Fujifilm FinePix XP70 Review

August 8, 2014 | Jack Baker | |

Conclusion

The Fujifilm FinePix XP70 may cost as little has half the price of some tough compact cameras, but it’s far from half the camera. Its 10-metre waterproof rating can’t quite match the subaquatic abilities of cameras like the Nikon AW120 or Ricoh WG-4, but if you’re only likely to photograph a spot of snorkelling, that’s hardly a deal-breaker. The XP70’s shockproof rating is also about 25% down on what the big boys can withstand, yet it’s still enough to survive a fall from a typical shooting height.

One area where the XP70 doesn’t compromise is image quality, as it’s right up there with the best tough compacts, regardless of price. Vibrant colours and accurate exposure give shots plenty of initial appeal, as does the well-resolved detail at lower sensitivities and the relatively modest amounts of image noise at higher ISO settings. Fine detail smearing and limited dynamic range are issues, but you could shell out a lot more on a tough camera and be met with similar results.

Plenty of creative effects, wireless image sharing, Full HD video recording and a nippy burst shooting speed give the XP70 added value, as does its decent ergonomics and bright screen. It’s a pity the camera’s macro mode is average at best and you don’t get GPS location tagging, but these are fair compromises to keep the price down.

The XP70’s spec and price means it slots between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25/TS25 (£130/$180) and Olympus Stylus TG-830/835 (£229/$280). The latter offers extra ruggedness and features, but the XP70 is still great value for money if you’re after a tough camera with solid performance at a reasonable price.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5