Mingthein has published a new review on the Fuji XF1. He has identified XF1′s key competitors as Sony RX100, Panasonic LX7, and Cannon S110. Models such as Canon G15 and Nikon P7700 are neglected due to their non-pockable sizes. I mainly agree with the conclusion made by the reviewer except for one – Canon S110 still has a key point going for it – it is still the smallest and the lightest. Check out this review.
Their conclusion: Fuji XF1 if you are a JPEG shooter and don’t plan to do much, or any, postprocessing. Panasonic LX7/ Leica D-Lux6 if you shoot macro, or want to try and get some depth of field control. Sony RX100 if you want the best image quality in any compact camera available, period. Canon S110…I actually can’t think of any good reason to buy this – if you need GPS, perhaps.
The overall impression one gets of the XF1 is a positive one. It has some endearing quirks – the mechanical zoom, for the most part – some less endearing ones (control idiocy and mode confusion) – but what really impresses are the quality of the JPEGs. And if you need something pocketable that delivers great results without too much effort – albeit without as high ultimate image quality potential as something that has a malleable raw file – then this is probably the camera for you. In fact, I think it’s the perfect camera for my wife – she likes to have something responsive, compact and (sigh) stylish, can process RAW files but never bothers, yet is frustrated at the limitations of the JPEG output of most compacts. Just think of it as a tax to appease the other half before you tell them you’re buying a Hasselblad. MT