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Fujifilm X-Q1 Digital Camera Review
fujifilm20140728da.jpgDigital Camera Review by: Michelle Grimer

Fujifilm's minimalist designed compact X-Q1 digital camera straight out of the box comes loaded features found in larger, more advanced cameras. The X-Q1 is a fun, lightweight 12-megapixel camera beautifully designed and offered in just two colours; silver and black. Whilst the X-Q1 easily slips it into your pocket it comes with an excellent zoom range, wireless image transfer, a wide f-stop aperture and very fast auto focus so when you're ready to capture a scene, so too is the Fujifilm X-Q1. And with all of this going on, somehow a large LCD screen has been squeezed onto the back making play back and shooting a whole lot more pleasurable.
 

Appearance and Functionality

 
The Fujifilm X-Q1 is a sleek and an appealing little camera constructed in a solid metal case. It turns on exceptionally fast and has a near instant autofocus clocking speeds at 0.06 seconds. The shooting speed is coupled with an optical image stabiliser that helps when capturing on the spot images and video.  Its body has a rubber thumb grip positioned comfortably at the rear of the camera so the user can confidently hold, focus and pan with one hand. The menu is easy to manoeuvre through, and is straight forward catering for novices.
 
Accompanying a 12mp capture is a lens control ring which allows full manual control along with image capture in JPEG fujifilm20140728db.jpgor RAW modes. So it's best to stay with a high performance card such as those in the SanDisk 'Extreme Pro' series. This allows the user to very much take control of their image making with out the process being too complicated. There is also a Macro function for focusing up close to capture intimate details, a pop up flash that you can over ride manually.
 
The Fujifilm X-Q1 offers a fantastic Panorama feature. With a little practice, once you refine your sweeping action you'll feel like you're creating panorama images like a pro. Just make sure no cars or moving objects are in the area you are capturing as the stitching will have sections that will not line up as vehicle parts will be appear randomly. For travellers this certainly has plenty of appeal with opportunity to now capture magnificent landscapes and architectural masterpieces with just a sweep, all on your compact X-Q1 camera.
 
Along the Scene mode that appears in pretty much every compact camera these days, Fujifilm draw back to the halcyon days of film and have created another shooting option titled Film Simulation. This is one of my favourites and offers the films options of Provia, Velvia and Astia plus Sepia and Monochrome for those born in a time where a phone had a cord and you stood in the one spot for the duration of the call...
 
But it does not end there. These Film Simulations are also available in video mode offering Full HD 60fps capture a little cinema magic.
 
Two other modes worthy of a mention is Multiple Exposure mode where you can shoot two different scenes and have the images blended over each other. And a new one, Pro Low-light mode which works best with non-moving subjects. In this mode, the X-Q1 automatically takes a series of four high-sensitivity & low-noise exposures and merges them together into a single image with less noise, than a single stand alone exposure, all within the camera itself.
 

Image Quality / Lens Quality

  
Fujifilm have done well to include an F1.8 lens into a compact in this price range. Married up with a 12mp, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor with primary colour filter capture it was always going to be a recipe to producing quality imagery.
 

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X-Q1 has a wide aperture ranging from F1.8 - F11 placing a fair bit of power on the front end. The telephoto begins at F4.9 which is acceptable for the size of this camera and a luxurious F1.8 available at the end of the lens as already mentioned.
 
This X-Q1 delivers, via it's 4x optical Fujinon lens sharp images consistently, which can liekly be credited to it's 49 point focus matrix. That coupled with an extremely useful 25mm-100mm zoom range earns this camera plenty of brownie points.
 
The ISO range is more than tidy offering a 100-12800 ISO that takes away the frustration of not being able to capturing low light images. Grain does not show up until closer to 1600 ISO and can comfortably be used at 3200 ISO. In short, this means you can use the camera later into the day, get better images inside a church at your next friends wedding, and the added benefit of providing your flash a great distance. (For reference the higher the ISO, the further your flash will reach).
 
The capability to override the default functions with this compact is exciting. No longer will the adventurer have to carry heavy, cumbersome camera equipment with the fear of compromising quality.
 
This compact captures rich and detailed images effortlessly, and can be appreciated further if you're viewing the images after on EIZO monitor. The fast response of the lens eliminates the disappointment most compact users experience trying to capture a moment instantly. When you push the capture button, it does that, instantly. Well within 0.06 of a seconds!
 

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LCD

 
The large 3 inch TFT colour LCD screen is clear and displays high quality colour rich images. The monitor offers a 100% coverage of view so what you see is what you'll capture. The approximate 920K-dot resolution is crisp and offers display options to have a screen clear of data by simply pushing the 'Disp Back' button, or continue pressing for alternate views to show some information or detailed information about both images you've captured and an image you're about to capture. 

Video

 
Video is a standard inclusion on most cameras and is also an inclusion on the Fujiflm X-Q1.  Capturing video quality in Full HD 1920x1080 60p/30p the video quality for this level camera is excellent.

Staying focussed on a moving subject is where so many compacts struggle, however our experience with the X-Q1 found the camera had little problem staying focussed whether we were panning or tracking an image move toward or away from the camera.

And to top it off, as with stills capture the option to apply a ' Film Simulation' really does enhance the video experience further.
 


 

 

Conclusion


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The Fujifilm X-Q1 quite simply is a very appealing compact camera that can slip into your pocket, purse or man-bag with ease. It is lightweight and packed with a long list of great features that challenge the standard compact market on many fronts. Offering a fantastic zoom range, broad ISO selection providing the user the luxury of shooting late into the day with low light, a fast lens and the option to tap into the popular film era with 'Film Simulation' mode, the Fujifilm X-Q1 is a compact that demands consideration from people shopping in the under $600 price range. 
 

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Ratings

 
 
Appearance rating 4 stars
Functionality rating 4.5 stars
Image quality
4 stars
Video quality
3.5 stars
Lens quality
4 stars
LCD screen 4 stars
Value for money 3.5 stars
Street Price $579 (AUD
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor Type
2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II with primary color filter
Total number of pixels : 14.5 million pixels
Image Sizes 3 Sizes / 4 Aspect
Lens Fujinon 4x optical zoom, 25-100mm F1.8 lens.
Lens Mount
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Resolution Settings - Stills 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
Resolution Settings - Video 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. 27 min.
640 x 480 30p Continuous recording : up to approx. 115 min.
with stereo sound
Optical zoom can be used.
Face Detection Yes
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Shutter Speeds Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/3000 sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
* up to 1/4000 sec. at small aperture, up to 1/1000 sec. at full aperture
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO 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)
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 920K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Viewfinder -
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO)
Wide : Approx. 50cm - 7.4m / 1.6 ft. - 24.2 ft.
Telephoto : Approx. 80cm - 2.7m / 2.6 ft. - 8.8 ft.
Hot Shoe Yes
White Balance Automatic scene recognition
Custom / Color temperature selection (K)
Preset : Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater, Custom, Color temperature selection
Self Timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. Delay
Stills Format/s
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3), RAW (RAF format), RAW + JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Video Format/s Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264
Audio : Linear PCM Stereo
Video Recording Time/s 29m 59s
Storage Type - External SD / SDHC / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card
Storage Type - Internal
66MB
Connectivity Digital interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output: HDMI micro connector
Power Source AC power adapter AC-5VT
Battery Options NP-48 Li-ion battery
Battery Life Approx. 240 frames
Dimensions 100.0mm (W) x 58.5mm (H) x 33.3mm (D)
Weight Approx. 206g (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 187g (excluding battery and memory card)
















 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

About Fujifilm

 

FUJIFILM brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.

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