Fujifilm FinePix XP130

Fujifilm FinePix XP130

16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 28-140 equiv. F3.9-4.9 lens | 1080/60p video capture

What we like:

  • Excellent zoom range for its class
  • Dedicated underwater scene modes
  • Inexpensive

What we don't:

  • Poor image quality
  • Limited manual controls
  • Buggy wireless features
The FinePix XP130 is Fujifilm’s latest rugged compact and a modest update to its predecessor. It combines funky styling with a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 28-140mm equivalent F3.9-4.9 lens and a 3” 920k-dot LCD. It's also one of the least expensive underwater cameras on the market.
Despite a plasticky appearance, the XP130 feels reasonably solid in the hand. The zoom buttons are a tad mushy, but the others have decent response. The XP130 is waterproof down to 20m / 65ft, shockproof from 1.8m / 5.8ft and freezeproof down to -10°C / +14°F. A locking door protects a chamber containing the battery, memory card and microUSB / micro-HDMI ports. While the XP130 offers both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, we found connectivity to be a bit buggy.
The XP130 has one of the most versatile zoom ranges of any camera in its class
The XP130 uses a 49-point contrast-detect AF system that's relatively quick to focus. The camera has face and eye-detect modes, but our initial testing suggests they're not very reliable, and the tracking mode does not refocus in-between shots in burst mode. Battery life is rated at 240 shots per charge, which is relatively low in this class.
Image quality from the XP130 is roughly on par with a modern smartphone. Critically speaking, noise reduction is heavy, smudging away fine detail, and as with all small-sensored cameras, you shouldn't expect great low light photos. Typically for most cameras in this class, there is no Raw support on the XP130.
Video capture is offered at up 1080/60p and it looks very good, with impressive digital shake reduction. Movie-making tools are limited to a wind filter and digital stabilization, however. There’s also a time-lapse mode as well as a mode to make cinemagraphs, which is accessed from within the camera’s long list of shooting modes.
While the XP130 has a versatile zoom range, attractive design and a low MSRP, there are better cameras in this class for image quality. Manual controls are also limited and its Wi-Fi system is rather buggy. In other words, better choices exist.

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