Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Review

August 8, 2013 | Matt Grayson | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a rugged digital compact camera designed for use outdoors. It features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom and wi-fi connectivity wrapped up in a casing that's waterproof, shock-proof, freeze-proof and dust-proof. Priced at around £230 / $300, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is available in black, blue, red and yellow.

Ease of Use

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 continues the lineage of tough, waterproof cameras from Fujifilm. It looks very much the same as its predecessors. It has a fat, bulky body with a lens sat in the top right corner. An array of lights and microphones surround it. The 5x optical zoom is internal, to ensure waterproofing. It's likely that it uses a sideways lens element that consists of a periscope type mirror directly behind the outer element. The sensor will either be to the side of the periscope mirror or at the bottom of the camera. A zoom lens element will then slide backwards and forwards (or up and down, depending on the location of the sensor) to operate the zoom.

Of course, for serious photographers, this can open up a proverbial can of worms leading to questions about the quality of the glass that makes up the mirror and whether it distorts or disperses light. Then there's the water tight glass protecting the front element. Does it use ED technology? Is it as good quality as the front element? The end should justify the means, of course and – to coin another analogy – the proof will most certainly be in the pudding.

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Front Rear

So the rest of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200's body looks to be exposed to the (not lens) elements with open buttons and LCD screen, not protected by sheets of plastic, like in the olden days. On the back, the screen covers most of the area with buttons squished to the right side. Interestingly, Fujifilm have opted not to use overly large buttons which means if you're using gloves in the cold or underwater, this could make changing modes or simply activating the flash more difficult.

For the XP200, Fujifilm have decided to go with a CMOS sensor over the traditional CCD. It's a type of sensor that's fuel efficient and also good with video. While the XP200 records in FullHD, it's only 1080i. There are two types of video interlaced (i) and progressive (p). Interlaced works by flashing alternate layers of pixels on to the screen twice every frame. It's this style of projection you can see if you film a computer screen and it flickers. The progressive style refreshes each pixel simultaneously. There's been arguments that progressive is smoother than interlaced but a lot of televisions still work by interlacing. That means that you have immediate compatibility. However, movement in the frame while interlacing is working causes a mismatch of lines and can ruin sharp video images. There's ways of editing this, but it takes a lot of patience, the right equipment and a lot of processing power.

Let's face it, you're unlikely to see the problem unless you're magnifying the video quality after running it through an editing suite and breaking it down frame by frame. So, to give you some good news, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 runs video at 60fps (frames per second). Video normally runs at around 30fps (29.97 to be precise) and because you're doubling the amount of frames you want to squeeze into a second of filming, it takes twice as long to show it. Ergo, you have slow motion video in a camera that can go almost anywhere.

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Front Top

A lot of cameras are coming fitted with wi-fi at the moment. While it's being labelled as the newest gimmick, it can't really be a bad thing, can it? You have the opportunity to transmit your photographs online, via an app on your smart phone (reduces resolution to 3 megapixels), to your email account or to social media sites such as Facebook, Picasa or Flickr. You can also wirelessly transfer them to your computer using the PC Autosave software. That's pretty cool, because it means the memory of your camera is only limited to the amount of space you have on your computer. You can also upload images to your smart phone or tablet as well as view pictures that are on the camera by using your smart device.

As with all waterproof cameras, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200's build is very good. It's a sturdy camera and has a beefiness to it that comes with the extra padding. Selected areas are covered in rubber which not only looks and feels novel on a camera, but will also help if you drop it as well as gripping it underwater. To access the battery or memory card, you have to open the entire right side of the camera. It's operated via a wheel that has to be twisted while simultaneously pressing the button in the middle. Rubber seals lining the join prevent moisture seeping through. The twisting action prevents accidental opening and ruining the camera and battery in the wet. Although, the memory card would still be ok.

