When it comes to photography Fujifilm has long been recognized as a leader in the industry. With the Fujifilm Finepix XP170 waterproof camera however they have fallen quite short of their goal. Although this waterproof camera has a sporty look and looks fun to use, it does not deliver high quality images in some lighting conditions. It is not the quality you have come to expect from Fujifilm. It should also be noted that the Wi-Fi synching feature is less than reliable.
The durability of the FinePix XP170 is also in question when compared to other waterproof cameras. When tested, it was found that the Fujifilm FinePix, when placed underwater for more than an hour, was unable to survive without leaking. The camera although highly water resistant was found not to be waterproof. We recommend that you do not use this digital camera to take underwater pictures in your pool, lake, or ocean. The camera will most likely stand up to rain and snow, but you should try to avoid getting it too wet. After it gets wet we strongly suggest you dry it completely after use in wet conditions. If you want to use this camera underwater you will want to get an airtight camera case with a float strap.
The FinePix XP170 is packed with 14 megapixels, a quick shutter speed of 1/2000 seconds, and a wide-angle 5x optical zoom. It takes good photographs as most Fujifilm cameras do. Pictures taken with this camera underwater have geed white balance and are very clear. In low light however the camera does not perform well. It should be noted that in daylight the autofocus tends to be slow.
The compact sporty design of the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 camera fits easily into your pocket. It is more rugged than the average point and shoot camera. If you are looking for a particular color for you new camera, it better be either blue or orange the only colors available.
Through its built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 has the ability to sync with your Apple or Android Smartphone, using its’ Wireless Image Transfer function. With the use of a downloaded app you have the ability to sync your pictures from the FinePix XP170 and share them from your phone. Although this can be very convenient, the direct sharing feature has some bugs. It is a bit difficult to set up the Wi-Fi, and loss of signal is often a problem. This requires you to stop and reset your Smartphone connection.
The camera comes with auto red-eye removal and face detection features. A nice feature is the taking of panoramic pictures. This is a really nice feature for those outdoor landscapes.
Of course Fujifilm’s customer service is excellent. If your FinePix XP170 camera breaks or malfunctions you can contact Fujifilm, because it comes with a one-year limited warranty. Contacting the company through either telephone or email with your questions about the product or warranty information is also available. Fujifilm provides FAQs and downloadable user guides for each specific product online, so product specifications and other information are always available for you to view.
The cameras from Fujifilm are usually a great value; however the FinePix XP170 seems to fall well short of expectations. With below average performance and image quality, the FinePix XP170 is a little disappointing. The durability of this waterproof camera is very low for our liking, and while the Wi-Fi features seem convenient, they fall short of the mark.