Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Review

4.0
August 8, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All photographs on the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 were shot at full resolution on the Fine setting. The camera records images around 6Mb at this setting and around half that on the Normal setting.

Noise

Noise seems non-existent at low ISO although in some dark areas at ISO 100, the detail looks smudged as though noise reduction software is still at work. Things stay pretty good at ISO 200, but trouble begins to brew after that. ISO 400 sees a shift in image degradation with noise starting to appear in low key areas. Edge definition starts top look shaky, too. By ISO 800, detail is lost in dark areas, such as shadows, due to noise reduction trying to smooth out the damage. Blue and green blobs of colour still show through.

The problems with noise slowly gets worse through the later stages of the sensitivity ratings, but on the plus side, you can still see detail and although colours are desaturated to try and reduce colour noise, they're still noticeable. Frankly, if you're going to have to use the ISO at this stage, knock it back down and turn the flash on.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

Focal Range

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 has a 5x otpical zoom range. This equates to around 28-140mm in 35mm terms. The zoom is fast enough for an underwater camera. It operates in 15 steps. There's a little barrel distortion at the wide-angle setting, but no pincushion at full zoom.

28mm

140mm

Sharpening

At low ISO, using a simple sharpen tool with a mild increase in sharpness will benefit pictures taken with the Fujifilm FinePix XP200. If you go too high, the noise will simply sharpen instead and look worse than it really is.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File quality

At full resolution on the fine setting, a typical image from the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is around 6Mb while simply knocking it down to the normal setting drops the file size down to less than 4Mb.

16M Fine (5.77Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (3.43Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

We certainly found evidence of chromatic aberration on the pictures taken with the Fujifilm FinePix XP200. Generally at the edge of the frame and in high contrast areas. We touched on whether this could be down to the glass covering the lens or even the mirror behind the lens that redirects the light onto the zoom system.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

Macro

The closest that the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 can focus is only 9cm but it image results are great quality. There's little image degradation towards the edges and no sign of barrel distortion. Bear in mind that if you're scuba diving with this, you're unlikely to get ultra close to any animals, so a super-macro focus really isn't necessary.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

Images are slightly brighter towards the centre spot which gives us a bit of vignetting at the corners. It's only faint, but definitely there. The flash is intelligent, so works with the ambient light to simply stabilise it and not take over. Using flash will ensure that whatever light you have is complimented and not bleached out.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (140mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (140mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

There's no sign of red-eye on the test shots from the Fujifilm FinePix XP200. There's a red-eye removal option in the Set-up menu if you require it. It will use software to locate and eliminate red-eye completely. This is different to red-eye reduction which only reduces it to the pupil area.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Night scene mode has charged up the ISO to ISO 1250 and it shows in the image quality. Although there's a slight difference in exposure with the Program mode opting for a slower 1/20sec, they both look similarly exposed.

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

   

Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

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