Fujifilm XQ2 analysis: quality fits in a pocket?

Fujifilm XQ2

Because quality It can also be a pocket, or not really? A few weeks ago I traveled to Berlin, and as a result, also I started to choose which camera would be suitable for the occasion. Finally, a friend could lend the Nikon D7000 which added a 50mm lens , not enough for me anymore. However, although it was a camera with a small target, it out to take pictures became frustrating as what time.

“The best camera is the one that is always with us “ So many times I wanted to have a much more compact device that could be stored and transported without that was a burden to me. As Jose Jacas said in his analysis of the S6 camera, “the best camera is the one is always with us. “

It would be wrong to perform a balance between size and quality of a device, as sometimes they do not match. But it is true small size camera usually inconvenient to tackling issues such as the dimensions of their sensor (although there are exceptions, such as the Sony RX1) and ergonomics .

Therefore, although demand a small camera I find the added tessitura of how to render that device and whether it will rise in most situations that I face when perform pictures. The Fujifilm XQ2, a priori, should meet these requirements, see if it is really so.


 Fujifilm XQ2-5

The first thing that strikes us XQ2 Fujifilm is the vintage look with which designed the device, but knowing other models of Japanese brand, such as Fuji X30, nor is it strange to see this retro style applied to other cameras. And the truth is that, at first glance, the compact Fuji is a camera that falls in love.

materials is not that they are wonderful, consists of plastic and areas metallized but also stand out as being of poor quality. In addition to economic reasons (we must not forget that we have a chamber 350 €), the choice of these characteristics also has consequences for the weight because we only support a 200 grams when to take snapshots with Fujifilm XQ2.

Fujifilm XQ2- 7

But where it really has been successful is dimensions , the camera takes the bare minimum. It is very comfortable to wear and does not pose any problem transporting us when we go somewhere, why I left my DSLR at home on many occasions.

Also in the wake of the marked by Fuji X30, the Japanese brand has also added in this model control ring at the base of the lens. Thanks to it is very convenient to switch between different exposure values, but can also be adjusted to control from there other settings, such as zoom or focus.

The interior

Fujifilm XQ2-2

Fuji’s big bet is being included in their devices sensor 2/3 X-Trans CMOS II , whose dimensions They are incorporating outperform other brands such as sensors Micro Four Thirds Panasonic . This would have to have its advantages, both to extract information from the socket, as for less granular by using high sensitivity. However these aspects come into play many more factors that only the sensor. Factors that deepen later.

The EXR II processor allows a burst of 12 photos per second , a number that is high relative to those offered by other brands, but we must also keep in mind that the captured photographs of 12 megapixels, a lower resolution than that offered by other models.

 Fujifilm XQ2-10

As for your lens is a f1.8- Fujinon 25-100mm f4.9 x4 , as we see covers a wide range focal. However, this also affects the brightness of our decision, since the maximum opening is only 100mm f4.9, causing a well exposed image with 25mm becomes a dark instant when the zoom extended. It is inevitable, but the optical happens to be excellent simply be decent.

Includes a system approach Hybrid, which combines technology detection phase itself the SLR with built-in focus by contrast tend to be compact and mirrorless cameras. This should work perfectly, but I have come across some trouble . Throughout the analysis it will affect this point, but I can say that in certain contexts has been somewhat frustrating achieving focus on an object.

Taking pictures

From my point of view, Fujifilm greatest achievement XQ2 does not bother when we take a drink with friends or touring the city. But What results offer us? because it is useless a transportable camera that does not answer our photographic requirements.

 f / 3.2. 1/60. ISO 100
f / 3.2. 1/60. ISO 100

Let’s start talking about Dynamic Range , which in my view is one of the big losers with Fujifilm XQ2. The difference between the lightest and darkest point is scarce, so in contrasting scenes have no choice but to get a very clear or very dark instant. In the settings we can change how wide we want this dynamic range, but the results are quite similar. Moreover, not fancy having to modify this setting for each scene that we face.

 ISO Fuji XQ2

Another negative point is that related to the ISO , since we have only until 3200 (without force) and from 1600 already shows sharply, quite grainy and loss of detail. Also, we keep in mind that when using a wide focal length the maximum available aperture is much less light, so we’ll have to use a high ISO value and as a result also show granulate in the shot.

However, perhaps we can also compensate for the lack of light down the shutter speed as your system stabilization was pleasantly surprised . Obviously, everything depends on the focal length you’re using, but apart from that, be able to take a picture with a speed well below 1/60 is something that affects very favorably to the light obtained. However, one should not forget that objects move within the framework of our picture, so they will blur.

In the pictures above we see two night shots, the first of which made a 1/50 and the second to an amazing 1/13 .

Other positive field is the processing of JPEG produced by the camera, which is right and necessary. That is, with respect to RAW images have more color, somewhat less noise and some focus. play very well know what to do with each snapshot , which is also shown with an appropriate White Balance , even in night scenes.

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As you can see, the results of JPEG are clearly superior to those of a unprocessed RAW, something not often say very often in many cameras.


If it is a camera that will accompany us wherever we go, one of the main attributes that should have is the ability to adapt to all situations. We want a camera that can be carried in our pockets, and that it complies. But in what contexts decays quality?

As mentioned earlier, one of the negatives is autofocus camera. When we tried to get a flat detail in night scenes (or low light) is desperate , having to juggle to focus on something that, in principle, should be simple.

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The macro mode has a minimum focusing distance of 3 cm, which added to its wide opening gives us a very pronounced bokeh, to be content to fans of this kind of photography. Unfortunately, this feature must add the handicap presented in the previous point, that of a hesitant approach especially when we want a closed object plane.

The experience of bringing XQ2 Fuji is especially good daylight . Since we contemplate a possible photo, until we get our pocket camera and focus not spend just two seconds. It is quick and easy.

We also have the possibility of Video to a resolution of 1920×1080 60p, an addition that is never over but that does not seem to be particularly relevant in the Fujifilm XQ2 fact nor a video mode as such, but we enter this directly by pressing the record button. Now the first question 6.5Retomamos analysis: quality can also be pocket, or not really? The answer to this would be: depends on where you put your demands on the camera . Fujifilm is a device XQ2 recommend that user with basic knowledge about photography than simply expect good pictures. That does not mean that Fuji camera is not at a good level in some aspects, but would fall short for a person who expects something more from their Instant .

It is very comfortable to carry, and transport is not a big drawback. In addition, the processing of your images JPEG fixes exactly those values ​​would alter on our own RAW format. Thus, it gives confidence to use the archive knowing that we will achieve these results.

However, as € 350 camera also has limitations , and that affects me It is the focus. Take into focus an object can be frustrating, especially when we find little light situations, a scenario that is also seriously damaged when using a long focal distance or raise sensitivity beyond 1600. – Dimensions : It is very comfortable to wear and transport is not a problem with us. – design : for the vintage is fashionable. – Processing : the processing of your JPEG images corrected exactly those values ​​would alter when handling RAW (noise reduction, focus, intensity … etc.) – Stabilizer : very good results even with low obturación.- Focus : get details in low light can be an ordeal. – Dynamic Range : insufficient in high-contrast scenes. – Lack of light : a f4.9, use the maximum focal distance at night is almost impossible. Furthermore, it is difficult to try to correct that raising the ISO sensitivity, as from 1600 has a very noticeable loss of quality


Fujifilm XQ2 analysis: quality fits in a pocket?
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May 26, 2015

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