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The best Fujifilm cameras for beginners are the basic point and shoot cameras which are lightweight and highly portable. Available under the Finepix product line, these cameras can capture Full HD videos and images of over 14 Megapixel resolution. The below listed top-rated cameras are also the best rugged cameras available in wide variety of colors and are limited to only those products which can be affordable under the $300 price range.

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Fuji XQ2

Fujifilm XQ2


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Fujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Fujifilm FinePix XP70
Fujifilm XQ1
Fujifilm FinePix XP170
Fujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Fujifilm FinePix XP70
Fujifilm XQ1 12MP Digital Camera
FUJIFILM FinePix XP170 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Mar 2014
Oct 2013
Jun 2012
Weight
0.45 lb.
0.39 lb.
0.39 lb.
0.45 lb.
0.45 lb.
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
4.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
4.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
14.4 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
3.6 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
3.6 mm
7.66 mm

  • The Fujifilm XQ2 is a pocket-friendly camera that is capable of capturing excellent images.


  • Calling the Fujifilm XQ2 a modest upgrade is something of an understatement - it's identical to the original XQ1 camera, except for a faster image proccesor, new Classic Chrome film simulation, new white colour-way, and a slightly lower official price on launch. In all other respects, it's impossible to tell the two cameras apart, which is disappointing given the 18-month gap between them, and ultimately means that Fujifilm's premium compact camera has fallen some way behind the fast-moving competition.


  • A thoroughly enjoyable camera to use. It does everything pretty well but falls short of challenging the very best in its class – a 1-inch sensor, better lens and a tilting touch-screen would potentially make the difference.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a good all round compact camera, which is ideal if you’re the type of person who likes to go on adventure holidays - or, alternatively if you’re just looking for something which will be able to withstand average family life.
    Although picture quality may not be quite as high as some cameras without such rugged credentials, for a holiday or family camera, it’s still pretty good and you should be pleased with what it can produce.

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    The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80.


  • The Fujfilm XP80 offers affordable durability in a compact package.
    ISO 6400 (reduced file size). The Fujifilm XP80 is excellent for shooting right in the middle of the action. The 10 fps burst speed is among the best for the category. The video capabilities and wide range of mounting options makes it a good choice for mounting on a bike, surfboard, or whatever else you can imagine. It's not a good option for shooting indoors, however.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP70 may cost as little has half the price of some tough compact cameras, but it’s far from half the camera. Its 10-metre waterproof rating can’t quite match the subaquatic abilities of cameras like the Nikon AW120 or Ricoh WG-4, but if you’re only likely to photograph a spot of snorkelling, that’s hardly a deal-breaker.


  • The new XQ1 is clearly designed to take on the all-conquering Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (our Compact Camera of the Year in 2012) and the popular Canon PowerShot S-series. It essentially offers image quality somewhere between the two at a very attractive price that is lower than both, whilst offering the same appealing retro design and great build quality that epitomises the X-series camera range. Built-in wi-fi connectivity, intuitive handling and speedy performance form the icing on what is already a very rich cake.


  • The Fujifilm Finepix XP170 is the top dog in Fuji's "Extreme Sports" lineup (the almost identical XP150 is also still available). Many camera users call this class of imaging devices "underwater cameras" or "all-weather cameras", but cameras in this class are actually designed for Extreme Sports aficionados.


  • The XP-series has carried an affordable price legacy. Until now. The XP170's addition of Wireless Image Transfer hoiks this price point up beyond its XP150 predecessor, acquiring a more sizable £220 asking price.

    But the XP170 sees no improvements in optical or image quality performance compared to its predecessor and, as a result, it lacks in the all-important camera department.


  • If we were to base the review of the XP170 on image quality alone it wouldn't score particularly well. Detail in images isn't great even at the lowest of ISO settings, but if you aren't going to be using the images for large prints but for sharing on the web, this won't be of much concern, particularly as colour reproduction is good enough. Where the XP170 does excel is with its range of features and handling. There is full 1080p HD video recording, Wi-Fi, impressive panoramas and the battery life is very good.