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Fujifilm XF1/Blk 12MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- 12MP EXR CMOS 2/3-Inch Sensor
- High Quality Fujinon 4x F1.8-4.9 Manual Zoom Lens
- 3.0-Inch Premium Clear LCD
- Full HD Movie
- Three Stylish colors: Black, Brown and Red
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3),, RAW (RAF format), RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||25|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|HDMI Type||Mini connector|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, (4000, 5000, 6400, 12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 1.3 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.56 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.3 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||EXRCMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Style Name||Camera Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
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|Screen Size||3 in||2.7 in||2.8 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.3 x 4.25 x 2.44 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||2.24 x 4.61 x 2.76 in||1.3 x 3.94 x 2.32 in||1.81 x 4.37 x 2.68 in||4.43 x 1.75 x 2.54 in|
|Item Weight||0.56 lb||4.32 ounces||0.77 lb||7.2 ounces||0.66 lb||0.75 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||10.1 megapixels||16.3 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (70, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (120 fps), 320 x 112 (200 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)||1080p|
|Viewfinder||None||None||Optical (tunnel)||None||Electronic (optional)||lcd|
Travel light. Shoot fast. Capture the moment. The FUJIFILM XF1 is the latest introduction to the award winning X-Series line of digital cameras, and is an incredibly versatile camera that gives you the highest level in image quality along with high speed performance, all in a compact, sleek form factor with retro looks. The large 2/3-Inch 12MP EXR CMOS sensor and EXR Processor have been precisely paired up in the XF1 to provide the best image quality and fastest performance possible. With fast Auto Focus even in low light and high speed continuous shooting up to 11frames per second, you never have to worry about missing a shot. The XF1 has a bright Fujinon F1.8-4.9 wide angle manual zoom lens (25 100mm equivalent) that helps produce amazing images even in low light conditions, as well as beautiful booked (blurred background) effects that are almost unheard of in a compact camera. Beyond producing superb clarity from edge to edge, the 4x manual zoom lens ring actually doubles as the on/off power switch and offers 3 unique camera positions: from fully retracted (easily slide into your pocket or purse for easy portability), to a locked Standby mode (ready in an instant, but save some battery power while you’re not actively shooting) to Shooting mode. The multi-faceted lens offers high speed operation (0.55sec startup in quick start mode) and quick/precise zoom control. The stylish XF1 body combines a lightweight and durable aluminum body along with synthetic leather covering to enhance the overall look and feel of the camera. Available in three different colors (Red, Black & Tan), the choice is yours to decide which one best suits your style.
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FUJIFILM XF-1 Digital Camera
Lightweight, durable aluminum body parts and synthetic leather covering enhance the feel of the camera in the hand, with texture that resembles genuine leather.
Discover the beauty of f/1.8, at night, indoors, whenever light is low
The bright f/1.8 lens lets you capture quality pictures not normally possible with a compact camera. Noise is kept to a minimum without boosting sensitivity, while camera-shake and subject motion are prevented due to high shutter speeds. And thanks to the large aperture, you can also create attractive "bokeh" blurred background effects.
High Quality Photos & Movies with the EXR CMOS
EXR Auto with Motion Detection instantly recognizes 58 types of scenes, instantly optimizing every setting from exposure to white balance, and switches to one of three different sensor modes for the scene and subject: HR High Resolution for well-lit conditions, SN High Sensitivity/Low Noise mode for low light, and DR Dynamic Range mode for high-contrast scenes.
Speed Response with EXR Processor
The EXR processor offers a fast AF in dark scenes: a fast startup, 0.55-second response, means you'll never miss the moment. And locking on to your subject in as little as 0.16 seconds, High Speed Contrast Detection AF captures even spur-of-the-moment shots with sharp clarity at maximum 4x zoom. Plus,unlike other more conventional premium digital cameras, the XF1 autofocus system reacts quickly even in low light, making it possible to shoot high-quality hand-held photos indoors or at night.
