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Fujifilm XQ2 review

Our Rating :
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


Fujifilm cameras tend to fall short for video quality, and the XQ2 is no exception. The specs look promising, with 1080p capture at 30 and 60fps in AVC format. However, footage suffered from noise and blocky details. Autofocus was skittish and the autofocus motor disrupted the soundtrack.


The XQ2 put in a considerably more accomplished performance in our photo quality tests. Shots taken in automatic mode were expertly exposed and we were impressed to see the camera raising the shutter speed for moving subjects. It’s also possible to customise the Auto ISO function to set a maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed. Detail levels were good rather than great, with a slightly vague appearance to dense textures such as foliage. The 12-megapixel resolution is modest by today’s standards but unless you’re printing A4 or larger prints or like to crop photos heavily it’s hard to imagine this being an issue in practice. We noticed a halo-like glow around highlights, but again, it was subtle enough not to be a significant problem.

Noise levels are the toughest challenge for any compact camera. The XQ2’s f/1.8 lens really paid off in wide-angle shots but noise shot up as we zoomed in. Then again, armed with this knowledge it was possible to take excellent photos in low light by repositioning ourselves rather than relying on the zoom function.

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ Expertly balanced colours here, but close scrutiny reveals that fine details are a little vague at the long end of the zoom. (1/850s, f/6.4, ISO 200, 100mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ This shot in the middle of the zoom range is a little sharper. (1/58s, f/4.7, ISO 100, 61mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ Focus is sharp into the corners of this wide-angle shot, and there’s no sign of chromatic aberrations. (1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 25mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ The bright f/1.8 lens means the camera can still shoot at ISO 100 for optimal results in low light. There’s a slight blooming around highlights, though. (1/40s, f/1.8, ISO 100, 25mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ Shooting at the wide-angle end of the zoom produces superb results in low light. (1/30s, f/1.8, ISO 320, 25mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ Stepping back and zooming in means the aperture shrinks and the ISO speed shoots up, generating a significant amount of noise. (1/30s, f/4.9, ISO 2000, 91mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XQ2 image sample shot^ The relatively large sensor helps in low light but results at ISO 3200 don’t stand up to scrutiny. (1/27s, f/3.4, ISO 3200, 34mm equivalent)


The XQ2 adds up to a great package, and although spending £120 more on the Canon G7 X gives a jump in quality, we suspect many people will prefer to save their pennies and go for something truly pocket sized. However, it’s worth noting that image quality hasn’t progressed significantly since the Fujifilm XQ1 and Fujifilm XF1, which are available at knock-down prices. We’d also seriously consider the Panasonic LX7, which costs around £280 and is still an excellent choice despite its age. The XQ2 is slimmer and lighter, though, and its built-in Wi-Fi is another advantage over the LX7. It’s an excellent choice. If none of these meet your needs, or you need more advice, then check out our reguarly updated Best Cameras and Buying Guide.

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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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