Fujifilm Camera Reviews

Fujifilm XP170 Review


Overview of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera

It is a common fact for best waterproof cameras that these cameras are tightly sealed against the elements. The most unpleasant thing in using a waterproof is only to find out that the camera isn’t well built and that it leaks.

However, you don’t need to worry about that issue with the FinePix XP170. The FinePix XP170 is properly built and thanks to the double-locking system, the leakage problems won’t occur with this camera.

In addition to the strong waterproof features, the image quality as well as the performance is always important for a camera. Unfortunately, the image quality is not as great as you may expect with the XP170 and you will find its performance inconsistent. You can obtain some very nice photos, but sometimes, the exposure is not good and the focus softness happens.

The XP170 costs about $250, which is quite nice bargain for such a well-built model with the waterproof features. You should consider this option, in spite of several inconsistent performance levels. It’s common to find other cameras with the similar waterproof features in the higher price points, so if you are the one who are interested in a bargain waterproof camera, the FinePix XP170 is worth your consideration.

Fujifilm XP170 Camera Review Buy

Fujifilm XP170 Camera Review Buy

The zoom lens of the FinePix XP170 is fully inside the body which has the waterproof capability. You can look for this model in the orange or blue colors.

Brief Review of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera


  • The resolution is 14.4 MP
  • The optical zoom is 5X (equivalent to 28-140mm)
  • The 2.7-inch LCD has the resolution of 230,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4320 x 3240 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 4.0 x 2.8 x 1.0 inches
  • The camera weighs 7.2 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The 1/2.3 in image sensor uses the CMOS technology
  • A HD 1080p movie mode is supported.


  • The camera brings the well-built feel
  • The performance of LED illuminator light is better than that of the flash for some photos
  • The sharp focus is for most of the time
  • A full HD video mode is supported and there is an HDMI slot with the camera
  • The design is sharp and colorful


  • Delays from shot to shot as well as the shutter lag are noticeable
  • Image quality is not really consistent
  • The responses of the power button is slow and the control buttons are not large enough
  • There are not many available manual control options
  • It’s not easy to make wireless photo sharing option work

Detailed Review of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality could be nicer for the XP170 in this price range. It is not consistent for all shooting situations.  You can achieve nice photos with the perfect exposure in some certain situations with the XP170. However, regard of the color results as well as the exposure, there is a number of problems that will make you pretty frustrated.

You cannot have consistent shooting results with the flash, too, because there are some hot pots you may see in the photos due to the small flash. But the nice thing with the XP170 is that there is a LED illuminator light built-in the camera, so the extra light is provided for photos shot under the water. In addition, the performance of this LED illuminator is nice for shooting photos under inadequate light conditions as well, which is better than with using the flash. Just keep in the mind that your battery can drain very fast when you use this LED in an extended duration.

There are full HD1080p movie abilities with the FinePix XP170 but the movie quality is not as even as expected. If you are intending to buy the camera at the price around $250, you will want to achieve greater overall photography results. Clearly, one aspect that drives you to purchase the camera is the waterproof capabilities, but considering the current price, I find it hard to recommend this model for you if just relying on only the image quality.


The toughness features are very powerful for such a camera at this price point. The maximum water depth for using the camera is up to 33 feet and the lowest possible Fahrenheit is 14 degrees. In addition, if you accidentally drop the camera, it is still ok within the distance of 6.5 feet. The XP170 outperforms other models of the same type in this price range in terms of the tough features.

However, the shooting features are not quite as strong as the touch features. The 5X optical zoom lens is small, which may be the smallest one found with a digital model in the current market as nowadays, the common zoom lenses have been closer to the 10X number.

In addition, the start-up performance of the Lumix XP170 may cause some frustration. You will find that the feature of the power button is pretty odd. It takes about half a second to press the power button and have the camera turned on. It does take time to become used to performing this, and if you don’t hold down the power button in a right way, you may not be able to shoot a number of spontaneous moments.

Sometimes, you may encounter the Shutter lag as well as delays from shot to shot, too. Especially, the shot-to-shot delays increase while you are capturing flash photos. There are a couple of burst modes with the XP170, but you cannot use any of them with the highest 14.4MP resolution and you won’t find any of them particularly fast.

A nice extra feature with the FinePix XP170 is the Wi-Fi connectivity. You can make use of this feature to send images to your smartphone. However, it is not easy to have this feature work.

The battery life with the FinePix XP170 is good, but in cases when you turn on the LED and set the highest brightness for the LCD, the battery drains pretty fast.


The design of the series of FinePix waterproof models is pretty nice-looking and this style design has lasted for several years. The Fujifilm FinePix XP10 is not an exception. The camera bodies are available in the orange or blue colors, together with silver and black trim. You will see the lens housing located in in the upper right corner of the model (when you view from the camera front) and you won’t see the lens extended from the housing, even if you intend to use the maximum 5X optical zoom magnification. It is very comfortable to hold the camera with your right hand thanks to a an indented area on the front of the camera.

