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Fujifilm X20 vs XQ1

The Fujifilm X20 and the Fujifilm XQ1 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2013 and October 2013. Both the X20 and the XQ1 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 2/3 sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 12 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X20 versus Fujifilm XQ1
Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9
12 MP, Two Thirds Sensor 12 MP, Two Thirds Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-12,800 ISO 100-12,800
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.8 LCD, 460k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
12 shutter flaps per second 12 shutter flaps per second
270 shots per battery charge240 shots per battery charge
117 x 70 x 57 mm, 353 g 100 x 59 x 33 mm, 206 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X20 and the Fujifilm XQ1? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X20 and the Fujifilm XQ1 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, silver).

Size Fujifilm X20 vs Fujifilm XQ1
Compare X20 versus XQ1 top
Comparison X20 or XQ1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Fujifilm XQ1 is notably smaller (28 percent) than the Fujifilm X20. Moreover, the XQ1 is substantially lighter (42 percent) than the X20. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X20 nor the XQ1 are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599i
2.
 
Fujifilm XQ1 100 mm 59 mm 33 mm 206 g 240 n Oct 2013 499i
3.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
4.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
5.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499i
6.
 
Fujifilm XQ2 100 mm 59 mm 33 mm 206 g 240 n Jan 2015 399 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599i
9.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Sep 2012 699i
10.
 
Nikon P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549i
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 410 n Oct 2013 699i
12.
 
Panasonic LF1 103 mm 62 mm 28 mm 192 g 250 n Apr 2013 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The XQ1 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 17 percent) than the X20, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 2/3 sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 3.9. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Fujifilm X20 and Fujifilm XQ1 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 12 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the X20 and the XQ1 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the XQ1 is a somewhat more recent model (by 9 months) than the X20, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Fujifilm X20 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800. The Fujifilm XQ1 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

X20 versus XQ1 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
2.
 
Fujifilm XQ1 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
3.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
4.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
5.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
6.
 
Fujifilm XQ2 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550
9.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p........
10.
 
Nikon P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.720054
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.711.617951
12.
 
Panasonic LF1 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.811.621152
13.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.714750

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/60p).

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X20 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the XQ1 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm X20 and Fujifilm XQ1 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
2.
 
Fujifilm XQ1none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm XQ2none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
9.
 
Leica D-LUX 6optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
10.
 
Nikon P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 11440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic LF1200 n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y

Both the X20 and the XQ1 have zoom lenses built in. The X20 has a 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 optic and the XQ1 offers a 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the XQ1 provides a wider angle of view at the short end than the X20, but less tele-photo reach at the long end. The XQ1 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X20 and the XQ1 write their files to SDXC cards. The XQ1 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the X20 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X20 and Fujifilm XQ1 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
2.
 
Fujifilm XQ1-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
5.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Fujifilm XQ2-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Leica D-LUX 6Ystereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Nikon P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Panasonic LF1-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the X20 has a hotshoe, while the XQ1 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the X20 and the XQ1 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The X20 was replaced by the Fujifilm X30, while the XQ1 was followed by the Fujifilm XQ2. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm website.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Fujifilm X20 or the Fujifilm XQ1 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X20:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (270 versus 240) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2013).


Advantages of the Fujifilm XQ1:

  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 460k dots).
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.8 vs f/2.0).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More compact: Is smaller (100x59mm vs 117x70mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 147g or 42 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (17 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (9 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the XQ1 is the clear winner of the contest (10 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X20 05:10 XQ1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X20 and the Fujifilm XQ1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the X20 or the XQ1 perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599i
2.
 
Fujifilm XQ1......4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 499i
3.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
4.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
5.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499i
6.
 
Fujifilm XQ2......4/54/5 Jan 2015 399 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599i
9.
 
Leica D-LUX 6......4/54/5 Sep 2012 699i
10.
 
Nikon P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549i
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 699i
12.
 
Panasonic LF13/5+..4/54.5/5 Apr 2013 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X20 vs Fujifilm XQ1

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9
    Launch Date January 2013 October 2013
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Two Thirds Sensor Two Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 8.8 x 6.6 mm 8.8 x 6.6 mm
    Sensor Area 58.08 mm2 58.08 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 11 mm 11 mm
    Crop Factor 3.9x 3.9x
    Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixels 12 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 pixels 4000 x 3000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.20 μm 2.20 μm
    Pixel Density 20.66 MP/cm2 20.66 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 85%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 12 shutter flaps/s 12 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm XQ1
    Battery Type NP-50 NP-48
    Battery Life (CIPA)270 shots per charge240 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 117 x 70 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 2.8 x 2.2 in)
    100 x 59 x 33 mm
    (3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 353 g (12.5 oz) 206 g (7.3 oz)

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