Fuji XQ1

happy Snappy This tiny-bod­ied, big-sen­sor com­pact means high qual­ity for your ref­er­ence gath­er­ing

ImagineFX - - Reviews -

This tiny-bod­ied, big-sen­sor com­pact cam­era with a su­per-wide aper­ture gives high im­age-qual­ity and great low-light func­tion­al­ity.

There’s an ap­petite for pre­mium-qual­ity com­pact cam­eras, with buy­ers ea­ger for well-built bod­ies giv­ing the im­pres­sion of de­tailed con­trol, a high-per­for­mance lens and additional fea­tures. A su­per-wide aper­ture is just one of the fea­tures that users are crav­ing for, as is a max­i­mum open­ing of f/1.8 – and they’re both here in the Fuji XQ1.

Why should dig­i­tal artists be in­ter­ested in all of this? Well we’re al­ways look­ing for the per­fect com­pact to take on lo­ca­tion to take myr­iad ref­er­ence pho­tos for fu­ture projects. Not only is this cam­era ef­fort­less to use, the large aper­ture lens can cre­ate shal­low depth of field – an­other cre­ative op­tion that tends to be pretty rare on cam­eras this size.

It also fea­tures that sec­ond most­de­sired additional fea­ture: a larg­erthan-usual imag­ing sen­sor, along with the pro­ces­sor of a model much fur­ther up the cam­era hi­er­ar­chy.

What’s also ap­peal­ing is that you can start play­ing with the im­age be­fore you trans­fer and open it up in Pho­to­shop. Those of you who re­mem­ber us­ing film will like the im­age set­tings that sim­u­late the colour and con­trast of Provia, As­tia and Velvia trans­parency emul­sions, as well as the black and white tones of Neopan – a heady mix in­deed! Over­all, this is a cracking cam­era to help you cap­ture the foun­da­tions of your next dig­i­tal mas­ter­piece.

The XQ1 of­fers some neat retro con­trol rings around the lens, for use­ful things like aper­ture, ISO, white bal­ance, zoom and a whole lot more.

The XQ1 pro­vides in-cam­era raw pro­cess­ing, en­abling you to add film ‘looks’ to im­ages post-cap­ture, and to al­ter con­trast and colour set­tings.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.