Fujifilm X-Q1: First Impressions

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Domenica, 27 Ottobre 2013 Scritto da Max Angeloni

1/125, f/4.9, Iso 320 (25,6mm)

A really compact camera, indeed, that fits into a segment that I really love, together with the Sony RX100 and RX100M2 cameras that you can easily carry everywhere in your jacket’s pocket.
But first thing first. The X-Q1 is a general  redesign of the X-F1, a camera packed with high end specs that had it’s bigger fault in being an in-between the X10 and a real compact camera.
Personally, if I have to go for an high end camera without the bulk of an ILC, I don’t care about size that much, and I prefer the ergonomics and performances of cameras such as the  Fuji X20, the Canon G or the Nikon P. On the other hand, if I want to go for an easy camera to have always with me, I know and accept the limitations coming from this choice and I select a real compact camera. The Sony RX100 and RX100M2 really impressed me for this reason and I’m really happy that Fuji joined the party.

1/800, f/7.1, Iso 100 (18,9mm)

Specs and operations

Many have noticed lots of similarities between the X-Q1 and the RX100 but reality is that apart from the size the two cameras are different in many ways. Price, sensor, focal range, built, resolution and button placement are far from being similar.
Unfortunately another similarity is the loss of the battery charger, replaced by a dedicated USB cable, but this seems to be the future of the compact cameras market, so we better accept this.

The Fujifilm X-Q1 shares a lot of components and technology with the X20. The same ⅔” sensor, same resolution (12 MP), same processor. Fujifilm’s tradition to maintain the same image quality across models of the same category is still there. The main differences are in the menu system, designed to make up for the loss of some buttons compared to the X20, and in the zoom operation, now back to the lever around the shutter button.
Compared to the X-F1 the ring around the lens is now a multi-function dial rather than the zoom ring.

1/30, f/4.9, Iso 2500 (18,9mm)

The X-Q1 body is lightweight and compact. It’s well built but is far from being as sturdy as the Sony RX100. It is also true, to be honest, that the Fuji costs around half the price of the competitors and given how fast camera bodies tends to be upgraded, thus compromising the used market price, a net saving of around 380 Euros will be highly appreciated.
Dials and buttons are well built and assembled with high precision as usual for this Japanese manufacturer.

1/250, f/2.2, Iso 100 (6,4mm)

Ready? The battery is charged, let’s shoot.
It’s amazing how a such lightweight camera like this may give different feelings when it’s turned off rather than turned on.
The X-Q1 when it’s turned off looks like a point-and-shoot camera without any real ambition but, when it’s on, you get excited because it shows X20’s potential in only 11cm.
The X-Q1 is fast, both in operations and AF. Who already knows how other X cameras work will have to adapt to the new AF system that shows a square in lieu of the usual rectangle.
Nothing difficult, though.

1/900, f/5.6, Iso 100 (11,3mm)

I found really useful the shift of the zoom range towards the wide angle, when compared to the X20. I think that the 25-100mm range is a better choice compared to the 28-112mm of the X20. Those three millimeters can make the difference in many photographic situations.
I personally wish that sooner or later Fuji will design a compact camera with a 24-70mm range, but this is another story.
All the rest is familiar, because almost everything is similar to the X20 as far as image quality and light metering are concerned.
I also have to point out that the battery life looks really good, even if unfortunately this is a different battery from the one of the X10/X20 cameras.

1/25, f/1.8, Iso 3200 (6.4mm)

Ok, stop, at least for now.
Two days aren’t enough to understand a camera and also there’s no software around to work on the RAW files from the camera and this doesn’t allow to write a full review for now.
The one thing we can say is that the X-Q1 it’s far from being a “sly” camera. It is a really good compact camera that allows you to enjoy photography in only 10cm.
Also, given the rather low price point, from today on there will be no excuses to leave your camera home anymore.

1/320, f/4, Iso 100 (12,3mm)


1/120, f/4.9, Iso 100 (25,6mm)


1/30, f/1.8, Iso 1600 (6,4mm)


1/60, f/3.2, Iso 100 (6.4mm)


1/180, f/1.8, Iso 100 (6.4mm)


1/160, f/4, Iso 800 (11.3mm)


1/680, f/4, Iso 100 (6.4mm)


1/125, f/4.9, Iso 100 (21.2mm)


1/125, f/4, Iso 250 (11.8mm)