Fujifilm XQ2 Brief Review



  • 12 megapixel 2/3” X-Trans CMOS sensor (no optical low pass filter)
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f1.8-4.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • Macro shooting to 1.1 inches (3 cm)
  • Manual modes
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Continuous shooting up to 12 fps (maximum 9 frames)
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • Wi-fi
  • Li-ion battery rated at 240 frames
  • Weighs 7.3 ounces (206g)
  • Release Date: 2015-01-14
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm X-Q2 boasts high speed in compact package
The predecessor was among the fastest in the advanced category--yet the Fujifilm X-Q2 still continues to improve on speed.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/1/2015

The Fujifilm XQ1 impressed us last year with category-leading speed--with a brand new processor, the XQ2 pushes that even further.

While you don't see a jump in burst speed in the tech specs, the Fujifilm XQ2 has an updated processor, the EXR Processor II. The manufacturer claims this new processor more than doubles the camera's speed in recording images. Autofocus also looks to have seen a speed improvement, with Fujifilm claiming the XQ2 earns the "worlds fastest" designation with a .06 second autofocus, compared to other compact cameras with the same size sensor. Factor in the fact that the previous model already had excellent speed and a category-leading 12 fps burst speed, and the XQ2 is a pretty snappy shooter.

Also among the improvements are a newly designed lens. The XQ2 keeps the f1.8-4.9 aperture and 4x optical zoom, but adds in addition coatings and design features to help cut back on flare and ghosting. Fujifilm's film simulation modes are also new to this model.

Outside of the new processor, the XQ2 has a lot of the same features we enjoyed in the XQ1, including a 12 fps burst. The X-Trans sensor leads to excellently detailed images, even in low light, though it's not the biggest sensor in the category at 2/3". Advanced features like manual modes, RAW and wi-fi are all included. The XQ2 doesn't include a viewfinder, and we did have some trouble with the LCD screen not accurately displaying the exposure on the XQ1, though there's no indication yet whether that has been fixed with the new model.

The XQ2 is first a fast camera, and second one that leads to excellent images. It has a smaller sensor than the Sony RX100 line, the Canon G7 X, the Canon G1X and the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, but it also has a lower price point. While the sensor is smaller, the X-Trans design does compensate for that some. It's a dialed-down version of the more advanced Fujifilm X30, so check out both options before making a purchase.

The Fujifilm XQ2 is available beginning in mid-February 2015 in black or silver.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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