Fuji XQ1 review

Fuji's X20 sensor in a tiny body

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The Fuji XQ1 is a very nice-looking camera that is well styled and will catch the eye of those searching for something with a convincing appearance. It's built very well too, and in general terms its photographic performance is mostly up to what should be expected.

Picture quality is decent without being exceptional, and while detail is well resolved as sensitivity increases, noise joins that detail and adds texture that doesn't exist in real life.

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We've enjoyed using the camera in brighter conditions, but those attracted by the wide maximum aperture may feel cheated that the iris closes very quickly as the zoom is employed, and higher and higher ISO settings are required to freeze elements in a scene moving only at a walking pace.

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 G16/G15 and GX1 and the Panasonic LX7, it might find standing against the competition rather difficult.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsH.264, MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)187 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size2/3" (8.80 mm x 6.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.5 mm
Width100 mm
Depth33.3 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length6.40 mm to 25.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelXQ1
Product NameXQ1 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC11760A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information
  • High image quality of the FUJIFILM X Series in a pocket size
  • Maximum resolution and description power with the bright F1.8 lens and "Lens Modulation Optimiser" function.
  • World's fastest Autofocus speed of just 0.06 seconds
  • High-quality trimmed body design and control ring
  • Simple and fast Wireless image transfer
Superb build quality

Available in solid black and solid silver, the FUJIFILM XQ1's all-metal body is of the highest quality. With a stylish upper control deck, the black body has a textured finish, while the silver body is fully anodised with a single tone finish that matches the upper deck.

X series Image Quality

To maximise the power of the lens, Fujifilm has removed the optical low-pass filter from its X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor. In addition, the camera features a "Lens Modulation Optimiser," which minimises diffraction and chromatic aberrations by digitally processing images to improve sharpness and clarity. Extraordinary resolution can be experienced with simple shooting in JPEG format.

Package Contents
  • XQ1 Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-48
  • AC Power Adapter AC-5VT
  • Plug Adapter
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year