Ready for adventure: meet the FinePix XP130 waterproof compact

While the holidays may seem a long way off right now for some of us, Fujifilm has taken the wraps off its latest waterproof camera, the FinePix XP130.

From the outside at least it doesn't look like much has changed compared to the outgoing XP120, and a lot of that camera's spec remains here. The pixel count stays the same at 16.4MP, while the optics are also unchanged, with the XP130 using the same 5x, 28-140mm optical zoom as the XP120.

Compared to our favorite waterproof compact, the Olympus Tough! TG-5, the aperture range is a pretty modest f/3.9-4.9 – it can't match the TG-5's maximum aperture of f/2 at the wide end. 

The XP130's tough credentials have been improved, although only slightly. It's now waterproof down to a depth of 20m (compared to the XP120's 15m), while like its predecessor it can withstand a drop from up to 1.75m and is freeze-proof down to -10°C.

Improved connectivity

The XP130's connectivity options have been overhauled however, with the camera featuring Bluetooth low-energy technology to allow for automatic image transfer to smartphone or tablet. It can also sync the time and location information from your device, and add it to images via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. 

The XP130 sports a new Electronic Level, designed to banish wonky horizons when you're shooting landscapes or architecture, while there's also a Cinemagraph mode, which produces still images with moving elements, a time-lapse video function, and the ability to shoot at 10fps. There's no 4K video capture, but the XP130 can record Full HD video at up to 60fps. 

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 will be available in February for £199 (US and Australian pricing is still to be confirmed), in a choice of white, blue, yellow, silver and lime finishes.

Phil Hall

Phil Hall is an experienced writer and editor having worked on some of the largest photography magazines in the UK, and now edit the photography channel of TechRadar, the UK's biggest tech website and one of the largest in the world. He has also worked on numerous commercial projects, including working with manufacturers like Nikon and Fujifilm on bespoke printed and online camera guides, as well as writing technique blogs and copy for the John Lewis Technology guide.