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Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is designed for outdoor photography, regardless of weather conditions

Create: 01/07/2017 - 09:35
Fujifilm FinePix XP120

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 16.4-MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 65 feet and in temperatures as cold as 14° F
  • Camera and controls were designed to be operated with one hand or while wearing gloves

Outdoors enthusiasts also like to take photos. If you don’t believe it, look at the number of cameras that are available.

While some other camera makers give them names that hint at that market segment, Fujifilm has kept with its FinePix monikor.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 lacks the rugged look that other camera makers provide, such as rubberized exteriors, but the specs show that this camera should be able to handle most things that come its way.

The FinePix XP120 uses a 16.4-MP backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 400-6,400.

The lens is a 5x zoom with a 28-140mm full-frame equivalent range. Its maximum aperture is f/3.9 at 28mm and f/4.9 at 140mm. It uses 13 elements in 11 groups and includes four aspherical elements.

Images are recorded as JPG. There is no RAW option. Full HD 1920 x 1080p movies are saved in .MOV format. The FinePix XP120 has a wind filter for the microphone, which should help to record cleaner audio when outside. The movie button is slightly recessed on the top of the camera, which should reduce accidental activation.

The camera is capable of firing off short bursts of 10 frames per second.

The FinePix XP120 has 96MB of internal memory, although users will want to buy a high-capacity SD memory card.

The camera lacks an optical viewfinder, but it does have a 3.0-inch LCD that has a special coating that Fujifilm says will make it easier to see in daylight.

There is a small capsule-shaped electronic flash on the front of the camera.

RUGGED SPECS

The real reason that people will want this camera is its ability to withstand the rigors of outdoor photography.

The FinePix XP120 is waterproof to 65 feet (20 meters) and can withstand a drop of 5.7 feet (1.75 meters). It will operate in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Furthermore, it’s sealed against dust. The battery compartment features an extra-secure double-locking design.

This model has an improved grip over previous models, which should help when only one hand is available to take a photo. Fujifilm said the buttons were designed so that they could be operated with one hand or while wearing gloves.

The FinePix XP120 can be controlled via most smartphones and tablets, and built-in WiFi allows for wireless sharing of images and video to those devices, as well as to Fujifilm’s Instax Share SP-2 printer.

OTHER FEATURES

The FinePix XP120 has a couple of novel features.

  • “Cinemagraph” mode records a five-second movie clip and afterward, the photographer can select the items in the video that will have animation.
  • You also can shoot time-lapse video, even at Full HD resolution, and perform some in-camera editing, including splicing together multiple clips.

The camera will come in four colors and be available in February 2017 for US$229.95.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.