Fujifilm XF1 hands-on preview
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|The top of the camera has few controls - just the shutter release, Fn button (that by default is set to change ISO) and the rather-crowded mode dial.
The latter has two user memory positions (C1 and C2) and an 'Adv.' position that access special features such as panorama mode, multi-shot low light mode and the image-processing 'Advanced filters'.
|The upper rear dial is perfectly placed for operation by your right thumb. It can be clicked in to change its function in certain modes.|
|The XF1 has a blindingly-bright autofocus assist LED lamp to aid focusing in dark conditions. This can, naturally, be turned off in the menu if you prefer.
It can also be disabled, along with the flash and operational sounds, by pressing down the 'DISP' button for 2 seconds to enter 'Silent' mode.
|The tiny little flash unit pops-up out of the top plate. It's not motorized, so won't activate automatically when the camera is in auto modes. Instead you get an onscreen message asking you to pop it up.|
|The flash is released by this sliding mechanical switch on the back of the top plate.|
|The XF1's stereo microphones are placed towards the base of the camera, either side of the lens barrel. They will pick up lens mechanism noises during recording, from both zooming and focusing, although these are only likely to be audible in quiet conditions.|
|The XF1's connectors lie under a small flexible flap on the handgrip side of the camera. There's an HDMI port for playing back video, and above it a tiny USB/AV out socket. The XF1 has no facility for a remote shutter release.|
|The battery and SD card go into a conventional compartment in the base of the camera. The camera uses Fujifilm's small NP50 battery (3.6V, 1000mAh, 3.6Wh) that's shared with the X10 and several of the company's compact superzoom cameras.|
|The tripod socket is placed off-centre from the lens, as is common with zoom compacts. Happily though it's well-separated from the base compartment, meaning you have a fighting chance of being able to change the battery or card with the camera on a tripod.|