Fujifilm XQ2 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Fujifilm XQ2
Resolution: 12.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 2/3 inch
(8.8mm x 6.6mm)
Lens: 4.00x zoom
(25-100mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 12,800
Shutter: 1/4000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 1.8
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 in.
(100 x 59 x 33 mm)
Weight: 7.3 oz (206 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2015
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Full specs: Fujifilm XQ2 specifications
12.00
Megapixels
4.00x zoom 2/3 inch
size sensor
image of Fujifilm XQ2
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Fuji XQ2 Review -- First Impressions

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Fuji XQ2 Review -- Front view with flash

Fujifilm has unveiled the XQ2, an ultra-portable, high-end pocket camera that keeps both form and function a top priority. Part of their X-Series, the Fuji XQ2 is a successor to the company's XQ1, a powerful, pocketable beast in its own regard.

As with its predecessor, the XQ2 features Fuji's award-winning X-Trans sensor technology with an identical 2/3-inch 12-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Behind that sensor is the company's EXR II processor, which 'more than doubles' the processing speed of the previous generation used in the XF1. The Fuji XQ2 also keeps the XQ1's impressive manufacturer-specified startup time of one second and 0.015 second shutter lag.

Although Fujifilm calls it "newly developed," the XQ2 appears to retain the exact same Fujinon lens as the XQ1. The 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) Fujinon zoom lens features a 4x optical zoom with a max aperture of f/1.8 on the wide end, though it drops off to a rather paltry f/4.9 when at full telephoto. Inside are seven elements in six groups, four of which are aspherical elements and three are extra low dispersion. Additionally, each element has been coated with Fuji's HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) to reduce ghosting and flare. The lens also features optical image stabilization, said to be good for up to 3 stops of correction.

Like Fuji's other X-Trans cameras, the XQ2 lacks an optical low-pass filter, thanks to the sensor's proprietary randomized color filter layout which helps avoid moiré and false colors. In addition, Fuji's Lens Modulation Optimizer technology helps to remove unwanted fringing and diffraction when shooting wide and far.

As with its older sibling, autofocus performance is claimed to be one of the best in the business, with a blazing response time of 0.06 seconds. Powering the XQ2's AF performance is over 100,000 on-sensor phase detection pixels used in combination with Fuji's contrast-detection AF in their auto-switching system. Like the XQ1, the XQ2 also has a dedicated focus peaking mode, which makes for easier manual focus.

Other features within the XQ2 stay mostly the same as the XQ1. The ISO range remains unchanged, going from 100 up to 12,800. Video can be shot up to 60p at full 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and is kept in focus thanks to Fuji's AF tracking technology. Wi-Fi capabilities remain largely unchanged, with the same dedicated button to quickly transfer photos and videos wirelessly to your smartphone via Fujifilm's camera app for iOS and Android devices, though you can now send photos directly to Fuji's Instax SHARE SP-1 Smartphone Printer for instant prints.

In addition to the standard film simulation lineup that emulates Fuji's classic Velvia, Astia and Provia films, the XQ2 tosses in the new 'Classic Chrome' look that Fuji has been graciously introducing to its newer cameras.

The Fujifilm XQ2 is set to be released in February 2015 in black, white or black and silver with a suggested retail price of US$399.95.

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