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Fuji FinePix XP150 review

A tough all-weather compact with photo-mapping GPS

The Fuji FinePix XP150 takes good quality images whether in Normal or Fine JPEG quality mode. Chromatic aberration, fringing and noise are low. There can be noise in places, particularly in areas of shadow. There's nothing particularly noticeable at a low sensitivity with an ISO of 200, but it's worse at higher sensitivities such as ISP 1600, which is to be expected.

The colour range sometimes struggled to cover much tonal detail in areas when examining tonal gradient. They have a slight painted effect in places, but this is a camera predominantly meant for capturing action. It also struggles to convey metallic colours, but this isn't unusual for a compact.

The exposure and white balance are among the few parameters the camera enables you to experiment with in Program mode. Generally the automatic white balance performs well. When applying programmed white balance settings, such as cloudy and fluorescent lighting, the Fuji XP150 copes well.

Fuji FinePix XP150 review

Scene recognition is perhaps the Fuji FinePix XP150's most distinguishing feature, since it's very easy to use. By pressing the shutter release half way, the lens detects both the distance of the subject and the content within the frame, switching smoothly between macro and face recognition portrait modes. The aperture, shutter, white balance and ISO are all automatically set, depending on what scene the camera detects.

Fuji FinePix XP150 review

Our underwater shots are mostly clear and detailed, although dark in places. The sports mode captures subjects very well, with barely any subject movement noticeable, ideal for taking a shot of someone snowboarding or skiing thanks to the lens's efficient AF.

Fuji FinePix XP150 review

The Motion Panorama 360 mode gives you a certain amount of time, indicated by a scroll bar, to sweep the camera around 120 degrees, 180 degrees or 360 degrees. You get approximately five seconds to make the full sweep at 120 degrees, eight seconds at 180 degrees and 11 seconds at 360 degrees.

Fuji FinePix XP150 review

Although the time duration has been decreased from the previous model, to make for a hastier sweep, it is perhaps now too hasty in its given capture time. It's quite difficult to keep the arrow on the yellow guideline while sweeping fast enough to capture a full 360 degree shot, although if managed it can produce a good photo.

Fuji FinePix XP150 review

The HD video is simple to use, accessible via a record button on the camera face. Recordings are of a high quality, but it struggled with keeping focus once the zoom was applied during recording.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution14.4 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyFinePix XP
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlue
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom6.8x
Brand NameFujifilm
DurabilityWater Proof, Shock Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV, Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3072
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height71.3 mm
Width102.7 mm
Depth27.4 mm
Product SeriesXP
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelXP150
Product NameFinePix XP150 Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control

Programmed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC06820A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

Building on the success of previous XP models, the FinePix XP150 is the ultimate camera for anyone who lives for the great outdoors and wants to be able to document their exploits every step of the way. Whether climbing mountains or diving oceans the FinePix XP150 has what it takes to deliver high quality stills and movies whatever the conditions.

Package Contents
  • FinePix XP150 Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-50A
  • Battery Charger BC-50A
  • Plug Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year