XP100 moisture Under the screen

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EJT501 New Member • Posts: 5
XP100 moisture Under the screen

I used my XP100 in the pool yesterday and today the view screen is foggy with moisture
Is this normal an will dry or should itey to get a new one?

edu T Senior Member • Posts: 1,174
Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

EJT501 wrote:

. . . Is this normal . . . ?

Surely it can not be normal for a camera that is purportedly "waterproof to a depth of 10m" (33ft) to let water in even when used at the bottom of a dive tank. I'd guess a faulty seal slipped through Fuji's Quality Control.

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DS21 Senior Member • Posts: 2,416
Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

edu T wrote:

EJT501 wrote:

. . . Is this normal . . . ?

Surely it can not be normal for a camera that is purportedly "waterproof to a depth of 10m" (33ft) to let water in even when used at the bottom of a dive tank. I'd guess a faulty seal slipped through Fuji's Quality Control.

I would guess there is no Quality Control with cheap cameras, just a spot check of one sample from time to time. The system relies on warranty and customers to report trouble when it happens, probably cheaper that way for the manufacturer (unless they have systemic issues and a lot of leaky samples, like Fuji XP series).

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edu T Senior Member • Posts: 1,174
XP100 moisture now under the screen; where next?

DS21 wrote:

edu T wrote:

EJT501 wrote:

. . . Is this normal . . . ?

Surely it can not be normal for a camera that is purportedly "waterproof to a depth of 10m" (33ft) to let water in even when used at the bottom of a dive tank. I'd guess a faulty seal slipped through Fuji's Quality Control.

I would guess there is no Quality Control with cheap cameras, just a spot check of one sample from time to time. The system relies on warranty and customers to report trouble when it happens, probably cheaper that way for the manufacturer (unless they have systemic issues and a lot of leaky samples, like Fuji XP series).

Now we see both an optimistic and a pessimistic guess above, both plausible (ah well it's a Fuji) and, for what it matters, both cases shall be covered by the warranty. Thus, if you ask me, I see no point in waiting for the LCD to dry up, for any leaks tend to get worse over time, never any better...

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OP EJT501 New Member • Posts: 5
Re: XP100 moisture now under the screen; where next?

Now there's condensation under the lens and flash. It's going back and not going back in the water.

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expressivecanvas Contributing Member • Posts: 882
Re: XP100 moisture now under the screen; where next?

This should not happen with any of the XP-series cameras since they are waterproof. I experienced the same problems with an XP cam I bought for our daughter. While dealing with getting the camera replaced, I found that this is a problem that is too common. Fuji's quality control has been lacking for the past few years (and I am being far too kind) and this is a perfect example of their poor quality control and perhaps even an example of rather lousy engineering if the problem is more of a design problem than a quality control issue. Either way, this should not happen and the camera should be fixed or replaced. Good luck!

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edu T Senior Member • Posts: 1,174
Where next, ask FuQ

expressivecanvas wrote:

. . . Fuji's quality control has been lacking for the past few years (and I am being far too kind) and this is a perfect example of their poor quality control and perhaps even an example of rather lousy . . .

Those Fu ji's Q uality control issues seem so unremitting they even suggest an acronym from them to us...

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NOEL 100 Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

Is this series really water proof or is it just water resistant? My daughter has an x some thing water proof cam and after looking over it I wasn't over confident that it would make it to the bottom of the pool with out some sort of water ingress. A silicon rubber seal covering the access points doesn't inspire me with confidence. On a plus side she's had it for over a year and it's still working pool and all.

Temperature change and humidity are going to cause fogging issues in most camera's any way, all of my S series have had this experience staying at hotels in the tropics.

Short of having nitrogen encapsulated equipment I don't see an easy answer.

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Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

The XP-series cameras are "waterproof" to the specified depth for each model. They are also "shockproof" from a specified height for each model... "dustproof" and "freezeproof"... again, the specs probably vary by model number. But to answer your original question, yes, these cameras are supposedly "waterproof".

The XP series does shoot some decent photos and is a fun camera to use in pools but the seals can be problematic on this series (although I do not know about the newest models just released). What I do know is that Fuji has been suffering from quality control issues for the past few years so... even though I have always loved my Fuji cameras and love the 'Fuji color'... I simply cannot recommend a Fuji camera to anyone right now.

If I was in the market for a waterproof camera right now, I would definitely consider the Olympus TG-1. Looks like an awesome camera with some great specs. Many people speak highly of the Panasonic waterproof cameras also but I really don't know much about their line of waterproof cams.

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billchan New Member • Posts: 1
Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

I have the same problem. Took my XP100 experimenting at the beach, after about an hour I had moisture under the screen. Annoying as the camera is brand new. Regardless the moisture for me didnt really affect the video quality. I took some pretty decent high frame rate shots. See here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNkJPFwN7OA notice towards the end it gets blurry. thats the damn moisture.

dreamsharoo New Member • Posts: 2
Re: XP100 moisture Under the screen

My newly purchased XP130 did the same thing when I tried to use it while snorkeling. Not only did the camera fog up, it started freezing (not responding to shutter button) within 20 minutes of entering the water. Turning the camera off and on would usually get it working again for a few shots before it froze again. I assume this was caused by a small leak, although I didn't actually see bubbles rising from the camera lens as other users have reported. The camera worked on dry land, but was a failure as an underwater camera.

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