Fujifilm's rugged cameras have finally made the switch to CMOS. The XP50 and XP150 both now sport 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensors and will record 1080p HD video. The XP150 is the tougher of the two, it's good to 33 feet underwater and has a GPS, but the XP50 will save you $80. It's a real steal at that price, but we're still waiting to get our hands on one to see if it's too good to be true.
14MP CMOS sensor
Fujinon 5x zoom with 28mm wide-angle
Optical image stabilization
Waterproof to 16.5 feet, Shockproof to 5 feet, Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Dustproof
Fujifilm FinePix XP50
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Fujifilm is a leading imaging and photographic company and is one of the pioneers of the compact camera. Fujifilm is generally credited with launching the first real digital camera, the DS-1P, in 1988. Fujifilm digital cameras now come with a broad variety of features to select from, the most notable of which is their Super CCD technology. These sensors first debuted in the wildly popular Fujilm FinePix F30 and offer amazing low-light and dynamic range performance, mostly outperforming the competition.
Fujifilm digital cameras are renowned for their natural image color, low noise, wide dynamic range and high sensitivity. One of the more popular models, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR, features a Super CCD sensor and offers a host of enthusiast-oriented features. Boasting manual modes, image stabilization, RAW capture, WiFi connectivity, a large half-inch 16 megapixel sensor and a 20x optical zoom, Fujifilm is clearly targeting the high-end compact camera market. Although the camera does have a steep learning curve, the image quality is among the best in the compact zoom class.
Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, producing more expensive models like the X100, XPro-1, X-E1 and cheaper XF1 that appear analog but offer compelling performance under the hood. These cameras are created for enthusiasts who want to not only take great pictures, but look great while doing so.
If you need a waterproof camera at an affordable price, Fujifilm's XP series is the best place to look. The XP170 is the highest-end waterproof camera the company makes, and it includes wireless, but you can now find good deals on the cheaper XP50 as well. This camera is perfect for any circumstance, offering a 5x optical zoom and waterproofing up to 16 feet. Image quality isn't as good as more expensive offerings from other manufacturers, but it gets the job done.
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