Fujifilm Finepix XP30 Summary
Fuji Finepix XP30 Assessment
The Fuji Finepix XP30 is one of the few waterproof digital cameras equipped with a built-in GPS. It is waterproof down to 5m, shockproof to drops up to 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10C. This tough exterior protects a very accurate GPS system, a folded-optics 5X wide-angle stabilized optical zoom lens and a 14 megapixels sensor. Unfortunately these last two items are not up to modern standards and produce noisy images with extreme edge softness under a wide variety of conditions.
Fuji packed a number of features in this small ultra-compact camera and kept cost very low. Waterproof cameras with GPS cost almost twice as much as the Fuji Finepix XP30. Given the rough conditions under which such a camera is meant to be used, there may be a reason to avoid investing a lot of money into it. No amount of ruggedness can save a camera from sinking or dropping into a cliff.
|Extremely durable build quality||Extreme softness along image borders|
|Highly Accurate Waterproof GPS||Image noise destroys details from ISO 400+|
|Very reliable metering||Poor color accuracy|
|Reasonable Automatic White-Balance||Noticeable optical distortion|
|Decent quality video||Limited exposure range|
|Very slow autofocus|
|Short battery life|
Fujifilm XP30 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|14 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 100-3200|
|5X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-4s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Waterproof to 5m||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|Weatherproof down to -10C|
|0.8 FPS Drive, 3 Images|
|1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|2.7" LCD 230K Pixels|
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