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Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Camera Review

fujifilm20120521aa.jpgDigital Camera Review by: Katrina Putker 


Fuji’s XP150 is rightfully touted as an all-weather compact camera purpose-built for adventure seekers who regularly frequent the great outdoors and can now photograph in it without fear of damaging their camera or losing their way (thanks to GPS functionality.)

And while all of this is certainly true it’s also safe to say the XP150 would be perfectly suited to those who have a young family - not only for the situations that having children often lends itself to (swimming lessons, playing in the rain, fun in the sandpit, outdoor sports and activities and life’s other general thrills and spills) but also because children themselves could happily operate this user-friendly little unit and without mum and/or dad worrying they may cause unwanted damage or breakages.

As well as being shockproof from up to 2m high the XP150 is also waterproof down to 10m, freezeproof to minus 10 degrees Celsius and fully weather sealed against rain, dirt, dust and sand or in other words, there aren’t many of life’s situations that this rugged multi-tasker from Fuji can’t survive.


Appearance and Functionality

In terms of physical appearance the XP150 hasn’t been garishly designed to look like a typical ‘tough’ compact camera: it doesn’t scream ‘check out my watertight casing’ and while it certainly isn’t the smallest or most delicate unit on the market, nor is it the chunkiest.

fujifilm20120521ab.jpgIt weighs in at around 205g and will fit comfortably in most sets of hands aided by the moulded and slightly recessed rubberised grip on the unit’s front. Matching that is a black rubber edging that encases three of the camera’s four sides helping not only general grip and handling but of course for protection against those now shockproof drops from some 2m high.

Aesthetically overall the XP150 strikes a nice balance between the typical butch ruggedness of some ‘tough’ units and the sleek but sometimes delicate sophistication of compact cameras designed predominantly for the image conscious.

In terms of functionality, in its most basic point-and-shoot-and-drop-and-swim etc. form, the XP150 could be comfortably operated not only by a young child and those new to point-and-shoot photography but also experienced compact camera users who are likely to delight in the generous mix of automated, programmed and semi-manual controls.

The XP150 doesn’t overwhelm with a myriad of external buttons instead offering only the essentials: power on/off, shutter, zoom, display, playback, OK and the four-way directional pad that doubles as the flash, macro, timer (2 and 10 second) and delete button.

Additionally there is a generously sized dedicated record button and a GPS quick access button that will quickly power the function on or off in order to track your location via either latitude and longitude coordinates or when in popular ‘known’ destinations via a written description.

The XP150 also offers a digital compass for directional advice and again this feature can be turned either on or off as desired.

The Zoom toggle whilst nicely sensitive is physically quite small and slightly recessed into the XP150’s body, which may be a slight issue for users wearing gloves (when skiing or out in the cold etc.) but otherwise general use of this camera is both uncomplicated and intuitive.

A built-in double lock safety system is in place to ensure the latch protecting the battery, memory card and input/output slots won’t accidentally be knocked open or released in less than ideal conditions i.e. underwater. It offers great peace of mind but can be a little fiddly at least initially prior to it becoming second nature.

Users are assured to get some 300 shots per battery charge from the XP150 (assuming half of those are taken with flash and half without) and the unit is available in blue, green, orange, silver and black depending on your region and the available stock of your chosen supplier.


Image Quality

The XP150 hosts a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor that allows for better low light performance – at least for a unit in this price range – and is fitted with a 5x zoom 28mm-140mm equivalent lens allowing for a fairly generous range of coverage.

Image quality overall is nice although as with many compacts on the market, the XP150 can be a little hit and miss indoors and/or in low light conditions: sometimes it won’t skip a beat yet on the odd occasion it will struggle to offer either correctly exposed or sharp images.

fujifilm20120521ac.jpgOn the other hand, take the XP150 outdoors in ample light and it will produce some very pleasing results. Even under (clear) water, this camera returns sharp images and generally with fairly good colour representation.

There is a degree of drop off of sharpness towards the edges of frame and sometimes images – particularly those taken using flash – can appear a little over-cooked in terms of heavy in-camera processing that causes hyper sharpening and/or a smudging of fine detail.

There is a generous list of automated scene modes available (including some specific to underwater use) although a noticeable lack of digital filters for users to apply, which is surprising given their current popularity across not only newly released digital compacts but of course various smart phone photography applications etc.

