Turning a dummy's point-and-shoot camera into a more advanced shooter with manual controls is a challenging design problem. Cameras like Canon's S90 nailed it a while ago. But is there a different way to get it right? Maybe! The Fujifilm XF1 certainly tries, with entirely new solution in a handsome package. It's cool. But it's also totally wrong.
What Is It?
A retro-styled pocket camera in the same vein as the new Canon S110 and Panasonic LX7. Its 2/3-inch sensor is 34-percent larger than the biggest chip on any other camera under $500. That, theoretically, should improve image quality.