Playback Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of these screen captures. The XQ1 does not come with A/V cables, so we had to photograph the display.

The default playback view shows basic camera information, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO setting along the bottom. The top right corner shows file number, file size, and dynamic range. Pressing the display/back button brings up the information overlay menu along the bottom of the screen.

Pressing the display button changes the selection. The second choice is no info.

The third playback option is favorites, and in this mode you can use the up/down positions on the four-way control to assign a star rating to your shots from one to five stars. You can use this in image search to bring up only images with, for example, a five-star rating.

The fourth, and last, display option is called detail information. This view lists nine camera settings, including (from top) dynamic range, file size, ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

You don't have to go to the detail information display to gather camera settings data, however.

You can retrieve detailed camera information quickly, regardless of the information display, by turning the control ring. This brings up a total of 16 camera settings, laid out over three screens. This feature works in all display modes except for favorites.

Shots taken in a burst using continuous shooting are grouped in playback. The first image is shown, and to see the rest you press downward on the four-way control (as indicated by the icon near the bottom of the screen.

Note the preview picture-in-picture at lower right. This plays an animated preview of the burst mode series - an entertaining little touch.

A leftward push on the zoom ring around the shutter release button launches index view. The first thumbnail view includes four shots, with the selected image boxed in a white frame.

A second leftward push on the zoom ring brings up a 9-thumbnail index view.

A third leftward press on the zoom ring brings up a 100-thumbnail index view. This is helpful for scrolling quickly through groups of shots. The 920,000-dot resolution on the 3-inch LCD helps you see the general subject matter of the tiny thumbnails, and the selected shot is magnified to help you make your selection.

The XQ1 does not have a calendar view, though you can search for images by date.

Pressing the zoom ring to the right magnifies the image. A thumbnail of the entire image appears at bottom right to help you reposition the magnified part of the frame. I like that in this magnified view, turning the four-way dial jumps you to previous/next images, making it easy to quickly inspect the focus or other fine details on multiple images.

In playback, motion panoramas appear in their entirety on the LCD. But when you press downward on the four-way control (indicated by "play" on the LCD), the image enlarges to full screen and glides across the screen.

Page 1 of the playback menu includes a Wi-Fi selection. You can use this to transfer images to a smartphone or PC with the Fujifilm Photo Receiver or PC Auto Save application installed, respectively. However, you can do this more quickly by pressing the E-Fn/Wi-Fi button, which launches this function with one press in playback mode.

Page 2 of the playback menu includes the few editing options available. The XQ1 is not tailored for those who want to apply filters right after taking a shot for quick upload to social networks and the like. You have to select your filter before you shoot. Here, you just get a very basic list of options including red-eye removal, crop, and image rotate.

The default view of movies in playback mode is "information," which includes the above icons and film strip borders until playback is begun.

Movie playback display options:
  • Information
  • Information off
  • Favorites
  • Detail information


Once you press play, the video is enlarged and almost all icons go away. The movie camera icon at top left changes into a playback icon and a duration bar appears that stretches across the top of the screen toward the duration indicator at top right.

At the bottom of the screen are just playback control indicators.

You can view more information about movie files by selecting the detail info view, which includes a histogram below the movie thumbnail. Although there is not an icon to tell you, pressing downward on the four-way control will still begin playback, which looks the same as above.

As with still images, there are no filters to apply to video files in playback mode. You can erase frames, though the process is not intuitive. Compared to cameras that let you select a beginning and end point for trimming a movie, the XQ1's regime was unintelligible. The on-screen prompts do not make it obvious how to select the frames you want to erase. In fact, I couldn't find out how this works from either the printed manual or the PDF manual I downloaded from the Fujifilm website.

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