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Fujfilm announces XP170 waterproof compact with wireless image transfer

By dpreview staff on May 8, 2012 at 23:12 GMT

Fujifilm has announced the FinePix XP170, an updated rugged, waterproof compact camera, featuring Wi-Fi to allow wireless image transfer to Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. The XP170 features a 14MP CMOS sensor that can shoot at up to 10fps, mounted behind a 5x, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens. It is shockproof from 2m (6.5ft), and waterproof to 10m (33ft). The stand-out feature is its wireless image transfer function that allows images to be sent to smartphones and tablets, making it easy to upload to the internet.

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Press Release:

FUJIFILM MAKES SHARING IMAGES EASY WITH THE ALL NEW RUGGED AND WATERPROOF FINEPIX XP170 DIGITAL CAMERA

Valhalla, N.Y., May 8, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of the all new waterproof FinePix XP170 digital camera that combines rugged protection and durability with a new innovative Wireless Image Transfer function that allows users to wirelessly connect to their smartphone or tablet and then upload images to the Internet for online sharing. The FinePix XP170 is the latest edition in Fujifilm’s bestselling line of waterproof cameras for three years in a row*

The FinePix XP170 digital camera is ideally suited for all of your outdoor adventures because it features Four-Way Protection that is Waterproof to 33ft (10M), Shockproof to 6.5 ft (2M), Freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C) and Dustproof. With all this protection, you are certain to get your most daring shots, all with an extremely attractive camera body that is easy to use. The FinePix XP170 also delivers a bright LCD screen, fast auto focus speeds, comfortable grip, and advanced functionality for all weather conditions.

The new FinePix XP170 lets users capture higher quality pictures they would otherwise miss with a smartphone camera that cannot be exposed to the elements, wet weather and cold temperatures. And with the new Wireless Image Transfer feature, users can still share those great outdoor images quickly and easily. 

“Sharing photos online has become the best and fastest way to show your family and friends your favorite images, and the versatile and durable FinePix XP170 lets users capture images in more places, and then offers easy sharing with its innovative Wireless Image Transfer function,” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “With its Four-Way Protection, the XP170 can become your go-to camera that you aren’t afraid to get wet, be dropped, or even frozen or covered in dirt and mud – it will still deliver fantastic photos and HD movies every time.”

The new durable FinePix XP170 features the powerful and performance-driven 14-MegaPixel CMOS sensor, faster start-up and shot-to-shot times, up to 10 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting, a 2.7” anti-reflective, high-contrast LCD that has been brightened for clear viewing even in direct sunlight and underwater, and the high-precision, FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lenses (28-140mm) with a reinforced hardened glass lens barrier and water repellent coating.

Wireless Image Transfer
The FinePix XP170’s innovative Wireless Image Transfer function allows users to connect their smartphone or tablet to the XP170 and upload high-quality images to social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook in seconds. 

The FinePix XP170 can be connected to any Android™ smartphone or tablet, or the iPhone™ or iPad™ - all users have to do is download the free application “FUJIFILM Photo Receiver” to their device, then follow the simple instructions to get connected. To start uploading, users press the XP170’s connect button to join to a device, then the images will be transferred to the Android™ smartphone / tablet or iPhone™ / iPad™ for uploading to social networking sites.

HD Capability
The FinePix XP170 offers stunning movies in full 1080p HD – even underwater – with sound at 30fps with one-touch ease. Many consumers are happy to enjoy HD movies on their PC, but with the optional HD Player accessory kit, with wireless remote control (HDMI cable not included), families can gather around their home HDTV to enjoy amazingly detailed stills and high resolution movie playback.

Advanced Image Stabilization
The XP170 has a powerful CMOS-shift  Image Stabilization (CIS) system. CIS works as the photo is being taken as it combines a mechanically stabilized sensor with high ISO to combat camera/hand shake and subject movement for improved low light shooting. The result is an expanded range of shooting situations where the camera can be used without the need of a tripod or other support. With CIS working in the background, you can capture sharp, colorful scenes and portraits underwater or at night.

