Excerpt: Fujifilm's minimalist designed compact X-Q1 digital camera straight out of the box comes loaded features found in larger, more advanced cameras. The X-Q1 is a fun, lightweight 12-megapixel camera beautifully designed and offered in just two colours; silver and black. Whilst the X-Q1 easily slips it into your pocket it comes with an excellent zoom range, wireless image transfer, a wide f-stop aperture and very fast auto focus so when you're ready to capture a scene, so...
Summary: In October of 2013, Fujifilm announced the premium, pocket-sized XQ1 digital camera. Its 12-megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II image sensor has been designed to "control moiré and false color generation by using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement." This means the camera doesn't need a resolution-reducing Optical Low Pass Filter.
Pros: High image quality, Good low light performance, Fast phase-detection auto focus, Fast burst modes, even in RAW format, Four-way dial eases menu navigation, E-Fn button quickens settings changes, Maximum aperture of f/1.8 at wide angle, Control ring is customizable, Easy Wi-Fi send to smartphone or PC
Cons: Control ring is clumsy at zooming, Max. aperture of f/4.9 at telephoto is limited, Flash can't be used in burst mode, LCD is fixed and doesn't articulate, No flash shoe, No filters or effects in playback mode, Battery must be charged in camera
Conclusion: The Fujifilm XQ1 takes the X-Trans image sensor from the excellent X20 and puts it in a body that's sized like the XF1. The result is impressively compact and is capable of capturing great photos.
Pros: Sharp f/1.8 lens. X-Trans image sensor. Good high ISO image quality. 1080p60 video. Speedy. Sharp rear display. Wi-Fi. Sleek design.
Cons: Limited zoom range. Aperture narrows to f/4.9 at maximum telephoto. No hot shoe or EVF option. Pricey. External charger not included.
Excerpt: Fujifilm announced its point-and-shoot XQ1 and its mid-tier X-E2 earlier this month as two products that help expand its popular X Series. This past week, Fujifilm attended PhotoPlus in New York City, and lucky for us, they brought bot the XQ1 and X-E2 along for the ride to show off exactly what both cameras are made of. So without further ado, let’s take a look at how both cameras performed from our short time with them.
Conclusion: It's difficult to talk about the XQ1 without referencing the 'shirt pocket' enthusiast compacts it so closely resembles, most notably the Canon S-series PowerShots and the Sony RX100. There are plenty of other interesting cameras in this sector too, but it's pretty clear that Fujifilm has taken a look the market and decided exactly where it's targeting its new baby.
Conclusion: It is a fun camera, but we can't help feel it fails to live up to its promises, and with the falling cost of models such as the Canon Powershot G16G15 and GX1 and the Panasonic LX7, it might find standing against the competition rather difficult.
Conclusion: The Fujifilm XQ1 is on the cusp of great things, but it’s not the same calibre as the bigger brother X20 model. And that leaves us almost a little disappointed because, and despite all its potential, we don’t feel that the XQ1 is the Canon S120 killer that it touted itself as. Why? Because the autofocus is hit and miss and that, ultimately, costs the camera. It’s not a write-off by any means - but in a number of bright-lit conditions autofocus failed to lock on.
Pros: Small size, physical lens ring, solid build quality, decent image quality, effective image stabilisation, competitive aperture range
Cons: Autofocus is hit and miss, no touchscreen, can’t shoot particularly close-up to subject, so-so battery life, JPEG processing a little rough