Fujifilm XQ2

Fujifilm XQ2 front
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 206g - 100 x 59 x 33mm
  • Launched January 2015
  • Replaced the Fujifilm XQ1
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Fujifilm XQ2 summary

Fujifilm XQ2 is FujiFilm's Ultracompact camera originally announced on January of 2015. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS X-TRANS II 2/3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

FujiFilm brought out this camera as a way to replace the older Fujifilm XQ1 (Read Full Comparison)

The Fujifilm XQ2 is rated #1 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #490 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm XQ2 family

The Fujifilm XQ2 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-XQ2 front thumbnailFujifilm XQ225-100mm
Fujifilm-XQ1 front thumbnailFujifilm XQ1
Fujifilm XQ2 vs Fujifilm XQ1
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Fujifilm XQ2 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Fujifilm XQ2 based on factors that are usually regarded as necessary in a camera.

better than average battery life (240 per charge)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI out
decently wide (25mm)
delivers RAW formats
good sized screen (3 inches)
great max aperture (f1.8)
great minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
high resolution screen (920 thousand dots)
includes face detection focusing
includes tracking autofocus
manual focus
supports phase detect AF
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
does not have headphone support
does not have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
more heavy than others in class (206g)
no articulating screen
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
slow at full zoom (f4.9)
very small sensor (2/3")
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Fujifilm XQ2 Sensor details

The Fujifilm XQ2 features the EXR Processor II chip. The specification of the sensor on the Fujifilm XQ2 is 8.8mm x 6.6mm (2/3"). The 58 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CMOS X-TRANS II sensor boasts 12 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the Fujifilm XQ2's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The Fujifilm XQ2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.1 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm XQ2 dimensions

Fujifilm XQ2 weighs around 0.45 lb (206 gr / 7.27 oz) and features outside measurements of 100mm x 59mm x 33mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Fujifilm XQ2 is more heavy compared with various rivals.

Photography Glossary

The following is a pic of the Fujifilm XQ2 alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Fujifilm XQ2 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the Fujifilm XQ2.

Fujifilm XQ2 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm XQ2 Lens specs

The Fujifilm XQ2 includes a built-in lens and a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be amazing but it is likely to be convenient in a few conditions.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f1.8 which is awesome in low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It would also allow you to use a much lower ISO for getting clearer files. For the tele end, 100mm comes to f4.9 which is very slow and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm XQ2 Connectivity

The Fujifilm XQ2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Fujifilm XQ2 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Fujifilm XQ2 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means that you have no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to get an alternative camera in case you want better sound in your video clips.

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Fujifilm XQ2 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm XQ2 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions may damage the camera.

Fujifilm XQ2 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm XQ2 comes with a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Fujifilm XQ2 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are very useful.

Fujifilm XQ2 Shutter specs

Fujifilm XQ2 continuous shooting speed is 12.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Fujifilm XQ2 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Fujifilm XQ2 includes only integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Fujifilm XQ2 Autofocusing specs

Fujifilm XQ2 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is valuable for portrait photography.

It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Fujifilm XQ2 includes manual focusing when required for low light or you require more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm XQ2 Battery life

The battery life (NP-48) in the Fujifilm XQ2 is made to last for 240 images with respect to the CIPA measurements making it above the usual ın comparison with its category. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life for this range of cameras.

Below is a number of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm XQ2 for various styles of photography

The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Fujifilm XQ2 for various styles of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm XQ2 receives a rating of 43 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to use off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
has face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (2/3")

Fujifilm XQ2 as a Street photography camera

Having a nice points tally of 62, the Fujifilm XQ2 is a respectable fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (2/3")
heavier than others in class (206g)

Sports photography with Fujifilm XQ2

A average sports photography points total of 52 means the Fujifilm XQ2 is relatively suited for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (240 shots)
comes with phase detect auto focus
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (2/3")

Fujifilm XQ2 Travel photography details

Weight is very important in getting a travel camera. All round, the Fujifilm XQ2 gets a above average 64 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to take on your trips.

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great battery life (240 shots)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (206 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display

Fujifilm XQ2 Landscape photography details

If you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Fujifilm XQ2 and it's average grade of 56 as a landscape camera is somewhat suited within the current market.

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has manual focus
fairly wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (240 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (2/3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Fujifilm XQ2 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Fujifilm XQ2 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a lousy score of 34.

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fairly wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have microphone support
more heavy than competitors (206 grams)

Fujifilm XQ2 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the Fujifilm XQ2, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the Fujifilm XQ2 compared to it's highest ranking rivals mentioned above.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm XQ2
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
EXR Processor II
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
8.8 x 6.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.40 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, on, off, slow syncho
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
206 grams (0.45 lb)
Physical dimensions
100 x 59 x 33mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.3")
Battery life
240 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release