Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Review

Review posted 10/30/2012

Quick Take
  • Colorful, sharp design
  • Camera feels sturdy
  • Very easy to use
  • LED illuminator light is helpful in low light shots, either underwater or in normal conditions
  • Offers built-in wireless connection option to a smartphone
  • Tough features seem to work pretty well
  • Lens mechanism completely encased in camera body
  • Full HD video mode
  • Battery and memory card compartment protected by double-locking mechanism
  • Focus is sharp most of the time
  • Separate battery charger included
  • HDMI slot included
  • Response times are pretty disappointing, especially when using the flash
  • 5x optical zoom lens is a bit small
  • Automatic exposure settings get fooled on occasion, leading to poor results
  • Indoor photos sometimes are a bit dull
  • Flash photo results are washed out too often
  • Outdoor photo quality should be more consistently better
  • Video quality is inconsistent
  • Control buttons are too small
  • Must hold down power button half a second to turn on camera
  • Menu structure doesn't seem to have much organization, and making shooting mode changes is a hassle
  • Wireless capabilities are tough to set up
  • Very few manual control options
Bottom Line
The Fujifilm FinePix XP170 "tough" camera is a sharp looking model, and it has a sturdy, well-built feel to it. A sturdy camera is exactly what you want when you're going to be using this camera underwater or in tough elements while on a hike. Although the XP170's image quality and performance levels are slightly better than a low-end point-n-shoot camera, its price tag is well above those types of models. Inconsistent results from the XP170 make it difficult to recommend this camera to anyone but those who absolutely need its tough features. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Another day, another "lifeproof" camera.

While they're "tough" specs are roughly the same as they have been in the past, the real improvements are improved start-up and shot-to-shot times, higher quality image sensors, and new social networking features. The Fujigilm FinePix XP170 includes a CMOS image sensor, which bests CCD performance capabilities. The XP170's 14-megapixel CMOS captures light through a 5x wide angle optical zoom lens and they claim it's very fast -- 10 frames-per second continuous shooting for stills, as well as 30fps full HD 1080p video recording.

While the XP170 boasts ratings like waterproof to 33ft, shockproof to 6.5ft, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof, Fujifilm seems most excited about the new Wireless Image Transfer features. To access, XP170 owners need to download the free FUJFILM Photo Receiver app to your Android or iOS Device, which allows the XP170 to "join" your smart phone or tablet. Then it's easy to share your photos and videos on your favorite social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube.

There's also a number of nice automated features, like Tracking Auto Focus to help you get sharp, detailed action adventure shots, as well as Face Detection, Automatic Red-eye Removal, and a 360° Motion Panorama Mode for capturing the great outdoors in all its beauty and splendor.

Fujifilm FinePix XP170 features include:
  • Waterproof to 33ft (10M)
  • Shockproof to 6.5ft (2M)
  • Freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C)
  • Dustproof
  • 14-Megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • 2.7-inch anti-reflective LCD
  • FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm)
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording (at 30 frames-per-second)
    • (Optional HD Player Accessory Kit allows you to watch your movies on your big screen HDTV)
  • Wireless Image Transfer
  • CMOS-shift Image Stabilization (CIS) System
  • Improved start-up and shot-to-shot times
  • 10 frames-per-second burst shooting
  • Tracking Auto Focus (AF)
  • 360° Motion Panorama Mode
  • Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO)
  • Face Detection
  • Automatic Red-eye Removal
  • Li-on Rechargeable Battery (capable of taking up to 300 shots per charge)

Fujifilm's FinePix XP170 comes in Orange or Blue with a suggested retail price of $279.95 USD. See our buy button at the top right of this page to see the lowest price currently available online - or check the buy box below.

What's in the box?:
  • NP-50A lithium-ion battery
  • BC-50A battery charger
  • Plug adapter
  • Hand strap
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM with software
  • Owner's manual

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