Fujifilm FinePix XP10 waterproof digital camera review

If planning on taking photographs in adverse environments, the first thing to think of is the acquisition of the right gear. In this case, this could be a reliable camera feasible to withstand the conditions. The choice of the Fujifilm FinePix XP10 could be a reliable one. This is a tough built camera which is designed to withstand rigorous and active lifestyle. The camera is designed to survive water, shock, dust and freezing. The camera is designed to take one to any place without the fear of malfunction.

Physical Characteristics

There is a lot to enjoy from the use of this waterproof digital camera. In addition to its being resistant to various adverse conditions, the design of the camera is stylish. The Fujifilm FinePix XP10 is highly portable and usable and comes with great colors to augment the appeal. It offers limited underwater and shock-proof capabilities. This means that the camera can be partially be immersed in water and still offer reliable performance without any problem. The usage is simple and takes less time for one to master the axiomatic buttons. The camera also offers reliable performance in image clarity in the flash photos.

Specs

The Fujifilm FinePix XP10 offers great features for absolute reliance of the users. The camera resolution lies at 12.2 megapixels and has an optical zoom of 5X which is an equivalent of 36 – 180mm. The camera also has an LCD display unit of 2.7 inches which is an equivalent of 230,000 pixels. The maximum image size in pixels lies at 4000 x 3000. For better portability, the external dimensions are 2.5 x 3.8 x 0.9 inches; measurements that make it the best waterproof digital cameras that one can get in the market today. It only weighs about 4.8 ounces; that is when excluding the battery and the memory card. To crown it off, the camera offers an image sensor of CCD 1 2.3 in and can be used in the creation of 720p HD videos.

Quality of images

The main aspect that people look at when buying waterproof digital cameras is the image quality. The Fujifilm FinePix XP10 offers the best in image quality. With an optical zoom of 5X and a reliable resolution of 12.2 megapixels, the images taken using the camera are bright and sharp. This is more than most people expect when it comes to the waterproof cameras. The users are also given the option of shooting images at various resolutions within the maximum 12.2 megapixel range. The camera also allows for grey scale and black and white photo shooting. To make it even better, the camera has the capability of shooting two photos at a time where one has a flash and the other one without.

Verdict

The performance of the Fujifilm FinePix XP10 is reliable especially when considering the cost. The shutter lag is unnoticeable when it comes to the outdoor photos. The LCD display is reliable and allows one to see the images in direct sunlight and has reliable settings to enhance the image. Designed for adverse conditions, the Fujifilm FinePix XP10 is the best option for quality seekers in this price range!

New waterproof camcorders from Panasonic for hot summer days – WA10, DC10, DC1, TA20 and TA2

Panasonic has recently announced 5 new models with attractive design and color styles. They are all waterproof up to 3 meters underwater, but smaller – DC1 – is also dust-proof and shock-proof. Their design is reminding to the pistols, therefore you can really “shot” someone with them!

They have some really interesting features, like full HD 1080p recording. WA10 can shoot still images to the resolution up to 16 MP! It uses advanced backside illumination CCD technology, for stunning image quality. Other features and full press release are available on official Panasonic website.

If you are also interested in capturing the video, not just taking pictures, this new camcorders will be appropriate for you. There are many color variants and 3 different models in three price groups so you could select the one, which fulfils your needs. But be careful, they waterproof just up to depths of 3 meters, so these camcorders are not for serious divers!

New waterproof camera from Olympus

In these days Olympus announced the new waterproof digital camera – Olympus Tough TG-810. The compact digital camera is waterproof up to 10 m (33 ft.),  dust-proof, freeze-proof and shock-proof. It comes with some new and very cool features like build-in GPS, electronic compass and manometer for calculation air or water pressure at the time of capturing the subject. It also records movies in 720p HD resolution, so it is really an “swiss knife” for your summer vacations – wherever you go! The camera will be on stock at the end of April 2011, for approximate price of $400.

Specifications of the camera

This waterproof digital camera captures in 14 MP resolution. The lens has 5x optical zoom, equivalent 28 – 140 mm on fullframe format. The maximum aperture of the lens is f/3.9-5.9 which is not the best in this price range, but still good enough for darker scenes at wide angle. The lens is build of 11 lenses in 8 groups, from which 4 of them are aspherical to controll the spherical aberration and two special ED lenses to control the chromatic aberration.
The LCD uses HyperCrystal technology which ensures very vivid picture that can easily be seen on the direct sun. LCD monitor is 3″ (7.3 cm) large with an average resolution of 920,000 dots.
Impressive is a data that there is 21 available capturing modes (underwater included)! ISO setting can be set to AUTO or manually from 80 up to 1600.

The camera has everything nicely packed up in a rough body so there is no doubt it will soon be very popular as it comes to the market. You can find the press release and the detailed description on the official Olympus page.

olympus tough 810

Nevertheless, we have already reviewed in-depth one of the others Olympus waterproof cameras. The review of Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 can be found here.