There's only the Main menu on the XP200. It has two tabs for Shooting and Set-up. The Shooting tab has options for the mode you want to take pictures in, ISO, white-balance as well as the resolution and compression. On top of that, you can also adjust the focusing modes and video resolution. The set-up menu accesses more core features such as language options, date & time, geotagging set-up and volume. The Set-up menu is also where you input the wireless settings. It's a nice, easy to use menu system, but then Fujifilm always have been. It's critical on a waterproof camera to have the icons easy to understand and clear enough to see through goggles. After all, you can't open the manual when scuba diving.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Start up time from cold is pretty neat. We managed to get the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 on, focused and a picture recorded in just over 2 seconds. It normally takes an extra half a second. There are four continuous shooting modes (Low, Medium, High and Super High) along with three Final shot options. These are set in the Main menu, but to activate the continuous shooting mode, you have to press the button on the back next to the direct video record. Super high runs in small size and records 60fps. High runs at 9fps and will be ready for recording again after six seconds has passed. Using the High, Medium and Low settings will record at full resolution and the lower you go, the slower the frame rate is, but it records for a longer period of time.

Playback can be operated regardless of whether you have the camera switched on or not. Generally this can be an issue with having the lens stuck out, but not with the XP200. Images will be displayed full size with generic shooting information scattered around the frame. You can turn this information off if you wish. You can zoom in and check sharpness of the image by using the zoom button on the back. Press the menu button and you enter the Playback menu. Options to erase, edit, transfer wirelessly and search for pictures based on date, face, favourites, data or upload marker are all here. You can also create a photo book or slide-show if you want. Access to the Set-up menu is still provided, should you need it.

Alongside the camera, you get the charger which uses the USB cable to connect to the camera and charge inside the battery compartment. You also get the battery and wrist strap. The enclosed CD contains the full user's manual and MyFinePix Studio ver. 4.2.

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 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)

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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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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.



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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)

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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)
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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)

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Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

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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 (100% Crop)

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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)
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Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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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)

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Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please note that this 40 second movie is 95.5Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Side of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Turned On

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Shooting Mode Menu

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Shooting Menu

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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Playback Menu


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Rear of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 / Set-Up Menu

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Top of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Bottom of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Front of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a nice camera to use. It's not delicate, by all means, and needs a little bit more oomph to get it working, but that's the waterproof seals under the buttons that are to blame. We like the design of the camera and the bright colours are attractive and easy to see in the gloomy depths of the Manchester Ship Canal if you drop it while scuba diving. We're unsure that the size of the buttons will be easy to use if you're wearing diving gloves, so putting the camera into one setting in advance then just using the large textured shutter release button would be the best compromise. But then, why should you have to compromise? If you buy a camera to do a job, should it be able to allow you to perform that job easily?

As land-lubbers, we're not sure as to how easy or difficult it would be in reality, so we'd have to get feedback from a user to make an educated opinion on it. In the dry, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is competent in picture quality. The colours are realistic and the edges are sharp. Noise is an issue relatively early, but no more so than we'd expect. It's certainly not the worst we've seen from a rugged camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200's price is a little on the high side these days, we were expecting around the £200 / $250 mark. Still that will fall in time and you do get wi-fi fitted in to make travelling with the camera a lot easier. The resistance has been increased as well with a 2m drop tolerance and 15m waterproofing. That's 0.5m higher than others can be dropped and a minimum of 5m deeper that you can swim. There's also the new wi-fi PC Auto Save feature that's exclusive to this camera in the Outdoor range.

As far as tough cameras go, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is up there with the best. It offers new tech, high tolerances and a good picture quality. Lens quality could be improved upon, but only on the mitigating factors (periscope mirror and external lens pane). This would be a great camera for travelling around with. You can use a wi-fi signal to transfer your pictures as you go. No need to plug into an internet cafe. You can update friends and family as you go just by using your phone's wi-fi signal.

Why not just use your phone? There are waterproof ones after all. Well, it all boils down to image quality. If you're going on a journey of a lifetime, a camera phone won't give you the image quality you need in all photographic situations. The flash won't be as intelligent and the dynamic range will be much more limited. For those reasons alone, you should look at a camera like the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.

Canon PowerShot D20

The Canon PowerShot D20 is an all-action compact camera that's water, dust, freeze and shock proof. The new Canon D20 is a distinctively designed 12 megapixel camera with a 5x zoom, 1080p HD video, built-in GPS and a 3-inch screen. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot D20 review now...