Among the tough models through my reviews for many years, the FinePix XP170 brings the well-built feel as well as the nice structure. You can open one compartment only with the camera, and it is the area of the battery and the memory card. The strong point of the camera accounts for the double-locking mechanism, which helps you close the compartment without making the water leak inside the camera.

You won’t find many problems with the sun glare although the LCD screen is pretty small, which is 2.7 inches in thickness only. There are up to 11 various brightness options with this Fujifilm camera that allows you to deal with any possible glare with the screen.

There are not many manual control options with the G2, so it is not hard to use the camera. Beside the tough features, the XP170 is simply a point and shoot model.

The controlling buttons with the camera are not large enough for being used conveniently, which is quite popular for cameras of small sizes. The menu organization on the screen is not really good, so you can find it hard to look for the right command that you need.

Typically, the image quality with the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 is quite similar to that of a basic point and shoot camera which has the slightly lower price. It is the really powerful touch features that have been justified the G2’s price. Therefore, if you are interested in the strong touch features, the camera will bring you a much greater value.


Fujifilm FinePix T300 Review


Overview of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera

Just a few years ago, you would have to spend lots of money to purchase a very thin model which offered both a 3.0-inch LCD and nice zoom lens measured 10X. But now, to possess the similar one, you’ll just need to spend under $200. Through my review, you will understand that the FinePix T300 is a very outstanding camera.

Though, there remain some drawbacks, such as: the menu organization is odd and the camera struggles a bit when you set the zoom to the maximum level, which causes a camera shake.

The image quality however is very great for such a model at this price point. In addition, the autofocus system performs well to ensure the sharpness for your photos.

There is a very interesting feature with the T300, where the camera can capture back-to-back images, one with a flash and one without. This is nice for beginning photographers, just finding out more about the exposure. In my review, the FinePix T300 review deserves to sit among the better models that are available in the current market in this price range.

Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera Review Buy

Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera Review Buy

The Fujifilm FinePix T300 is pretty thin as you can see in the photos. And there are five various color options that you can select: blue, red, champagne gold, gunmetal silver and black.

Brief Review of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera


  • The resolution is 14.0 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is10X (28-280mm)
  • The 3.0-inch LCD touch screen has the resolution of 230,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4288 x 3216 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches
  • The camera weighs 5.5 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The 1/2.3 in image sensor use the CCD
  • A HD 720p (30fps) movie mode is supported


  • You’ll receive a good value with the camera and many nice features are included
  • Two-shot mode is a nice option
  • 10X optical zoom is a great to find with  a camera in this price range
  • It’s not difficult to use the T300 and there are clear explanations of each feature on the screen
  • Image quality is above the average level in this price range


  • You’ll notice some shutter lag problems
  • Autofocus is slightly slow when you maximize the zoom
  • Some menu organizations are pretty odd
  • You may encounter the camera shake when you maximize the zoom

Detailed Review of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera

Image Quality

While the size of the camera is pretty small, the large optical zoom lens is very impressive with the measurement up to 10X. The moving speed of the zoom over its range is pretty quick and smooth as well.

Through the review, I am sure that the image quality with the FinePix T300 is certainly above the average level. The sharp autofocus works well for most of the time and the images are nice with the accurate colors. The overexposure tends to occur sometimes for outdoor photography and when you set the zoom to the maximum level, you may encounter some camera shake problems.

Though, the overall image quality with this camera is very nice, especially considering its price tag around $200.

The number of aspect ratios and resolution options is just at the average level with the FinePix T300. The total number of resolution options is seven, which can be selected for the 3:2, standard 4:3 and16:9. It could have been nicer if there had had some more options.

There is a nice “two-image” mode with the camera, which you can found in some other Fujifilm cameras. With this mode, you’re going to be able to capture back to back images when one is under the flash and the other is not. Whenever you don’t exactly know whether you need the flash or not, just try using this mode. You will have a far better chance to achieve the most appropriate exposure.

The camera panoramic mode is nice to use, too and its performance is also pretty good. However, when you use the two above modes, some delays from shot to shot shall occur. This is understandable because it takes time for the camera to process the two types of photos.

You can record nice videos with the support of the 720p HD movie mode and this mode can be selected through the mode dial. But don’t expect to use the large zoom when you are recording a video. You just can select the 3X zoom for recording videos only. In addition, the performance of this zoom is not smooth, so the image quality may be easily affected. You had better not use the zoom to ensure the video quality.


When you maximize the zoom or have the flash turned on under inadequate lighting conditions, you’ll see the shutter lag slightly under the average level. Due to this lag, you possibly miss several spontaneous moments of the subjects which are moving. One among certain reasons that cause the lag is the slightly slow performance of the autofocus system over the zoom at the maximum level.

The response times of the camera are quite fast. It just takes a short period of time to initialize the camera and the delays from shot to shot are just at the lowest level.

