Fujifilm XQ1 Review

Overall 46
Imaging 13
Features 35
Size 86
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 2/3" CMOS X-TRANS II sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 100 x 59 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Fujifilm XQ2. Compare

Fujifilm XQ1 Summary

This review is devoted to XQ1 that Fujifilm has first introduced to the public in Nov 26, 2013. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor.

Fujifilm has replaced this product with their most recent model XQ2. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Fujifilm XQ1 vs. XQ2

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #68 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #245 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Fujifilm XQ1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Fujifilm XQ1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-4.9
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Microphone Port: No

Popular comparisons of Fujifilm XQ1

Complete Comparison of Fujifilm XQ1 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Fujifilm XQ1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1 has the following external dimensions 100 x 100 x 33 mm (39.37 x 23.23 x 12.99″) with the weight of 206 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Fujifilm XQ1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Fujifilm XQ1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Fujifilm XQ1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

HTML
BB

If you want to have a better idea of how big the Fujifilm XQ1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

HTML
BB

Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Fujifilm XQ1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Fujifilm XQ1 — 240 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 214 shots
Max: 320 shots

Thickness

Fujifilm XQ1 — 33 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Fujifilm XQ1 — 206 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Fujifilm XQ1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Fujifilm XQ1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Fujifilm XQ1 Photo and Sensor Features

Fujifilm XQ1 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor.

The base of Fujifilm XQ1 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Fujifilm XQ1 features a 12.0 MP 2/3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Fujifilm XQ1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 2/3" sensor featured in Fujifilm XQ1 with other standard sensor sizes.

HTML
BB

Other Characteristics And Features of Fujifilm XQ1

LCD and ViewFinder

Fujifilm XQ1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Fujifilm XQ1 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, XQ1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Fujifilm XQ1 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations.

In addition, XQ1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Fujifilm XQ1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Fujifilm XQ1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Fujifilm XQ1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Fujifilm XQ1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Fujifilm XQ1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, XQ1 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect XQ1 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Fujifilm XQ1 provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 214 shots.

Compared to all models in the Ultracompact category, Fujifilm XQ1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 240 shots.

How Good is Fujifilm XQ1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Fujifilm XQ1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Fujifilm XQ1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the XQ1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Fujifilm XQ1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm XQ1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm XQ1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm XQ1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm XQ1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 34. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm XQ1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (100 x 59 x 33 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 2/3"(8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor

Fujifilm XQ1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm XQ1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm XQ1 can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)
  • Small size (100 x 59 x 33 mm)

Fujifilm XQ1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm XQ1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm XQ1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (206 g)
  • Small size (100 x 59 x 33 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Fujifilm XQ1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Fujifilm XQ1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Fujifilm XQ1 can be called a 62 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Fujifilm XQ1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Fujifilm
Model XQ1
Announced Nov 26, 2013
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7.4
Flash Modes Auto, slow syncho
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS X-TRANS II
Sensor Size 2/3"
Sensor Dimensions 8.8 x 6.6 mm
Sensor Area 58.08 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 206 g
Physical Dimensions 100 x 59 x 33 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model NP-48
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

Most popular Ultracompact cameras

Fujifilm XQ2 12.0 MP CMOS X-TRANS II
2/3"
Fujifilm XQ1 12.0 MP CMOS X-TRANS II
2/3"
Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR 16.0 MP EXRCMOS
1/2"
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 16.0 MP BSI-CMOS
1/2.3"
Olympus FE-25 10.0 MP CCD
1/2.33"