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    • 12 MP 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
    • F1.8-F4.9 4x optical zoom, 25-100mm in 35mm format
    • 3" 920,000 dot LCD
    • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 1.0
    • Shutter lag time of 0.015
    • Shooting interval time of 0.3
    • AF speed 0.06 seconds
    • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
    • Intelligent pop-up Flash
    • ISO100 – 12800
    • 1080p60 Movie
    • In-camera RAW converter

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  • PR

    Valhalla, N.Y., October 18, 2013 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM XQ1, a premium pocket-sized digital camera with a bright FUJINON F1.8 4x zoom lens, an advanced 12 Megapixel 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II1 sensor with phase detection, and the EXR Processor II that delivers the world's fastest autofocus speed in its category of up to 0.062 seconds.

    "The XQ1 combines the amazing image quality of the Fujifilm X Series with ultra-portability that makes taking beautiful pictures enjoyable anywhere," said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions. "The XQ1 is the most portable X-Series camera ever developed, and people can now experience a premium compact that easily slips into a pocket or purse."

    X-Series image quality and advanced focusing

    The FUJIFILM XQ1 uses the 12 Megapixel 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II sensor that is designed to control moiré and false color generation by using an original color filter array with a highly randomized pixel arrangement. This technology removes the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution. The image quality in the XQ1 is further enhanced by using a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) for stunningly sharp pictures, as well as a 3.0 stop*3 Optical Image Stabilization for shooting in low light situations.

    The newly developed FUJINON F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm*4) is constructed with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses and each lens surface is coated with HT-EBC to reduce flare and ghosting. The XQ1 also has a wide sensitivity range from ISO100 to ISO12800 so you can take realistic and vibrant images even in low light.

    The EXR Processor II in the new XQ1 more than doubles the processing speed*5 of the previous generation, and it easily captures the information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II to deliver astonishing images.

    Superb shooting speed and premium compact design

    The XQ1 boasts that world's fastest AF of 0.06 seconds, a shooting interval of just 0.3 seconds*6 between shots, and a shutter lag of 0.015 seconds to capture even the most fleeting and memorable moments.

    With its auto switching AF, the XQ1 combines contrast AF with an improved phase detection AF algorithm that provides accurate capture of low-contrast subjects in low light as well as high-speed responsiveness. The XQ1 also gives users Focus Highlight Peaking that outlines high contrast areas of subjects during focusing, which helps users focus accurately for picture results that look fantastic on-screen and in print.

    The XQ1 is made with outstanding craftsmanship and the classic design that the X-Series is known for, all within an ultra-small body that is 3.93" (w) x 2.3" (h) x 1.3" (d). With a sharp 920,000 dot LCD screen made of anti-reflective glass, the XQ1 gives photographers an amazing 85°vertical and horizontal viewing angles as they frame every shot.

    Improved movie performance

    The FUJIFILM XQ1 shoots full HD video with up to 60fps and AF tracking performance for quick and smooth focusing that records clear subjects, even when moving the camera body thanks to its dedicated image stabilization.

    Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button

    The FUJIFILM XQ1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*7 to smartphones, tablets and computers for easy sharing on social media sites.

    To connect the XQ1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated "FUJIFILM Camera Application" to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the XQ1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

    Once paired, users can press and hold the WiFi button to begin sharing images and movies immediately to their smartphone or tablet.

    The XQ1 also has an Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes to give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.

  • If you buy it for photography, you can buy an XF1 cheaply now -- same lens and sensor size. This new one does have X-Trans sensor and better video, but I still don't like that the lens becomes very slow very fast. It's at F3.6 @ 35mm (FF equi.). That's pretty slow. The XF1 also has mechanical zoom ring; pretty fun when you try it.

  • Video quality is good, but the noise of the zoom is picked up and the focus is slow to adjust when zooming in.

    Images have excellent color reproduction and are well exposed. Portraits have good skin tones, you can use the portrait enhanced mode to take portraits with even softer skin.


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    The image quality from the large 2/3-inch CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter is markedly better than virtually all other compacts, with the exception of the RX100 / RX100 Mk II. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence from ISO 100-800, with the faster full-resolution settings of 1600 and 3200 also being very usable.

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    Image-quality of the XQ1 matches most premium cameras with strong edge softness being the most limiting. Noise-levels are low with good retention of details, particularly since the zoom lens is quite sharp around the center. Metering is excellent and dynamic-range is good.

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    Image quality overall is high. Other than issues with auto focus in the most challenging circumstances, the XQ1 delivered sharp, well exposed images. The Program, Auto and SR+ modes generally made good decisions on which settings to use. On some indoor shots, given the high image quality at high ISO settings, I would have preferred that the camera choose a higher ISO than, say, 800 in order to freeze the action I was capturing.

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  • Small firmware update

    • Added “Suppressed Flash” option when selecting flash mode.