Tracking Auto Focus (AF)
Created specifically to capture an action shot, the AF function tracks fast moving subjects so they don’t escape from the frame in a blur. Subjects will be tracked automatically for as long as it is kept in the frame and the shutter is half-pressed. When users fully press the shutter button, the subject will be in the center of the photo in perfect focus.

In addition to these innovations, the XP170 is also loaded with the following features:

  • 360° Motion Panorama Mode: Automatically creates a stunning panoramic (horizontal or vertical) picture.
  • Scene Recognition Auto (SR AUTO): This mode intelligently identifies the scene type and necessary shooting conditions to optimize picture perfect potential.
  • Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal:To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the XP170 uses Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 6 faces simultaneously. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery: The XP170 has an extended-life rechargeable Li-ion battery with charger for up to 300 shots per charge that allows users to shoot all of their images without worrying if the camera is going to last for the duration of their trip. 

The FinePix XP170 will be available in June 2012 for $279.95 in blue and orange.
An accessory kit for the new XP170 containing an adjustable float strap, protective silicone skin and a neoprene sports case will also be available at launch.
For complete camera specifications, please go to: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/xp/finepix_xp170/index.html
*(Source: NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service based on model units sold in the USl, Jan – Dec 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.)

Fujifilm XP170 specifications

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Comments

Total comments: 56
schaki
By schaki (May 12, 2012)

Actually this camera might be good after all. The XP30 which was slammed in the waterproof group-test last year had lower NR than, if not all, so at least most of the competing cameras but the thick protection glass eventually let it down image-quality wise.
Some real Full-size sample images from a test with the XP150 indicates that it is a good step in the right direction with a not so thick protection glass this time.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/fujifilm-xp150_Digital-Camera_photos_20
time in the waterproof group-test which is to be expected at some time during the summer or better, before the summer begin.
So I dont think Fujifuilm is gonna finish last another time.
If they do, then it would be something of an infamous hat trick because in the first two tests of waterproof compacts, the Fujifilm-compacts have finished last so far. The Pentax WG-2 have turned out to be trash image-quality wise and also three of the new Olympus TG seems to be worse as well.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 13, 2012)

Um, you've seen jpegs from this Fuji?

All of these tough cameras would be improved with the capacity to record raw data. There is no reason to always throwout three quarters of the data the sensor sees. Flash memory cards are no longer expensive.

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schaki
By schaki (May 12, 2012)

If Fujifilm announced a waterproof camera with EXR-sensor and a slightly faster zoom. Then we might have something to talk about. Oh, and also drop that useless 9 cm macro.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 13, 2012)

9CM macro could really do a nice close up of a barnacle. And if this camera actually shot raw, the subtleties of barnacle shell colouring could actually make it to a print.

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Seth Johnson
By Seth Johnson (May 12, 2012)

No GPS isa dealbreaker! I am tired of guessing where exactly particular minute things were taken after i come back from vacation

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (May 11, 2012)

Isn't this just an XP100 with WiFi added? Or you could say: an XP150 with GPS removed and WiFi added?

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kelpdiver
By kelpdiver (May 10, 2012)

Now if we could just get wireless charging (induction), then you have a waterproof camera that can be nearly indestructible.

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (May 10, 2012)

First impression is for $279.95 I'd want PASM for a niche camera, especially S-prio for stop-action control even though it's likely to be shot in good light.

It may be "crippled" with the cost-saving Fujifilm aperture design of two fixed irises (plus ND for one of them) giving 3 f-stops per given focal length. If so, tough to squeeze a practical S-prio since the aperture wouldn't have much latitude to float assuming lower fixed or limited ISOs.

Is there such a thing as an enthusiast level water/shock/dust/freeze proof or resistant P&S...meaning no case required? I'm not up for putting my G12 or S95 in a case.

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (May 11, 2012)

It appears even the Olympus TG1 with 25-100/2-4.9 lens will not have A-prio or S-prio. The only way to get it on a WP compact is to install CHDK on a Canon D10.

