SergioNevermind: So let´s say this is an X-20, same X trans sensor, without the viewfinder, without the wonderfull lens, at a similar price?
Do I get it right?
Mr. Westlake, I am happy to see you actively participating in this discussion. A year ago, Richard Butler, whose body of work has been exemplary, produced what DPReview has labeled a "Review" of the XF1, as part of a round-up of disparate cameras, most of which were the subject of separate in-depth reviews on DPReview. The cursory treatment given to the XF1 might be described as a "hatchet job," but I am sure it was not intentional; but one cannot conduct a serious test of a camera in 15 minutes outside on a drizzly November day in Seattle. One hopes that you will include REAL tests of the XF1 as a baseline for your full test of the XQ1.
In fact, you will find that Fujifilm introduced major changes in software lens correction between the X10 and the XF1, which came to share the same sensor. You will find that the changes made BEFORE the XF1 was introduced are MUCH more significant than the tweaks for the XQ1, and there is no "distinct different concept" between the XF1 and XQ1.
The "new" in "...Fuji's new Lens Modulation Technology ..." appears to be the freshly minted phrase for a technology that already existed in the XF1. The XF1's lens is only minimally corrected optically, but very highly corrected in firmware, as Tom Niemann, author of the excellent PTLens lens correction software program, has shown.
So although the technology was just unveiled for the X-E2 for interchangeable lens models of the X-series, it was already in place (without a name) on the fixed-lens XF1. What is new on the XQ1 is the NAME of the technology.
The XF1/XQ1 lens is wonderful in its own right, It is 1-1/2 stops slower at the 100 mm end, but gives better image quality than the X10-X20 lens at that focal length; it is 1/3 stop faster than the X10-X20 lens at the 28 mm end, but the X10-X20 lens gives better image quality at wide angle. The XF1/XQ1 lens has less flare and higher light transmittance than the X10-X20 lens. Call it a stand-off.
The XQ1 is debuting at a MUCH higher price than the XF1, but the XF1 is clearly the better camera. That is the oddity with this introduction.
The XQ1 is the to the XF1 what, seven years ago, the Fujifilm F20 was to the Fujifilm F30. When it was introduced, the F30 was a category leader, and pioneer. A few months later, Fujifilm introduced the F20, which was F30 Lite, with reduced functionality, at a lower price point.
X-Trans sensor advantages kick in at larger sensor sizes. The X-Trans sensor in 2/3" size is inferior to a 2/3" EXR sensor; see the DXO dynamic range comparator (X10 vs. X20) at DR400.
Whereas the XF1 zoom can be adjusted to any focal length between 25 mm and 100 mm, the XQ1 has a stepped increment zoom control, so the XQ1 zoom lens can be set to only a limited number of focal lengths. And the tiny lever adjustment of the XQ1 will be twitchy, and overshoot intermediate focal lengths.
The battery of the older XF1 has a greater capacity than the battery of the newer XQ1.
The XQ1 is -- thus -- an XF1 Lite -- but this time at a higher price than the original model.
I predict a very dim future for the XQ1.
Francis Carver: The heck is this?
The XQ1 bears the same relationship to the XF1 that -- back in the day, seven years ago -- the Fujifilm F20 bore to the Fujifilm F30. The F30 was a category leader, an excellent compact camera, when it was introduced. A few months later, Fujifilm introduced the F20, which was F30 Lite, with reduced functionality, at a lower price point.
At 2/3" sensor size, the X-Trans sensor is very inferior to the 2/3" Fujifilm EXR sensor, as may be seen in the DXO comparator. (The X-Trans technology advantage kicks in at larger sensor sizes.) The battery of the older XF1 has a greater capacity than the battery of the newer XQ1. The continuously variable zoom control of the XF1 is far superior to the twitchy stepped (limited) zoom control of the XQ1. The XQ1 is -- thus -- an XF1 Lite -- but this time at a higher price than the original model.