Fuji XF1 review: Slick, retro-styled pocket camera offers more than just good looks


posted Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:28 PM EDT

The Fuji XF1 is the James Bond of enthusiast pocket cameras -- sleek, retro-styled (but somehow still eminently modern) and even a little dangerous looking. Like the classic Walther PPK, it's not a bad little shooter either, providing a bright f/1.8 max aperture at wide angle, overall speedy performance, tons of advanced features and some unique shooting modes that will no doubt please Fuji fanatics.

With its compact size, quality build and luxurious feel, the Fujifilm XF1 just begs to be used. The slick 4x optical zoom lens is of the manual variety, and when you twist it open, the camera turns on ready for action. That's right, this camera is so cool there is no power button. The XF1's other controls are equally sharp -- including the full PASM Mode dial -- and extremely customizable.

Beyond its good looks, the Fuji XF1 borrows the same 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch-type EXR CMOS sensor from the X10, as well as the unique EXR shooting modes that go with it. The EXR modes let you trade resolution (in fact, cutting the max image size to 6 megapixels) for lower noise or better dynamic range, depending on your needs.

Read our in-depth Fuji XF1 review to find out if this stylish-and-powerful pocket camera is right for you. You'll also find our lab's detailed performance test results, a host of lab and gallery images shot with the XF1, and much more.