Overview of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera
It is a common fact for best waterproof cameras that these cameras are tightly sealed against the elements. The most unpleasant thing in using a waterproof is only to find out that the camera isn’t well built and that it leaks.
However, you don’t need to worry about that issue with the FinePix XP170. The FinePix XP170 is properly built and thanks to the double-locking system, the leakage problems won’t occur with this camera.
In addition to the strong waterproof features, the image quality as well as the performance is always important for a camera. Unfortunately, the image quality is not as great as you may expect with the XP170 and you will find its performance inconsistent. You can obtain some very nice photos, but sometimes, the exposure is not good and the focus softness happens.
The XP170 costs about $250, which is quite nice bargain for such a well-built model with the waterproof features. You should consider this option, in spite of several inconsistent performance levels. It’s common to find other cameras with the similar waterproof features in the higher price points, so if you are the one who are interested in a bargain waterproof camera, the FinePix XP170 is worth your consideration.
The zoom lens of the FinePix XP170 is fully inside the body which has the waterproof capability. You can look for this model in the orange or blue colors.
Brief Review of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera
- The resolution is 14.4 MP
- The optical zoom is 5X (equivalent to 28-140mm)
- The 2.7-inch LCD has the resolution of 230,000 pixels
- The image size is 4320 x 3240 pixels at maximum
- The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
- The dimensions are 4.0 x 2.8 x 1.0 inches
- The camera weighs 7.2 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
- The 1/2.3 in image sensor uses the CMOS technology
- A HD 1080p movie mode is supported.
- The camera brings the well-built feel
- The performance of LED illuminator light is better than that of the flash for some photos
- The sharp focus is for most of the time
- A full HD video mode is supported and there is an HDMI slot with the camera
- The design is sharp and colorful
- Delays from shot to shot as well as the shutter lag are noticeable
- Image quality is not really consistent
- The responses of the power button is slow and the control buttons are not large enough
- There are not many available manual control options
- It’s not easy to make wireless photo sharing option work
Detailed Review of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera
The image quality could be nicer for the XP170 in this price range. It is not consistent for all shooting situations. You can achieve nice photos with the perfect exposure in some certain situations with the XP170. However, regard of the color results as well as the exposure, there is a number of problems that will make you pretty frustrated.
You cannot have consistent shooting results with the flash, too, because there are some hot pots you may see in the photos due to the small flash. But the nice thing with the XP170 is that there is a LED illuminator light built-in the camera, so the extra light is provided for photos shot under the water. In addition, the performance of this LED illuminator is nice for shooting photos under inadequate light conditions as well, which is better than with using the flash. Just keep in the mind that your battery can drain very fast when you use this LED in an extended duration.
There are full HD1080p movie abilities with the FinePix XP170 but the movie quality is not as even as expected. If you are intending to buy the camera at the price around $250, you will want to achieve greater overall photography results. Clearly, one aspect that drives you to purchase the camera is the waterproof capabilities, but considering the current price, I find it hard to recommend this model for you if just relying on only the image quality.
The toughness features are very powerful for such a camera at this price point. The maximum water depth for using the camera is up to 33 feet and the lowest possible Fahrenheit is 14 degrees. In addition, if you accidentally drop the camera, it is still ok within the distance of 6.5 feet. The XP170 outperforms other models of the same type in this price range in terms of the tough features.
However, the shooting features are not quite as strong as the touch features. The 5X optical zoom lens is small, which may be the smallest one found with a digital model in the current market as nowadays, the common zoom lenses have been closer to the 10X number.
In addition, the start-up performance of the Lumix XP170 may cause some frustration. You will find that the feature of the power button is pretty odd. It takes about half a second to press the power button and have the camera turned on. It does take time to become used to performing this, and if you don’t hold down the power button in a right way, you may not be able to shoot a number of spontaneous moments.
Sometimes, you may encounter the Shutter lag as well as delays from shot to shot, too. Especially, the shot-to-shot delays increase while you are capturing flash photos. There are a couple of burst modes with the XP170, but you cannot use any of them with the highest 14.4MP resolution and you won’t find any of them particularly fast.
A nice extra feature with the FinePix XP170 is the Wi-Fi connectivity. You can make use of this feature to send images to your smartphone. However, it is not easy to have this feature work.
The battery life with the FinePix XP170 is good, but in cases when you turn on the LED and set the highest brightness for the LCD, the battery drains pretty fast.
The design of the series of FinePix waterproof models is pretty nice-looking and this style design has lasted for several years. The Fujifilm FinePix XP10 is not an exception. The camera bodies are available in the orange or blue colors, together with silver and black trim. You will see the lens housing located in in the upper right corner of the model (when you view from the camera front) and you won’t see the lens extended from the housing, even if you intend to use the maximum 5X optical zoom magnification. It is very comfortable to hold the camera with your right hand thanks to a an indented area on the front of the camera.
Among the tough models through my reviews for many years, the FinePix XP170 brings the well-built feel as well as the nice structure. You can open one compartment only with the camera, and it is the area of the battery and the memory card. The strong point of the camera accounts for the double-locking mechanism, which helps you close the compartment without making the water leak inside the camera.
You won’t find many problems with the sun glare although the LCD screen is pretty small, which is 2.7 inches in thickness only. There are up to 11 various brightness options with this Fujifilm camera that allows you to deal with any possible glare with the screen.
There are not many manual control options with the G2, so it is not hard to use the camera. Beside the tough features, the XP170 is simply a point and shoot model.
The controlling buttons with the camera are not large enough for being used conveniently, which is quite popular for cameras of small sizes. The menu organization on the screen is not really good, so you can find it hard to look for the right command that you need.
Typically, the image quality with the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 is quite similar to that of a basic point and shoot camera which has the slightly lower price. It is the really powerful touch features that have been justified the G2’s price. Therefore, if you are interested in the strong touch features, the camera will bring you a much greater value.