This is not meant to be an in-depth review of the Fuji XQ1, because I normally do not like spending time evaluating point and shoot cameras. First, there are too many of them and they recycle every year, sometimes even several times a year. Second, with the rise of the cell phone market with pretty impressive cameras, I just do not see the future of the point and shoot market. And lastly, the XQ1 simply ended up in my hands in error and I did not want to send it back without writing a few words about it.
Along with the highly-anticipated Fujifilm X-E2 interchangeable lens camera, Fuji has also announced a successor to the stylish X-F1 compact point-and-shoot. The new XQ1 builds on the tested formula for a high-end compact camera – a large (in comparison to lower-end compact cameras) sensor, solid build quality, fast zoom lens and diminutive size. Do anything less and the crowded market will literally swamp such a camera with other offerings from all sides, smartphones among them. Thankfully, Fujifilm seems to have made all the right choices with the XQ1. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.