Fujifilm FinePix XP10

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A shockproof compact camera

Fujifilm launched last year the FinePix XP10, a compact and affordable digital camera. But the data sheet seems to be limited.

This shockproof digital camera (it can be dropped from a distance of 1 m) can snap pics at any given time (even when the temperature drops below 10° C). It is both anti dust and antifreeze and the cheapest in its class. But its technical specifications seem to be very limited. Let’s see our test and accompanying review.

Fujifilm-finepix-XP10Investing about 300-400 euros in a compact digital camera is not within the reach of most people, especially when it is a device that the whole family can bring to the beach – with the risks that that involves. Fujifilm has trust in this category of users who need a compact digital cam which is very resistant at shocks and other dangerous circumstances.

Waterproof too

Fujifilm FinePix launched in 2010 the XP10 model, a compact general camera for the public offered at about 169 euros. The gadget is waterproof. It resists a diving depth of 3 m. It is also dust proof and antifreeze, so it’s ideal for the beach and skiing conditions.

YouTube connectivity and HD movies

A surprising thing for a compact so cheap, the FinePix XP10 is able to record movies in high definition 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), which is a nice surprise for us and for the clients. The videos can then be shared online, because the device has a sharing feature for YouTube and Facebook.

This compact with its low price is able to capture HD movies but it fails to offer other miracles. The major con of the device is probably the lack of wide angle. While the “classical” entry level devices tend to convert to 28mm focal length, the XP10 offers just 36 mm with 5x zoom (180mm equivalent 24×36). Another concession to the price is the lack of optical or mechanical stabilization, with visible results in the tests performed by our review team. The process is entirely digital.

Available from the end of March 2010, this small compact digital camera is available at 169 euros in blue, black, silver and pink.

Positive points (pros)

* Shockproof camera up to 1 m;
* Waterproof to 3m underwater;
* Anti dust capability;
* Low selling price;
* Video HD 720p (1280 x 720 pixels);

Negative points (c0ns)

* No wide-angle capability;
* No optical stabilization;

Technical specifications

Resolution of the sensor: 12.2 Megapixel;
Optical Zoom: 5X;
Memory Card: SD Card and SDHC Card.