You can easily look for the shooting options with the mode dial. Especially for beginners, it is great to see explanations of each feature clearly displayed on the LCD screen when the mode dial is turned on.

However, the menu organization with the FinePix T300 is odd, which appears to be pretty common for Fujifilm models in the current year. You cannot find several among the basic options of the menu when you select some specific modes. For instance, while there are up to 11 various LCD brightness options, this brightness cannot be adjusted when you use the auto mode. The adjustment over the LCD is just available with the program mode. This is pretty inconvenient because it is a bit hard to view the LCD directly under the sunlight due to the glare. The screen with the higher brightness would be better.

Maybe the biggest odd is the situation in which the flash is not available for shooting in silent mode. Therefore, you have to live with the beeps sound when you want to turn on the flash. However, when you select the two-image” mode, the flash is available in silent mode. This is really odd.


With the thickness of only 0.9 inches, this is a thin model. Because the lens housing accounts for a fraction of an inch, when you extend it from the body of the camera, the entire thickness is slightly larger than one inch. There are some available raised areas in the body, so holding and using this Fujifilm camera become easier.

There is a built-in flash which is located the upper corner on the right, so be careful or your fingers may block this flash.

The design of the camera is pretty popular for a Fujifilm point and shoot camera. The model is available in black with a small silver trim.

The buttons are very simple and handy with the power button and the zoom ring on the top while the mode dial together with some other buttons is on the back. The overall design is very nice.

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Review


Overview of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera

The price of the Fujifilm’s strong and high-end X-T1 camera which uses mirrorless interchangeable lens is pretty high over the similar models for the beginning level. With the budget of $1,000 plus, many people shall expect to purchase the Fujifilm X-T1 with a lot of high-end features as well as the capacity to produce images of the great image quality. And the good news is that the camera is really wonderful as you’ve expected. Its performance is also amazingly fast. Therefore, you won’t have to concern about missing spontaneous moments waiting for the slow responses or lag when you’re shuttering.

The design of this camera is totally different from that of other high-end models in the current market. In comparison with the film SLR models of several decades ago, the numerous buttons and dial modes with the Fujifilm Mirrorless X-T1 shall be highly appreciated. The camera has a retro look with those buttons and dials. You may find it a little hard to get access and make use of these dials comfortably because the manufacturer has stacked them on the top of each other. However, the design of the X-T1 camera is still very nice.

With the above large number of dials, almost all adjustments on the camera settings can be performed via using these dials. There is no traditional mode dial include, so an auto shooting mode can be selected, for example. The manual settings of the dials may not be difficult for most photographers with certain experiences, the beginners may find it a little confusing to get used to the Fujifilm X-T1 quickly.

The mirrorless X-T1 may not be appealing to all photographers because of its high price and the complicated set of the dial can lower the attractiveness of this camera, too. However, you cannot help ignoring the two important aspects including the great image quality and the fast performance, especially if you are the one with a large camera budget who also like the retro design.

Brief Review of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera


  • The resolution is 16.3 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A. The camera uses lenses which is interchangeable
  • The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 1.04 million pixels
  • The image size is 4896 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Li-Ion battery which is rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 5.0 x 3.5 x 1.8 inches
  • The camera weighs 15.4 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The APS-C image sensor has the measurement of 23.6 x 15.6 mm (0.93 x 0.62 in.)
  • A full HD 1080p movie mode is supported


  • The image quality is nice and favorably compared to the models in the same price range
  • The noise is kept minimal noise for the high ISO settings with photos shot under inadequate conditions
  • There are a lot of high-end photography features, with the inclusion of manual focus option
  • The electronic viewfinder is nice
  • LCD screen is of high resolution and can be tiltable
  • Camera body is covered with weather-resistant and dust-resistant material


  • The large number of the dials may be confusing for some photographer with less experiences
  • Some small and oddly arrange buttons are a considerable drawback
  • There is no scene modes as well the basic shooting mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi is a bit tough to set up and use
  • The price tag extremely high
Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera Review Buy

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless ILC Camera

Image Quality

As mentioned above, the image quality with the Fujifilm mirrorless X-T1 will never let you down. The camera has a large image sensor of the APS-C size which has the similar size as a DSLR camera for the beginning level. That’s the reason why its image quality is nearly as good as you can find with a DSLR camera. It is possible to shoot photos in the JPEG or RAW image format or both simultaneously.

The image quality is even good for photos shot under inadequate light conditions. The ISO settings can be adjusted to 3200 and you see no significantnoise (or stray pixels) in the photos. You may be a bit annoyed when you have to connect an external flash unit with the camera in cases that the flash is need. Fortunately, the performance of the flash is great for shooting photos under inadequate light conditions. But sometimes, spontaneous moments can be missed while you are connecting the flash.

While the image quality is great, the movie quality is not that good. It is just about average. However, there are not many manual settings that you can select for recording movies.