Manual Zoom & effortless operation
Unlike power zoom, the XF1's zoom ring provides direct manual controls, keeping the zoom action very smooth. For telephoto shots beyond the 4x optical zoom range, Intelligent Digital Zoom doubles your zoom to the equivalent of 8x zoom and delivers excellent sharpness and detail.
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During this past summer we bought not one, but four XF1s among the friends and family. I loved the Fuji. The EXR sensor was made famous by its X100 for great signal to noise ratio, low light capability, and saturated colors. It has incredible and accurate JPEG colors that requires little to no adjustment to look amazing. The lens is tack sharp. The zoom lens starts at a very good 25mm wide range with a big f1.8 aperture. Add optical image stabilizer and a low noise sensor, it's a champ at low lights. There is full manual control with RAW. The video looks great at 1080p. The menus and controls are well thought out. Focus is fast and accurate. The build quality was excellent, felt solid in the hand, and it looked great (in my opinion). This was a camera that performed like much larger bodies with larger sensors, at a fraction of the size and cost.
The twist lens is a bit of a nuisance and requires both hands for operation, while not really booting any faster than if it had a power button (it still takes a second or so to turn on after the lens extends). I didn't understand the design decision, other than perhaps by doing so it results in a quieter operation without motor noise, and possibly better reliability as well.
The lens, alas, became the fatal problem, which I'll describe in more detail later. During the summer we shot thousands of pictures, and the camera failed within 6 weeks, right outside the return period. Granted, I shoot a lot more than the average user, but there was no explanation for this. I thought maybe we did something that caused this failure, but in reality we babied the camera without ever abusing it.
However, in time, ALL of the other three cameras developed the same problem. I purchased these in July, and the last one developed this problem at the beginning of November--the one that's probably the least used. This denotes that the problem isn't isolated, but results from a design flaw, that in my four cameras, caused a 100% failure rate.
The problem, which eventually renders the camera inoperable, comes in stages. The process is identical for all four of the XF1 cameras, occurring at zoom range after 35mm. It approximately develops as follows:
- After a good number of shots (it varies a bit on this one, from 1000-5000 frames, probably depending on how often the lens was turned or how it was assembled?), you start noticing some strange blurs around the edges, particularly for telephoto end of the lens. It's easy to put it off as a lens quality issue.
- Then, you'll notice that exposure goes haywire around the telephoto end. It would either grossly overexpose or underexpose, and using compensation or manual override wouldn't do anything. Sometimes it would appear as if the sensor is screwed up, giving garbled images while metering/focusing. Restarting the camera would fix it, until you try to take shots at the tele end again. (at least two other reviewers mentioned this early stage problem)
- Soon after, when you zoom over 35mm, and physically move the camera, you will get "Lens Control Error" which requires a reset. On one of the slower progressing cameras, this developed into a full fledge problem where anything after 35mm will give a shaky image on the viewfinder, like the optics have come loose (or I think something went wrong with the image stabilizer)., and you will easily get "lens control error" with any sudden physical movement. For the other three XF1s, it's more of a abrupt degeneration to the point where the "lens control error" will occur every time you zoom past 35mm, with a noticeable shift in image on the LCD (as if optics suddenly tilted/shifted).
- My friend who kept on using his at 25mm range, thinking he could make do with it as long as it's not zoomed in. However, it eventually worsened that it'll give "lens control error" at 25mm too, rendering the camera completely unusable at shooting photos. (video included)
The 100% failure rate, the speed at which it failed, as well as the identical progressions and symptoms suggest that this is a highly repeatable and non-random issue. There is clearly a design flaw. My family has gone out of the country with two of the cameras, with no warranty service available to them. My friend and I are stuck with ours, and will take up Fuji's warranty service in the coming days. The dilemma for us is whether if we even want this replaced with the same camera, knowing the same design flaw persists; That's unless Fuji had figured this out with a good fix, something I have found no evidence of so far. It seems like a near certain loss that's difficult to recover; and it's a shame since the camera was such a great performer and so portable.
While the price of XF1 has come down due to its end-of-life status, I would still advise against the purchase of this camera. As of right now we're looking to probably get either a flawed replacement, or a "repaired" camera that's only 3 months old. Neither is ideal, and you can avoid my predicament by getting something else, possibly XF1's latest successor, the Fuji XQ1 or other capable pocket cameras. I hope this helps.
