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Fujifilm 14MP FinePix XP170 Waterproof WiFi Camera First Look Review by DCR

2012-12-21 03:27 | Source
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On May 8 2012, Fujifilm announced the 14 Megapixels FinePix XP170, a new rugged, waterproof compact camera, featuring Wi-Fi to allow wireless image transfer to Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. The XP170 features a 5x zoom lens (28-140mm), 1080P HD video, and a 2.7-inch anti-reflective 230K LCD display. It supports waterproof to 33ft (10M), shockproof to 6.5 ft (2M), freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C) and dustproof. 

The XP170 also comes with fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, up to 10 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting and the new Wireless Image Transfer feature that let users to connect their smartphone or tablet to the XP170 and upload high-quality images to social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook. Android smartphone or tablet, or the iPhone or iPad are currently supported. The XP170 can record movies in full 1080p HD with sound at 30fps and it comes with a CMOS-shift Image Stabilization (CIS) system that combines a mechanically stabilized sensor with high ISO to combat camera/hand shake. There is an accessory kit for the XP170 containing an adjustable float strap, protective silicone skin and a neoprene sports case. The FinePix XP170 is available for $279.95 in blue and orange. Here's the summary of first look preview by DigitalCameraReview:

"The XP170 won't win any awards for stylishness or pocket friendliness, in fact the XP170 appears to have been designed by an industrial engineer.  The XP170 is a rather awkward looking, somewhat chunky, and surprisingly heavy little camera.  The XP170 has very impressive dust and water seals, a very tough polycarbonate and metal alloy body, and a full complement of automatic exposure options.  It is available in either royal blue or bio-hazard orange (my test unit was orange), so it should be fairly easy to keep track of.  The XP170 is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), dustproof, guaranteed to withstand a 6.6 foot (2 meters) drop onto a hard surface, and it's freeze-proofed down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Centigrade).  The XP170 also features 14 megapixel resolution, a 5x periscope style Fujinon f3.9-f4.9/5.0mm-25mm (28mm-140mm equivalent) zoom, a 2.7 inch (6.86 centimeters) 230k TFT LCD monitor with approximately 96% frame coverage, a 1920 x 1080p @ 30fps HD movie mode with mono audio (the zoom can used during video capture), and Wireless Image Transfer - users will need to download the Fujifilm Photo Receiver app for their smartphone or tablet, because the XP170 can't communicate directly with the World Wide Web. Ergonomics are a bit less than ideal, but that's almost to be expected with an underwater camera.  All controls are fairly large, easily accessed, and logically placed -- meaning the camera should be lead pipe cinch to operate underwater or while wearing gloves in frigid sttings.  AF seems a bit slower than similar cameras from Canon and Nikon that I've used and if you'll carefully examine the skateboarder photo you'll notice that while the XP170 was able to freeze him in mid air, there is still a lot of blur.  It was late in the day when I shot the image, so that subject blur could be the fault of the failing light (and the dead slow maximum aperture) OR it could indicate that the camera isn't really fast enough to capture Extreme Sports action.  I'll deal with this potential deal breaker in more detail (and shoot a couple of additional sample action photos earlier in the day) for my full review of the XP170.

I've only had the camera for a week and the weather here in the Ohio Valley has been rainy and cold, except for two fairly sunny days -- so I've only had the camera out a couple of times.  I know that the camera is supposed to be tough enough to go out in the rain and cold, but the reviewer clearly isn't.  I am impressed with most of the photos I've shot so far with the XP170, but a few of my images were burnt out and two were not accurately focused, even though the camera confirmed focus lock on both of them.  The f3.9 maximum aperture is really fairly slow since most P&S digicams feature an f2.8 maximum aperture, which lets in twice as much light as an f4.0 maximum aperture -- and that may be a factor. Overall, I'm pleased with XP170, but I'll withhold making a final judgment until my full review."



Fuji Finepix XP170 Camera Reviews Roundup


Digital Camera Review - Jan 03 2013
"The XP170's movie mode can't compete with a dedicated video camera, but it will do nicely for generating e-mail video attachments for friends and family or to post on social networking sites like Facebook and Youtube - especially if you can get some interesting underwater video. Unlike some digicams, the XP170 can be zoomed while in video capture mode and s..." More »
50out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Oct 31 2012
"If you are absolutely certain you will make use of the tough features of the XP170, just also be certain that you're going to be able to live with some inconsistent photographic performance. The XP170 has some issues with slow performance, especially when using the flash, and with occasionally poor photo quality. This camera's image quality isn't poor all o..." More »
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