Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm has recently contributed to heat the pocket camera market with the launch of Fujifilm XF1 XQ1 as successor. Fujifilm claims that this camera is more portable than ever. Fujifilm XQ1 have a slightly similar design but with a few upgrades XF1 on features to improve image quality and higher performance. This camera uses a high-grade sensor of 12 megapixels award-winning X-Trans CMOS II 2/3-inch sized and combined with EXR Processor II processor to produce high quality images with fast performance. In addition, other features that have been improved include 3.0-inch LCD with 920k-dot resolution, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps, WiFi connectivity, and the ability of continuous shooting up to 12fps. While the features are still the same as the previous model is the Fujinon 4x Optical Zoom lens f/1.8-4.9, hybrid AF system, Film Simulation and Advanced Filter.


Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

As already discussed above that XQ1 Fujifilm has a design similar to the XF1 fewer but more portable. This camera looks like a merge of XF1 and X20 design offers advanced features such as X20 but has a small design such as XF1. XQ1 using the same control with XF1 on the top and back but did not use the touch screen. Overall this camera has a simple design and feels sturdy in hand. There are two color choices are silver and black.


In addition to having a portable design, other features include XQ1 owned lens f/1.8-4.9 Fujinon 4x Optical Zoom with a focal length equivalent of 25-100mm suitable for photographing from wide-angle to telephoto, 3.0-inch LCD, Full HD video recording 1080p at 60fps, continuous shooting up to 12fps, and WiFi connectivity. Not only that, Fujifilm XQ1 also use a hybrid AF system that utilizes the methods of contrast and phase-detection to provide a fast and accurate focus.


Performance & Image Quality

By using high-grade sensor 12 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II who has won the award for the highest technology and combined with EXR Processor II is capable of producing images and video with superb quality. The sensor and processor combination allows you to take pictures of ISO100-12800 with fast performance, as well as allows you to shoot continuously at speeds up to 12 frames per second. In addition, the sensor also uses a more random arrangement of pixels without using a low-pass filter that allows the camera can produce images sharper and clearer than ever before.


Meanwhile, construction of the camera lens consists of 7 elements in 6 groups and use 4 Aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements to reduce aberrations so that the result is a sharper image. Each element of the lens has been coated with Fuji HT-EBC (Electron Beam Coating High transmittance) to minimize ghosting and flare in the picture. Thanks to the combination of the EXR Processor II and Phase Detection, Fujifilm claims XQ1 has the fastest autofocus in the world up in 0.06 seconds, and the time lag from the first shot to the second and so on just 0.3 seconds, while the shutter lag of just 0.026 seconds claimed.

Another capability is owned Fujifilm XQ1 Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 frames per second which is supported by the AF tracking and Film Simulation mode during video recording. With the WiFi feature, you can transfer images and videos quickly to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer without having to use wires. Another feature that you can use in a photo shoot or video recording are built-in flash, Film Simulation, the effects of Velvia, Astia, and Provia films. There is also a Movie Mode and more effects such as Monochrome effect, Sepia effect, including Artistic and Creative Filters options like Toy camera and miniature effects.

Should I buy the camera?

With portable design and advanced features, Fujifilm XQ1 present in the ranks of the premium X-series camera lineup, but not to replace Fuji XF1 or X20. The camera sits between the two cameras with a price range of $499.00 and will go on sale in November 2013. There are two viable contenders for XQ1 you consider before buying this camera among Canon PowerShot S120 and Panasonic Lumix LX7.

