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The Fujifilm FinePix XP170 is a brand new rugged compact camera which is an alternative to the XP150. Instead of GPS, this new model comes with the addition of a wireless streaming mode that lets you send pictures to a smartphone straight after taking. It is available in orange and blue with an RRP of £219.
The FinePix XP170 can connected to any Android smartphone/tablet or iPhone/iPad with the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver app. Images can then be shared to your favourite social networking site. To make the camera easy to use there is 6 Scene SR Auto, which automatically detects and selects the correct settings from Portrait, Landscape, Night, Macro, Night Portrait and Backlit Portrait. Other modes include Pro Low-light Mode (takes a series of four high-sensitivity and low-noise exposures and combines them into an image with less noise than the single exposures), Dynamic Range (HDR), Natural Light & with Flash, Face Detection, Red-eye Removal in Detected Faces, Couple Timer, Group Timer, Motion Panorama 360 and Tracking Auto Focus.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD at 30fps with an underwater movie function. The XP170 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
- Built in Wi-Fi
- 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 shoot for a full day. We took in excess of 400 shots during testing and the battery was still showing as full. 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||2.6 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.3 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.4 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.
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Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.7 | 11.8 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/280 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/80 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Pet | 1/340 sec | f/4.9 | 20.2 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - When shooting portraits, skin tones are pleasant and when using the flash, are free of red-eye. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens in bright conditions.
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/550 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/480 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/480 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/12 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - When viewing the images at full size, it is clear that detail isn't great throughout the images whether shooting wide or with the optical zoom. Colour reproduction is good with images well exposed. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9cm, which doesn't allow the camera to get close enough to take particularly good macro shots.
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 100
ISO200 | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 200
ISO400 | 1/42 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 400
ISO800 | 1/105 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 800
ISO1600 | 1/210 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 1600
ISO3200 | 1/350 sec | f/4.6 | 9.5 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - 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 XP170 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/12 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - 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 XP170 struggles a little under our fluorescent lights, with each fluorescent preset showing a different colour cast, with the AWB preset performing well.
Panorama | 1/500 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panorama images are impressive, with little signs of stitching issues. In the example above there is a tripod in the foreground which shows a little bit of ghosting.
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Scene modes
Underwater | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 800
HDR | 1/750 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Sports | 1/250 sec | f/4.9 | 18.1 mm | ISO 100
Text | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 8.6 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 example above was taken using underwater macro. There are also examples of HDR, sports and text modes.
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Digital filters
Finepix Colour Standard | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 16.3 mm | ISO 100
Finepix Colour Chrome | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 16.3 mm | ISO 100
Finepix Colour Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 16.3 mm | ISO 100
Finepix Colour Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 16.3 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The XP170 has a few colour modes, examples of each above.
Video - Below 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, you can also see a video using the high-speed video mode.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix XP170 GPS is currently priced at £219.00. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box, as does the Olympus Tough TG-1.
|Kodak Easyshare Sport C123||3m||-||-||£50.00|
|Nikon Coolpix S30||3m||0.8m||-||£84.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-320||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£119.00|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP50||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£129.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.00|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£164.00 / (199.00)|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS||10m||2m||-10°C||£189.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-620||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£199.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP170||10m||2m||-10°C||£219.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-820||10m||2m||-10°C||£229.00|
|Nikon Coolpix AW100||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£229.99|
|Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS)||12m||1.5m||-10°C||£229.00 / (£269.00)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£254.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4||12m||2m||-10°C||£299.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£299.00|
|Canon PowerShot D20||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£309.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-1||12m||2m||-10°C||£309.00|
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 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 XP170 ConsContinuous shooting modes have a limited image size
Minimum focusing distance of 9cm
Noise impacts on image quality from ISO 400
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Fujifilm FinePix XP170 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|