Here is the latest update. I just got off the phone with the Fuji Pro Repairs (1-800-800-3854 Option #1 and then Option #2. That's the only way to reach them since all my emails got a terse reply making me call this number). They weren't particularly helpful, to say the least, and were pretty dismissive about the problems I experienced. They were fighting to talk over me, stressing again and again how they have never heard of this problem, how they never see this online and in their own service bulletin, and how they have worked there for a long time to know better, etc. Frustrated, I asked to speak to the call center manager, who were no better for it--same dismissive attitude, and almost identical "the cameras are great because we've never heard of this problem in the X years I've worked here" rhetoric. (Perusing Amazon reviews, I could see lens control error just a few reviews earlier than mine. He probably thought it's isolated like myself. I did until my other 3 broke).
I personally think there hasn't been as many complaints surfacing on their bulletin (if true) because XF1 is evidently a low volume seller, judging from the sometimes low clearance prices required to move them since summer. There's also plenty of mentions to this problem around the web when you Google "xf1 lens error". That notion was likewise vehemently dismissed by Fuji's reps, again stressing that they have never seen or heard of it, in their bulletins or on the web. They suggested that it could very well be a firmware problem (when it's obviously physical with the optical wobbling and shifting of preview image.) I was treated like this crazy idiot who just didn't know what I was talking about.
I inquired the possibility of replacing my broken XF1 with a different camera, since I was convinced that XF1 is flawed. I got slightly different replies. The first rep said that depending on their tech department's determination, they may replace it with "at least an XF1", which lead to the possibility of something different/better. I asked to speak to the manager because the rep said only the manager could decide. However, the manager said there's "zero possibility" that it would be replaced with anything other than XF1, at best. As you might imagine, both the rep and the manager made it clear that they would be doing me a favor by replacing it with another XF1, which they stubbornly believe is a bulletproof pro camera that only insane people would find otherwise. They said that the only thing I could do is to send it in and have them look at it, then they'll decide whether to repair or replace. I would have to write a letter, explaining the problem in detail, put in any sales receipt or what not, and they'll determine what to do.
Everything I just spoke on the phone--as difficult as it was to explain to deaf ears--would not go on record apparently, until I send in the camera and a letter (maybe that's part of the reason why they have no record of the problem in their service bulletins?). No RMA case was created (they couldn''t). No shipping label would be provided--I'd have to ship with a trackable service at my own cost. They'll just contact me when they receive it, if I put my contact info on the letter. When I suggested that the lack of at least a RMA seems unstructured and unsafe, I got another rant on how they've been doing this for 35 years with no problems.
So this call accomplished little, other than finding an unwillingness by Fuji to acknowledge this as a flawed design, and their complete lack of awareness to this problem. I'm not feeling terribly optimistic with the warranty service now--quite the contrary. Yet seeing how the broken camera is completely useless in my hands anyway, I will ship mine back to them just to see what happens.
The address to send the camera to for repairs:
Fujifilm Camera Repairs
1100 King George Rd.
Edison, NJ 08837
I encourage those who may have the same problem as mine to bring it to Fuji's attention. This certainly shouldn't have been a non-issue. I will report back when I have updates.
Just got off the phone with Fujifilm service center in Edison, NJ again. The camera has been received by Fujifilm on 11/26/2013 according to Fedex. I have just received an email this afternoon at 3:43pm:
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Thank you for using FUJIFILM Service and Support. Your product was received into our system today, 12/2/2013, at our Edison service center. It is our goal to have your repair completed and shipped to you within 10 business days from today. Due to holidays or parts availability, repair time may increase. You will receive an E-mail with tracking information on the day your repair is shipped.
If your repair is out of warranty, you can Approve or Refuse the estimate online by clicking the following link: https://camerarepair.fujifilmusa.com/CheckOrder or by calling 1800-659-3854 and follow the prompts to the Digital Camera Repair Dept. Please supply the above Repair Reference number.
