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Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Review

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Review - Tough, waterproof, with built in Wi-Fi, how does the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 perform? Find out here.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Fujifilm FinePix XP200
Price : £220
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a tough new waterproof camera featuring a waterproof rating down to 15 metres, a shockproof rating of 2 metres, and built in Wi-Fi to share images from where-ever you are. It's available in a number of colours and records 1080p video at 60fps.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Features

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A wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens is the equivalent of 28mm to 140mm and features optical image stabilisation. The 16 megapixel CMOS sensor allows high speed full HD video recording at 60fps for smooth videos, and 10fps continuous shooting.

An LED is included, next to the flash, as well as stereo microphones for video recording. On the back is a 3inch 920k dot screen. High speed video recording can record videos at up to 360fps, although at a reduced resolution.

Fujifilm Finepix Xp200 Underwater

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140mm
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch 920k dot screen
  • Waterproof: 15m, Shockproof: 2m
  • Full HD video at 60fps, with stereo sound
  • ISO100 - ISO3200
  • 9cm Macro Focus
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • Built in Wi-Fi for sharing or auto backup
  • Available in red, yellow, blue, and black

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Handling

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The camera feels well built with a double locking memory card and battery cover. As you would expect with a tough waterproof camera it feels very tough with a metal and plastic body. Another unique feature is that the camera can be placed vertically on flat surfaces if needed on one side of the camera. There is a good number of controls and buttons on the camera, with quick access to exposure, flash, macro, timer and drive modes as well as a dedicated video button. Gripping the camera can feel a little awkward as there is a very small raised grip at the front with smooth plastic, and a dotted area at the back.


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Menus – The menus are split into shooting and setup menus, with the older Fujifilm style menus. We much prefer the menus on some newer Fujifilm cameras. To change what mode you are shooting in, you need to enter the menu and the first option is the shooting mode. This is where you will find the scene modes, as well as HDR, and advanced filter effects.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 300 shots according to Fujifilm / CIPA test results, this is reasonable for a compact camera. Extended use of Wi-Fi will reduce the number of shots possible with the camera.

Wi-Fi - Using the Fujifilm Camera Application, it's possible to recieve up to 30 photos at a time, browse the camera, geotag photos, and is available for both Android and iOS devices. Settings on the camera can limit the image size sent to the phone, and once the photos are on the smartphone it's possible to share to your favourite social network websites.

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Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

  Fujifilm FinePix XP200
Shutter Response 0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.7
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.2
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.8
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (9 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A

Focus and shutter response are both very good, with a good continuous shooting speed of 8fps, for 9 shots, although we were not able to match the 10fps claimed.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - The portrait photo with flash had quite noticeable red-eye which the camera automatically detected and then removed, and the photo isn't the sharpest we've seen from a compact.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images from the XP200 show good colour, however detail appears quite low. Purple fringing is fairly well controlled, although was visible in areas of high contrast. A 9cm macro focus means that you can't get as close to the subject as you can with other compacts, however the camera delivered a pleasing image. Dynamic range appears to be reasonable for a compact camera, and there is a dedicated HDR shooting mode for enhanced dynamic range, although this is at a reduced resolution.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - The ISO Range is ISO100 to ISO3200 at full resolution, with ISO6400 available at a reduced resolution. Some noise is visible at the lowest ISO settings of ISO100 and ISO200, and noise becomes more noticeable at ISO400. Noise increases at ISO800, with the loss of detail, which continues at ISO1600. ISO3200 (and ISO6400) is best avoided, unless you plan on resizing the images for the web.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting with the tungsten preset giving a much better result. AWB performs reasonably well under fluorescent lighting with the fluorescent preset giving a warm result.

Pano120 | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Pano120 | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Pano180 | 1/950 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Pano180 | 1/950 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Pano360 | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Pano360 | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - Panoramic 120, 180, and 360 is available where you simply pan the camera around. Stitching is quite good, however there was some ghosting and detail is fairly low.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of scene modes and digital filters available, a number of them are shown above. There are also a number of film modes available including Standard, Chrome, Black and White and Sepia.

Video - The camera records full HD video with stereo sound at 60fps, as well as 720p at 60fps, VGA at 30fps or 120fps,320x240 at 240fps, and 224x168 at 360fps. Optical zoom is available while recording, as well as continuous focus. The LED illuminator can be switched on and off, and can be used when recording videos. An underwater video can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.


Value For Money

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is available for £220 which makes it good value for money, particularly up against the following cameras, shown below, with the latest price information:

Camera, Waterproof Rating, Price
Olympus Tough TG-830, 10m, £210
Nikon Coolpix AW110, 18m, £270
Panasonic Lumix FT5, 13m, £289
Sony Cyber-shot TX20, 10m, £299
Pentax WG-3 GPS, 14m, £319

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 XP200 Verdict

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. However, if you mostly share to the web, then the built in Wi-Fi will appeal, as well as the different colours the camera is available in.

 
 
   

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Pros

Built in Wi-Fi
15m waterproof
2m shockproof rating
Full HD video at 60fps
Optical image stabilisation
Decent value for money based on toughness
High speed video
LED illuminator

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Cons

Old style Fujifilm menus
9cm macro mode a little disappointing
Noise in images
Low detail in images

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Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Specifications

ManufacturerFujifilm
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus9cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Underwater
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
Video FPS60fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
CIPA Rating300
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery, NP-50, AC Power adapter, USB cable, Hand strap, CD-ROM, Owner's manual
Dimensions
Weight212g
Width116.1mm
Height71.4mm
Depth30.3mm

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