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The Coolpix AW100 is Nikon's first all-action compact camera, designed to handle life's hard knocks, and thanks to its GPS features, able to plot your journey's too. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW100 also has a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch screen and can record full 1080p video. Can this new pretender take the weatherproof crown? Read our Nikon Coolpix AW100 review to find out...

Olympus Tough TG-2

The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a new water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera for 2013. Boasting a fast f2.0 aperture high-speed lens, the TG-2 also offers full 1080p HD movies, a 4x zoom lens and a 3 inch OLED screen. Read our Olympus Tough TG-2 review to find out if it's still one of our favourite all-weather cameras...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is a new freeze, shock, water and dust proof camera. The well-appointed Panasonic FT5 also features built-in GPS, wi-fi and NFC functionality, a compass, altimeter and barometer, 4.6x zoom, 1920x1080 full-HD movie recording and a 16 megapixel sensor. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 review to find out if this is the best do-it-all camera for your family....

Pentax Optio WG-3

The Pentax Optio WG-3 is a new shock, freeze, dust, water and crush proof compact camera. The Pentax WG3 offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD, a 4x zoom lens, Full HD movie recording and built-in LED macro lights. Available for £279.99 / $299.95, read our in-depth Pentax Optio WG-3 review now...

Ricoh PX

The Ricoh PX is an unassuming compact camera that is a lot tougher than it looks, being waterproof to 3m and shockproof to 1.5m. Ricoh's first entry into the all-action market also offers a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens and 720 p video. Can the Ricoh PX take on the likes of the Olympus Tough range? Find out in our detailed Ricoh PX review.

Samsung WP10

The WP10 / AQ100 is Samsung's first foray into the world of waterproof cameras. Sporting a 12 megapixel sensor and 5x zoom lens, the WP10 can be used at a depth of 3 meters / 10 feet. Available for less than £179.99 / $199.99, read our Samsung WP10 review find out if this budget shooter is all the camera you need.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a small and stylish camera that's freeze, shock, water and dust proof. The Sony TX20 has a 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor-R sensor, 10fps burst mode, 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, a 4x zoom lens and full 1080i HD movies. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 review to find out if it's worth the £280 / $330 asking price.

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a tough new waterproof camera featuring a waterproof rating down to 15 metres, a shockproof rating of 2 metres, and built in Wi-Fi to share images from where-ever you are. It's available in a number of colours and records 1080p video at 60fps.
Read the full review »

digitalversus.com »

Fujifilm's XP series is a line of tough, waterproof cameras that are ready for anything. The XP200 is a new high-end addition that takes over the top of the range from the XP170, from which it inherits several features such as the Wi-Fi mode and the 28-140 mm lens. The two main updates in this revamped model are a higher-resolution CMOS sensor and a 3" screen.
Read the full review »


