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Fujifilm XQ2 review

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Price when reviewed : £279
inc VAT

Not much use for video, but the Fujifilm XQ2 strikes an excellent balance of image quality, compactness and price.


Sensor resolution: 12 megapixels, Sensor size: 2/3in, Viewfinder: None, LCD screen: 3in (920,000 dots), Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths): 4x (25-100mm), 35mm-equivalent aperture: f/7-19, Weight: 208g, Size (HxWxD): 60x108x33mm


The Fujifilm XQ2 may look like a run-of-the-mill compact camera but it shouldn’t be underestimated. The two most significant specifications to influence image quality are sensor size and lens aperture, and the XQ2 ups the ante on both fronts.

The sensor measures 2/3in from corner to corner, with double the surface area of the usual 1/2.3in sensors. Meanwhile, the f/1.8 lens is four times brighter than a typical f/3.3 lens. That means eight times the light gathering ability of a conventional compact camera.

The caveat is that the XQ2’s aperture quickly narrows as it zooms in. f/1.8 at 25mm is fantastic but f/3.6 at 35mm and f/4.9 at 100mm are less remarkable. Various other premium compacts maintain a wider aperture throughout their zoom range, such as the Canon G7 X with its f/1.8-2.8 lens – and it has an even bigger 1in sensor too. Then again, the G7 X is bulkier and pricier, so the XQ2 strikes an appealing balance.

Fujifilm XQ2 top

The design is simple and smart but not quite as satisfying as the Fujifilm XF1 that came before it. The XF1 had similar specifications but included a mechanical lens ring to adjust the zoom, which doubled as a power switch when the lens was retracted into the camera body. The XQ2 uses a more conventional power button and zoom lever. There is a lens ring that can be assigned to zoom or various other functions, but it’s not as responsive as a direct mechanical control. Elsewhere there’s a mode dial, rear wheel and basic collection of buttons. Pressing E-Fn reassigns six other buttons to various functions. These can be customised from a choice of 14 options including ISO speed, autofocus area and drive mode. Overall, these controls work well enough but they don’t have the same tactile efficiency of pricier premium compacts.

Fujifilm XQ2 back

Wi-Fi is built in, and the accompanying iOS and Android apps support wireless transfers managed either on the camera or the connected device. There’s an option to use a smartphone’s GPS radio to geotag photos but it’s more hassle than it’s worth. There’s no option to take pictures remotely. We initially struggled to get the camera to talk to our Android smartphone, but eventually realised that we needed the Fujifilm Camera Application app rather than the Fujifilm Camera Remote. The latter includes remote control functions but isn’t compatible with the XQ2.

Fujifilm makes some grand claims about the XQ2’s autofocus speed, with phase detection points built into the sensor to deliver autofocus in just 0.06 seconds. In our tests it typically took between 0.3 and 0.4 seconds between pressing the shutter button and capturing a photo – not as dramatic as the claims but still an excellent result. Shot-to-shot times were 0.6 seconds for JPEGs and 0.5 seconds for RAW. Continuous JPEG shooting was at an impressive 10.8fps for 11 frames, slowing to 3.6fps. RAW capture was at 8.9fps for eight frames, slowing to 1.8fps. These are all superb results, and contribute the general impression of an upmarket camera.

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Sensor resolution12 megapixels
Sensor size2/3in
Focal length multiplier3.9x
Viewfinder magnification (35mm-equivalent), coverageN/A
LCD screen3in (920,000 dots)
Orientation sensorYes
Photo file formatsJPEG, RAW (RAF)
Maximum photo resolution4,000×3,000
Photo aspect ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9 1:1
Video compression formatQuickTime (AVC) at up to 37Mbit/s
Video resolutions1080p at 30/60fps, 710p at 30/60fps, VGA at 30
Slow motion video modesVGA at 80fps (3/8x), QVGA at 150fps (1/5x), 320×112 at 250fps (1/8x)
Maximum video clip length (at highest quality)14m 30s
Exposure modesProgram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed range4 to 1/4,000 seconds
ISO speed range100 to 12800
Exposure compensationEV +/-3
White balanceAuto, 7 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Auto-focus modesMulti, flexible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modesMulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash modesAuto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modesSingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, ISO bracket, Film simulation bracket, dynamic range bracket
Optical stabilisationYes
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths)4x (25-100mm)
Maximum aperture (wide-tele)f/1.8-4.9
35mm-equivalent aperturef/7-19
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus (wide)3cm
Closest macro focus (tele)50cm
Card slotSDXC
Memory supplied66MB
Battery typeLi-ion
ConnectivityUSB, micro HDMI
GPSVia smartphone app
Body materialAluminium and plastic
AccessoriesUSB cable, wrist strap
Size (HxWxD)60x108x33mm
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Price including VAT£278
Part codeP10NC13890A

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