The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is this years update to the Fujifilm FinePix XP50, a budget waterproof camera. The new XP60 promises improved image quality, a 5x optical zoom lens, as well as a more rugged camera, being waterproof to 6m, shockproof from 1.5m, dust and sandproof, and freezeproof. Find out how it performs in our review.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Features
The camera features a 1/2.3inch 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO upto 6400, sensor shift image stabilisation, a 5x optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm terms, as well as 10fps continuous shooting. Full HD video recording, is available as well as a high speed 240fps video mode. A 2.7inch screen is on the rear with an anti-reflective coating. HDR shooting and motion panorama is possible as well as 3D shooting. A number of digital filters are available including Toy camera.
16 megapixel CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom lens, 28-140mm equivalent
Sensor shift Image Stabilisation
2.7 inch 230k dot screen
Waterproof to 6m, Shockproof from 1.5m
Full HD video recording, mono sound
1280 x 720 pixels (60frames/sec.)
High speed video 80/160/240fps
ISO100 - 3200, ISO6400 at reduced size
9cm Macro mode
HDR / Panoramic / 10fps continuous shooting
Available in Blue, Black, Green, Red or Yellow
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Handling
Handling - 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 with both sides 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, however in some light it's difficult to see the labels. 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. The screen is visible in bright sunlight.
Menus – Pressing the Menu button on the back brings up the shooting menu, with a number of photo options. The number of options available varies depending which mode you are in, and this is set at the beginning of the shooting menu, with options including: SR (Scene Recognition) Auto, Auto, Program, Pro Low-light, HDR, Natural+Flash, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Advanced Filter, 360 Panoramic, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Underwater, Underwater macro, Party, Flower, Text, and 3D. Further options are found in the Setup menu, there are a number of playback options as well giving the ability to edit photos or mark for upload to social networks.
Battery life - Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to Leica / CIPA test results, we were able to take just over 250 shots before the battery went flat.
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.
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
9fps (10 shots)
7fps (speed priority mode, 15 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash
Focus speed is good, with excellent shutter response and the camera has a quick continuous shooting mode. We were able to get 9fps for 10shots at full resolution, JPEG Fine.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Performance
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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Sample Photos
Sample Photos - Images has bright saturated colour, and decent flesh tones, although there is noticeable red-eye in the flash portrait photo and signs of vignetting. Outdoors colour is good, although the camera struggles in contrasty conditions, and detail is poor. Using the HDR mode increases dynamic range, although this is only available at the medium resolution.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Lens test images
Lens Performance - The camera suffers from vignetting, with dark corners, as well as chromatic aberations. Detail is quite poor with images lacking fine detail, and corners are soft. Some purple fringing is visible but this is mostly nearer the corners. Macro shooting is a little disappointing with the closest focusing distance 9cm from the front of the lens, and it's not possible to zoom in to get any closer.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is visible in shots taken at ISO100, and increases as the ISO setting is increased. At ISO400 and above blue and red "hot pixels" start appearing. At ISO800 image detail is lost as detail is blurred by noise reduction. Noise increases again at ISO1600, although colour saturation is still good, so images may be usable on-line when resized. ISO6400 photos are taken at a reduced sized, and these higher ISO settings should be avoided.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a much better result. AWB gives a slight green cast under fluorescent lighting and the fluorescent presets don't give worse results. Under low light image quality suffers, even when using a specific mode that is designed to help.
120 panoramic | 1/170 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - 120, 180, and 360 panoramic versions are available. The camera will automatically stitch the photos together as you pan the camera around, although detail is quite low.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 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 XP60 features Full HD video recording at 60fps, as well as high speed video recording at up to 240fps, although at a much reduced resolution, further samples can be viewed on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 looks good, and offers an impressive set of features including full HD video recording, it's waterproof to 6 metres, and is available in a number of colours. With a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor it offers high speed shooting and fast focusing, however, as it's not a backlit sensor, noise is high and this has a negative effect on images. The lens suffers from vignetting, as well as soft corners, giving disappointing image quality. While this is a new model with some of the latest features, there are better models available at around the same price, as mentioned above.