You will see almost no shutter lag or delays from shot to shot with this camera. The response times are very fast. In general, the performance of the Fujifilm X-T1 is exactly as you may expect for a mirrorless models using interchangeable lens at the pretty high price tag.

The tiltable LCD screen is another nice advantage with the Fujifilm X-T1 which brings you great photography results thanks to the resolution of more than one million pixels. It is easier to use this LCD with an attached tripod.

Battery performance is also powerful. You can shoot up to severl hundred photos after one charge. There is a battery grip with this camera, which enables you to significantly increase the battery span. It requires you to spend a bit more for this battery grip, but the extra accessory is pretty handy, which you have not commonly found in mirrorless cameras using interchangeable lens.


The retro look of the X-T1 is very appealing to attract you right from the first glance. Looking at this model may make you think about an old SLR model without a display screen which enabled you to make adjustments to the settings. Instead, it required you to use a number of buttons and dials to make changes to the camera’s settings. There is a LCD screen with the high resolution with the X-T1, but you may need to change many of the camera’s settings by use the dials positioned on the camera top panel.

You can find a lot of dial with this camera, but there is no mode dial which is pretty common in many other digital cameras. You also find not any basic type of automatic shooting mode with the design of the Fujifilm X-T1. Therefore if you are just a beginner, using this model can be confusing at first.

Because there is a large number of dials, Fujifilm decided to have some dials stacked on top of each other, which results in some odd position of certain dials and it cause some difficulties to use some dials. The X-T1 also becomes slightly thicker than a common mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the thickness of 1.8 inches

It is also not comfortable to use the four-way button because of its small size. There is a Q button to open the LCD screen that include a number of setting you can adjust, but for most other setting, it requires you to refer to the dials, so it’s a little confusing to use the Q button.

The Wi-Fi capabilities built in the camera are nice but don’t expect it to be easy for the usage. It is harder to setting up and use them than expected.


Fujifilm X-S1 Review


Overview of the Fujifilm X-S1 Camera

It tends to be more and more common now that Fixed-lens cameras are included with large zoom lenses and large image sensors in the digital camera marketplace. This is because camera manufacturers want to expand the segment of the market between interchangeable lens cameras and budget-priced thin cameras. With these large fixed-lens cameras, there are a lot of great features, but the price is pretty high, as high as $750 or even $1,000.

Obviously, compared to a DIL or DSLR camera for the beginning level in terms of the price, these cameras with fixed-lens included cost similarly. Based on this comparison, the price of this camera should be lowered a little bit or it had better a really good model to have the competition advantage.

In my Fujifilm X-S1 review, the camera is really nice in both the two aspects. The performance of the X-S1 is very strong, which helps you obtain great photos while you can make best use of the ultra-zoom performance. And because recently, the price of this model is lowered, the values it brings shall make you satisfied. It definitely deserves to be one of the best cameras in 2012.

Summary of the Fujifilm X-S1 Camera


  • The resolution is 12.0 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 26X manual zoom (24-624mm)
  • The camera has a 3.0-inch LCD with the 460,000 pixel resolution and a 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder of the 1,440,000 pixel resolution.
  • The maximum image size is 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Dimensions are 5.3 x 4.2 x 5.9 inches
  • The camera weights 33.3 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The 2/3 in image sensor uses the CMOS EXR technology
  • A full HD 1080p movie mode is supported


  • 26X manual zoom lens brings images of the good sharpness
  • The response times are very fast
  • There are both an electronic viewfinder and a tiltable LCD which are handy for shooting images
  • Pop-up flash works great for shooting low-light photos
  • Battery life is outstanding
  • The X-S1 will bring you a great value if its price is lowered


  • Menu structure is not well organized
  • There are two many buttons which make inexperienced photographers confuse
  • Really large camera body won’t attract everyone
  • Camera can be a little challenging to hand hold steadily in low light or when shooting movies
Fujifilm X-S1 Camera Review Buy

Fujifilm X-S1 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Fujifilm X-S1 Camera

Image Quality

Whether a digital camera has included how many great features, the image quality always remains the most important aspect of any models. Even when you possess the fastest camera in the world, it is meaningless if it produces lousy images.

Fortunately, you will be glad to see the great image quality with the Fujifilm X-S1, for both photographs shot with inadequate light or outdoor. It’s the large 2/3-inch (0.67-inch) CMOS image sensor which contributes to a lot of the success of the X-S1. The image sensor is a bit larger than many other ones among the current point-and-shoot cameras.

You can easily shoot nice photos over a distance with the large 26X zoom lens while the image quality of portrait photos remains great. The image with the X-S1’s lens is very sharp. And it’s possible to select the option of doing the final sharpening of the images with a manual focus ring, which is a very nice feature. Especially, the performance of the autofocus is perfectly good most of the time. However, it was nice to have that manual focus option for shooting photos in occasional really tricky scenes.

Because there are a lot of control options available with the X-S1, the images can be tweaked while you’re shooting them to meet your exact needs. The RAW format is also available, in which there is more versatility in trying to make your images look nicer.

