Fujifilm Finepix XP10 £149.99
14th Mar 2011 | 12:30
Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof – what else does the Fuji Finepix XP10 have going for it?
Fujifilm Finepix XP10: Build quality and handling
The Fujifilm Finepix XP10 is a bit of a strange-looking compact camera. Without classic looks, the rounded edges and bulbous design hides a rugged camera that is water, shock, dust and freeze proof.
The buttons, as you'd expect from a camera designed to be dunked underwater, are rubberised, but they're not too difficult to push. The shutter release requires a heavy push, presumably so that it doesn't actually take pictures when you throwing it round a mountain.
Simplicity is the order of the day, and there's not a huge amount of buttons on the back of the camera, but all the basics are present and correct. It's good to see a dedicated movie button, as for the situations this camera is specifically designed for tend to rely on quickness.
The menu system isn't the most attractive we've seen, but it is fairly easy to navigate and understand, and everything makes sense. There's a minimal amount of modes on offer, but it does include Program AE, Auto, Scene Recognition, Natural Light and a number of the usual scene modes (i.e. landscape, portrait, party etc) with underwater also thrown in to make use of its waterproof capability.
Screen-wise, this isn't the best LCD we've seen on a compact by some way, but given that it's designed to be rugged, this is hardly a surprise. Still, it does the job perfectly well and is easy enough to use in bright sunlight.
Fujifilm Finepix XP10: Image quality
What you make up with cameras like this being everything proof you tend to pay the price with a loss in image quality, and so is the case for the XP10. You won't get the finest pictures you've ever taken with a camera, but, given that it's designed for those moments you wouldn't normally be able to photograph, it almost doesn't matter.
The quality from well-lit scenes is actually fairly decent, the colours are reasonably bright and in iAuto mode does a good job of guessing the scene and exposing well. It starts to fall down in low light situation, but this camera is hardly designed for it so it's not surprising.
Fujifilm Finepix XP10: Sample photos
Fujifilm Finepix XP10: Verdict
This is the perfect camera for those who like to adventure and just want to take a few snaps along the way without worrying about damaging their camera.
At a low price of around £100, it's a great idea to have a holiday camera that you can take to the beach for mucking around and taking underwater shots, or even for that matter taking pictures of your children in the bath. Throw this camera in your bag, have fun with it and try not to worry too much about the quality of the photos.
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