Fujifilm FinePix XP90 Review

June 13, 2016 | Jack Baker | |

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.

It’s little surprise that with its aging sensor and image processor, the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 doesn’t produce eye-popping image quality. Even in optimal daytime conditions detail is lacking and fine landscape foliage is smeared to a greater extent than we’d expect from a 1/2.3-inch sensor. In fact it’s only the physical image dimensions that give away the sensor’s megapixel count, as in terms of detail levels, shots look as though they’ve been captured at 8-12MP and simply enlarged to 16MP.

Fortunately the XP90’s punchy colour reproduction and generally accurate exposure metering help it record shots that are initially acceptable to the eye. But again, look more closely and the mediocre dynamic range manifests itself with murky shadow detail and some blown-out highlights.

High ISO performance is nothing special, either. Grain is clearly visible at ISO 800, further softening fine detail. ISO 1600 images look acceptable at 50% image size, but zoom in and there’s little – if any – extra detail revealed, thanks to aggressive noise reduction processing. The extent of noise in ISO 3200 shots makes them only suitable for 6x4 prints or social media sharing. ISO 6400 is as good as useless, as despite this sensitivity being limited to 8MP, the camera still can’t hide the dreadful dynamic range, muted colour and dismal detail levels.

While the Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s sensor doesn’t impress, it’s 5x zoom lens does a much better job. Corner sharpness is a close match for the centre of frame, and although fringing is visible on very high contrast boundaries, it’s nothing intrusive. The lens’ optical image stabilisation also performs very well, helping to keep shots sharp at maximum zoom and in most shooting conditions.

Noise

The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 has seven sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to 6400 at full. However, the maximum ISO 6400 sensitivity is only recorded at 8MP/3264x2448 resolution

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 Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s 5x zoom lens achieves a maximum wide-angle focal length equivalent to 28mm, and can zoom in to 140mm (in 35mm-camera terms).

28mm

140mm

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File Quality

Shooting the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 at its maximum 16MP resolution with Fine jpeg quality produces images around 7-8MB in size. Switching to Normal quality at the same resolution roughly halves the file size.

16M Fine (8.38Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (3.62Mb) (100% Crop)
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Macro

The Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s lens will focus as close as 9cm from your subject, and does so reliably. However, cameras like the Nikon Coolpix AW130 and Olympus TG-4 both boast 1cm macro focussing.

Macro

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Flash

When shooting a white surface from a distance of 1.5m, the Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s flash produces noticeable vignetting with the lens at maximum wide angle, though fall-off is much less severe when you use longer focal lengths. Red-eye is also just about visible when firing the flash without red-eye reduction enabled, and even with the system activated, red-eye isn’t successfully eliminated.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (140mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (140mm)

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In our testing with the XP90 successfully avoided red-eye and the flash produced only minor wide-angle vignetting from a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Flash - Redeye

Flash - Redeye (100% Crop)
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Night Modes

You get four different ways of capturing night scenes with the Fujifilm FinePix XP90. In the default Scene Recognition Auto mode, night images are murky, underexposed and lack detail. Pro Low Light mode aims to improve things by capturing multiple exposures and merging them into a sharper 8MP image with better dynamic range, but our testing produced similarly disappointing results to using the default Auto mode. Switching to Night mode produced marginally better image quality with slightly higher sharpness, but for acceptable night-time results, your best option by far is to switch to Night Tripod mode and shoot a long exposure anchored by a tripod.

Scene Recognition Auto Mode

Pro Low Light Mode
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Night Mode

Night Tripod Mode
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Image Stabilisation

Although not perfectly sharp, the Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s image stabilisation has performed well to keep this 1/8th-second exposure useable. With stabilisation disabled and a marginally quicker 1/9th-second shutter speed, even a very steady hand couldn’t keep the same shot anything like as sharp.

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Advanced Filters

The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 offers eleven filter effects, all of which are previewed live and recorded at full resolution. Your options are: Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High Key, Low Key, Dynamic Tone, Fish-eye, Soft Focus, Cross Screen, Sketch, 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

Sketch

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Partial Color  
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HDR

The Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s HDR mode provides a useful boost in dynamic range, although it could go further still without shoots looking over processed.

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Panorama

Motion Panorama mode has 120, 180 and 360-degree pan options. Whichever you choose, images are recorded with a vertical resolution of 1088 pixels. That’s not exactly high, and the Fujifilm FinePix XP90’s panoramas also display small areas of stitching ghosting.

120 Degree

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180 Degree

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