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The Fujifilm XQ1, announced in October 2013, is a premium compact camera which has a 12 megapixel 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor, fast f/1.8 4x optical zoom lens and full 1080p HD video recording. It is available in black or silver for £349.99.
There is a built-in RAW data converter which lets you view and edit your images without the need for your PC. You can adjust the exposure compensation, white balance and other in-camera image quality control settings, as well as apply Film Simulation.
- 12 megapixel 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- 4x optical zoom f/1.8 lens (35mm equiv: 28-100mm)
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 920k LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100-12800
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- 360º motion panorama mode
- 12 fps continuous shooting
- Available in silver or black
On the top of the camera is a mode dial, on / off button, zoom rocker and shutter release as well as a button which pops the flash up. Buttons on the rear of the camera include playback, movie record, display / back and E-Fn. There is also a d-pad with a rotating wheel for cycling through menu options. The d-pad also gives access to macro mode, flash, exposure compensation and self-timer. When you press the E-Fn button, a menu appears on the screen, which gives a second use for the buttons on the rear. Options here include ISO, white-balance and continuous shooting.
Pressing the menu button brings up a screen which has 7 tabs, four of them are for shooting settings and three of them are titled setup. Any options which aren't available for the mode you are in are greyed out. The 3.0 inch screen is bright and colourful and has an excellent 920k dot resolution. If you are shooting in bright sunlight, there is a Monitor Sunlight Mode which increases the brightness to make it easier to view.
To access the Wi-Fi, you need to enter playback and press the E-Fn button. You need to download the Fujiflm Camera Application app from iTunes before trying to connect to the XQ1's Wi-Fi. Once connected you then need to open the app. You can view and transfer the pictures on the camera, or go into receive mode, which lets you pick images from the camera to send to your smartphone or tablet.
|Shutter Response||0.06 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.7 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.8 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.3 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG (Low)||3.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG (Medium)||5.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG (High)||6.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - JPEG (Super-high)||8.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - RAW (Low)||3.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - RAW (Medium)||6.3 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - RAW (High)||8.8 fps|
Focusing speeds are quick, but we did find that the camera struggled to focus at all on occasion, although it was just a case of trying again. All continuous shooting modes record in full resolution.
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Fujifilm XQ1 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 10.1 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/450 sec | f/5.6 | 11.8 mm | ISO 100
Nightscape | 1/4 sec | f/2.5 | 7.4 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/110 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 1600
Sample Photos - Images have excellent colour reproduction and are well exposed. Portraits have good skin tones, you can use the portrait enhanced mode to take portraits with even softer skin, although it is a little too much for male subjects. Our nightscape above was shot using the pro low-light mode.
Fujifilm XQ1 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/850 sec | f/4.5 | 7.4 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/850 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Sun Through Trees | 1/300 sec | f/3.6 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is good at both ends of the lens and purple fringing is kept under control in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 3cm, which allows for excellent macro shots.
Fujifilm XQ1 ISO test images
1/9 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 100
1/17 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 200
1/28 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 400
1/58 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 800
1/120 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 1600
1/240 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 3200
1/550 sec | f/4.9 | 25.6 mm | ISO 6400
1/850 sec | f/5.6 | 25.6 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and remains so at ISO 200, 400 and 800. At ISO 1600, images become a little soft and are even softer at ISO 3200. At ISO 6400, noise impacts significantly on image quality, with significant detail lost, with lots of detail lost at ISO 12800.
Fujifilm XQ1 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/27 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
WB Tungsten | 1/25 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
AWB Fluorescent | 1/9 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
WB Fluorescent | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
White Balance Performance - The Auto White Balance (AWB) produces an image with a strong orange cast under the incandescent lights, with the incandescent preset performing much better. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs excellently, with fluorescent preset has a slight colour cast.
Panorama | 1/400 sec | f/6.4 | 7.4 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - The XQ1 records 360º panoramas, they have plenty of detail and are reasonably well stitched, although there are some issues if you look closely enough.
Fujifilm XQ1 Digital filters
Film Simulation Black And White | 1/800 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Monochrome And G Filter | 1/950 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Monochrome And R Filter | 1/800 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Monochrome And Ye Filter | 1/900 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Sepia | 1/800 sec | f/4.5 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Soft | 1/850 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Film Simulation Vivid | 1/800 sec | f/4.5 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Dynamic Tone | 1/900 sec | f/3.6 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Hi Key | 1/900 sec | f/2.2 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Low Key | 1/950 sec | f/7.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Partial Colour Blue | 1/900 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Pop Colour | 1/800 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Soft Focus | 1/800 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Advanced Filter Toy Camera | 1/850 sec | f/4.0 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - Above you'll find a number of examples of the various film simulations and advanced filters available.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, but the noise of the zoom is picked up and the focus is slow to adjust when zooming in.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm XQ1 is available for £352.99. Other serious compact cameras include the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 at £259, Nikon Coolpix P330 at £235, Canon PowerShot S120 at £450, Sony Cybershot RX100 II at£557 and Panasonic Lumix LX7 at £289. For more, read our top 10 serious compacts article.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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|The Fujifilm XQ1 offers excellent image quality, plenty of shooting features and is excellent value for money.|
Fujifilm XQ1 ProsFast f/1.8 lens
Large sensor for a compact camera
Excellent image quality
Easy access to image settings
High resolution screen
Great value for money
Fujifilm XQ1 ConsFocusing struggled very occasionally
Short battery life
Struggled to shoot near 12 fps
Zoom noise in videos
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Fujifilm XQ1 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/1.8 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 100mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-48, AC power adapter AC-5VT, Plug adapter, Hand strap, USB cable, CD-ROM*4, Owner's manual|