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The XP150 was added to the Fujifilm FinePix range of digital compact cameras in January 2012 and is water, shock, dust and freezeproof. It is available in black, silver, orange, green and blue for £219.00.
The XP150 has a new high sensitivity GPS antenna aiming to make it quicker and easier to pinpoint your location, no matter where you are in the world. The GPS will track your movements and show the route on the LCD screen. You can create a pictorial map of the locations you’ve visited using the bundled My FinePix Studio software and your PC. The GPS will let you use the camera as an electronic compass so you can ascertain the direction in which you’re shooting, the altitude and the direction and distance to a previous location.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD at 30fps with an underwater movie function. The XP150 can be connected to a HDTV via HDMI for video playback.
- 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm) with water repellent coating
- CMOS sensor shift image stabilisation
- Waterproof to 10m
- Shockproof to 2m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- Dust and sandproof
- High sensitivity GPS with electronic compass and tracking
- Full 1080p HD movie recording and underwater movie mode
- 2.7 inch LCD with anti-reflection coating
To access the battery and memory card there are two locks to keep it firmly in place and ensure no water gets in. These are numbered so you click them in the correct order, when they are open the numbers are a bright yellow to help you notice if you leave them unlocked by mistake. The 2.7 inch screen is easy to view in all lighting conditions thanks to the anti-reflection coating.
The battery has a CIPA rating of 300 shots, meaning the camera will be ready to shooting for a full day. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.45 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.55 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.5 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.1 seconds|
|Continuous shooting H
|Continuous shooting M||5 fps|
|Continuous shooting L||3.3 fps|
All three continuous shooting modes have a limited image size of 3 megapixels.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/420 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/300 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/300 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/90 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Noise doesn't effect images at the lowest ISO setting of 100, with a little appearing at ISO 200. Noise becomes more significant at ISO 400, enough to cause images to lose a little sharpness. Going to up to ISO 800 sees a much softer image produced, but its colours remain good. Both ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 produces images with lots of noise, which leads to a loss of detail in the images. These settings are best used where there is no other choice, with the images best used for the web.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/9 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
ISO200 | 1/20 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
ISO400 | 1/40 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
ISO800 | 1/70 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
ISO1600 | 1/150 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
ISO3200 | 1/300 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm
The two landscape pictures below demonstrate further how well the XP150 reproduces colours, as does the panoramic picture, which are stitched together almost perfectly. When shooting portraits, skin tones are pleasant and when using the flash, are free of red-eye.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/450 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Landscape With Building | 1/750 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.7 | 11.8 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/4.9 | 20.2 mm | ISO 100
Panorama 1 | 1/550 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
When shooting underwater, the camera has a number of modes, including underwater, underwater wide and underwater macro, which can be used for both images and videos. The examples below are both underwater macros, one taken using the LED light.
Underwater Macro Mode | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Underwater Macro LED | 1/34 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Under the incandescent lighting in our studio, the auto white-balance (AWB) setting gives an orange cast, with the respective preset coping much better. The XP150 struggles a little under our fluorescent lights, with the fluorescent preset having a slight magenta cast, with the AWB preset producing an image with a hint of green throughout the image.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/18 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/18 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 mm | ISO 100
The XP150 has a few colour modes, examples of each below.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital filters
Colour Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm | ISO 100
Colour Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm | ISO 100
Colour Standard | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 14.6 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at full 1080p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS is currently priced at £219.00. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box.
|Kodak Easyshare Sport C123||3m||-||-||£50.00|
|Nikon Coolpix S30||3m||0.8m||-||£95.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-320||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£139.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£144.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£169.00|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP50||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£189.00|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£204.00 / (219.00)|
|Olympus Tough TG-620||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£214.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS||10m||2m||-10°C||£219.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-820||10m||2m||-10°C||£252.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£259.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£269.00|
|Nikon Coolpix AW100||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.95|
|Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS)||12m||1.5m||-10°C||£299.00 / (£339.00)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4||12m||2m||-10°C||£329.00|
|Canon PowerShot D20||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£349.00|
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 ProsAvailable in a good range of colours
Very good battery life
Full 1080p HD video recording
Camera is easy to grip
Good colour reproduction
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 ConsContinuous shooting modes have a limited image size
Minimum focusing distance of 9cm
Noise impacts on image quality from ISO 400
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14.4Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li-ion battery NP-50A|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-50A, Battery charger BC-50A, Plug adapter, USB cable , Hand strap, CD-ROM , Owner's manual|