Fujifilm Finepix XP 50 : An All-Weather Camera Review.

Fujifilm Finepix XP 50
Fujifilm Finepix XP 50 | Source

I've just got the opportunity to use a waterproof digital camera Fujifilm Finepix XP 50, a tough camera which is designed for all weather activities.

Fujifilm Finepix XP 50 was released on 31 March 2012. The camera has a four-way-protection so that can endure underwater operations up to 5m/16ft, shock proof 1.5m/5ft, freeze proof -10°C/14°F, and dust proof. With those shields in hand, taking pictures while exploring water and land with a digital camera is no longer a hindrance. For excellent result, the camera is also equipped with 1080p, 30 fps Full High Definition (HD) movie recordings.

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Friendly price, competitive features.

I bought the camera for 218 USD, although the camera is marketed at considerably lower price compared with XP150 and XP 100 which are around 50$ more expensive, but the price shouldn't fool us since XP 50 is as almost fully loaded as its siblings with 14.4 mega pixels resolution CMOS sensor together with FUJINON lense with 5x wide angle optical zoom (28-140 mm) and water repellent coating to ensure crisp pictures can be captured while the lense contacts with water.

XP 50 also has the capability to make burst shoots up to 10 frames per second in full resolution.

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Moreover XP 50 also has 2.7 inch high contrast LCD which enables you to check your shoots clearly and make no worry about the glare caused by sunlight. This tough camera also comes with new design in its double lock latches on the right side to ensure the camera safety when it's used in underwater shooting. Inside this double locks chamber, battery, memory card, and cable data port are securely placed.

The FinePix XP50 also has Fujifilm’s Motion Panorama 360 mode, which automatically stitches together individual images captured in a single sweep across a scene to create one panoramic picture.

PX 50 comes with rechargeable battery, Battery charger, USB cable, CD Rom operation software, functional strap, and manual book.
PX 50 comes with rechargeable battery, Battery charger, USB cable, CD Rom operation software, functional strap, and manual book. | Source

Picture quality.

Overall image qualities resulted by Finepix XP50 are ranging from satisfactory to excellent. The colors look crisp although sometimes the image stabilization system doesn't work effectively so that I had to delete some pictures which didn't look really sharp.

Pictures taken in low light also gives good result, thanks to one of the shooting modes called Pro Low-light mode which captures four high ISO exposures, and then stacks them to create a single image with reduced noise levels.

A sample in low light.
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The Pluses, Minuses and Ratings of the Camera.

Like other cameras, Fujifilm Finepix XP50 also has plus and minus points.

The Pluses:

  • - Marketed in more affordable price than its siblings XP 150 and XP 100, and other waterproof cameras with equal features.
  • -14.4 Mega pixels resolution gives it a competitive feature compared to other tough cameras.
  • -Offers some unusual modes, like :

360° Panorama Mode: stitch together several photos to create a full 360-degree

panoramic pictures.

Pro Low light mode: arranges 4 high iso exposures together to create a single image

with low noise.

Dynamic Range mode: varies exposure between frames and combines them into a

single high dynamic range image.

The Natural Light & with Flash mode: captures each shot twice, once with flash and

once with higher sensitivity and natural light only.

Face Detection technology: be able to locate up to 6 faces simultaneously.

  • can capture Full HD movies; that's 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, at 30 frames per second.
  • Double locks: gives more protection for the camera when it's used under water.
  • Water repellent lense coating: repels water from the lense to ensure best pictures resulted when contacts with water.

The minuses:

  • The waterproofing can only be used till 5m (16.4 ft) deep.
  • The sticker at the double locks area is easy to peel and seems not to last long.
  • Smaller-than-everage-2.7 inch-LCD monitor.

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


A sharp under water picture
A sharp under water picture | Source
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XP 50 also shows stunning result for green scenes.
XP 50 also shows stunning result for green scenes. | Source

Give Your Ratings.

4 stars for Fujifilm Finepix XP 50

Based on the performance, including the picture results, and the numbers of plus and minus points, I give Fujifilm Finepix XP 50 a 4-star rating.

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Comments 11 comments

Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I never thought of having such all weather camera. But the pictures you did are pretty good. Interesting info.


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Pavlo Badovskyy:

Thank you for reading and commenting. I had wrong idea about this camera too, but then I've proved myself than an all-weather camera can also gives pretty good pictures.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

It would be fun to have a camera that you did not have to worry about if taking pictures when it is raining. Being able to take photos under water would also be fun. I enjoyed hearing about this Fujifulm Finepix XP 50 A waterproof camera. Thanks for the review! Up, useful and interesting votes. Good luck in the current contest! :)


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for your comments and votes. Yes, I eventually have the same idea that this kind of camera can be used in all situations and still gives pretty good pictures.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

This camera sounds awesome.. thank you for this very useful review! I was shocked to see the price of it and how reasonable it is... going to keep this in mind since Christmas is coming quick.. Great hub, voting up!!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i love the photos especially the underwater shoots. Great review for one great cam!


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Jamie Brock:

Thank you for reading. Yes, this is an affordable, pretty good camera. I hope you'll have a very good time on Christmas with a new digital camera.

@unknown spy:

Yes, taking underwater photos gave an extraordinary experience. Thank you for dropping by.


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agvulpes 3 years ago from Australia

This Fuji Finepix XP50 sure looks like it will deliver the goods!

I particularly like the underwater shots. :)


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

@agvulpes:

Thank you for dropping by and giving comments. I'm glad you like the pictures .


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

I wrote a Squidoo lense last spring about this camera because I have one and think it's pretty cool! I love snorkeling, which makes this camera perfect for me. It's drop resistant nature is also pretty handy! I agree that it's a great buy.


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Natashalh,

Thank you for reading and giving nice comments. Yes, this camera is not so expensive compared to other types and brands but it gives excellent result.

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