Their conclusion: The Fuji XF1 is the only pocketable digital camera with a mechanical zoom. This premium compact features direct manual-controls including dual control-dials and a highly customizable interface.
This model uses a 12 MP BSI-CMOS sensor with Fuji EXR technology which gives it a class-leading dynamic range (just like the X10). It is paired with a ultra-bright F/1.8 – 4.9 ultra-wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens.
The Fuji XF1 delivers good image quality for mid-size prints up to ISO 1600. With its reliable metering and decent white-balance system, the XF1 is a capable camera. A fast autofocus system and a responsive interface round off this camera’s performance.
Competition is tough for the XF1 and depends on priorities. The only similarly specified digital camera with a mechanical zoom is the considerable larger Fuji Finepix X10. Otherwise there are premium ones of similar size, most notably the Sony RX100 which sports a much larger 1″ sensor with 20 megapixels. Given the similar pricing of these models, it comes down to image quality versus interface and that is a really tough choice.