Fujifilm have announced the new XQ1 high-end compact X-Trans camera.

This new camera has the 2/3in X-Trans II sensor from the fabulous X20 combined with an f/1.8 4x zoom lens and the Lens Modulation Optimiser from the X100S and newly announced X-E2 to give optimal image quality.

Fuji are claiming the worlds fastest AF (but who doesn’t these days!).  AF on the X20 was very good, so I expect it to be very good on this camera too.

The rear screen is large at 3in and a very high resolution 920dots for such a compact camera.

There is a nice neat control ring on the front of the camera that can be set to control a variety of functions.

WiFi is included, as per the X-M1.  It seems like Fujifilm is committed to including this in all the X-Series cameras now, and rightly so!

There will be an official waterproof case for the XQ1, and it looks like it will be compatible with the RR-90 remote release (the same one as the X-M1, X-A1 and new X-E2).

Although I really liked the XF1, it was … dare I say it… a little ‘girly’!  With the XQ1 I can definitely see myself having one in my pocket at all times and hopefully I’ll be getting hold of one soon to try out and will be sharing my thoughts and images with you as soon as I do.

For more information, the official Fujifilm page is here http://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/products/digital-cameras/proenthusiast-fixed-lens/model/xq1/



FUJIFILM announce the new premium compact XQ1 camera

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the XQ1, bringing X Series quality in its smallest size yet.

The pocket-sized XQ1 features a newly developed F1.8 4x zoom lens and the same type of 2/3” X-Trans TM *1 CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II as used in the highly regarded FUJIFILM X20 camera

This means the XQ1’s sensor size approximately doubles*2 those in ordinary compact digital cameras and is able to deliver the world’s fastest AF speed at 0.06 seconds*3.

It may be ultra-small (at just 100mm (w) x 58.8mm (h) x 33.3mm (d), it is one of the most pocketable advanced cameras around) – but there is no compromise on performance or image quality. Its elegant design and classy finish really makes the XQ1 stand out. It is available in a stylish Black or Silver bringing an essential stamp of luxury and making it the perfect premium compact for discerning users.

X Series image quality

The 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II 12 megapixel sensor controls moiré and false colour generation without need for an Optical Low Pass Filter. The EXR Processor II also more than doubles*4 the previous processing speed so noise is controlled and image clarity maintained, meaning greens, blues, and skin tones are all beautifully reproduced. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 so you can take natural and clear images even in low light.

The newly developed F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm*5) is constructed with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses, with all lens surfaces covered in Fujinon original HT-EBC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The bright F1.8 aperture gives the background a natural bokeh effect for a beautiful contrast with the main subject.

Image quality is further enhanced by the Lens Modulation Optimiser. It corrects even marginal optical defects and diffractions caused when the lens aperture is narrowed. This maximises the resolving power of the lens for edge-to-edge image clarity. 3-stop*6 optical image stabilisation is extremely useful when using the camera in low light conditions.

Speedy and responsive focusing

With its responsive focusing and quick start-up time, the XQ1 won’t let you down when you need to capture a fleeting moment. It boasts the world’s fastest AF of 0.06*3 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.3 seconds*7 until the next frame can be taken, while shutter lag is just 0.015 seconds.

Stunning good looks

A quality performance is matched by the XQ1’s luxury looks and first class handling. Settings from Advanced Filters to high level manual focusing, aperture, and shutter speed can all be changed by turning the machined aluminum high texture control ring fitted around the lens. This avoids the need to go into the menu. Plus, it’s easy to access your own preferred functions too, using the expansion function (E-Fn) button on the back of the camera.

Transfer images Wirelessly

You can easily transfer images wirelessly from the XQ1 to your smartphone or smart tablet after installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Application app. There are no troublesome ID and password settings; just press the Wi-Fi® button on top of the camera and then add the images directly to your blog or share them with friends on your social networking site. Users can set the XQ1 to read its location from smartphones and tablets enabling them to keep tabs on where they took the photo.

Shoot comfortably in manual 

The XQ1’s 3.0” 920K dot Premium LCD makes viewing easy even in bright conditions thanks to the high contrast, anti-reflective glass and an 85°vertical and horizontal viewing angle. Focus Peak Highlight, the highlighting of the outline in high contrast areas of the subject during focusing, helps achieve critically sharp shots when using manual focus.