Another advantage is that you can use the pop-up flash unit which is located above the large zoom lens to have the images of a high quality when shooting them with the flash. The centered positioning of this flash is nice. Besides, the pop-up flash has a good angle to the scene.


One unique aspect of the X-S1 is that it has a manual zoom lens, in which you can turn a zoom ring to move the X-S1 within its 26X zoom range. It is very interesting to use this feature and you will think about the old 35mm film cameras with manual zoom rings included, too.

Not only bringing fun, but the ability to turn the zoom ring manually also gives you two additional advantages. First, the speed of moving through the entire zoom range is much faster than almost any zoom motor mechanism that I’ve seen, which just accounts for about one second. Second, the battery life will be better when you twist the zoom ring manually, rather than having to use a zoom motor mechanism. Especially, the X-S1 has the best battery life ever among digital cameras that I have seen. You can shoot up to almost 500 photos per battery charge and this is a really powerful model.

As far as photographers often concern about the X-S1’s response times, the performance of this camera is fast. The startup is fast and you will encounter almost no shutter lag. The responses times between shots are very fast too. Besides, you can make the best use of multiple burst modes. The performance of this camera is even greater than you may expect for such a camera in this price range.

There is a large mode dial included with the camera. Consequently, it is very easy to select the shooting mode that you want to use.

The movie modes are also nice and the camera can shoot in full 1080p HD video mode. There are a lot of options for controlling the video as you record, including the ability to get full access to the manual zoom lens. A tripod is highly recommended because it is a little hard to hold the camera steadily in your hands while shooting videos.


As I have mentioned from the beginning, the X-S1 is a huge camera. Because the weight is up to about 2 pounds, I highly recommend you to use a tripod for holding it firmly. Perhaps the number of people who are interested in such a large camera is lowered, but if you are a fan of the old 35mm SLR film cameras, this model seems to be similar to those types of cameras in terms of size and bulk.

If you are finding a camera which is available in many color options, this is not really the one for you. The only color with the X-S1 camera is black, with no trim color. There was a rubberized grip on this model’s body and lens, including a large right handgrip, so you can find it easy to hold and use this camera.

It is not difficult at all to set up the camera to work exactly in the way you want because there are many buttons on the back and top panels. But it will take a bit of time to find out about the buttons if you are just an inexperienced photographer. For beginners, it may be a bit confusing at the beginning.

The camera has a very nice LCD screen with a high resolution. It can be tilted up to 90 degrees, so you can easily shoot photos in odd angles. Because sometimes, some problems happen with glare, it’s great to find the available electronic viewfinder with this camera. And the interesting thing is when you lift the camera to your eye to use the viewfinder, the activated screen shall be automatically switched from the LCD to the viewfinder.

However, the menu structure with the X-S1 is a little odd and the on-screen menus seem not to be well organized. Due to this odd organization, it is not easy at all to look for the exact command that you want to use. This seems to be a popular issue with Fujifilm cameras of late.

Fortunately, thanks to the mode dial and all of command buttons available, perhaps you will not have to use the on-screen menus frequently. While the odd arrangement of the menu makes you most concerned, you can find it comfortable to handle the camera, which is a nice point.

If the high price tag does not matter to you, the X-S1 is a great model to consider. If you can find the camera anywhere under the MSRP of $799, the X-S1 is really a great camera at a great value.

Fujifilm XF1 Review


Overview of the Fujifilm XF1 Camera

The Fujifilm XF1 is one of the more good looking cameras in the market at the present. It has a unique design with the synthetic leather covering. In addition, the aluminum trim and boxy shape help create its retro style.

The procedure for starting up the camera is really an odd. It will take a number of steps to turn on the camera’s power by twisting the manual zoom lens. The LCD screen is of high resolution. The performance levels are great. Moreover, you will be pleasured with the sharpness of images and this camera shall turn some heads.

You just cannot help ignoring the Fujifilm XF1.

However, some photographers will get annoyed with the odd start-up procedure and also with the fact that the optical zoom lens with this camera is small, only 4X. You will see a few other drawbacks with the XF1. In regards of the high price tag near $500, this is pretty disappointing.

If the look of the camera is appealing to you and what you need is a model with the unique style that you can be proud to show off to family and friends, the photographic quality with the XF1 is great, which can justify the high price of this camera. However, if you don’t really like the retro look of this camera as well as prefer another with a plain-old power button, perhaps the XF1 is not worth your consideration

Summary of the Fujifilm XF1 Camera


  • The resolution is 12.0 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 4X (25-100mm)
  • The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 460,000 pixels
  • The maximum image size is 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches
  • The camera weighs 7.9 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The 2/3 in image sensor use the CMOS technology
  • A HD 1080p movie mode is supported


  • The sharpness is great and the focus is very accurate, thanks to very good f/1.8 aperture lens
  • Stylish retro design will turn heads
  • LCD is sharp and you can control many aspects of the display
  • The performance is very good for low-light photography
  • The overall camera has the look and feel of a high-quality build


