Fujifilm will allegedly announce the XQ2 compact camera in the near future, as this device has been registered on the website of a Chinese agency. This model will be joined by several other compacts, which have just showed up on Novocert’s website, the same agency which leaked the names of upcoming Nikon cameras.
The recently-rumored Fujifilm X70 may have to wait, as the Japan-based company is actually planning to introduce a successor to the XQ1 compact camera, initially announced in October 2013.
The “Fujifilm XQ2” name has showed up on MIIT, an agency operating under the ruling of the Chinese government, where companies must register their products before being released on the market.
Fujifilm XQ2 compact camera registered on China’s MIIT website
Fuji has announced the XQ1 compact camera in October 2013 as a model featuring a 12-megapixel 2/3-inch-type X-Trans CMOS II image sensor and an EXR II image processor.
The shooter also comes with a hybrid autofocus system, Focus Peaking support, and Lens Modulation Optimizer among others.
The camera also employs a 35mm focal length equivalent lens of 25-100mm with a maximum aperture range of f/1.8-4.9 and built-in optical image stabilization technology.
XQ1 is a truly compact device that is appealing to photographers who do not want to carry around a bulky kit. The Fujifilm XQ2 should be built around the same idea, but there are no specs mentioned on China’s MIIT website
Fuji has added WiFi into the XQ1 and the XQ2’s presence at MIIT probably means that the upcoming compact camera will also come packed with WiFi.
The official announcement will most likely take place at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015 or around the date of this major event. Until then, Amazon is selling the Fuji XQ1 for about $350.
Fuji’s list of upcoming compacts: XP80, XP81, XP85, S9950W, S9900W, S9850, S9800, and S9750
The XQ2 will be just one from a myriad of upcoming Fujifilm compact cameras. A bunch of Nikon compacts have showed up on Novocert’s website and they have been followed by several Fuji models.
The list includes the XP80, XP81, and XP85, which sound like they are very similar cameras. In addition, the S9950W and S9900W will also become official soon and they will be followed by the S9850, S9800, and S9750.
As stated above, the CP+ 2015 show is on its way and it would be a great opportunity for Fuji to introduce all these cameras. No specs have been leaked for now, therefore you will have to stay tuned for more details!