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fz750
By fz750 (May 10, 2012)

you lot just don't get this do you! Most people don't go underwater with these cameras, they use them in situations where water or dirt ingress would be catastrophic but you still want to take snapshots - such as on the beach, kayaking, a rainy day, kidproof fun, ice-cream proof, swimming down a river, sailing in a storm or choppy water, kids playing in a fountain etc etc...

Well, these are the places i've used mine, I even once used it under water in a swimming pool..

:-)

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MartinaB
By MartinaB (May 10, 2012)

Wireless image transfer is actually really practical. This winter I went on a beach holiday and noticed many people had tablets to access the web. Few brought their laptops. Many had their cell phones on roam. So a camera like this, that has the wireless trasfer, water resistance and rugged is actually really well suited for the beach holiday or back-packer traveler.

No extra cables and easy to get images on the web to share and no worries of it getting broken in your travels.

incidentally, I have had the Canon G9 and S95 on beach holidays with the waterproof cases. (separate holidays). The pictures were good but the cases were expensive and a nuisance. This Fuji and the Olympus are two really good and much cheaper alternatives.

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kff
By kff (May 10, 2012)

but not wireless control, it would be an interesting for some more serious working e.g. when we can be on the boat etc. :)

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (May 10, 2012)

Good specs with this one. However, I'm still unhappy with small depth/pressure resistance. With just a little more insight, Fuji could have made a dive-capable camera, which would withstand 5+ Bar (60 meters depth / seawater). But such camera should have been built with linear-moving lens like Canon D10, with RAW capability. Devil take the sleek outer shape, not everything has to fit in the shirt pocket.
As to the wireless transfer... from Bluetooth to IR diode, it was possible to do way back, but all cameras still have to be opened to change batteries. So if the battery, memory card and transfer contacts are put under one single properly tighted cover, it seems quite sufficient. Memory cards have more than adequate capacity; it's always the battery that quits first.
And since it is never a good idea to charge the battery in anything gas- or water-tight, memory cards can be accessed more frequently than neccessary, which makes wireless transfer superficial.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (May 10, 2012)

I just can't get past the look/shape of these things. If you took a shovel or photoshop and slammed a real camera, it would look something like this.

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peatantics
By peatantics (May 9, 2012)

good idea a "yellow submarine' that you can take to the bottom of the sea and see the octopuses garden like a James in bondage with one water tight argument that keeps sand and water from clogging up ones keyboard. Thank you Mr Zucker may the old suckers of that Kraken of lol embrace you with its eight fold tentacles and kiss you one hopes, that is, upon disturbance from its tiny corner in its garden its rings do not glow iridescent blue ... liv+luv=peat:)

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (May 9, 2012)

haha, these manufacturers crack me up grasping at straws to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Like i'm going to have my laptop at the beach to transfer pix from underwater to it.

How about a camera with a coffee dispenser?

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (May 9, 2012)

1/2.3-inch CMOS, F3.9(Wide) - F4.9(Telephoto)....

next time, guys...

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snake_b
By snake_b (May 9, 2012)

Compact cameras, in general, are pretty depressing, actually.

Ever-slower lenses (maybe we'll finally get to f4 at full wide next year!), stuffed MP, noise at base ISO, and so on.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 9, 2012)

For a price of only $279, it's a miracle that cameras offer as much as they do. Most DSLR kit lenses are F/3.5 at the wide end and would require a rather large and expensive marine case. In bright light (you don't snorkel at dawn or evening) F/4 is fast enough.

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cleverinstigator
By cleverinstigator (May 9, 2012)

The new TG-1 is F2 snake_b

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thx1138
By thx1138 (May 9, 2012)

Wow, rotten specs. f/3.9 lens, 230kp LCD, no RAW, tiny 1/2.3" sensor. Sort of like every other underwater P&S. At least the new Olympus is f/2 at wide end.

Why is it assumed underwater photographers like to use crap cameras.

Just because you don't like RAW doesn't mean we should all suffer and have to use jpg. You can still shoot jpg on a RAW enabled camera and let the camera company do the processing for you. I like to control how I process my files.

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dbo
By dbo (May 9, 2012)

Maybe he doesn't like, but according researchers 99 percent of the compact camera users prioritize price and size above picture quality.

