Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Review

4.0
February 28, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

Noise

Low ISO images look a little bitty from mild noise which is a little annoying. However, looking at it from a more optimistic point of view, the fact that they've decided not to use noise reduction means the image is less tarnished and obviates the painted look that NR can create. Still, at ISO 100 we'd expect to have a smoother image even without NR sorting things out. Interestingly, moving into ISO 200 shows little or – arguably – no change in image quality despite a stop exposure difference. Small amounts of noise start to move into the darker areas of the frame at ISO 400, but in all fairness, it's only really noticeable at full magnification of the image.

The major changes start at ISO 800 which is pretty high for a compact. Normally we'd expect to see a big shift in image quality at ISO 400. Image quality begins to break down at ISO 800, though. Noise is a lot more noticeable and edge detail begins to break up while sharp edges start to fuzz out. This problem exacerbates through the next stage although viewed from a normal viewing distance, the image quality still looks great with no colour casts trying to take over the image.

There must have been an issue by ISO 3200 because the image is practically black & white. Most colour has been removed or desaturated in a bid to remove colour noise. This leaves only edge sharpness breaking down further and salt & pepper noise being an issue. Incredibly, the ISO 6400 image looks great. WE say this because a compact camera sensor at that ISO setting should have a horrid blue cast and be riddled with blue and green blobs of colour. It is bad on the highest ISO setting, but it's the best we've seen in a long time.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The focal range of the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is 5mm – 25mm or 28-140mm in 35mm terms. That's a 5x optical zoom. We didn't see any barrel distortion that we felt we should be concerned with. In fact it was slightly lower than what we expected to see.

28mm

140mm

Sharpening

The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 doesn't have any built-in sharpening tools so if you wish to sharpen the images, you need to use an external editing suite such as Adobe Photoshop. We used the standard sharpen setting in our test using CS4. We found that because of the lack of noise control to smooth out images, sharpening simply made the roughness of the noise that was present even worse. Images appear to be sharp enough anyway.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File quality

At full resolution on the fine setting, a typical image from the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is around 7Mb while simply knocking it down to the normal setting drops the file size down to less than 4Mb.

14M Fine (7.35Mb) (100% Crop) 14M Normal (3.89Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

Chroma is handled well on the Fujifilm FinePix XP60. We did find traces of it, but it's only mild and at the extreme edges of the frame. It's entirely possible that the noise present on the images could be also breaking up the chroma, in a way, as it breaks up any clean lines.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

 
 

Macro

Close focusing of the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is 9cm in the macro mode. That's paltry compared to some cameras, but let's look at this from the point of view that this is a camera designed for underwater photography, not taking pictures of interesting lizards on a rock. It's highly unlikely you'll get close enough to any wildlife while scuba diving to get a picture of the lining of it's eye, so there's little point in having a good close focusing fitted.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash is situated more centrally on the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 than on a standard compact camera and this is to enable direct light with a reduction of shadows when photographing underwater. It does create vignettes, which is a shame. The vignettes do start to dissipate as the zoom is used.

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

Because of this central location, it's more square on to eyes when shooting portraits and red-eye is an issue because of this. The Red-eye reduction feature works well, but it would be worth running it through an editing suite as well.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

In Program mode, the night shot can't be taken because the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 won't take a long enough exposure. There are two night scenes: With Tripod or Without. Using the Without option will use a lower ISO to smooth the image. Despite taking our test image in the wee hours, we found that the image is still over exposed. On the other hand, the Program mode shot is drastically under exposed and also out of focus.

Night Auto

Night Auto (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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