Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Preview

Say hello to the FinePix XP50, folks. It's the entry-level model in Fujifilm's updated XP-Series of "lifeproof" cameras, underneath the flagship XP150 and the middle child XP100. But don't let the sub-$200 price fool you, the XP50 is almost as fully loaded as its more expensive siblings. Every new model in the XP-Series features a high performance 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor behind a FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm) with a water repellent coating.

If that's not enough for you, the XP50 also has an all new, high-contrast 2.7" LCD to help see what you're shooting in bright sunlight or underwater, full 1080p HD movie recording, 10 frames-per-second burst shooting capabilities in full resolution, and a newly redesigned double locking door to keep all the electronics housed in the rugged, metal uni-body chassis safe from whatever elements you may throw their way. To help with capturing crisp images and smooth video during any adventure, Fujifilm has included sensor shift Dual Image Stabilization (CIS) system as well as in-camera movie editing, Motion Panorama Mode, Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye removal.

Did I mention the XP50 is $50 cheaper than the XP100 and $80 thriftier than the XP150 (which is only available in two colors vs. the XP50's five choices)?

So there must be tradeoffs.

Well, there are two or there, actually. 1) The XP50 includes a Li-ion Rechargeable battery, but it's only capable of 220 shots per charge (vs. 330 shots for the XP150 and XP100). 2) While the XP50 is waterproof down to 16.5ft (5M), shockproof to 5ft (1.5M), freezeproof to 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C), and dustproof, the more expensive models boast 33ft waterproof and 6.5ft shockproof ratings. And 3) much like the XP100, there are no GPS capabilities.

Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Features:
  • Waterproof down to 16.5ft (5M)
  • Shockproof to 5ft (1.5M)
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C)
  • Dustproof
  • 2.7" anti-reflective LCD monitor
  • 14 MegaPixel CMOS sensor
  • 10fps burst shooting
  • FUJINON 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm)
  • Newly Redesigned Double Locking Door
  • 1080p HD Movie recording (30fps)
  • Dual Image Stabilization (CIS) system
  • 360-degree Motion Panorama Mode
  • Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO)
  • Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal
  • Movie Editing
  • Blog Mode
  • Li-ion Rechargeable battery capable of 220 shots per charge

Fujifilm's FinePix XP50 will be available March 2012 for $199.95 in black, blue, orange, silver, and green.

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