38 AM

    im not sure these images r from that Fuji.. You deleted exf from images..
    this review can be a little fake..

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