Fujifilm Finepix XP20 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization
  • 720p HD video
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • Waterproof to 16.5ft, shockproof to 5ft, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Dustproof
  • Captures to SD/SDHC
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-21
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm Finepix XP20
14 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization; 720p HD video; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; Waterproof to 16.5ft, shockproof to 5ft, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Dustproof; Captures to SD/SDHC; Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The XP20 is one of Fuji's latest weatherproof, ruggedized cameras, ready for a day at the beach, a weekend on the slopes, or a hike up a mountain. It's waterproof to 16.5 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof to boot. In short, it looks pretty much in line with the rest of the ruggedized fare in this price range, except in a more playful looking body. Also check out the XP30, which adds GPS capability. While the features sound nice, reviews consistently note water leakage and pretty dismal image quality. The XP20 probably isn't worth your money.

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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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