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Fuji FinePix XP80

Fujifilm FinePix XP80


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Ricoh WG-20
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Nikon COOLPIX AW110
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Ricoh WG-20
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Mar 2015
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Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
4.0 x
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Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • 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 Ricoh WG-4 has a lens that matches that of our favorite rugged camera, but its performance isn't quite as good.


  • There’s no doubt that the Ricoh WG-4 makes a very good rugged camera. Its toughness credentials may not be the best on paper, but in the hand the WG-4 feels like it’ll survive almost anything you could throw at it.
    But exactly the same could be said of its predecessor, the WG-3, which is a virtually identical camera. That means image quality is unimproved and shows more detail loss and colour speckling at higher ISO sensitivities than you may expect from a ‘new’ camera.


  • Great build quality and useful features make the WG-4 GPS a capable action camera that also performs well and usually produces attractive images. However, it's little more than a rebranded Pentax WG-3 GPS.


  • When producing a camera at this price level, the manufacturer has a tough decision to make. You see, the camera has to be able to perform in low light or it's no good as an extreme camera. So they add on the high ISO settings. But the noise is so bad from the small sensor with all those pixels crowded in together, that they have no choice but to lower the resolution so that the pixels in use are spaced further apart.


  • 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 rugged Nikon Coolpix AW110 is a modest update to its predecessor, the AW100. It can go deeper under water and adds Wi-Fi, but still suffers at high ISO settings.


  • If you're into your extreme sports and also enjoy cataloguing all your activities, then the Nikon Coolpix AW110 deals with everything from where you are to how high or low you are by adding a new dimension with the altimeter. With the aforementioned improvement in image quality and the added durability, this is a serious contender. You should take a look at the new Nikon Coolpix AW110.


  • The Coolpix AW110 is a capable rugged camera with good photo quality for its class, an elaborate GPS feature, Wi-Fi for remote camera control, and a nice movie mode - all without breaking the bank. It can also go further underwater than any of its peers. Downsides include smudged details, blue color casts underwater, poor outdoor display visibility, and below average battery life.