Fujifilm FinePix XP140

Fujifilm FinePix XP140

16MP, 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 28-140mm equiv. F3.5-5.5 lens | Waterproof to 25m (82ft)

What we like:

  • Good value for the money
  • Impressive rugged credentials
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy photo sharing

What we don't:

  • Heavy noise reduction smudges fine detail
  • 4K video limited to 15 fps
  • Only records monaural sound
The Fujifilm XP140 is an inexpensive underwater camera that offers a 16MP sensor, 28-140mm equiv. lens and image stabilization. It can go up to 25m/82ft underwater and can be dropped from 1.8m/5.9ft.
The XP140 is a pocketable camera with a solid-feeling composite body. The LCD is has a higher resolution than one would expect from an inexpensive camera. The XP140 is very much a point-and-shoot camera, with no manual controls aside from exposure compensation. Unlike previous XP-series models, there is a Fn button that can be customized. Photos can be shared via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
While not the best underwater camera, the XP140 is definitely a good value
The XP140 performs reasonably well for an inexpensive point-and-shoot. Focus speeds are average, though face and eye detection work well (though only for single AF). While the camera can shoot at up to 10 fps, that only lasts for a few shots before things slow down. The camera's CIPA-rated battery life of 240 shots is a bit below average.
Don't expect amazing photos from the XP140: they'll look like those from your smartphone. The camera's colors look good above sea level, and white balance was accurate when we put it into the touch tank at the aquarium. In low light, the camera's slow lens and small sensor will lead to a lot of noise.
The claimed 4K feature is an unusable 15 fps, meaning it's more a burst of 8MP images than actual video. At 1080 resolution it'll shoot up to 60p, which is more promising. Audio is mono only but we've not yet tested it, so can't comment on the quality yet.
Overall, the Finepix XP140 is a compact rugged camera that would appear to offer serviceable image quality and the ability to go a significant depth underwater. The image quality is likely to be in smartphone territory but with an impressive zoom range and the option to go scuba diving.

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