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Take mediocre pictures in any environment!

  • Jul 13, 2010
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This little camera is as rugged as Fuji claims it is. I've taken it all the way to its ten foot depth limit, banged it around a canoe, dropped it in the dirt, and it functions perfectly. Unfortunately, perfectly in the case of this camera means washed out photos, lots of noise in anything but bright light, and often poor auto-focusing. However, the utility of the camera is such that I still find it a nice addition to the gadget drawer.

I understand that a small camera has inherent limitations in image quality to the size of the lens and sensor, but compared to our Canon of similar size, the Fuji takes pictures of noticeably lesser quality. On the other hand, our Canon will be very unhappy in a little bit of rain, let alone underwater. Perhaps the need to harden this camera forced them to compromise on image quality. So, I can't be terribly critical of the FinePix XP10. I just want people to know that you're giving up a certain amount of image quality going with this camera, so make sure that you really need the waterproofing if you're going to buy this. If you just get this as your main digital camera, thinking the durability and weather-proofing will be nice, you will probably be disappointed and wish you'd gotten a camera with better image quality.

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The FinePix XP10 is the first in a new category of super-tough, 'Four-Proof' digital cameras - waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof. Resulting from a redesign of Fujifilm's best-selling FinePix Z33WP, the FinePix XP10 is an ergonomically "life proof" camera housed in a metal uni-body chassis with a tactile grip finish.

Fuji FinePix digital camera highlights

The FinePix XP10 sports a 12-megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.7-inch, high-contrast LCD for better viewing in bright sunlight and a high-precision, Fujinon 5x periscopic optical zoom lens with a reinforced protective lens barrier. The FinePix XP10 is only 21.7mm thin, and retains the chiselled design of a conventional compact camera.

FinePix XP10 Highlights

Fuji FinePix digital camera highlights
The XP10 is waterproof, drop-proof, freezeproof, and dustproof.
Four-Way Protection
The FinePix XP10 is the ultimate lifestyle camera. You can drop it, soak it, freeze it, and even cover it in dirt, and this camera will come out unscathed. Not only is the FinePix XP10 waterproof up to 10 feet, but it is also shockproof up to 3 feet, freezeproof up to 14°F and dustproof, giving you total confidence that they can take it with them wherever they go, whatever they are doing, regardless of the conditions.

Fuji FinePix digital camera highlights
Easy Web Upload
Now a key consideration for the younger web-savvy generations, the FinePix XP10 features a new Facebook/YouTube Automatic Web Upload function that makes it much faster to post photos on social networking sites. While in playback mode, this feature allows users to 'mark' ...
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