Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review Fujifilm FinePix XP10 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP10, newly available in April 2010, is a stylish ultra-compact camera is small, invite you to have fun outdoors while taking a picture. This:

- It is water resistant to 10 ft below the water, suitable for swimming pools, beach, snorkeling (note: do not use in hot water!)
- It is shockproof up to 3 ft, great for jogging, biking, or even allow your baby to learn to take pictures
- It is frozen down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius)
- It's dustproof
- Having a 12.2 effective megapixel
- It has 5x optical zoom and is equipped with Fujinon lenses for great clarity; lens focal length 36-180mm on a 35mm film camera terms
- Taking 720p widescreen, VGA or QVGA video
- Can the optical zoom in video mode (but see note below on the audio recordings)
- Very small and weighs only slightly more than 5 oz. with battery and SDHC card
- Using SDHC memory card, no more xD championed by Fuji and Olympus

XP10 I bought a green because I like to spend time in the water. I found that, outside the room during the day, XP10 take a picture with very good clarity and excellent color saturation and contrast. Using a fill-in flash in daylight really improve the picture. In the room, because of lack of XP10 legendary Fuji SuperCCD technology, image quality is average compact camera or a super-compact. He has two modes of natural-scene where it increases the ISO (light sensitivity of the image sensor) at the expense of increased noise. I bought my XP10 to be used outdoors, in the pool and the beach, so I do not take pictures in the room a lot.

Video shooting in 720p subtle results, clear HD movie clips. BTW, the video size is only limited by the FAT32 file size limit of 2GB - this means that even if you pop in a 16GB SDHC card, the longest video clip can only go up to 2GB in file size, because of limits imposed by the FAT32 file system. Video is recorded as a motion JPEG in AVI container, so that can be played on many, many devices, at the expense of file size slightly larger than a more compact format such as MPEG-2 or MPEG-4.

Although you can zoom optics - features that every digital camera should have - the volume level of audio recordings revealed during zooming. Instead, the camera takes a few votes from the mechanism that controls the lens and the noise around you want to record sound, which can be annoying when played back on a big TV. I suggest to use the zoom sparingly during video mode. If you want to record great video on a compact digital camera, you should get a Sony or Canon or Panasonic camera (ready to pay more for the water resistant feature, though).

Anyway, my sample video clips show how the camera works under water. Video resolution is set to QVGA (320x240) for easy upload to Amazon, but you should be able to see the remarkable clarity both in and out of the water.

In short, the XP10 is a big waterproof, shockproof camera that every fan of the water should be brought along to record the fun memories.

Technical Details
  • large 12-megapixel resolution quality, photo-prints
  • Four-Way protection: waterproof, frozen, shockproof and dustproof
  • Periscopic Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens with lens reinforced protective barrier
  • Capture movies in 720p with a voice
  • Movie Editing Mode and Blog mode; Facebook / YouTube Automatic web upload function for images

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