Model FinePix XP200
Effective Pixels 16.4 million pixels*1
Sensor type 1/2.3-inch CMOS with primary color filter
Storage media
  • Internal memory (approx. 39MB)
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card *2
File format
still image
JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*3
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
Linear PCM / stereo sound
Number of recorded pixels
still image
L : (4:3) 4608 x 3456 / (3:2) 4608 x 3072 / (16:9) 4608 x 2592 / (1:1) 3456 x 3456
M : (4:3) 3264 x 2448 / (16:9) 3264 x 1840
S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536 / (16:9) 1920 x 1080
  Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens
Focal length f=5.0mm - 25.0mm, equivalent to 28 - 140mm on a 35mm format
Full-aperture F3.9 (Wide) - F4.9 (Telephoto)
Constitution 11 groups 13 lenses
Digital zoom Intelligent digital zoom : approx. 2x (up to approx. 10x, with 5x optical zoom)
Aperture F3.9 / F6.2 (Wide)
F4.9 / F8.0 (Telephoto) 
Focus distance (from lens surface)
  • Wide : Approx. 60cm to infinity/2.0ft to infinity
  • Telephoto : Approx. 1.0m to infinity/3.3ft to infinity
  • Wide : Approx. 9cm - 80cm / 3.5in. - 2.6ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 40cm - 80cm / 1.3ft. - 2.6ft.
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* (Standard Output Sensitivity)
  • * ISO 6400 is effective in image size M or S.
Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering
Exposure mode Programmed AE
Shooting modes SR AUTO, AUTO, Program AE, Pro low-light, HDR, Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Landscape, Advanced Filter, Motion Panorama 360, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Under water, Under water (Macro), Party, Flower, Text, Individual Shutter 3D
Image stabilisation Optical Image Stabilization (CMOS shift type)
Exposure compensation -2.0EV - +2.0EV 1/3EV step
Shutter speed (Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 4sec. to 1/2000sec.
Continuous shooting
H : approx. 10fps (max. 9 frames)
M : approx. 5.0fps (max. 9 frames)
L : approx. 3.0fps (max. 9 frames)
SH : approx. 60fps (max. 60 frames*)
  • * 16:9 S size only
H : approx. 10fps (max. 9 frames)
M : approx. 5.0fps (max. 9 frames)
L : approx. 3.0fps (max. 9 frames)
Single AF / Continuous AF (SR AUTO)
TTL contrast AF
AF frame selection
Center / Multi / Tracking
White balance Automatic scene recognition
Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light
Self timer Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay, Group Timer
Flash Auto flash (i-flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO)
  • Wide : Approx. 70cm - 3.1m / 2.3ft. - 10.2ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 70cm - 2.7m / 2.3ft. - 8.9ft.
  • Wide : Approx. 30cm - 80cm / 1.0ft. - 2.6ft.
  • Telephoto : Approx. 70cm - 1.2m / 2.3ft. - 3.9ft.
Flash modes
Red-eye removal OFF
Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON
Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.
Hot shoe -
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, approx. 920K-dot, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 100% coverage
Movie recording 1920 x 1080pixels (60 fps) / 1280 x 720pixels (60 fps) / 640 x 480pixels (30 fps) with stereo sound.
Zoom function can be used.
Photography functions SR AUTO, Face Detection, Auto Red-eye removal, Framing guide (Best framing, HD framing), Frame No. memory, Date stamp, Motion Panorama 360, Pro low light, HDR, Individual Shutter 3D, Advanced Filter(Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color, High-key, Soft Focus, Cross Screen, Partial Color/Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple), High Speed movie (120 / 240 / 360fps), Automatic LCD brightness adjustment, Connect to Smartphone and Tablet Devices. (Geotagging setup)
Playback functions Face Detection, Auto Red-eye removal, Resize, Crop, Slide show, Multi-frame playback (with microthumbnail), Image rotate, Photobook assist, Mark for upload, Erase selected frames, Favorite, Image Search, Panorama, Movie edit, Autorotate FB, Connect to Smartphone and Tablet Devices (Uploading Pictures : Individual images, Selected multiple images, View & Obtain Images), PC AutoSave
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 languages selection, Time difference, Silent mode
Dustproof : IP6X
Waterproof : IPX8 (up to 15m, within 120min.)
Anti-shock : Method;MIL-STD-810F-516.5 Fuji's standard;2m
Video output
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI output
HDMI Micro connector
Operating temperature -10°C - 40°C (+14°F - +104°F)
Operating humidity 10% - 80% (no condensation)
Battery life Approx. 300 frames (AUTO mode)
  • * Fujifilm research based on CIPA standards
Accessories included Li-ion battery NP-50
AC Power adapter
USB cable
Hand strap
Owner's manual
Optional accessories Li-ion battery NP-50
Battery charger BC-45W
Dimensions 116.1mm (W) x 71.4mm (H) x 30.3mm (D) / 4.6in. (W) x 2.8in. (H) x 1.2in. (D)
  • * excluding projections.
Weight Approx.232g / 8.2oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx.212g / 7.5oz. (excluding battery and memory card) 
Power supply Li-ion battery NP-50 (included)
  • *1 Number of effective pixels: The number of pixels on the image sensor which receive input light through the optical lens, and which are effectively reflected in the final output data of the still image.
  • *2 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
  • *3 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

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