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With com­pact mir­ror­less cam­eras gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity across the world, cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers are try­ing their hand at pre­mium point-and-shoot cam­eras. The Sony Cy­ber­shot DSC-RX100 was the first of the type to en­ter the In­dian mar­ket. Now, Fu­ji­film is try­ing its luck with the XF1, a stylish cam­era which, with­out a doubt, is aimed at a niche con­sumer base.

WHAT IS DIF­FER­ENT?

At first sight the leather-bound body of the XF1 gives it a retro look. The pan­cake lens only adds to this ef­fect. But the lens can be ro­tated to switch on the cam­era and then re­veal a 25-100mm equiv­a­lent, F1.8-4.9 lens. The zoom is me­chan­i­cal and the lens can col­lapse back into bar­rel to shut the cam­era. This makes the cam­era very com­pact de­spite the im­pres­sive lens range. On the flip side, you have to open the lens even when all you want to do is play­back pic­tures you have shot.

CON­TROL OP­TIONS

The con­trol ring on top gives you all pos­si­ble op­tions—auto, man­ual, shut­ter and aper­ture pri­or­ity, two cus­tom set­tings and even Fu­ji­film’s very own EXR set­tings. What you will miss is a movie mode, for which you just have to push the record but­ton. While you have to use the lens ring to zoom in, the mode dial and con­trol ring can be used to shift to numer­ous other set­tings. There is also the Fn key in case you want to tweak more set­tings.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The XF1 has a 12MP 2/3-inch EXR-CMOS sen­sor which is good enough for most uses. Maybe, they could have packed in a bit more pix­els, but this isn’t in­ad­e­quate ei­ther. The re­sults are good, es­pe­cially in nat­u­ral light. At F1.8, the macro is stun­ningly good. But at 12MP, the max­i­mum ISO range is 3200. At 12800, the pixel qual­ity is jut 3MP and the pic­ture is ex­tremely grainy. This was a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment. But then th­ese high ISO ranges are not usu­ally used by en­thu­si­asts, at whom the cam­era is aimed. The EXR mode , on the other hand, has very good low­light re­sults. The cam­era is su­per­fast in the burst modes and the unique sound of the shut­ter will have any pho­tog­ra­pher ex­cited. The video qual­ity is im­pres­sive too, and be­ing a me­chan­i­cal zoom, ev­ery­thing de­pends on how steady your hands are. The AF is up to the task, what­ever you are up to. And, yes, like the RX100, this one shoots in RAW as de­fault.

OVER­ALL

The XF1 is a good op­tion if you want a cam­era that is stylish to look at and has loads of ad­vanced features. But be pre­pared to pay a de­cent pre­mium for the style and func­tions.

Ul­tra com­pact, great re­sults. —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

GG

FU­JI­FILM XF1

Price: ` 33,989 Specs:

12MP 2/3-inch EXR CMOS; f 6.4 - 25.6 mm, F1.8 to F4.9 30 sec. to 1/2000 sec; ISO 12800; Ful­lHD 1080p; SD card.

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