Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Review

Review posted 05/29/2015

Quick Take
  • Images are sharper versus other waterproof point-n-shoots
  • Shutter lag is minimal
  • Numerous burst mode options available, as well as an interval shooting mode
  • Can survive a drop of 5.8 feet
  • Works in water depth of up to 50 feet
  • Built-in wireless connectivity
  • Can operate the camera remotely via smartphone app
  • Action Camera function saves battery power while shooting video with first-person view
  • Plenty of movie recording options
  • Textured surface of shutter button makes it easy to find in a hurry
  • Double-step locking mechanism protects ports compartment when underwater
  • Reasonably priced
  • Minimal manual control options
  • Image quality suffers in low light with noise at low ISO settings
  • Camera's performance speed suffers in low light too
  • Images shot in automatic mode are slightly off with color and exposure
  • Limited optical zoom measurement of 5x
  • No zoom lens ring; must use two buttons to adjust zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen is small
  • LCD screen suffers from glare when shooting outdoors
  • Placement of lens can cause your fingers to appear in the image as you're gripping the camera
  • Control buttons on the back are too small to use comfortably
  • Battery life is poor
  • Battery must be charged inside camera
Bottom Line
The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80. These problems don't make this model's photos unusable, and they're less noticeable at small print sizes or when viewed on social networking sites. The XP80 has a small 5x optical zoom lens, minimal manual control options, and awful battery life. It certainly isn't a perfect camera, but it does provide adequate results for those looking for a very basic camera that's safe to use around water. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a rugged new XP-series camera that is waterproof to 50ft, shockproof from 5.8ft, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof. It boasts a 16.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of not only recording Full 1080p HD videos @60fps, but also 480fps slow motion (at a lower resolution). The 5x optical zoom lens offers a 28-140mm 35mm-equivalent, as well as optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake.

Wi-Fi is a standard XP80 feature that allows users to remote control this digicam with, or simply backup photos to, any smartphone or tablet running the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. There's even a dedicated Wi-Fi button to make the process easier. 11 Advanced Filters, including the new "Sketch" function, are great for those who want to express his or her creativity. Built in HDR and Motion Panorama 360° are a must these days too.

Lastly, the XP80 offers Action Camera Mode, which turns the XP80 into a GoPro-esque video recorder with a fixed 18mm lens, while turning the 3.0-inch rear LCD off to preserve battery life. In this mode, you can remotely control the camera with aforementioned Wi-Fi app, or simply mount it to your body, surfboard, bike, or whatever you like.

FinePix XP80 Features:
  • 16.4MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 50ft
  • Shockproof from 5.8ft
  • Freezeproof to 14°F
  • Dustproof
  • 5x optical zoom
    • 28-140mm
  • 3.0" LCD w anti-reflection coating
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Full 1080p HD Videos @ 60fps
    • 480fps slow motion
  • 11 Advanced Filters
    • includes the new "Sketch" function
  • HDR (High-Dynamic Range) capture
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • Wi-Fi
  • Action Camera Mode

Available in blue, yellow, and graphite with green accents, the Fujifilm XP80 sports a retail price of $229.95. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.


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