  • Odd start-up procedure slows performance
  • Small manual zoom lens, just limited to only a 4X
  • High price will deter some photographers
  • Flash isn’t quite as great as expected
  • Battery life is not really good
Fujifilm XF1 Camera Review Buy

Fujifilm XF1 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Fujifilm XF1 Camera

Image Quality

It is the large image sensor (0.67-inch or 2/3-inch) which partly contribute to the ability to produce nice photos with very accurate colors. For most of the time, the autofocus with this Fujifilm camera is extremely great and you will be pleasured with the sharpness of images. There is a manual focus dial with the XF1, but this focus may not be necessary for most photographers because the performance of the autofocus is already very good.

Even the resolution is just limited to 12 megapixels, the XF1 still outperforms some 16 megapixel point and shoot cameras with smaller image sensors thanks to its large image sensor.

In addition, because there is another nice feature that is the key component for producing high-quality images is the f/1.8 aperture lens. There may be more versatility with other lenses that offers larger zoom capabilities, but it won’t be easy at all to seek for in a fixed lens camera which has the better performance than the offerings of the XF1.

You can shoot pretty nice photos even with using the flash, although you may see that there is not enough power with the flash when you are attempting to turn to the far end of the flash range. The intensity of the XF1’s flash unit can be adjusted through using on-screen menus, though.

A full HD movie mode is supported with this camera and the movie quality is really nice.


Although most of the performance levels are excellent with the Fujifilm XF1, it is the odd start-up procedure which negatively affects the performance. It requires you to take several precise steps to turn on the camera by twisting the zoom lens. Even though you will become accustomed to carrying out this procedure later, it still takes 2-3 seconds for the camera to be turned on. The start-up could be much faster if there was a normal power button with the XF1.

You may miss some spontaneous photos because of this long start-up procedure. In addition, as you’re twisting the camera’s manual zoom lens, if it is twisted too far, you could inadvertently turn off the camera at last or switch it into a standby mode. This also can cause you not able to catch a spontaneous photo sometimes.

There is almost no shutter lag with the Fujifilm XF1 and you will not have to concern about the delays from shot to shot. If the camera had a faster start-up procedure, you would certainly have the almost perfect response times. Then again, some photographers will find it very attractive with the quirky start-up which contributes to the camera’s unique style.

One drawback with this camera is that it has a pretty small zoom lens – just only 4X (25mm to 100mm). With this small zoom, it will be tough to shoot images of animals in nature, where a large zoom is needed. If you are the one who want to shoot high-quality portrait photos in which you need necessarily a large zoom lens, this camera is a very nice option.

While a viewfinder is often included with some other advanced cameras, the XF1 doesn’t have one. It will require you to frame all of your photos by using the 3.0-inch LCD. Although the brightness and sharpness is good, you may encounter several issues with glare in outdoor lighting conditions. This feature is pretty disappointing for such a camera with this high price tag.

I hoped to see the better battery performance for a camera which included a manual zoom lens, but the battery life with the XF1 is just at the average to below average level. However, you may have to set up the LCD’s brightness quite frequently, the LCD glare will cause the camera to run out of the battery faster than you’d expect.


The sturdy feel of the Fujifilm XF1 really attracts me a lot. You will not feel any part of the camera cheap or flimsy. In general, you shall find it appealing with the high-quality overall package.

As the size of the camera is not large, I thought it would not be easy for using manual zoom lens. The lens is small, so in case that you are in a hurry, it is tough to adjust the zoom. While for most other large DSLR models that include a manual zoom, you can easily support the ccamera’s weight and use your left hand to twist the zoom lens naturally, it is not the same case for the smallish XF1. Therefore, it will be harder for you to twist the zoom lens.

Obviously, the look of the XF1 is unique, which is very appealing. With the synthetic leather covering, the XF1 has a classy retro look. In addition, this design also makes it easier for you to obtain a bit of a grip on the camera. Because this is a very thin and lightweight camera, it will be very nice to have this a bit of a grip on the camera.

The inclusion of the large LCD screen, a manual zoom lens, and a popup flash unit  all also make this one camera of a kind. The above mentioned odd start-up procedure is another aspect that is added to the odd design of the XF1.

Actually, not everyone will be attracted with these design features. If the design of the camera is not appealing to you, the price tag nearly $500 will be really high, as for most of interchangeable lens camera for the beginning levels with the similar price tag, you can have almost certainly more advanced photography features.



Fujifilm X-M1 Review


Overview of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

The design of the Fujifilm X-M1 is very appealing with the retro look, which will easily attract many photographers everywhere. The design is great and the camera does bring fun when you use it.

However, the beautiful design is not enough for many photographers. Other features are also not less important, especially the image quality and the performance. Because the starting price of the X-M1 is slightly higher than other similar DIL (digital interchangeable lens) models, which means the performance needs to be a little better than average.