Creative options

Choose your own image style with the Film Simulation Mode and recreate FUJIFILMs unique film heritage. By selecting from one of five variations you can shoot your images how you want them. Velvia gives vivid colours, ASTIA is suitable for portraits, PROVIA offers a natural all-rounder, while Sepia and Monochrome can also be enjoyed. There are also eight Advanced Filter options for extra creativity, including Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color, while in Multiple Exposure mode it’s easy to overlay two images on a single frame.

Intelligent flash

The built-in Super Intelligent Flash accurately controls the amount of light for the shooting situation. For example, natural-looking indoor portraits, macro subjects, or food images can all be taken with over-exposure carefully controlled. Also strong backlit subjects, such as faces, will be beautifully and naturally illuminated bringing out all the detail you want from the shadows.

In-camera RAW development

Through the in-camera RAW development function, a RAW image can be converted to JPEG without additional software and a computer.

HD Movies

Movies can be filmed in Full HD at 60fps and the dedicated image stabilisation function helps keep things smooth when shooting handheld. If you want to explore the movie director in you, then try out the Film Simulation Modes to give your creativity a distinctive look.

*1: X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation

*2: Compared with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Approximately 1.3 times of a 1 /1.7-inch sensor

*3: FUJIFILM research as of September 2013. Compared with other digital cameras equipped with 2/3-inch sensor or larger, based on CIPA standards, and using internal measurement methods under high performance mode

*4: Compared with the EXR Processor Pro

*5 35mm format

*6 CIPA standard

*7 In High Performance mode

Key features list:

  • 12 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • Original colour filter array to control moiré and false colour without an optical low pass filter
  • EXR Processor II
  • F1.8-F4.9 4x optical zoom equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm format
  • 4x intelligent digital zoom (16x combined with optical zoom)
  • Lens Modulation Optimiser for improved image quality
  • Wireless transfer of images using FUJIFILM Camera Application app
  • 3” 920K-dot premium LCD with 85°vertical and horizontal viewing angle
  • In camera RAW converter
  • ISO 100 – 12800
  • Built-in Super Intelligent Flash
  • Five Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia and Monochrome)
  • Eight Advanced Filter Effects: Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Colour, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Colour
  • Full HD Movie

Available Accessories 

  • Leather half-case (Black BLC-XQ1 BC and Brown BLC-XQ1 BW
  • Waterproof protector WP-XQ1 for depths to 40 metres
  • O Ring Kit ORK-XQ1

