Fuji XP200 Preview
by Mike Tomkins
What does your digital camera say about you? If it's the typical silver or black box with a lens and a couple of buttons, not much, probably. With ultra-aggressive styling, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 has no such problem. It positively screams that you're somebody who isn't afraid to get outdoors and live life. You're ready for a rough-and-tumble day in the big, bad world, and so is your camera.
And ready the Fujifilm XP200 assuredly is. It's waterproof to 50 feet (17 feet deeper than its predecessor, the XP170), shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof. Swift burst shooting helps the XP200 keep up with your lifestyle and your subjects. The XP200 also sports built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking connectivity, letting you quickly get your pictures out of the camera and onto the web via your smartphone, so friends, family, and fans can keep up with you.
On the inside, the Fuji XP200 is based around a 1/2.3-inch type, 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor. It's capable of capturing no less than 10 frames per second at full resolution, for as many as nine frames in a row. By dropping the resolution to an unspecified level, you can increase this rate to 60 fps for 70 frames, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It's clear that Fuji wants you to take advantage of all this performance, as well; it's gifted the XP200 with a dedicated burst shooting button to help you do so.
The sensor sits behind a Fujinon-branded 5x optical zoom lens with an internal design, meaning that it doesn't need to extend from the camera when switched on. That translates to a more rugged, reliable camera and quicker startup. The lens has 35mm-equivalent focal lengths ranging from 28 to 140mm. The sensor, meanwhile, is mounted on a movable platter, providing for sensor shift image stabilization. A 3.0-inch LCD panel on the rear of the camera caters to framing and reviewing of images, and has a high resolution of 920,000 dots, an anti-reflective coating, and a sensor to allow automatic brightness adjustment.
Among its creative options, the Fujifilm XP200 has seven digital filter effects (pop color, toy camera, miniature, partial color, soft focus, high key, and cross screen), a multi-shot high dynamic range mode, plus both sweep-style panorama and pseudo-3D functions. The FinePix XP200 can also shoot video at up to sixty interlaced fields per second with 1080i (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) resolution. Rates as fast as 240 fps are possible at an unspecified, reduced resolution.
A brand-new double-sealed, locking battery door contributes to the XP200's improved waterproofing. We don't currently have any information on the specific battery type used, but do believe it's a proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. We're also awaiting information on storage and connectivity. We do know that the Wi-Fi wireless networking functionality can communicate either with iOS or Android phones and tablets using a free Fujifilm Camera Application, or with PCs via a home router using Fujifilm PC AutoSave software. The Android / iOS app allows review and transfer of images and movies; up to 30 images can be transferred in a single operation. The PC app, meanwhile, backs up everything on your camera whenever it's connected to the wireless network.
Available from May 2013, the Fuji XP200 is priced at around US$300. Four colors will be available: black, yellow, blue, or red.