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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.
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
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.
|Fujifilm XP60||Sony RX100|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2||0.3|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.8||2.2|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.6||0.9|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.5||2.1|
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
|9fps (10 shots)||7fps (speed priority mode, 15 shots)|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||N/A||1.6s|
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.
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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Sample Photos
Drive | 1/420 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Drive HDR | 1/300 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Thoresby | 1/420 sec | f/7.1 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Portrait Flash | 1/120 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 200
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
Wide | 1/350 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Zoom | 1/300 sec | f/8.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/120 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Flowers Macro | 1/220 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
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
1/8 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 100
1/15 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 200
1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 400
1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 800
1/120 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 3200
1/480 sec | f/4.6 | 10.5 mm | ISO 6400
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
AWB Tung | 1/10 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Tung Preset | 1/10 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent Preset | 1/5 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 100
Night Scene Tripod | 0.3 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 400
Pro Low Light | 1/25 sec | f/4.3 | 6.9 mm | ISO 3200
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
Black And White | 1/20 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Chrome Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Standard Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Cross Screen | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
High Key | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Miniature | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Blue | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Green | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Orange | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Purple | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Red | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Partial Colour Yellow | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Pop Colour | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Soft Key | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
Toy Cam | 1/30 sec | f/4.8 | 13.1 mm | ISO 800
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.
Value For MoneyThe Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is available for £159 which makes it good value for money. Recommended waterproof cameras include the Olympus Tough TG-620, available for £157, the Olympus Tough TG-820, available for £179, the Canon Powershot D20, available for £255, and the Panasonic Lumix FT4, available for £212. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras.
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.
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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 ProsImage stabilisation
Full HD video recording
High speed shooting at 10fps
Waterproof to 6m
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 ConsPoor noise control
Disappointing WB performance
Vignetting, Soft corners
Poor macro mode
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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion NP-45A|
|Box Contents||Li-ion battery NP-45A, AC Power adapter, USB cable, Hand strap, CD-ROM, Owner's manual|