Just in Time for Christmas: FUJIFILM Launches New Premium Compact XQ1 Camera

Just in Time for Christmas: FUJIFILM Launches New Premium Compact XQ1 Camera

FUJIFILM announced the launch of the XQ1, the sixth premium interchangeable-lens camera, bringing X-Series quality in its smallest size yet to the UAE. The pocket-sized XQ1 features a newly developed F1.8 4x zoom lens and the same type of 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II as used in the highly regarded FUJIFILM X20. This means the XQ1’s sensor size approximately doubles those in ordinary compact digital cameras and is able to deliver the world’s fastest AF speed at 0.06 seconds. The XQ1 also features a built-in Super Intelligent Flash which accurately controls the amount of light for the shooting situation.

Even though the XQ1 is ultra-small there is no compromise on performance or image quality. Its elegant design and classy finish really makes the XQ1 stand out. It is available in a stylish Black or Silver which brings an essential stamp of luxury, making it the perfect premium compact camera for discerning users. I’m all about portability and luxury; Oh, the joys of carrying a luxurious and functional gadget in my handbag. Check out highlights of the XQ1’s features below…

Image Quality

The newly developed F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm) is constructed with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses, with all lens surfaces covered in Fujinon original HT-EBC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The bright F1.8 aperture gives the background a natural bokeh effect for a beautiful contrast with the main subject.

Image quality is further enhanced by the Lens Modulation Optimizer. It corrects slight blurring and diffractions caused when the lens aperture is narrowed. This maximizes the resolving power of the lens for edge-to-edge image clarity. 3.0 stopOptical image stabilization is extremely useful when using the camera in low light condition.

Speed and Focus

With its responsive focusing and quick start-up time, the XQ1 won’t let you down when you need to capture a fleeting moment. It boasts that world’s fastest AF of 0.06 seconds and a shooting interval of 0.3 seconds until the next frame can be taken while shutter lag is just 0.015 seconds.

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Stunning Good Looks

A quality performance is matched by the XQ1’s luxurious aesthetic and first class handling. Settings from Advanced Filters to high level manual focusing, aperture, and shutter speed can all be changed by turning the machined aluminum high texture control ring fitted around the lens. This avoids the need to go into the menu. Plus, it’s easy to access your own preferred functions too, using the expansion function (E-Fn) button on the back of the camera.

Wireless Transfer (and yep…there’s an app for that)

You can easily transfer images wirelessly from the XQ1 to your smartphone or smart tablet after installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Application app. There are no troublesome ID and password settings; just press the Wi-Fi® button of the camera and then add the images instantly to your blog or share them with friends on your social networking site. Users can set the XQ1 to read its location from smartphones and tablets enabling them to keep tags on where they took the photo.

Creative options

Choose your own image style with the Film Simulation Mode and recreate FUJIFILM’s unique film heritage. By selecting from one of five variations you can shoot your images how you want them. Velvia gives vivid colors, ASTIA is suitable for portraits, PROVIA offers a natural all-rounder, while Sepia and Monochrome can also be enjoyed. There are also eight Advanced Filter options for extra creativity, including Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color, while in Multiple Exposure mode it’s easy to overlay two images on a single frame.

Intelligent flash

The built-in Super Intelligent Flash accurately controls the amount of light for the shooting situation. For example, natural-looking indoor portraits, macro subjects, or food images can all be taken with over-exposure carefully controlled. Also strong backlit subjects, such as faces, will also be beautifully and naturally illuminated bringing out all the detail you want from the shadows.

HD Movies

Movies can be filmed in Full HD at 60fps and the dedicated image stabilization function helps keep things smooth when shooting handheld. If you want to explore the movie director in you, then try out the Film Simulation Modes to give your creativity a distinctive look.

Available Accessories

  • Bottom leather case (Black BLC-XQ1 BC and Brown BLC-XQ1 BW)
  • Waterproof case WP-XQ1 for depth to 40 meters
  • O Ring Kit ORK-XQ1

The XQ1 is available at Grand stores for AED 1,799. For more information, visit the FUJIFILM website.

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