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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Waterproof Camera Review

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Waterproof Camera Review - The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a new waterproof camera from Fujifilm waterproof to 6 metres, with built in image stabilisation and high speed shooting.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Fujifilm FinePix XP60
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Fujifilm Finepix Xp60 (7)

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

Fujifilm Finepix Xp60 (4)

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Fujifilm Finepix Xp60 (1)

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.

Fujifilm Finepix Xp60 (8)

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.

Fujifilm Finepix Xp60 (3)

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.

Fujifilm Finepix XP60 Tough

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
Shutter Response <0.05 0.0
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.

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 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 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 pano | 1/170 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
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.


Value For Money

The 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.

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Verdict

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.

   
   

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Pros

Image stabilisation
Quick focusing
Full HD video recording
High speed shooting at 10fps
Waterproof to 6m

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Cons

Poor noise control
Disappointing WB performance
Vignetting, Soft corners
Poor macro mode

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Fujifilm FinePix XP60 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 Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
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 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion NP-45A
CIPA Rating200
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-45A, AC Power adapter, USB cable, Hand strap, CD-ROM, Owner's manual
Dimensions
Weight165g
Width104.1mm
Height66.5mm
Depth26.3mm

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13 Nov 2013 1:58AM
I have XP60, very nice, best waterproof camera ! 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.

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