How to Use the Q Button on the Fujifilm X100F and other Fuji Cameras to Easily Change Settings

I have two cameras (not counting my iPhone): the Olympus Pen-F and the Fujifilm X100F. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and each has its own feature set. One thing I really like on the X100F is the Q button.

The Q (or Quick Menu) button is on many of Fuji’s cameras. On the X100F, it’s on the right, and is easy to access with your thumb. It provides quick access to a number of settings that you may want to change quickly when shooting.

Q button

As you can see above, I’ve selected the Film Simulation setting. If you like Fuji’s film simulations, you may want to use this one often. To change any of the settings, just turn the rear dial. To move around from setting to setting, press one of the four sides of the Selector (those are the buttons around the Menu/OK button).

The settings available include Auto-Focus, Dynamic Range, Noise Reduction, Shadows, Highlights, and more. Here are the defaults:

Q menu settings

In the top left, you can see the button marked BASE C1. You can assign up to seven sets of settings that you can quickly access by selecting this and rotating the rear dial. To apply custom settings, go to the menus: IQ > Image Quality Setting > Edit/Save Custom Setting.

But it gets better. You can also change the settings available from the Quick Menu. Press and hold the Q button, then move to the settings button you want to change. Press the Menu button, then scroll through the list that displays. Find the setting you want to add, then press Menu/OK.

This is practical if you want to easily access settings like the ND Filter, Conversion Lens, Shutter Type settings, or others. You can personalize what displays when you press the Q menu by choosing your own settings, or by selecting the settings you use most for the buttons that are at the top or left, which are easier to access. So, if you want to move, say, the Film Simulation setting to the top left – so it’s selected as soon as you press the Q button – apply it instead of the Custom Settings button, but put that button where the Film Simulation setting is. I admit, it would be easier if there were a quicker way to move these buttons around, but this method works.

Take some time to get to know the Q button and the Quick Menu screen, and customize to so the settings you often change are easily accessible. You’ll save time, and you won’t have to dig through menus as much.

10 thoughts on “How to Use the Q Button on the Fujifilm X100F and other Fuji Cameras to Easily Change Settings

  1. Great tutorial Kirk. Isn’t it funny how someone feels the need to leave a negative comment? Not even relevant too. All new Fujifilm users would find your article very useful.

  2. Kirk presents the Q button as something significant because it is (implicitly) new. It’s not new. My dyspepsia is due to the Japanese jamming every feature they can think of in a camera, and when you ask about the “why and how” of an obscure (ie, hidden) one, you’re told “YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW THAT”.

    Forgive me, Kirk, but you’re not familiar with the history of camera technology.

    DSLRs have horrible interfaces. We need well-placed, dedicated buttons for the most-often used features.

  3. It is not new indeed, and even not new for Fujifilm (they’ve had this feature for a while now). But it is a very handy feature, and this article will surely help users new to Fujifilm.

    • Press and hold the Menu button for a few seconds. This is a feature that lets you lock all the buttons so you don’t press them accidentally.

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