Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Review

March 26, 2015 | Amy Davies | |

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.

Generally speaking, it’s often the case that rugged cameras tend to produce image quality which is slightly below the par of other compact cameras. It’s a trade off for the fact that it is rugged and you can take it underwater, throw it around, and so on.

In good light, the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is capable of producing some bright and punchy images, but you can see some examples of image smoothing if you look closely at an image at 100%. The likelihood that you’ll want to do with a camera such as this is fairly low though, and at normal printing and web sizes, images have a good overall amount of detail.

As you move through the sensitivity range, there is more evidence of loss of detail and image smoothing, and right at the top end of ISO 1600, there’s a fair amount of detail lost if you look very carefully. However, again if you’re printing or displaying at normal or small sizes, the overall impression isn’t too bad.

Colours are bright and punchy too, producing natural images without too much vibrance. The Fujifilm FinePix XP80’s automatic metering mode does a decent job of producing accurate exposures, without the need for dialling in exposure compensation, save for in very high contrast situations.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 has a 5x optical zoom, which is enough for the majority of every day situations. Images taken at the far end of the zoom retain a good amount of detail. Meanwhile, you can also use macro focusing to get closer to your subject. There can be mixed results with this, especially when shooting underwater, in which case it’s helpful to switch to the dedicated underwater macro mode.

Noise

The XP80 has seven sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO100 and ISO6400. ISO6400 shots are only captured at an 8MP maximum resolution, whilst Auto ISO mode can be capped at ISO400, 800 or 1600.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
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Focal Range

The camera’s 5x optical zoom lens gives you a focal range of 28-140mm (in 35mm-camera terms). It’s not the widest lens on the tough camera market, though Fuji’s optional ACL-XP80 wide-angle lens converter creates an 18mm-equivalent focal length.

28mm

140mm

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Sharpening

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 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. 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)

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File quality

Two JPEG compression options can be selected: Fine or Normal.

16M Fine (6.47Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (4.19Mb) (100% Crop)
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Chromatic Aberrations

Chroma is handled well on the Fujifilm FinePix XP80. 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)

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Macro

The XP80’s macro mode allows you to focus down to 9cm from your subject. It’s close enough to capture plenty of detail, but nowhere near as impressive as the 1cm macro modes offered by some tough cameras.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The camera’s built-in flash includes four modes: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash and Slow Synchro. Red-eye removal can be switched on or off via the main menu.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (140mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (140mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

In our testing with the XP80 successfully avoided red-eye and the flash produced only minor wide-angle vignetting from a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off

Flash On
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Advanced Filters

Fifteen Advanced Filter effects are available and previewed live as you shoot. Choose from Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High-Key, Low-Key, Dynamic Tone, Fish-Eye, Soft Focus, Cross Screen and Partial Color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).

Toy Camera

Miniature
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Pop COlor

High Key

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Low Key

Dynamic Tone

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Fish-eye

Soft Focus

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Cross Screen

Partial Color

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Panorama

The camera’s Motion Panorama 360 mode will capture 120°, 180° or 360° pans automatically as you sweep the camera left or right. Results are typical of cameras with similar features and are downsized to around 1100 vertical pixels. Some signs of stitching are visible if you scrutinise, and you can’t pan for less than the minimum 120°. Even when panning smoothly, the system can struggle to capture successfully.

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