The good thing is that this Fujifilm X series can meet the expectations of most photographers in regards of those aspects.

In comparison with other similar DIL cameras for beginners, the image quality is better and the performance is faster with the X-M1 while the shutter lag is minimal. There is an inclusion of APS-C sized image sensor, using the CMOS technology with this camera. And the size is quite common among DSLR models. With this CMOS image sensor, you can obtain good images even in low light conditions and when you set high ISO levels. The resolution of the LCD screen is also high, which is an outstanding aspect of this camera.

There are many other DIL cameras which has the slightly lower price than the Fujifilm X-M1 for a couple hundred dollars less and cannot compared to the X-M1. It’s the large image sensor and stylish design which are really worth your money

Summary of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera


  • Resolution:16.3 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • 3.0-inch LCD has the 920,000-pixel resolution
  • The image size:4896 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • The dimensions are 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches
  • The weight is 11.6 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The image sensor: is APS-C sized: 23.6 x 15.6 mm (0.93 x 0.62 in.)
  • A HD 1080p movie mode is supported


  • Stylish and retro look is easy to attract photographers
  • The photos are great with the large image sensor
  • High-resolution screen can be tilted
  • Popup flash results in good low light image quality
  • Inclusion of Q menu is great for shortcuts to settings


  • The LCD is not fully rotated
  • Some aspects of the menus are confusing to use
  • Shutter lag is a problem sometimes
  • The price tag is a little high
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is a nice feature, but it’s a little confusing to set up
Fujifilm X-M1 Camera Review for Buyers

Fujifilm X-M1 Camera Review & Buy


Detail Review of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality is great with the inclusion of a large APS-C sized image sensor using the CMOS technology. You even can shoot great photos in low light conditions with this image sensor. Especially, the performance is great when you set the ISO at the mid-to-high range. With those settings, the noise has been minimized.

You can use the built-in popup flash for low light conditions to obtain photos of good quality. Otherwise, using an external flash which can be attached via the camera’s hot shoe is a not bad option.

There are two images format you can use, including: the JPEG and RAW formats, which is not common among DIL cameras.  There are many advanced manual control settings with the X-M1. Therefore, you can easily control over the final output as little or as much as you want.

The X-M1 produces images of good quality for most of the time when manual control modes or automatic modes are selected. The overall image quality may be a little bit below a DSLR camera but just by a tiny amount, compared to that with a camera of the similar price point. Actually, because of the small differences, you will not pay attention to them for most of the time.


The time for starting up the X-M1 is short. And the delays from shot to shot is minimized. The two mentioned aspects are all important for such a camera with interchangeable lens in this price range. However, the shutter lag is noticeable with the X-M1, which is pretty common for most DIL cameras. You will not have to concern much about this flaw, but for those who are accustomed to the capacity of a DSLR camera to basically minimize the shutter lag in the viewfinder mode, this lag may make you a little bit concerned.

The video recordings work well with X-M1 and the maximum resolution for recoding movies is full 1080p HD with  up to 30 frames per second. You can also find it easier to get the focus quickly with the manual focus which rings on the kit lens.

Although there is an inclusion of the Wi-Fi connectivity option, you should not expect too much on it. This Wi-Fi will work best in cases that you want to share photos between the camera and a smartphone or a tablet.


You will easily be attracted with the appealing retro look of the Fujifilm X-M1 in which feel and look of this camera body is very great. You can enjoy the advantages of a sturdy build quality and you will not see any part of this Fujifilm camera body that feels as if the corners are cut sharp.

There are both good and bad sides of the menu design with the X-M1. While the inconsistent use of subcategories may confuse some photographers, the organization of the menus is a good job of Fujifilm from a top-level point of view.

The Quick menu is included with the X-M1, which is a very nice feature. You can open this quick menu via using the Q button located in the back of the camera and quickly get access to all of the X-M1 setting options. It would be nicer if there were an inclusion of a touch screen LCD, which would be easier for beginning photographers to handle the Quick menu feature. Despite this lack, the performance is still very great.

And the resolution of this LCD screen is large, which helps create high-quality images. Because there is no viewfinder, you will have to use the LCD screen to frame the photos. Therefore, it is nice to see a good picture on the screen. There remains some small problems with the glare when you shoot photos directly under the sunlight, but you can deal with this problem by increasing the brightness level of the LCD at a proper level/

You can tilt the X-M1’s LCD, with this camera. This is handy for both using this camera on a tripod and for dealing with glare. However, it would have been better if the LCD screen can fully rotate for taking self-portraits easily.


Fujifilm FinePix JX580 Review



Perhaps many prospective buyers know  that the Fujifilm FinePix JX580 is a point and shoot camera, mainly beginners. However, despite the fact that it has relatively low price, just at the sub-$100 price range , it still has a very thin design, allowing you to carry to everywhere easily.