The ISO range extends from 200 through to 3200 where anything from around 400 ISO onwards begins to show noticeable signs of noise although fortunately built-in D-range priority and pro low-light modes have been borrowed from Fuji’s XP series and each uses in camera blending and processing of multiple exposures to offer the user what it deems to be the best final version of the image and in most cases, each does a solid job.. 


LCD / Viewfinder

fujifilm20120521ad.jpgThe XP150’s LCD is unfortunately a little underwhelming at just 2.7-inches and though it is many times brighter than the screens on its predecessors, the general quality of display – particularly under low light – leans more towards average.

Resolution is some 230,000 dots and an anti-reflective coating has been applied to help counteract sun glare but in present times this is an expectation rather than a bonus feature.

It certainly isn’t a terrible little LCD screen but it is merely sufficient where it would have been nice to be able to brag about its quality with the same ease I can about the overall versatility and hardiness of the XP150.



Coming off the review of the underwhelming LCD it’s nice to be able to report the XP150 offers full 1080 HD movies at 30 frames per second along with HDMI compatibility, which for those with a HD TV at home allows for high quality direct viewing of your still and moving images.

Recording clips is made extremely easy with the dedicated record button on the unit’s back and while zooming during recording is physically possible it is also audibly noticeable upon playback of clips - as is the loss of focus during zooming (though it’s quite promptly restored once a focal length is settled upon.)

A class 6 or higher SD card is recommended to best cope with the demands of capturing full HD clips and fortunately the XP150 accepts standard SD cards along with both SDHC and SDXD.







Call it waterproof, call it shockproof, feezeproof, weatherproof, lifeproof etc. or just sum it up in one that essentially covers all of the above: childproof!

Yes the XP150 is a versatile and tough little unit that is sure to endure all that life, and indeed children, can throw either at or in front of it.

Whilst it isn’t without its share of minor issues revolving predominantly around low light conditions, the XP150 generally performs well across the board.

It’s not a unit you purchase for its absolutely amazing image quality but instead for its outstanding ruggedness and genuine versatility and with that the absolute gift it offers in terms of taking still and moving images in places and situations you may previously have never considered.


Accessories Used During Testing:
Tamrac Evolution Zoom 16 / 5715 Camera Bag 
SanDisk Extreme 30MB/s SD Card 


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Appearance rating 4 stars
Functionality rating 3.5 stars
Image quality
3 stars
Video quality
3.5 stars
Lens quality
3.5 stars
LCD screen (Rear)
3 stars
Value for money 4 star
Street Price $319.95
Effective Pixels 14.4 million pixels
Sensor Type
1/2.3-inch CMOS with primary color filter
Image Sizes 3 Sizes / 3 ratios
Lens Tye: Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens
Focal length: f=5.0 - 25.0mm, equivalent to 28 - 140mm on a 35mm camera
Full-aperture: F3.9(Wide) - F4.9(Telephoto)
Constitution: 11 groups 13 lenses
Lens Mount
Resolution Settings: Stills L : (4:3) 4320 x 3240
L : (3:2) 4320 x 3072
L : (16:9) 4320 x 2432
M : (4:3) 3072 x 2304
M : (16:9) 3072 x 1728
S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536
S : (16:9) 1920 x 1080
Resolution Settings: Video 1920 x 1080 pixels
1280 x 720 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
(30 frames/sec.) with monaural sound
Zoom function can be used
Face Detection Yes
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Aperture Priority No
Shutter Speeds (Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 4sec. to 1/2000sec.
Shutter Priority No
ISO Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
LCD Monitor 2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 96% coverage
Viewfinder -
Flash Auto flash (i-flash)
Effective range: (ISO AUTO)
Wide: Approx. 70 cm - 3.1 m / 2.3 ft.-10.2 ft.
Telephoto: Approx.70 cm - 2.7 m / 2.3 ft. - 8.9 ft.
Approx: 30 cm - 80 cm / 1 ft. - 2.6 ft.
Hot Shoe No
White Balance Automatic scene recognition, Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Self Timer 10sec. / 2sec. delay, Couple Timer, Group Timer
Stills Format/s
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3) (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Video Format/s H.264(MOV)
Video Recording Time/s -
Storage Type - External SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Storage Type - Internal
Connectivity Video output: NTSC / PAL selectable
Digital interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output: HDMI Micro connector
Power Source Battery charger BC-50A
Battery Options Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery Life Approx. 300 frames (AUTO mode)
Dimensions 102.7 mm (W) x 71.3mm (H) x 27.4mm
Weight Approx. 205g (inc. battery & memory card)
Approx. 185g (exc. battery & memory card)



















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FUJIFILM brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.

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