So it is a matter of calculated revenue of the manufacturer why you enhanced photographers are suffering with its quality. Simply you don't pay enough.

And second reason is, that there is still a market for high end compacts which they do not want to harm by bringing cameras for lower price with similar features.

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Petka
By Petka (May 9, 2012)

Real underwater photographers use rebreathers, D800 and an underwater housing costing $6000, not P&S.

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Richard Wonka
By Richard Wonka (May 9, 2012)

Nah, /real/ underwater photographers shoot on one breath and on film. :-)

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (May 9, 2012)

Nah, real underwater photographers use Old Spice

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (May 9, 2012)

There is always the bizarre possibility that a lot of people will be going snorkeling during their holidays this summer and they would quite like to take some pictures of their experience to show their friends and family. Image quality isn't the be all and end all when your on holiday.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

dbo:

RAW capacity would add next to nothing to the cost of this camera, unlike a faster lens. Fuji could release the specs and let other imagining software companies write the RAW extraction software.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 9, 2012)

thx1138: Why pinch your nostrils? No one will stop you from taking your red dot range finder into the surf. $500 plastic enclosures are available. That's a small price for those who insist on better quality beach and pool shots of Junior in goggles and flippers. Of course, if you want premium results, you could hire a professional.

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cleverinstigator
By cleverinstigator (May 9, 2012)

Chuck Norris is the only underwater photographer.

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jj74e
By jj74e (May 9, 2012)

what's with so many companies marketing high ISO as some form of advanced image stabilization?

and honestly, i don't understand why getting RAW is such a big deal on point and shoots. point and shoots are for convenience- as long as the white balance is right, it's not like it's worth the time to pull every bit of shadow/highlight/noise detail you can. I guess it's slightly different for underwater pics since not many people can afford the underwater housings for DSLRs, but me personally, I'd rather not spend hours editing RAW files for a point and shoot file that's probably just used for quick social outings anyway

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

The WB (aka colour) is often wrong with pics shot as jpegs.

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (May 9, 2012)

Just because YOU do not want raw, does not mean that no one wants raw.

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snake_b
By snake_b (May 9, 2012)

It's a Samsung forum thing. He and another on that forum are crusading against RAW as a feature.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

And does it shoot raw?

(Specs link not working in Firefox12, 8:44PM US East Coast)

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idbar
By idbar (May 9, 2012)

Like every single camera in the world until to now... yes: it shoots raw. Does it provide that information in a nice proprietary format? Probably not. Do you know of any camera that doesn't shoot raw?

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Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (May 9, 2012)

Unfortunately it does not. http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digitalcameras/xp/finepixxp170/specifications/

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

idbar:

What on earth are you talking about? Many P&S cameras don't stoot raw.

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idbar
By idbar (May 9, 2012)

What on earth are YOU talking about? Sensors don't know any encoding. The encoding is done after capture. So every single camera shoots raw. The fact that the information is processed and not made available to you (either in software or hardware) doesn't mean it doesn't. Perhaps you're wondering if the manufacturer makes the RAW data available to you.

On the other hand, you can shoot whatever you want.... Landscapes, People, raw.. meat... raw.. chicken. :-)

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (May 9, 2012)

EVERY digital camera shoots raw. However, many, such as (it seems) every rugged/waterproof camera, just throws away the raw data after creating an overprocessed jpg.
What's the big deal with manufacturers NOT giving the user the option to save that raw data?

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radissimo
By radissimo (May 9, 2012)

they better not give us RAW on this type of camera... in jpegs you can hide lots of problems and "iron out" the output from poor sensor- that what P&S people of non-advanced compacts want.
I thinks RAW will not a change a game in this case...
do you want work on raw to get from awful picture to poor picture? Me not. rather spent more money on better camera (e.g see new olympus perhaps)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

idbar:

You still have no idea what you're talking about, the raw data is not being recorded, with this and many other non-toughened P&Ses. And unless it's a Canon there's no software to tweak the data that is recorded so raw is not thrown out.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

radissimo:

No, shooting jpeg does not "'iron out'" troubles, it smears what can be much better pictures if one has access to the raw data and halfway decent raw extraction software.

