Fujifilm XQ1 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12 MP 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor
  • Up to 12 FPS continuous shooting (9 frames max)
  • 25-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 (4x optical zoom lens)
  • ISO 100-12,800
  • 1080 60p/30p HD video (MOV/H.264)
  • 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • PSAM and automatic shooting modes
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Pop-up flash
  • Customizable control ring for shutter, exposure, zoom, etc.
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Product Description

The XQ1 is an ultra-compact camera that uses Fujifilm's X-Trans II sensor, which uses a unique pixel arrangement that removes the need for an anti-aliasing filter. Fuji says that X-Trans technology produces higher resolution, with less moiré and false color than traditional sensors. Other features include a fast F1.8-4.9, 25-100mm equivalent lens, a customizable control ring, manual controls (with Raw support), Wi-Fi, and 1080/60p video recording.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, , 2112 x 2112, 2048 x x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 15 megapixels
Sensor size 2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (100-3200), 100 - 12800
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–100 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F4.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 7.40 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow syncho
Continuous drive 12 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 66MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Image playback/sharing, geo-tagging
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-48 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 240
Weight (inc. batteries) 206 g (0.45 lb / 7.27 oz)
Dimensions 100 x 59 x 33 mm (3.94 x 2.32 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Perham, May 15, 2014 GMT:
    Fuji XQ1

    I am impressed. I actually sold my Fuji X100s to fund a new lens for my DSLR system and needed a compact camera to replace it for family events etc.. The X100s was not pocketable (but a very good camera) and I really wanted something that I could just put in my pocket, hence the XQ1. I just love the direct access to basic camera controls, ISO, exposer and exposure compensation and it shoots RAW.  I also like the easy access to flash and macro.  For flash I just leave the setting on forced ...

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Introduction to the XQ1 by Fujifilm

Questions & Answers


sensors size , really important ?

I'm not a beginner but I wonder if it's really true that the sensor size is one of the most important factors for having a good shots. (Obviously I'm not talking af the APS od Full Frame sensor) I try to explain my doubts : I bought the Fuji XQ1 with a bigger sensor  (2/3)  than my compacts (Pansonic TZ40 - Fuji 900EXR) with sensor 1/2.3  . After 2 months and many shots I havent' seen any difference between the Fuji XQ1 and the Panasonic  (and I'm not blind !!) Now I read that some compact camera with sensor size 1/1.7 are much better of the camera with sensor 1/2.3. Where is the truth ?

4 months ago


Today's cameras of any kind are very good as long as what you shoot is within the scope of their capability.  So as long as you don't want ultra-wide angles, very fast sports, very wide dynamic range etc any camera will give good results.  Those are things where bigger sensors and the higher-quality lenses they demand are better. If you can't reach your chosen because bigger equipment gets too heavy or obtrusive the pendulum swings: a small, pocket camera can reach the top of a mountain; a big DSLR probably can't so this is where small sensors win. As long as the type of shot you want to take is within the scope of the cameras you are looking at, sensor size is pretty well irrelevant.  If your shots are outside the scope of one type of camera and within the scope of another with a bigger sensors, sensor size is crucial. That simple statement is blurred, though, because there is rarely a sharp cut off between what different cameras can do.  So the truth is that sensor size matters in ... Continue Reading

4 months ago

It is not true. The most important things for having good shots are choice of subject, lighting, framing, and exposure. Well-chosen, any camera will take good photos. Poorly chosen, no camera will. How the photo is processed (whether by the photographer or the camera) matters quite a bit too. The equipment is a long, long ways down from there. Even cell phone vs. dSLR matters less than how the photographer sets up the shot. So once you notice you're at maybe #5 on what matters for a good shot in choosing equipment, on that side, there are a few things which matter: (1) Ergonomics. How easily you can control the equipment. Proper settings matter more than proper camera in many cases. (2) Quality of optics. A 20x zoom will be far worse than a 4x zoom. This impacts sharpness (which can be improved by bright light and stopping the lens down if it has a real aperture), purple ... Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
4 months ago

Thank Alphoid, I share all the words in your reply.   I'm a very old analogic photographer and since 2003 I'm a digital photographer. Many different camera in my hands since then, and every new camera was "apparently "   better than the previous one. Yes apparently as if I compare my shots in Chili and Easter Island (printed in 20x30 cm) done with my small Casio 4Mp with the prints in same size done with  my Sony HX9V  or also with my old Fuji F200 EXR I do not see great differences. So this confirm what you wrote :  "...real world.."  yes in real world it's most important the light, the lens, the subject  etc... You know as I know that when we spoke about our hobby we are not rational . For example my son change that  play golf   change his  clubs  every 3-4 months  hoping to play better ! Is rational to buy a watch like the Patek Philippe at thousands Euro when a Swatch at 100 Euro show the same time ? In the end in the "real world" a sensor 1/1,7 is not much better than a sensor ... Continue Reading

Cesaregiancarlo answered
4 months ago


Lightweight Compact Camera good for low light?

