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Fujifilm XQ1 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji XQ1 Assessment

The XQ1 is Fuji's second small premium compact, succeeding the XF1
Fujifilm XF1
. Both these are small, barely larger than a typical ultra-compact digital camera.

The main difference is that the Fuji XQ1 is much more conventional. It lacks the amazing mechanical zoom of the XF1 and sports a new 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II image sensor instead of an EXR one. While promising faster AF and performance, this new sensor provides more traditional features.

Image-quality of the XQ1 matches most premium cameras with strong edge softness being the most limiting. Noise-levels are low with good retention of details, particularly since the zoom lens is quite sharp around the center. Metering is excellent and dynamic-range is good. White-balance is not perfect while not too far off either.

Those looking for a powerful and pocketable camera will greatly appreciate that the Fuji XQ1 offers speedy performance with good image-quality. Videographers will be disappointed at the lack of a video mode and 2 second lag as well as short battery-life, particularly when recording full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS like this camera is capable of.

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PROS CONS
Ultra-Bright F/1.8 Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom Below average auto white-balance
Very low image noise Strong edge-softness
Good dynamic-range Some optical distortion
Speedy Phase-Detect autofocus LCD not Exposure-Priority and incorrect Live-Histogram
Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations Does not wait for autofocus to lock
Excellent center-sharpness 2s Filming delay
Reliable metering Very short battery-life
Very quick and accurate autofocus Poor tripod mount placement
Instant shutter-lag
Good build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Fujifilm XF1
Fujifilm XF1
- Mechanical Zoom, EXR Sensor, No Phase-Detect AF, 7FPS
Fujifilm XQ1
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By Neocamera on 2014-01-21

Fujifilm XQ1 Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 9 x 7mm

2/3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-12800
4X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
1 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance
12 FPS Drive, 8 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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