|The rather-crowded mode dial has a user memory position (C), and an 'Adv.' position that accesses special features such as panorama mode, multi-shot low light mode, the background-blurring 'Pro Focus', and multiple exposure.
The 'Filter' position gives access to the image-processing 'Advanced filters' (Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High-Key, Low-Key, Dynamic Tone, Soft Focus, and Partial Colour).
|The XQ1 has a bright autofocus assist LED lamp to aid focusing in dark conditions. This can, naturally, be turned off in the menu if you prefer.
It can also be disabled, along with the flash and operational sounds, by pressing down the 'DISP' button for 2 seconds to enter 'Silent' mode.
|The tiny little flash unit pops-up out of the top plate. It's not motorized, so won't activate automatically when the camera is in auto modes. It's released by a sliding mechanical switch on the back of the top plate.|
|The XQ1's stereo microphones are placed centrally on the camera's top plate.|
|Like other 'shirt pocket' compacts, the lens is protected by an integrated metal cover when the camera is turned off.|
|The XQ1 has a micro USB socket hidden under a rubber flap on the side of the camera. In RX100-esque fashion it's used for charging the battery in-camera; you don't get an external charger in the box.|
|The battery and SD card are housed in a conventional compartment in the base of the camera. The camera uses the NP48 battery (3.6V, 960mAh, 3.6Wh), which provides enough power for approximately 240 shots.
This is a different battery than the one used in the XF1 but has the same overall power rating, so it seems reasonable to assume it's the powered zoom that cuts 60 shots off its battery life rating - making it worryingly low for all-day shooting.
|The tripod socket is placed off-centre from the lens, as is common with zoom compacts. Happily though it's well-separated from the base compartment, meaning you have a fighting chance of being able to change the battery or card with the camera on a tripod.
There's a Micro HDMI connector for connection to a TV hidden underneath a little rubber flap, right next to the battery compartment. A bit like the RX100, in fact.