October 18th 2013 8:20 am

Critic reviews

7.7
3 reviews
  • Image quality
    6.8
  • Video quality
    6.0
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.9
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    6.9
  • Ease of use
    8.0

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9.0
2 reviews
  • Image quality
    10
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 19, 2013

Because the autofocus is hit and miss and that, ultimately, costs the camera. It’s not a write-off by any means - but in a number of bright-lit conditions autofocus failed to lock on. And in that real world that kind of stuff really matters. When it’s on point it is super-fast though.

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8.0
T3 Jan 31, 2014

We loved the Fuji's classic design yet snapshot-like approachability, and it comes at a value added price. Reassuringly weighty in the palm and with a subtly roughened surface to the front preventing fingers from slipping, the XQ1 feels the part as well as looking it.

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7.0
TechRadar Dec 23, 2013

It is a fun camera, but we can't help feel it fails to live up to its promises, and with the falling cost of models such as the Canon Powershot G16/G15 and GX1 and the Panasonic LX7, it might find standing against the competition rather difficult.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 18, 2013

Photographers looking for a more pocketable shooter will want to look at the XQ1. The 12-megapixel compact cam is a spiritual successor to the XF1 that ditches the faux leather look in favor of a plainer, smaller body.

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CNET Oct 17, 2013

It's cute, and based on previous experiences I think it should deliver decent performance and good photo quality. But the enthusiast compact field is pretty crowded, with tons of competitors at both lower and higher prices, and Fujifilm has yet to deliver solid video in these cameras.

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Gizmodo Oct 23, 2013

Between the better focus and the bigger pixels, the XQ1 will likely have better image quality, especially when it's dark. Overall, the camera's performance was snappy and accurate, even in the crap conditions of a Fuji press event.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 18, 2013

Sat back to back against its bigger brother X20 camera and it's clear just how much smaller the QX1 is, as shown in our image gallery. Even though that comes at the expense of a viewfinder, main mode dial and other such controls we still think it's a sensible prospect.

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TechRadar Oct 18, 2013

We're pretty excited about the Fuji XQ1, it's small enough to be fitted into a jeans pocket yet allows control over all the features that enthusiasts want and has a pedigree that indicates it will produce high quality images.

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