However, there are also some down sides that customers should be aware of before buying:

There are two unfavorable things about this camera. The first one is the delays from shot to shot and the second one is the shutter lag. Sometimes, you cannot capture valuable moments because of these two drawbacks. In addition, the autofocus also does not help much because of the lag time. Therefore, sometime your images may be a little bit soft and blur. You also cannot expect its battery life to be as good as other. And, the small optical zoom lens – just limited to 5X – cause you difficulties to take photos at a bit far distances.

What a pity that the performance of the JX580 is slightly above the average level, among the low-priced cameras. In case that you only need a cheap, inexpensive camera, the JX580 is not a perfect choice, but it worth your try because of its sharp images and colors accuracy. In addition, many people also found it amazing that this camera could produce pictures of almost the same quality regardless of whether flash is on or off.

Recently we have published a review article to recommend you the best 5 digital cameras which are bellow 100 dollars. You may want to take a look at that review for other alternatives of this models.

That being said, we are not against the Fujifilm FinePix JX580, and we have read several good reviews from satisfied customers.

Fujifilm FinePix JX580 Review Buy

Fujifilm FinePix JX580 Review Buy


The Summary of Fujifilm FinePix JX580


  • Resolution: 16.0 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: 5X (26-130mm)
  • LCD: 3.0-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Maximum image size: 4608 x 3440 pixels
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces (with battery and memory card)
  • Image sensor: CCD 1/2.3 in.
  • Movie mode: HD 720p


  • The price of the camera is low
  • The design is great. The camera is thin and light
  • There are plenty of explanations on the screens
  • The image quality of flash photos is good in short distances.
  • It is easy to handle the camera


  • The response times are low. The speed of starting-up is low and the shutter lag is similar
  • The little softness of the focus happens sometimes.
  • The battery life is not really good
  • Despite the large screen, it is not sharp. The glare shining on the screen causes some problems
  • The movie options are not good; There is no full HD mode for movies recording

Detail review of Fujifilm FinePix JX580

Image Quality

The resolution of this JX580 is 16 MP. It is pretty large. In contrast, the image sensor is quite small, just limited to 1/2.3 or 0.43 inches. Therefore, it cannot produce images with exceptional quality, such as to make large poster-sized prints at good quality, in comparison with cameras of higher prices, the image quality is still limited because of not have large image sensors.

On the other side, for typical clients who just want to share the captured photos on social networks, emails or websites, it is pretty okay. However, the problems with the image quality do happen in cases that large prints are required. The soft focus may encounter some problems with the JX580, which also affects the quality of large prints. But as users of this camera, large prints are often expected among photographers because of the large 16 MP resolution. It is not needed in most of the cases.

Yet, you should not focus all of your attention on the weak points. There still remain some good points of the JX580. For example, the sharp image quality or the accurate colors are in quite nice photos for many times. For photos when you use the flash, the quality is at the average level,

However, you may really get frustrated when sometimes, the “hit and miss” situations happen. This frustration is much more than the level that you try to find it regular.

Besides the images, the videos are not really good with this camera. Actually, it is under the average level among the market. Full HD mode is not supported in this camera. Moreover, the slow speed of both the autofocus and the optical zoom lens are also the other reasons that cause the video quality worse than you expect. If you want an very cheap camera that offers good specs, such as full 720p videos, fast focus and optical zoom lens, the excellent choices in this review may help you more.


The optical zoom lens of the JX580 is too small to capture images over a far distance. Limited to the 5X number, Fujifilm is more proper for taking portraits.

You also cannot take photos of fast moving subjects because of the shutter lag. Moreover, it takes some seconds with the shot to shot delays. Due to this, before saving the previous images, you cannot take the next photos, which is a little bit annoying.

However, there is a good point about the flash with this camera. The photos shot with the built-in flash unit do not differ much from those which you take without using the flash. This is an interesting aspect of this camera, compared to other low-priced digital cameras.

Another negative thing of the FinePix JX580 is that it does not have a good battery life. The battery is designed to be pretty thin, based on the overall thin appearance of this camera. But it is not a worth sacrifice when we consider the performance of this battery.


The large LCD screen is one of the strongest features of the FinePix JX580. This screen is up to 3.0-inch, which makes this camera different from other low-priced cameras in the market. However, despite this large screen, there are still some problems when you capture images in the outdoor conditions with a lot of sunlight. The glare appearing on the screen causes some trouble in viewing the images.

You can find it not difficult at all to use the FinePix JX580. There, it is suitable for beginning photographers. Many scene modes are available for you to choose. Then, it is very easy to operate this camera. Explanations for every menu are always ready on the screen, in which each command can be highlighted quickly.

The JX580 looks quite thin. The weight is just less than 5 ounces, including the battery inside and the thickness is just 0.8 inches. Thanks to this light weight and thin design, this camera become very attractive for most of beginners on photography

However beside the thin design, there is nothing special elsewhere. This camera, in overall, is not the one with many strong features in comparison with other cameras of the same price range. If your budget is limited to about $100, I think you can have better alternatives in the market.