Rating: ★★★★½


Images Sensor

Pixels Actual: 14.5 Megapixel, Effective: 12 Megapixel

Sensor 2/3″ CMOS

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: H.264, MOV
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)

Max Resolution 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3

Other Resolutions
+ 2816 x 2112 @ 4:3
+ 2048 x 1536 @ 4:3
+ 4000 x 2664 @ 3:2
+ 2816 x 1864 @ 3:2
+ 2048 x 1360 @ 3:2
+ 4000 x 2248 @ 16:9
+ 2816 x 1584 @ 16:9
+ 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
+ 2992 x 2992 @ 1:1
+ 2112 x 2112 @ 1:1
+ 1536 x 1536 @ 1:1
+ 1624 x 11,520
+ 1624 x 5760
+ 1624 x 3840
+ 11520 x 1080
+ 5760 x 1080
+ 3840 x 1080

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Image Stabilization Optical


+ 7 elements in 6 groups
+ 4 Aspheric
+ EFL: 6.4-25.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-100 mm)
+ Aperture: f/1.8 (W) – 4.9 (T) to f/11

Zoom Optical: 4x, Intelligent Zoom: 4x

Focus Range
+ Wide: 1.64′ (50 cm) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 2.62′ (80 cm) – Infinity
+ Wide Macro: 1.18″ (3 cm) – 9.84′ (3 m)
+ Tele Macro: 1.64′ (50 cm) – 9.84′ (3 m)

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800

Shutter 1/4 – 1/3000 sec in Auto Mode
30 – 1/4000 sec

Exposure Metering Average, Multi, Spot, TTL 256-zones

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes
Advanced Mode, Advanced SR Auto, Auto, Beach, Dynamic Tone, Filter (Advanced Filter), Fireworks, Flower, High-Key, Landscape, Low Key, Miniature Effect, Motion Panorama 360, Multi-Exposure, Night, Night (Tripod), Partial Color, Party/Indoor, Pop Color, Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Pro Focus, Pro Low Light, Snow, Soft Focus, Sports, Sunset, Text, Toy Camera Effect, Underwater

White Balance Modes Automatic Scene Recognition, Color Temperature, Custom, Fine, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Burst Rate
+ Up to 12 fps for up to 9 frames
+ Up to 9 fps for up to 11 frames
+ Up to 6 fps for up to 14 frames
+ Up to 3 fps for up to 200 frames

Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec

Remote Control RR-90 (Optional)


Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Suppressed Flash, Suppressed Flash/Red-eye Reduction

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ Wide: 1.64 – 24.28′ (0.5 – 7.4 m)
+ Telephoto: 2.62 – 8.86′ (0.8 – 2.7 m)


Built-in Memory 66MB

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording Yes

+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps

Video Clip Length Up to 115 Min

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Viewfinder/LCD Display

Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen (920,000 pixels)

Screen Coverage 100%

Connectivity/System Requirements

Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0, Wired Remote Port

Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n built-in

Software Requirements
+ Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.6 or later


Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 – 80%


Type 1x NP-48 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

AC Power Adapter AC-5VT (Included)

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3″ / 100.0 x 58.5 x 33.3 mm minimum depth: 0.9″ / 23.3 mm

Weight 7.27 oz / 206 g with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

Review Video By Digital Camera World

Review Video By Fuji Guys

Review Video By F Stop Lounge

Sample Photos

Fujifilm XQ1 Sample Photos

Fujifilm XQ1 Sample Photos @ Fujifilm

Fujifilm XQ1 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Fujifilm XQ1 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

User Manual

Fujifilm XQ1 User Manual (PDF)

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Download Fujifilm XQ1 User Manual (PDF)


Listed below are some of the rivals of the Fujifilm XQ1.

Canon PowerShot S120 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot S120 is a leading contender for XQ1 with a smaller sensor size but has the same resolution. This camera has a CMOS sensor DIGIC processor 12.1Megapixel with 6 and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm), a touch screen 3.0-inch LCD, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps, ISO80-12800, continuous shooting up to 9.4fps, and WiFi connectivity. The camera is sold at a price range of $449.00.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The second competitor pocket camera for XQ1 is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 which has a smaller sensor with a resolution of 10.1 Megapixels and Venus Engine processor. The camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-lens 24-90mm f/1.4 Summilux with 3.8x optical zoom, 3.0-inch LCD screen, Full HD 1080p format at 60fps premises options and RAW + JPEG RAW. The camera is sold at a price range of $398.00.

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