Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Digital Camera (Orange) Reviews


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  1. Dave Pacheco says:
    50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Completely failed on very first day, June 2, 2012
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    I purchased this camera while on vacation to take on a kayak trip and to the beach. It worked fine for a few hours on the kayak trip, and I’m reasonably pleased with the hundred or so photos I got out of it. But that afternoon at the beach, it stopped working in a pretty nasty way: when I turned the camera on, it would immediately take a photo, without having pressed the shutter release button at all. Then when I did press the button, it wouldn’t take a photo. It seems that the shutter release button had shorted out. I tried rinsing in fresh water, letting it dry out overnight, etc., but it never recovered.

    As far as I can tell, I followed all of the instructions around keeping the camera waterproof. There was never any water in the battery compartment or anything. It never got more than a few inches beneath the water’s surface, nor did I drop it in the sand. So I don’t know what happened, but it totally failed after just a few hours of what I would consider normal use for this camera.

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  2. Hiker66377 says:
    63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fun but Complicated, June 24, 2012
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    First off let me say I’m very pleased with the FinePix XP50.

    CONS:
    – It’s a water proof camera but it warns you not to use it around sand and water. So while it is water and mudd proof, it’s NOT very sand proof.
    – It uses a NP45A battery and I normally like AA rechargeable cameras
    – It doesn’t come with a car charger adapter (AC only)
    – You have have to go into the settings menu a lot
    – The camera has a lot of features that are tricky to figue out ( you’ll probably want to read the manual to get the most out of the camera)
    – Videos record as MOV
    – it doesn’t float ( but not many do)

    PROS:
    – 14 mp picture are awesome. Point and shoot and crop later.
    – Takes great under water pictures/movies
    – 2.7 LCD is super bright so you can see your picture outdoors, in bright sun light, after you take them. People that use my camera comment on how nice you can see the screen outdoors
    – Easy to put in silent mode
    – Water and shock proof
    – Ton of mode settings so you can adjust lighting and speed automatically
    – 360 auto pamaramic feature. Press button and just slowly turn in a circle. It auto joins them into 1 picture that shows like a movie on the camera VER COOL for things that are to big to capture with a picture
    – You can use their software to upload directly to Youtude and Facebook (after you copy the pictures)

    You need a fast SD card, Class 4 (44x) or faster for fast picture taking and recording HD videos. Battery only takes about 250 pictures or so. I took it on a day trip, took a few short videos, 190 pictures and reviewed the pictures a lot and it lasted all day. You can get a NP45A car chager with a battery for about $10-15. I also have a float wrist strap for it ($10).

    So all and all I really like the camera. I take a lot of outdoor pics so the ultra bright LCD is a big plus! 14mp let’s you crop wide photos and still have great image quality. The menu is frustrating some times but you get used to using it.

    I recommend it for the outdoor pictures taker even if you don’t plan to use it under water. Not having to worry about getting it wet or dropping it is nice!

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  3. 31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lives up to promises, perfect if this isn’t your “primary” camera…, October 19, 2012
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    Red (San Francisco, CA) –

    This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Digital Camera (Orange) (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:10 Mins

    I do want to add that expectations from this camera make a huge difference on how satisfied you will be with the performance. It really is a matter of making the right comparison of apples to apples. So I’ll compare this to other waterproof camera methods, and other waterproof cameras in this price range. I’ve also uploaded a bunch of photos taken at max resolution and a video recorded at full HD 1920p 30fps. The video was taken on a foggy and overcast day. The actual quality of photos and video won’t show up correctly on Amazon but it should give you at least an idea of what to expect.

    From a hobbyist’s perspective:

    I had my reservations about this camera but purchased it anyway because I like the design and orange color. Most waterproof point and shoot cameras currently on the market are a little on the bulky side, expensive, and have major problems with leakage (faulty latches over battery/sd card doors). This being an upgraded model comes with a safety lock that keeps you from accidentally opening the latch and letting water in…a nice plus. It is very difficult to unlatch the XP50 door accidentally since both “locks” have to be unlocked or relocked -in the proper sequence- to open/close the door. I wonder if some of the reviewers may have confused this camera with its near identical predecessor which had only one, non-locking latch.

