Excerpt: I am impressed. I actually sold my Fuji X100s to fund a new lens for my DSLR system and needed a compact camera to replace it for family events etc.. The X100s was not pocketable (but a very good camera) and I really wanted something that I could just put in my pocket, hence the XQ1. I just love the direct access to basic camera controls, ISO, exposer and exposure compensation and it shoots RAW. I also like the easy access to flash and macro.
Summary: I bought this Fujifilm XQ1 for my wife to replace a Nikon D40x which never saw use because it was always too big and too bulky for what she wanted to carry around and shoot. Also, she started shooting with a cell phone because she wanted to upload to social media. With the cell phone camera however, IQ was low and forget about getting anything great in low room light.
Summary: If you're looking for a camera that you can effortlessly carry with you all the time, I think this is the best one for the price. Brilliantly sharp lens and full manual controls if you need them. The larger sensor produces images than stand up to close pixel-peeping. Zoom range is ideal for most situations. A touch screen would have been nice, but I find the controls easy to use. I've tried MANY pocketable cameras, and this is the best one I've found so far.
Summary: After some weeks using it, I don’t have any major complain about the XQ1, by far… It is now my daily partner wherever I go… It’s easy to use, very responsive, and really powerfull as far as image quality is concerned for a « point & shoot » cam. Thanks to the clear lens, you can get great shoots in low light conditions, especially at wide angle. Body is well built and commands are easy to customise.
Excerpt: After some weeks using it, I don't have any major complain about the XQ1, by far… It is now my daily partner wherever I go… It's easy to use, very responsive, and really powerfull as far as image quality is concerned for a « point & shoot » cam. Thanks to the clear lens, you can get great shoots in low light conditions, especially at wide angle. Body is well built and commands are easy to customise.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Not recommended if you own Sony RX100; autofocus and image quality problems
9 February 2014
Summary: I bought the camera hoping it would have better image quality than the Sony RX100, but unfortunately, it is not. Some noise present at base ISO viewed at pixel level. Speed is better than RX100, but autofocus is very picky (erratic). Its video quality is especially bad, far from its competition. Microphones are OK but the video is very fuzzy (autofocus hunting). Perhaps poor firmware or the product, or the lens is inaccurate or slow.
Summary: Extremely small. I got it for my wife and we went out shooting yesterday around town, and the results were absolutely amazing. The WiFi also works great, where we were able to look at the images on our high resolution tablet while having coffee with no need for cables or any other devices. The battery charging mechanism also is great, since you can use a computer if you don't have your charger with you.
Excerpt: The best camera is the one you have in your pocket. I enjoy skiing and hiking and like to travel light, so my camera needs to fit in my pocket. It must also have a sharp lens and shoot RAW. The XQ1 fits the bill. One outstanding feature: Outdoor Mode makes the screen incredibly bright so you can see what you're shooting in very bright conditions. My choice really came down to the XQ1 or a Canon S120, but the Canon is a bit soft in the corners for landscape photography.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact