Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Brief Review


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  • 14MP CMOS
  • Fujinon 5x zoom with 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Waterproof to 33 feet, Shockproof to 6.5 feet, Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Dustproof
  • 1080p full HD recording with mono sound
  • GPS with Compass and Photo navigation
  • Wi-Fi functionality
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-01
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix XP170
14MP CMOS; Fujinon 5x zoom with 28mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; Waterproof to 33 feet, Shockproof to 6.5 feet, Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Dustproof; 1080p full HD recording with mono sound; GPS with Compass and Photo navigation; Wi-Fi functionality; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Essentially the same camera as the XP150 but with wireless, the XP170 features the same waterproof (33ft) and durability (6.5ft) ratings as its predecessor. The XP150 is a very recent model so we're a bit confused by the necessity for yet another waterproof FinePix, yet here it is all the same. Now you can wirelessly transfer your underwater pool photos to your cell phone, but it looks like image quality is likely unchanged from the XP150, which was generally outperformed by the competition. Reviews have also noted poor autofocus and lots of trouble getting wireless to work properly. This one's a pass.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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