- Editor's Rating
- Maximum aperture is too slow
- Images are soft in the corners
- Image quality is below average
Quick TakeFuji does a great job producing cameras. Unfortunately, we don't think this is one of their finest. It is durable, but lacks great image quality.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP170 is a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof camera made for extreme sports aficionados. Designed to be nearly indestructible, the camera is intended for users looking to take it hiking, scuba diving or rock climbing. The FinePix XP170 is priced at $200 at the time of the review.
The camera has a blocky, industrial look with a metal alloy body and dust and water seals. It features a 14 megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-3,200 and Wireless Image Transfer, which requires users to download the Fujifilm Photo Receiver app in order to download images to a smartphone or tablet and share the images to social networking sites. DigitialCameraReview noted the FinePix XP170 is “easy to use” but the ergonomics are “less than ideal.” DCR noted the user interface is uncomplicated and the camera is useable in a broad range of shooting environments due to its durability. DCR found the camera’s menus to be logical and easily navigated. The FinePix XP170 has four exposure modes (auto, program, scene recognition auto and movie) and 20 scene modes. The camera does not have an optical viewfinder, but features a 2.7-inch LCD screen with 230K resolution. DCR noted the screen is not very bright and is fairly course, but is hue accurate and fluid. Overall, DCR was not impressed with the screen and noted it’s “barely sharp enough for most compositional tasks and captured image review.”
DCR found the camera performed slower than average and called the maximum aperture speed “abysmally slow.” Due to the slow maximum aperture, the camera can’t gather enough light to produce blur-free images indoors or in poor outdoor lighting. The camera has a Fuji Lithium-ion NP-50A rechargeable battery, multiple flash options and multiple autofocus modes. DCR noted the autofocus is “slower than average.” The camera accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and has 95MB of internal storage. DCR found the 5x zoom lens produces soft corners, but noted the photos have balanced contrast and are hue accurate and the zoom is smooth, quiet and quick. The FinePix XP170 shoots 1080p HD video at up to 30 fps. DCR noted users can use the zoom in video mode and the camera produces high quality video. The images are optimized for bold, bright colors and flat contrast and DCR noted the image quality to be below average.
Overall, DCR was unimpressed with the Fujifilm FinePIx XP170. While it can endure extreme weather conditions and can shoot high quality video, the image quality is below average with soft corners, the camera has a poor, low resolution LCD and the slow maximum aperture will cause problems shooting images in motion, which is what users of this camera will likely look to do. DCR can’t recommend the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 as an extreme sports camera.