Fuji XQ2 review
- Pocketable and well designed
- Intuitive menu system
- Good focal length range
- Excellent film simulation modes
- Lens and sensor not up with the very best in its class
- Dynamic range a little limited
- Noisy at higher ISOs
- No tilting screen
The Fuji XQ2 is undoubtedly a lovely little camera to use. It feels well made, is comfortable in use and is likely to be enjoyed by both enthusiasts and more casual photographers wanting a small and user friendly 'point and shoot' camera. Where image quality is concerned, there's no doubt it lacks the class leading performance of the Sony RX100 series. However, set against that, it is a far more intuitive camera to use, feels more comfortable in the hand, and benefits from Fuji's excellent film simulation modes and resulting pleasing colours. It is also considerably cheaper.The XQ2 is a really nice camera that just needs to be a little bit better to compete with the class leaders.
Image quality: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Calling the Fujifilm XQ2 a modest upgrade is something of an understatement - it's identical to the original XQ1 camera, except for a faster image proccesor, new Classic Chrome film simulation, new white colour-way, and a slightly lower official price on launch. In all other respects, it's impossible to tell the two cameras apart, which is disappointing given the 18-month gap between them, and ultimately means that Fujifilm's premium compact camera has fallen some way behind the fast-moving competition. We still like what the XQ2 has to offer, but it simply hasn't been improved enough to keep up with the likes of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 series - still recommended then, but make sure to check out the competition first...