Deliver a decent burst mode and a fun high-speed video mode
Of all of the tough cams we've seen this year, the XP200 was the least desirable. Even though it rings in at under $300, you're a stone's throw (roughly $75) away from the best all-round tough cam, the Olympus TG-2. Your $75 nets you much better image quality, great autofocus, a fast f/2.0 lens, and even options for adding filters and a tele or fisheye converter lens. It's a great package and it takes good photos for a point-and-shoot and excellent photos for a tough cam.
Nice camera to use
Why not just use your phone? There are waterproof ones after all. Well, it all boils down to image quality. If you're going on a journey of a lifetime, a camera phone won't give you the image quality you need in all photographic situations. The flash won't be as intelligent and the dynamic range will be much more limited. For those reasons alone, you should look at a camera like the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.
Built in Wi-Fi, 15m waterproof
The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is very tough, with a rating of 2 metres shock proof, as well as waterproof down to 15 metres, making it one of the tougher waterproof cameras available. The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is good value for money, with lots of features including 60fps full HD video with optical image stabilisation, although we would have preferred to see better image quality from the camera.
Great camera, With Limitations
I would only recommend this camera for kids that need a camera that can take a beating or using this around extreme outdoors. For general indoor and sight seeing by land you want to keep your existing camera that probably has better zoom, better in low light, and hopefully better picture quality when blown up on the computer.
Burst modes are very fast which is great for candid street scenes
The price varies depending on retailer but for an average price of around £179, the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a good little camera. You get some decent features built in while any issues that surround it, such as the centrally located flash producing red-eye and having an awesome red-eye reduction feature. If you're looking to go on your travels and you want a little camera that has some decent features, the XP60 will suit your needs.
Image stabilisation, Quick focusing
The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 looks good, and offers an impressive set of features including full HD video recording, it's waterproof to 6 metres, and is available in a number of colours. With a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor it offers high speed shooting and fast focusing, however, as it's not a backlit sensor, noise is high and this has a negative effect on images. The lens suffers from vignetting, as well as soft corners, giving disappointing image quality.
Maximum aperture is too slow
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.
Full 1080p HD movie recording and underwater movie mode
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.
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 Â£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.
Full HD video mode and HDMI slot included
It's important for the best waterproof cameras to be tightly sealed against the elements. The last thing you want is to use your camera underwater, only to discover that it wasn't properly built and that it leaks.
With the Fujifilm FinePix XP170, you won't have that problem. Fujifilm has created a very well-built camera with the XP170, ensuring through a double-locking mechanism that this camera will not have problems with leakage.
Comfortable to use and easiest to handle
Overall, a very solid camera for those looking for a rugged camera that can do just about everything. It may be larger than the other cameras, but in my opinion, it's the most comfortable to use and easiest to handle. In my opinion, you can't go wrong buying the XP170 if you're looking for an all around, great rugged camera.
Fun but Complicated
So all and all I really like the camera. I take a lot of outdoor pics so the ultra bright LCD is a big plus! 14mp let's you crop wide photos and still have great image quality. The menu is frustrating some times but you get used to using it.
I recommend it for the outdoor pictures taker even if you don't plan to use it under water. Not having to worry about getting it wet or dropping it is nice!
I purchased the XP100 specifically to take on a 14 day snorkel trip to Cozumel. Yes, moisture gets into the camera. I notice water around the seals of the battery/memory card compartment, and sometimes behind the view screen. I've never had water in the lens assembly though. The camera is still functioning perfectly and taking outstanding pictures and videos.
Super tough camera
The XP150 is built in the travel anywhere style, being able to withstand freezing, drowning, particulate matter, and droppings. This particular model has the best tough stats, as well as the highest quality imaging in the XP line. You get 14.4-megapixel photos, with a great CMOS sensor.
Built tough for active outdoors use
The Fujifilm XP150 is a waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof and dust-proof compact digital camera thatâ?? s as at home underwater as it is in the snow. Aside from the ruggedised and GPS aspects â?? all of which could certainly prove useful in the right circumstances â?? the XP150 is very much a middle-of-the-road compact that doesnâ?? t really stand out from its peers, either in terms of performance or image quality. Itâ??
Very good battery life
If we were to base the review of the XP150 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 XP150 does excel is with its range of features and handling.
Fair battery life, Attractively styled
Less outwardly rugged than PentaxÃ¢Â? Â? s competing WG2, which we'd class as one of the best of its ilk around for image quality and reliability underwater, the prettier Fuji is nevertheless cheaper, more compact and less eccentrically styled.
If you'd rather have wireless transfer and are not bothered about GPS, there's also the XP170, announced in May and available for around the same price.
Lens is disappointing at all focal lengths
The Fujifilm XP150 is your cheapest option for a compact that's waterproof to 10 metres and has a GPS. Is that enough to make users overlook picture quality that trails behind the competition, a sub-standard screen and the absence of a full-res burst mode? That's for you to decide ...
Lens is disappointing at all focal lengths
The Fujifilm XP150 is your cheapest option for a compact that's waterproof to 10 metres and has a GPS. Is that enough to make users overlook picture quality that trails behind the competition, a sub-standard screen and the absence of a full-res burst mode? That's for you to decide .
Easy to use menu
The Fujifilm FinePix XP30 is a good enough camera for the happy snapper that either has kids or enjoys the more extreme side of life and needs a camera that can cope with abuse. For a price point of less than Ã?Â£200 it's a great little compact to take places thanks to its small size, internal functions and easy to use menu. If you can live with the problems that we experienced throughout the test then you'll find this camera will meet all of your family's needs.
Very compact design
The XP30 is a keenly priced and stylish addition to the burgeoning tough compact market. Easy to use and thoughtfully laid out in terms of controls it's capable of decent, if not great, results. The addition of GPS functionality is a fun, if somewhat battery depleting, feature too. Our only real concerns are with lens sharpness and image noise. It's to be hoped that the next model in the series will address these issues by dropping the megapixel count down to something more manageable.
A tough camera that benefits from kid glove treatment
Whilst it's not the most sophisticated compact in the world, and on dry land appears well built, unobtrusive and cutely designed, going by the basis of our test sample at least it is rather more challenged when in the wet, and the fact that we occasionally had trouble shutting the battery cover prior to this didn't inspire confidence. In that respect this is one tough camera that benefits from kid glove treatment.
Fuji Finepix XP30 is a rugged ultra-compact camera with a built-in GPS designed for adventurers on a budget
The Fuji Finepix XP30 is an interesting offering for its price-point. This is by far the cheapest waterproof camera to include a built-in GPS. Its shockproof body is small enough to slip into most pockets. Its rugged freezeproof construction makes it one of the toughest digital cameras.
Lens cover is glass - is prone to be covered in fingerprints and dirt
The Fujifilm FinePix XP30 is an outdoor compact digital camera thatâ??s water, shock, dust, and freeze proof. Released in early 2011, this camera incorporates GPS functionality, allowing users to tag their photos with latitude/longitude and place name information (based on Â½ million included POIs).
Good colour reproduction
If you are on a budget but want a camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, the XP20 ticks the box. You can spend a little more and get the XP30 which has GPS. The camera isn't going to win any prizes for image quality, and if this is important to you then look elsewhere. But for your money, the XP20 offers images with good colour reproduction which are going to look great on Facebook and Flickr, as long as they haven't been taken using ISO 3200.
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