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CNET First Look
Fujifilm's XQ2 is a lot of camera in a stylish little packageIt doesn't improve much on its predecessor, but with its larger image sensor and bright f1.8 lens, this pocket camera is an excellent step-up from your smartphone or average point-and-shoot.
Whether you've grown dissatisfied with your smartphones camera or you wanna pocket camera to compliment your SLR or you just want an actual camera that takes nice photos, an advanced compact like the Fujifilm XQ2 is the way to go. It's essentially the same as it's predecessor the XQ1, which in this case is a very good thing. The image sensor in here is about double the size of what you'd find in ordinary compact cameras or smartphones, which get you better image quality, especially in low light, which is really where it counts these days. The bright f18 lens helps out there too and it's fast to focus regardless of lighting conditions. [INAUDIBLE] Since this is targeted at enthusiasts, it does have a full assortment of shooting modes beyond full auto and scene selection. And you get direct access to important settings through the e-function button, and the lens' control ring. It has built in wi-fi, too, for transferring shots to your smartphone or tablet. But, unlike other cameras with wireless there's no option to remotely control the camera with your device. Other potential strikes against it are that its lens does get slower as soon as you start to zoom in, so you want to be careful about using the zoom in low light. And its video quality is just ok. So if having a camera that pulls double duty is important, You'll probably want to look elsewhere. You can read the full review on cnet.com, but basically, if you can afford the $400 cost, this will get you better photos than your smartphone or an average point and shoot, without weighing you down. I'm Josh Golden with CNET, thanks for watching.