    When researching for a waterproof camera solution, I have tried the following:

    1. Pouches ie. Dicapacs – Vinyl pouches that zip closed basically like putting your camera in a super-Ziploc bag. These for the most part work well and have never failed on me. They are relatively inexpensive and universally sized. However, controls are often difficult to operate or access, they make your equipment extra bulky and difficult to hold, zoom lenses aren’t always compatible, and unless you purchase a really good quality version you may end up with fuzzy pictures because of the not so crystal clear (or scratched) pouch. You also have to be very careful to keep the insides immaculately clean and dry, even the smallest amount of moisture will cause the pouch and your camera lens to fog.

    2. Custom underwater cases made specifically for certain camera models (ie. compact Canon cameras) – Work extremely well, allows complete access to controls and functionality of camera features, enhances underwater photography. More often than not these cases are well made with latches all around and heavier duty rubber seals. They look really cool too. Unfortunately they are very expensive, model specific, and add weight to your gear. If you have an older model, favorite camera of yours, you may be able to find a custom case for it for $20. I just saw one for a Canon Elph 3MP camera (that’s old!) for $20 on Ebay. If you can’t find a used one expect to pay upwards of $150-$200.

    3. Various dedicated underwater point and shoot cameras..both disposable and non-disposable. There is a large price range for them so it’s really a matter of balancing features, purpose, and what you’re willing to spend. There are many pros and cons but too many to list for each model I’ve tried. So below is what I think of the Fuji XP50.

    Design:
    Personally I think it looks quite attractive. I purchased the orange because it gives it a rugged, outdoorsy, look. Chrome accents all around and rubber surround the screen and anyplace your hands might need a little extra grip. There’s a nice extra wide shutter button, toggle zoom, and the usual menu/record buttons on back. If you have used point and shoot digital cameras before, then you will find that buttons and menu are pretty self-explanatory. No instruction manual needed. There is only one door, with two locks on it covering the battery, sd card, and hdmi/usb. Perhaps my only concern would be the durability of the rubber seal inside this door. If I had to describe it, it sort of looks like a thin small rubber band and it’s the only thing keeping the water out of your camera. As with all “waterproof” camera solutions, I ALWAYS test before I put to actual use. In the sink, in the bathtub, at the pool, in the rain, whatever you need to do to make sure there are no surprises later. I kid you not, I’ve actually tested cameras in jacuzzis just to see how well seals would hold up. (Not that I am advocating this to people who buy from stores with strict return policies.) I also rinse off the camera EVERY time it’s been in or near chlorine, saltwater, etc.

    Performance:
    There is a slight lag from pressing the shutter button to taking a photo. Indoor pictures were mediocre…. Photos were consistently grainy, dark, and blurred. The flash helps a lot for subjects that are close, but not for subjects on the other side of the room (very dark). I could see that this would be an automatic deal breaker for some people.

    However, this camera really is marketed for…

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  4. Karen Ford says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    LIttle camera with big features!, May 10, 2013
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    This review is from: Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)

    Except for the size, you’d never know this is a pocket style point and shoot camera. It’s got a nice 20x zoom and loads of features packed in a small size. I’ve been taking pictures for about 40 years, and I’ve never liked the pocket style point and shoots until this one. The picture quality is excellent, and the menu is very user friendly. I like all the different onboard features, too, especially the “magic” filters, like color accent. While other compact cameras have special filters and such, they don’t have the Fuji ease of use or picture quality. I don’t mind having this camera as a backup or “on the go” camera, as it does as much as my larger Fujis do (currently I have the HS20 and 8200), and slips into my purse or jacket pocket and I don’t even know it’s there, it’s so lightweight. Love this little guy!

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