Steves-digicams has published a new review on the Fuji XF1. It is interesting to note that the reviewer points out poor high ISO performance of the XF1. This is rather surprising since the XF1 shares the same sensor as X10 which is known to perform well at higher ISOs amongst compacts. Perhaps the reviewer was comparing the XF1 against M43 bodies, Sony NEX or Fuji X-series. All reviews have been suggesting that the XF1 performs as well as any compacts of today except for the Sony RX100. Check out this review.
Their conclusion: It’s difficult to give a universal recommendation on the Fujifilm XF1. This camera has enough quirks that it’s going to be a disappointment to some photographers, while others will appreciate the interesting synthetic leather finish, retro look, and quirky start-up procedure. With all of the eye-catching aspects of the XF1, it could be easy to overlook the most important aspect of the camera, the image quality. The XF1 creates some great photos, with good color and sharpness. It also has some very fast response times, with no significant shutter lag and with minimal shot-to-shot delays. The XF1 has a sharp LCD, and the on-screen menus can give you quite a few interesting control options. Those are all things you’d expect to find in a camera that costs around $500. However, the odd way this camera starts up, its small zoom lens, a relatively weak flash, and lots of noise at high ISO settings are drawbacks for this model. If you really appreciate the retro look of the XF1 with its synthetic leather finish and thin size, and if you think the odd power on mechanism sounds fun to use, this camera’s image quality and performance levels are strong enough that this camera will be great for you. However, if those features don’t really catch your eye, at this price point, you’d probably be better served with a starter-level interchangeable lens camera, giving you more flexibility.