Fujifilm XQ1 Summary
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.
|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|
|Good build quality|
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Fujifilm XQ1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 9 x 7mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-12800|
|4X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-30s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance|
|12 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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