How do you know this is a bad sensor. The P&S Canon S100 shoots raw as does the Panasonic LX 5, why shouldn't this Fuji do the the same. Your proposed answers to that question are simply wrong.

If you like the smeared and or pixelated effects of shooting jpegs, feel free to shoot jpegs or process raws to look like that.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 9, 2012)

RAW is a Holy Grail for some folks. Would they ever want to edit hundreds of pictures taken on a trip? No. Would an edited JPG shot while snorkeling be much different than an edited RAW. No. Is there any "perfect" underwater WB? No. Would anyone use a rugged or tough P&S for studio portraits? No. Even so, some eschew the idea of a rugged P&S that shoots JPG, perhaps for the same reason they buy the $60 vodka or wine instead of the $20 one that gives the same buzz.

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idbar
By idbar (May 9, 2012)

Dude, as someone with the clever username: "How About Raw", I thought you knew how cameras worked. I made the "every camera shoots raw" joke to laugh and move on (because every camera shots raw). I see you're just insistent with having that data with you, good for you.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

Cy Cheze:

You don't have to shoot raw on a raw capable camera.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 9, 2012)

idbar:

Your silly sense of irony is lost in your posts. Yes of course I know that the sensor sees raw data, but that matters not given that the raw data is immediately tossed out with no method for recovery.

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DoryD
By DoryD (May 18, 2012)

Apparently with this camera, Fuji is targeting vacation-goers, not enthusiasts or pros. Having RAW mode will a) confuse user if the interface is not designed well or b) require Fuji to pay some more for coders to code that interface and RAW processing capability to PC software up with (what they thought to be) little gain for a bit wider market.
And remember, RAWs are bigger. Most P&S people don't buy cards based on speed - they only look at the size. Writing a 20MB raw file to a 32GB class2 SD card will only annoy people.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (May 9, 2012)

Getting closer - my PERFECT all-terrain/submersible camera would have NO external ports/water ingress points ... all you need is INDUCTIVE charging and WiFi (or BlueTooth), and with a few magnetic reed switches or Hall Effect chips, you could build a truly, 100% watertight camera with NO weak points.

If only I could afford to buy a factory, I'd be RICH!!!

Brian

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (May 9, 2012)

Sort of oxymoronic, isn't it.

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duartix
By duartix (May 10, 2012)

How do you vent the heat from inductive charging?
How do you remove the battery for long storage periods?
How do you put a bigger capacity card when you plan to shoot a lot of video?
How do you ear the captured sound?
Your approach could be interesting but it poses a few problems...

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Jim Keye
By Jim Keye (May 8, 2012)

10 fps is pretty darn cool. But the wi-fi? In a "rugged" camera? If there's one camera that's likely to be taking pictures where a tablet doesn't exist and a cel phone doesn't work, it's /this/ camera. And they chose this feature over GPS? Hmmm.

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IEBA1
By IEBA1 (May 9, 2012)

I think it's great, if it works right. No need to open the door and get the card, and use a computer or accessory to get th photo into your phone to share it...

Why would I need GPS? If it's a family trip to the shore, I can tag all the photos later. I don't need a power hungry, slow, costly GPS to tag every image I take when it's not anywhere near as useful as being able to get access to the images seconds after shooting them, with zero accessories.

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Damo83
By Damo83 (May 8, 2012)

Can't wait to wirelessly transmit photos of myself going for a swim in the pool.

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radissimo
By radissimo (May 9, 2012)

yeah,transfer it to the slightly bigger screen of the smartphone.... silly

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 9, 2012)

GPS won't work underwater. Wifi won't either, but people can usually wait to return to land before they send home the pics. GPS is also notoriously slow to engage on many cameras, particularly in unusual locations, so it can be more a hinderance than anything else.

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idbar
By idbar (May 9, 2012)

I know you're joking. But seems cool if you don't have to open your camera everytime and you can just move the files wirelessly, so the seal for the camera's connector/memory slot is not exercised and worn, which may cause leaks.

Now.. I really don't know how well GPS works underwater though.

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