Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1 front
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 206g - 100 x 59 x 33mm
  • Announced November 2013
  • Updated by Fujifilm XQ2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm XQ1 overview

Fujifilm XQ1 is FujiFilm's Ultracompact digital camera first launched on November of 2013. The camera houses a 12MP, CMOS X-TRANS II 2/3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

FujiFilm launched the more recent Fujifilm XQ2 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.

The Fujifilm XQ1 places at #2 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #520 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm XQ1 history

The Fujifilm XQ1 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-XQ2 front thumbnailFujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm XQ1 vs Fujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm-XQ1 front thumbnailFujifilm XQ125-100mm
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Fujifilm XQ1 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Fujifilm XQ1 based on features that are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
great battery (240 shots)
great max aperture (f1.8)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI out
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW formats
screen has good resolution (920 k dots)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor has phase detect auto focus
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than others in class (206 grams)
missing headphone support
missing mic support
missing Time Lapse recording
screen does not articulate
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow at tele end (f4.9)
small sensor (2/3")
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Fujifilm XQ1 Sensor specifications

The dimension of the sensor in the Fujifilm XQ1 is 8.8mm x 6.6mm (2/3"). The 58 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS X-TRANS II sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

The image below shows the Fujifilm XQ1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The Fujifilm XQ1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm XQ1 dimensions

Fujifilm XQ1 has a weight of 0.45 lbs (206g or 7.27 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 100mm x 59mm x 33mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Fujifilm XQ1 is more heavy compared with its rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Fujifilm XQ1 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm XQ1 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button design on the Fujifilm XQ1.

Fujifilm XQ1 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm XQ1 Lens specifications

The Fujifilm XQ1 is equipped with a built in lens and a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't really significant nevertheless it will probably be very helpful in some conditions.

At the widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f1.8 making it beneficial in low light events and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also make it easier to go with a lower ISO to get cleaner photos. On the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.9 making it really sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm XQ1 Connectivity

The Fujifilm XQ1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Fujifilm XQ1 Video specifications

The maximum video quality in the Fujifilm XQ1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance for video quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means you have no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to buy an alternative camera in case you want good sound in your videos.

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Fujifilm XQ1 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Fujifilm XQ1 so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Fujifilm XQ1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm XQ1 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 920k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Fujifilm XQ1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Fujifilm XQ1 Shutter specifications

Fujifilm XQ1 continuous shooting speed is 12.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Fujifilm XQ1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Fujifilm XQ1 boasts only built-in flash with no external flash ability.

Fujifilm XQ1 Autofocus specifications

Fujifilm XQ1 boasts both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be handy for people photography.

Fujifilm XQ1 can use manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Fujifilm XQ1 Battery life

The battery (NP-48) in the Fujifilm XQ1 is fashioned to last for 240 images according to the CIPA requirements which is above average when compared to its category. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Fujifilm XQ1 for specific categories of photography

The following diagram shows a analysis of the Fujifilm XQ1 for specific categories of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section below.

Fujifilm XQ1 Portrait photography details

The Fujifilm XQ1 has a points tally of 43 which is bad, and means the camera is not good for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & potential to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (2/3")

Fujifilm XQ1 Street photography highlights

With a very good rating of 62, the Fujifilm XQ1 is a respectable choice for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor size (2/3")
more heavy than average (206g)

Fujifilm XQ1 Sports photography information

A decent sports photography rating of 49 indicates the Fujifilm XQ1 is relatively acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
great battery pack (240 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (2/3")

Travel photography with Fujifilm XQ1

Size is really important when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Fujifilm XQ1 gets a very good 64 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to purchase for your journeys.

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good battery pack (240 CIPA)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (206 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Fujifilm XQ1 Landscape photography info

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm XQ1 with it's decent grade of 56 as a landscape camera is relatively acceptable among its rivals.

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focusing manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (240 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (2/3")
no Time Lapse mode

Fujifilm XQ1 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Fujifilm XQ1 is not good for vlogging as it receives a bad score of 34.

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decently wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
heavier than competitors in class (206 grams)

Fujifilm XQ1 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the Fujifilm XQ1, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Ultracompact.

The line chart listed below will give you an overview of the Fujifilm XQ1 vs it's top rated rivals shown previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm XQ1
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
8.8 x 6.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.40 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, on, off, slow syncho
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
206g (0.45 lb)
Physical dimensions
100 x 59 x 33mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
240 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at launch