If a response is not received within 2 weeks, your repair will be shipped back to the address given as a "No Reply to Estimate"
You can always check the status of your repair by also clicking on the link above and supplying your Repair Reference Number.
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So it looks like it's in the process, and they are apparently going with the repair route. Since it's apparently an automatically generated message, I thought maybe repair can equal to replacement. At any rate, there's a confusing bit about how I need to respond to them in 2 weeks, so I used the website link to check up the repair status, and I got the following:
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WAITING FOR ESTIMATE APPROVAL
Estimate Charge ($)
Shipping Charge ($)
Total Charges ($)
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It looks like they are waiting for my approval of $169.66 to have the camera repaired! I called up the number provided in the email (which didn't really lead directly to the repair center. I needed to navigate 3 levels of menus, option 1, 2, 4 I believe for pro repairs), asking about why I was charged this amount when it should have been under warranty.
The service rep looked up the info and said that they found a ding on the front of the lens housing, suggesting impact damage, resulting in the lens error, and the warranty was voided. I tried to explain how the front lens housing has a very thin sheet metal, and can easily be dinged (e.g. putting it in the pocket with other things?), and how I have three others in pristine condition with the same problem, proving its irrelevance. I sent this camera (my friend's) in because it's got the most advanced development of this error, where it shows up without having to zoom.
The representative wasn't belligerent and defensive like last time, but he went on to say that's how the tech reported it and he couldn't do anything about it. He suggested to transfer me to the manager, so I could speak to him. I had him do that, but after a few minutes the same rep returned, saying how the manager was able to lower the bill to $100. I said that's not going to cut it (this really isn't about the money), and I needed to speak to him (even though it really didn't seem like we'll get anywhere), so he transferred me.
After a minute, a brusque and rushed voice came on and said "hello", and I responded a few times; but he apparently had a problem hearing me (not sure why), and he hung up on me. I had to call again, immediately, navigating through the menu and holds, asking again to speak to the manager, Dan Scarola. This time it went straight to his voicemail, saying that he's out for the day. I left a message, again explaining the situation, and left my number, asking for a call back.
So, that's the latest update. Needless to say, I'm more than disappointed. I'll try to reach him tomorrow, and if that doesn't get anywhere (a rather likely event), I'll be forced to cancel the estimate and get the broken camera back--it doesn't make sense to pay $100-$169.66 for a half-measure repair on a 199 camera (it also seems strange that the rather exorbitant estimated cost can be so arbitrarily adjusted). I don't even think it's worth the $7 FedEx shipping I paid for sending it in (not sure why Fuji's charging $18), if they are only going to do a repair without acknowledging the evident and a repeatable engineering flaw. Not only will I end up with repaired/refurbished cameras, they will most likely develop the same errors again.
The inclination to downplay camera problems and voiding warranty really brought down my expectations to nothing, and my initial "wait and see" sentiment became that of an outrage. I have had a great opinion on Fuji's recent cameras, and I recommend them heartily to family and friends (hence the 4 XF1s). Yet this good feeling has gone negative through the recent dealings with Fujifilm. I actually have other new Fujifilm X series cameras, and now not only am I leery about my future support, but that I just don't want to deal with Fujifilm anymore.
In all my time using digital cameras, I have never once had a camera fail completely. Even cameras that suffered a lot of abuse, were banged around and used in all weathers never failed. Even the cheapest of the cheap kept on working - I still have a 12 year old Konica that works fine.
Not any more. You see, the Fujifilm XF1 has developed a fault, a sticky aperture problem, well known with the X100 and a known manufacturing defect with X-series cameras with integrated lenses. This would be fine if Fujifilm US would be willing to acknowledge & fix the problem (which they do in Europe), but they are not. So, a $350 camera, less than 18 months old, is a brick.
This particular XF1 spent most of it's life in a protective Crumpler camera case and was rarely used (less than 1000 photos shot). It was never dropped, never mistreated, never used in the rain and yet it failed completely.
Let me say that again - COMPLETE FAILURE
Basically, it's a waste of money - just look elsewhere for a decent, pocketable camera. Sony, Canon & Panasonic all have large sensor compact cameras that are way, way more reliable than this.
