Fuji XQ1 Hands-On

Fuji XQ1-5

The Fuji XQ1 is a pocket-sized camera with a 12MP X-Trans CMOS sensor. It is very light and really the perfect size for a compact pocket camera.

Fuji XQ1 Key Features

  • 12MP 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Fujinon 4x Optical Zoom f/1.8-4.9 Lens
  • 25-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 920K-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 12 fps
  • Film Simulation and Advanced Filters

Fuji XQ1-4

Handling a pre-production model at PhotoPlus 2013, I was impressed by the fast autofocus on the XQ1. The shot-to-shot times are decent when acquiring AF in between each shot.

Fuji XQ1-2

The lens ring control is a very nice touch. Set to ISO control on the demo unit, the control is intuitive and so quick to access. Of course, you the XQ1 also has a mode dial that you would expect on an advanced point and shoot. The high resolution LCD on the XQ1 is impressive.

Fuji XQ1-3

There’s no hot shoe for external flash or remotes; however, it is a very compact camera. The lack of a hot shoe didn’t keep the Sony RX100 from being a killer camera – and the XQ1 seems to be positioned in the same category as the RX100. Of course, Sony followed that up with the RX100 II, which included a hot shoe.

Fuji XQ1-6

The Fuji XQ1 looks like a great little compact camera. Of course, the question that remains is image quality. With the smaller sensor, it probably won’t stand up to the excellent Sony RX100; however, the X-Trans sensor should deliver impressive images. That said, the camera retails for $549, which is a hard pill to swallow for such a small camera.

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Fuji XQ1 at B&H Photo

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