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Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Compact Camera Review

The Fujifilm FinePix XP150 is a digital compact camera, designed to battle the elements, Daniel Bell reviews.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP150

The XP150 was added to the Fujifilm FinePix range of digital compact cameras in January 2012 and is water, shock, dust and freezeproof. It is available in black, silver, orange, green and blue for £219.00.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Features

The XP150 is designed for photographers who enjoy the outdoors and enjoy active hobbies, such as mountain climbing or scuba diving. It is waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to –10°C as well as being dust and sandproof. There is a 5x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm, which has a water repellent coating to stop water droplets ruining your shots. There is a 14 megapixel CMOS sensor and sensor shift image stabilisation to help reduce camera shake. With continuous shooting, the XP150 can shoot up to 10fps.

The XP150 has a new high sensitivity GPS antenna aiming to make it quicker and easier to pinpoint your location, no matter where you are in the world. The GPS will track your movements and show the route on the LCD screen. You can create a pictorial map of the locations you’ve visited using the bundled My FinePix Studio software and your PC. The GPS will let you use the camera as an electronic compass so you can ascertain the direction in which you’re shooting, the altitude and the direction and distance to a previous location.

Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD at 30fps with an underwater movie function. The XP150 can be connected to a HDTV via HDMI for video playback.

Fujifilm Finepix Xp150 Screen

Key Features

  • 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
  • High sensitivity GPS with electronic compass and tracking
  • Full 1080p HD movie recording and underwater movie mode
  • 2.7 inch LCD with anti-reflection coating
Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Handling

The parts of the XP150 where you hold it are rubberised, making it easy to grip, with a groove on the front for your right-hand fingers. The lens is housed internally and the camera is small enough to carry in your pocket. The buttons are typical for a compact camera and are all easy to press, with a dedicated button for using the GPS, which is able to detect your position in less than a minute when switching the camera on. The menus are easy to navigate but it makes a horrible beeping noise on every move, you'll soon be looking for the option to switch the sound off.

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 shooting for a full day. 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   2.0 seconds
Shot to Shot (without flash)   1.5 seconds
Shot to Shot with Flash   2.1 seconds
Continuous shooting H
  10 fps
Continuous shooting M   5 fps
Continuous shooting L   3.3 fps

All three continuous shooting modes have a limited image size of 3 megapixels.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 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 image well exposed. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9cm, which doesn't allow the camera to close enough to take particularly good macro shots.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Lens test images

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 XP150 ISO test images

The two landscape pictures below demonstrate further how well the XP150 reproduces colours, as does the panoramic picture, which are stitched together almost perfectly. When shooting portraits, skin tones are pleasant and when using the flash, are free of red-eye.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Scene modes

Panorama 1 | 1/550 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama 1 | 1/550 sec | f/6.2 | 5.0 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 examples below are both underwater macros, one taken using the LED light.

Underwater Macro Mode | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Underwater Macro Mode | 1/4 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
  Underwater Macro LED | 1/34 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Underwater Macro LED | 1/34 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400

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 XP150 struggles a little under our fluorescent lights, with the fluorescent preset having a slight magenta cast, with the AWB preset producing an image with a hint of green throughout the image.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 White-balance test images

The XP150 has a few colour modes, examples of each below.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital filters

Video Mode

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.

Value For Money

The Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS is currently priced at £219.00. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box.

Waterproof Shockproof Freezeproof Price
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 3m - - £50.00
Nikon Coolpix S30 3m 0.8m - £95.00
Olympus Tough TG-320 3m 1.5m -10°C £139.00
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 3m 1.5m -10°C £144.00
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 5m 1.5m -10°C £169.00
Fujifilm FinePix XP50 5m 1.5m -10°C £189.00
Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS) 10m 1.5m -10°C £204.00 / (219.00)
Olympus Tough TG-620 5m 1.5m -10°C £214.00
Canon PowerShot D10 10m 1.2m -10°C £214.99
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS 10m 2m -10°C £219.00
Olympus Tough TG-820 10m 2m -10°C £252.00
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 12m 2m -10°C £259.00
Sony Cyber-shot TX10 5m 1.5m -10°C £269.00
Nikon Coolpix AW100 10m 1.5m -10°C £294.95
Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS) 12m 1.5m -10°C £299.00 / (£339.00)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 12m 2m -10°C £329.00
Canon PowerShot D20 10m 1.5m -10°C £349.00
Ricoh G700 5m 2m -10°C £449.00

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Verdict

If we were to base the review of the XP150 on image quality alone it wouldn't score particularly well. Detail in images isn't great even at the lowest of ISO settings, but if you aren't going to be using the images for large prints but for sharing on the web, this won't be of much concern, particularly as colour reproduction is good enough. Where the XP150 does excel is with its range of features and handling. There is full 1080p HD video recording, GPS, impressive panoramas and the battery life is very good.

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Pros

Available in a good range of colours
Very good battery life
Bulit-in GPS
Full 1080p HD video recording
Camera is easy to grip
Good colour reproduction
Impressive panoramas
LED light

Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Cons

Continuous shooting modes have a limited image size
Minimum focusing distance of 9cm
Noise impacts on image quality from ISO 400


Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
Pixels14.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4320
Pixels (H)3240
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus9cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Spot
  • TTL
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion battery NP-50A
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery NP-50A, Battery charger BC-50A, Plug adapter, USB cable , Hand strap, CD-ROM , Owner's manual

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