I have been reading the reviews and comparisons on DPR for the various classes and sizes of compact cameras with interest. Basically I've been using an old Canon Ixus 500 P&S for years and it's died, and it's time to start learning photography. I am basically in need of a compact camera with easy, ergonomic manual controls. Simple operation would lessen the overall difficulty and increase motivation levels to get out there and experiment and get some practice. Excessive menu navigating is a pet-hate of mine. I am not sure exactly what I'll be shooting, but likely to be a combination of near macro indoor shots and wildlife or macro shots outdoors. Ideally I'd like to have a camera like a G15 or G16, however, for health reasons (temporarily) I need something lighter (doesn't necessarily have to be pocketable but they tend to go hand in hand). So looking around 200 - 250g max. This unfortunately limits choice and there will be inevitable ergonomic compromises - e.g. very few cameras in ...

PliSsK asked
5 months ago


As one point of reference, I own an RX100. I find it very usable. The automatic modes are very good. I don't have much experience with other modern high-end point-and-shoots, but I've used many modern point-and-shoots, and many older high-end point-and-shoots (S95-era). The manual modes are as good as any I've used. Of course, it's not where a high-end DSLR is -- I'd prefer three control rings, viewfinder, etc., but it's actually the first non-Canon compact/fixed-lens where I donn't mind the user interface. Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
5 months ago

I've had both the S90 and S100, and while they are nice, I particularly like the control ring around the base of the lens, Canon has a long standing issue with lens motor failures. Just google "Canon Lens Error". Even cameras that have been fixed have had that part fail again. Canon would not pay for the repair on my S100 just months after the warranty so I will not buy their cameras again. I would choose the Fuji X20 over the XQ1 because its a more capable camera while still being pretty compact. Its only a little heavier than your weight goal. All that being said, the RX100 is a highly regarded camera. Continue Reading

darngooddesign answered
5 months ago

I just bought the p330 and I love it!. Continue Reading

jon121 answered
5 months ago


New P&S for Vacation

My current P&S is a Sony DSC-W80... until I got my iPhone 5S and realized how much better my pictures could be.  But after 6 months with the new phone I know that any picture heavy trips, such as my upcoming trip to Europe, would benefit from a new stand alone camera with modern specs.  It really doesn't seem like I bought the Sony *that* long ago but I guess I did.  It's nice to not be storage space restricted as you would be on a smartphone that is competing for space with apps/music/movies, as well as not spend the day draining the phone battery taking pictures all the time.  I also do a lot of cycling, which the phone is already draining doing the GPS tracking for my bike ride, I don't want to drain it more taking candid pictures of the ride. Looking at my previous vacation pictures I definitely like taking scenery and shots of the outdoors and plant life as well as candid portraits with friends and family.  I really enjoy doing macros in the spring when everything is in full ...

trickycoolj asked
3 months ago


You missed a classic with the ELPH 330, I got what was probably the last one in my town and it was the demo one, for $AU169. See the results here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5128303546/albums/ixus-255 I would get one with a bit of zoom for travelling as you can't always get near your subject, but apart from the excellent canon SX700 there is not much around. Here is my results from the SX260 its predecessor from my last trip: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5128303546/albums/great-ocean-road Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
3 months ago

It looks like the ELPH 330 is still available on Amazon-US for $240-280 but I see it was originally less than that so I'm hesitant but might go for it anyway. The SX series wasn't really on my radar but I like what I'm seeing in the albums I'm finding with them. Loss of RAW probably isn't going to bother me much. Bummer that they don't have panorama mode but you're right about additional zoom, I recall trips to the zoo thinking if only I could get closer with my zoom!  If I have to have a panorama my 5S would do just fine. I think I need to get to a store and check some of these out in person size wise. I can't really tell if the SX series is "gigantic" or not. I did see the Sony RX100 and HX50 at Costco and didn't find them offensively large (probably because of my vintage 2003 CyberShot). Photos from both the 280 and 700 look great and are reasonably priced, any reason to go for one over the other besides the $100? Really enjoyed your albums and the macros of the iridescent bugs! ... Continue Reading

trickycoolj answered
3 months ago

People have had a lot of trouble with the SX270/280 model due to batteries going flat quickly especially in video mode, otherwise for the few that this didn't happen they are happy with theirs. If I had a choice I would buy another SX240/260 but they are mostly gone now. There is a forum documenting the battery issue here, its up to page 111 now and still no real solution to a lot of unhappy customers. http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/PowerShot/SX280-battery-life-shooting-video/td-p/22489 That's a lot for the ELPH330, although it is possibly a bit sharper than the longer zoom SX models and has a slightly wider lens at 24mm. The SX series is about as big and heavy as a large cake of soap, and the 330 is noticable smaller and lighter. Its an extremely capable camera unless you really need the super zoom. You can see the settings I use here, I also don't use raw: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53507519 Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
3 months ago

Warranty Information

"Your Fujifilm equipment has been manufactured to precise standards, and with rigid quality control through every process of manufacturing. It is warranted by Fujifilm U.S.A. against defective workmanship or materials for one full year from date of purchase. Fujifilm U.S.A. will, at its option, either repair or replace (with a reconditioned unit of like condition) free of charge equipment which is returned either in person or postpaid and insured to one of the Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Centers listed on the reverse side. The product must be accompanied by some proof of date of purchase, such as the original sales slip. This warranty does not cover batteries or flash equipment and accessories not manufactured by Fujifilm Holdings Corp. This warranty does not apply if the equipment has been damaged by accident, abuse (including, but not limited to, sand, dirt, water, liquid, impact battery corrosion, etc.), failure to follow operating or maintenance instructions or if the equipment has been modified or serviced by anyone other than a Fujifilm U.S.A. Repair Center. This warranty cannot be resold or transferred."

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