X-Q1 Specification chart

Number of effective pixels *1 12.0 million pixels
Image sensor 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS  with primary colour filter
Total number of pixels: 14.5 million pixels
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 66MB)
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC(UHS-I) memory card*1
File format   (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3*2 )RAW (RAF format)RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
                    (movie) Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264
Audio : Linear PCM  Stereo
Number of recorded pixels L: <4:3> 4000 x 3000  <3:2> 4000 x 2664  <16:9> 4000 x 2248<1:1> 2992 x 2992
M: <4:3> 2816 x 2112  <3:2> 2816 x 1864  <16:9> 2816 x 1584<1:1> 2112 x 2112
S: <4:3> 2048 x 1536  <3:2> 2048 x 1360  <16:9> 1920 x 1080<1:1> 1536 x 1536
<Motion Panorama>
360゜Vertical   1624 x 11520   Horizontal   11520 x 1080
180゜Vertical  1624 x 5760      Horizontal  5760 x 1080
120゜Vertical  1624  x 3840     Horizontal  3840 x 1080
Lens    (name) Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens
            (focal length) f=6.4 – 25.6mm, equivalent to 25-100mm on a 35mm format
            (full-aperture) F1.8(Wide) – F4.9 (Telephoto)
            (constitution)  7 lenses in 6 groups (4 aspherical glass moulded lenses included)
Digital zoom Intelligent digital zoom approx. 4x(up to 16x when combined with optical zoom)
Aperture F1.8-F11(Wide)
F4.9-F11(Telephoto) 1/3EV step (controlled 6-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance
(from lens surface)
Normal : Wide: Approx. 50cm / 1.6ft. to infinity
Telephoto: Approx. 80cm  / 2.6ft. to infinity
Macro:   Wide: Approx. 3cm – 3.0m / 1.1in. – 9.8ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 50cm – 3.0m / 1.6ft. – 9.8ft.
Sensitivity AUTO (Control available up to ISO3200):
Equivalent to ISO 100/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/12800 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi, Spot, Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual exposure
Shooting  modes ADVANCED SR AUTO, AUTO, Filter (Advanced Filter), P, S, A, M, C, SP, Adv. Advanced mode)
                              (MODE DIAL) SP: Portrait, Portrait Enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Fireworks, Sunset, Snow, Beach, Party, Flower, Text, Underwater
Filter  :Toy camera/ Miniature/Pop color/ High-key /Low-key/Dynamic tone/ Soft focus/Partial color (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple)
Adv.  : Motion panorama360, Pro focus, Pro low light, Multiple exposure
Image stabiliser Lens shift type
Face detection Yes
Exposure compensation -3.0EV – +3.0EV  1/3EV step
Movie mode : -2.0EV – +2.0EV
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/3000 sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
*up to 1/4000sec. at small aperture, up to 1/1000sec. at full aperture
Continuous shooting       (TOP) Super High:approx. 12.0 fps  (approx. 9 frames)
High           :approx. 9.0 fps  (approx. 11 frames)
Middle        :approx. 6.0 fps   (approx. 14 frames)
Low            :approx. 3.0 fps  (approx. 200 frames)
* Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class10” or higher.
* Max. number of frames can be shot in JPEG setting
                                      (others) Best Frame capture:
Super High:approx. 12.0 fps   (max. 8 frames)
High           :approx. 9.0 fps     (max. 8 frames)
Middle        :approx. 6.0 fps     (max. 8 frames)
Low            :approx. 3.0 fps     (max. 8 frames)
*Max. number of frames can be shot in JPEG setting
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing:  ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Film Simulation Bracketing: (Any 3 types of Film Simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing: 100%/ 200%/ 400%
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing: ±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV
Focus            (mode) Single AF / Continuous AF / MF
      (type) Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF/ TTL phase detection AF), AF assist illuminator available
      (AF frame selection) Multi, Area, Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognitionCustom / Colour temperature selection (K)
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer 10 sec./ 2 sec. delay
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Effective range: (ISO AUTO)
Wide: Approx. 50cm – 7.4m / 1.6ft. – 24.2ft.
Telephoto: Approx. 80cm – 2.7m / 2.6ft. – 8.8ft.
Flash modes Red-eye Removal OFF: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye Removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
*Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoe
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 920K-dot TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/30p   Continuous recording : up to approx. 14 min.
HD 1280 x 720  60p/30p    Continuous recording : up to approx. 27min.
640 x 480 30p              Continuous recording : up to approx. 115min.
with stereo sound
Optical zoom can be used.
* Use a “Class10” SD Speed Class or higher
Photography  functions ADVANCED SR AUTO, Face Detection, Auto Red-eye Removal, Film Simulation, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Histogram display, Best frame capture, High Speed Movie (80/150/250 fps.), Electronic level, Advanced Anti Blur, Pre-AF, Control ring setting, Focus check, Focus Peak Highlight, E-Fn (extended function) Button Custom Setting
Playback  functions Face Detection, Auto Red-eye Removal, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Protect, Crop, Resize, Slide show, Image rotate, Histogram display, Exposure warning, Photobook assist, Image search, Favourites, Mark for upload, Panorama, Erase Selected Frames, RAW Conversion
Wireless transmitter   ( standard) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
                                 (access mode) Infrastructure
Wireless function Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, PC Auto Save
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print,
35 Languages, Time difference, Silent mode
Terminal                     (Video output)
                   (Digital interface) USB 2.0 High-Speed
                                   (HDMI output) HDMI Micro connector
Power supply NP-48 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 100.0 (W) x 58.5 (H) x  33.3 (D) mm  / 3.9 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 1.3 (D) in.
(Minimum depth: 23.3 mm / 0.9 in)
Weight Approx. 206g / 7.3 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 187g / 6.6 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40℃
Operating Humidity 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Battery life  for still images *3 approx. 240 frames
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-48
AC power adapter  AC-5VT
Plug adapter
Hand strap
USB cable
Owner’s manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-48
Battery charger:BC-48(TBD)
Leather case BLC-XQ1
Waterproof case:WP-XQ1
Remote release RR-90


*1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
 *2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
 *3 Approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery. Based on CIPA standard.
  *4 OS compatibility
Viewer software      :   Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
RAW File Converter   :   Windows 8 / 7/ Vista / XP,   Mac OS X 10.6-10.8

© 2013 Fujifilm UK Ltd.  Specifications are subject to change.



About The Author

Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor. His portfolio can be viewed at memaddock.co.uk

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