Stay away from FujiFlim products, they are completely unwilling to stand behind their products. I'll be shopping for a new compact camera and it won't be a Fuji.
Update: 12/29/2013. No reply from Fuji to my email inquiry. Doesn't surprise me but still disappointed. I know they received the email as I received one of those auto replies saying they'll get back with me.
Update: 01/05/2014. Wrote back again on the website link. 01/06 reply from Fuji: Thank you for contacting FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Please allow us to assist you. We were very disappointed to learn that you had experienced a problem with your Digital Camera. Unfortunately, without testing the camera in question, it is impossible for us to accurately determine the cause of the problem you have encountered. At this time, we suggest that you send your camera directly into us for an evaluation. Please ship your product via a carrier service with a means of tracking your package to the following address:
FUJIFILM North America Corporation
1100 King George Post Road
Edison, NJ 08837
Attn: X-F1 Camera Repair Department
We also ask that you fill out our repair form and include it with your camera. In the packaging please include a copy of your proof of purchase (if camera is owned for less then a year) and a note with your name, address, and a daytime phone number. Do not send batteries or accessory items. If your unit is covered under warranty, you will receive an acknowledgment. If your unit is not covered under warranty, you will receive an estimate for the repair prior to any work being done. If you do not have a proof of purchase or the camera was given to you as a gift please contact our Camera Repair Department at 1-800-800-3854, option #2. They have several agents that can assist with your questions. We sincerely hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns,Please do not hesitate to contact us in the future. It would be our pleasure to assist you again. Thank you for your interest in FUJIFILM products and services.
01/06/2014: Mailed in camera. Delivered on 01/08/2014. As of 01/13/2014, no notification from Fuji as to the arrival of the camera.
01/21/2014: Finally calling Fuji to see what's up with the camera as they haven't contacted me yet. First of all, don't use the extension 3461 that's on their website for repairs. It's invalid. Just stay on the line and go through the menu. Note: The XF1 is considered a professional camera so choose that option. Talked with the first rep. He claimed the EXACT same thing as in the other review/complaint. They're saying that there's "impact damage" to the bottom of the camera so it invalidates the warranty. $140 repair/$18 shipping/$11 tax total. I told him that there wasn't an "impact damage" and he's transferred me after I told him that I shot a video of the camera --showing no damage whatsoever-- before I sent it in as I thought they might say that. After 20 minutes on hold, this tech is going to grab the camera after I told him there wasn't any damage to the camera. He's claiming that there *is* damage and I'm telling him that a lot of people are having this problem and it has nothing to do with any impact. I also let him know that I shot a close up video of our camera before I sent it in to prove there wasn't any so called "impact damage". With this, this second guy wants to transfer me to his manager but his manager apparently "isn't in". He took down my number to have the manager call me back. After a couple hours I'm doubting they will. In the meantime, I just dropped Fuji Japan a complaint off their website. Will this do anything? Maybe if enough people contact them.
01/21/2014 part two: Got a call back. Same tech. He said he talked to his manager and they're going to drop the charges and repair the camera. I hope they do and that this error doesn't come up again. If it's just in the DNA of this camera to have this problem, then I would guess the repair won't last long. However, I'm glad they decided to honor their warranty like they should. If you plan on sending in your XF1 or anything to Fuji Repairs, I would recommend that you take a video of your camera including close ups if your problem/need of repair isn't due to owner fault. You'll need it as they seem to follow the step-by-step guidelines of Warranty Disqualification 101. Our camera didn't have any dings or scratches and was never dropped. Many are having this problem with this camera but the repair facility says it's always due to "impact damage". Will follow up when I receive the camera back from them.
01/29/2014. Sigh. Fuji just sent me another invoice for the repairs identical to the last one. Will have to call them again to find out if they lied to me about dropping the charges. Okay, all's well with this repair still.They said it takes the system some time to renew and the 2nd invoice/repair estimate was sent out automatically but their records reflect the dropped charges. They said it's going to be repaired and shipped back this week.
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