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After seeing the clear waters of the Caribbean in the brochures, before I went on holiday I decided I'd like to buy an underwater digital camera. I love taking photos and wanted to experiment with the underwater feature which isn't something I've ever used before on a camera!
The Fujifilm Finepix XP10 camera stood out as it was available in a range of bright colours - green, blue, pink, silver and black. Although I fancied the green one I bought the one that was cheapest which was the pink one which only cost me £75 from www.pixmania.co.uk in May 2011.
After reading a few reviews on Amazon I was conscious that many people found that this camera only worked 3 or 4 times underwater then it 'malfunctioned'!
This didn't worry me too much as I got a 2 year warantee with it and I deliberately bought it just before my holiday and intended to send it back once I'd got at least a few underwater shots and it had malfunctioned.
I must point out I did take a decent digital camera on holiday with me as well as this one so once this one broke it wasn't going to be a problem and wouldn't have left me cameraless.
As well as being waterproof to 3 metres / 10 ft the camera is also shock proof, dust proof and freeze proof to -10 degrees celcius/ 14 degrees farenheit! It has 12 mega pixels, a 2.7 inch screen and has 5x optical zoom. It can also record HD movie!
The camera has all of the settings you would expect from a normal digital camera although to access many of them you have to go into the menu for example to change the mode to auto/natural light/portrait etc. It also has a timer and the multiframe function where you can hold the shutter button down and take up to 4 photos in a row.
The camera is pocketsized and easy to use. It comes with a wrist strap and all of the computer leads, battery and charger that you need. As with all digital cameras since about 2004, it has a screw hole in the bottom to fix it to a tripod. The buttons on the back of the camera are made of rubber and can be quite difficult to press. The battery compartment is easy to open. You push up a tab and slide the battery compartment along to open. Inside you can see the rubber seal that stops leaks to your battery. As well as the battery this compartment gives you access to your SD card and where you plug the camera in to your computer.
I used the camera a few times to test it out before I took it on holiday and it worked fine out of water.
I was very nervous to test it out underwater as I expected it to be the end of that camera. I tried it out in the pool first and was pleasantly surprised that it worked and kept working. I also used it in the sea, not getting the chance to rinse the saltwater off it until later on, without any problems.
I used it in water almost every day of my two week stay and did not have any problems. I will say that when you press the shutter button to take a photo it does take 2-4 seconds for it to take the photo. 4 seconds is a long time and if you're taking photos of your friends underwater be careful that they don't drown!!
I have dropped the camera a few times and although the metallic pink finish has scratched the camera has continued to work as usual.
I am currently using this camera as my main camera as the screen no longer works on my decent one. I have found that the camera does not take very clear photos in darker environments such as gigs etc.
The video on it is good though with good sound and it takes a good every day photo - landscapes and people etc.
The main problem I have had with this camera is that when I use one of my SD cards (I have two SD cards exactly the same and it only does it with one of them) and I press the playback button to view what photos I have taken it shows me the last photo taken then the camera freezes, not allowing me to do anything at all - the only way to get the photo off the screen is to remove the battery then put it back in, but if i hit playback again it does the same. I'm not sure why this is but someone has reviewed the camera on Amazon and has had the same problem. It could be because I have used another camera previously with that SD card and there are some images on the SD card that the camera is unable to display, but the problem has resolved now that I have used another SD card (which is exactly the same - Transcend SDHC Class 10 8GB)
Although I only paid £75 for my Fujifilm Finepix XP10 I'm afraid there seems to be no such luck today.
Using the shopping feature on google, the cheapest I can find this camera is £90 for the blue one from www.glaxio.co.uk
It claims the RRP is £135.00
Amazon does not stock this at the minute, but companies are selling it on Amazon. The cheapest is £111.97 for the blue one again and it claims that the RRP is £149.00
I was very surprised that this camera lasted underwater so many times after reading so many poor reviews prior to purchasing it. After reading the reviews where the camera has stopped working I would not trust this camera 100%. However, I was rather impressed due to the fact I expected it to be sending this camera back and the photos I have taken underwater have been crisp and clear, but I have found the problem with the SD card disappointing.
Before buying this camera I had never owned a Fujifilm product and I was a very loyal customer of another well-known photography brand, however this perfect little camera has changed my ways and I think I will be sticking with Fujifilm in the future.
I usually spend a little less on cameras but as this was a present I didn't have a lot of choice in the choosing but I was not disappointed. I'll start with size - for a woman it is perfect, big enough not to get lost in my gigantic day bag but also small enough to fit into an evening bag.
The photo quality is not the best I have ever seen - if you're a real keen photographer then perhaps this camera is not for you but for me who just uses it for taking photos of friends and outdoor scenes it provides excellent quality photos with colours which reflect the actual colours. My old camera used to show very different colours in the photos to what they actual were but no trouble with the XP10.
Now of course one of the fun features of this camera is that it is waterproof. At first I was terrified to take it in the water as I was scared that somehow the water would get it and it would break but there was no need to worry as this little camera is made to be in the water! The photos taken underwater are excellent quality and you can take videos too. Provides a bit of fun for when you're on holiday. Leave the camera to dry in the sun and it's all fine. The rubberised grip provides that extra bit of stability when you're holding it.
I purchased this camera from duty free in the airport as an impulse purchase, ( I had gone in for cheep disposable underwater camera). As it turns out it is one of the best buys I have made. the camera's UPS are:- Waterproof, Shock proof, dust proof and freeze proof. It is 12 meg and has a 5x zoom.
I have had the camera nearly a year now and put it to the test in most conditions. The camera has been to Egypt where it took fab pictures underwater in both the pool and sea. I had no fears taking it on the water slides with me. I have also taken it to Lapland where it managed well with temperatures dipping as low as -20.
The software accompanying the camera is simple to load and easy to understand with a function to upload photos straight to facebook.
In conclusion I highly recommend this camera as a good point and click compact digital camera with the added benefits of being able to use underwater.
With Fujifilm being one of the leading names in the photography market you know you are fairly safe already. The first thing you see with this camera is how it looks. It is quite funky and stylish in comparison to the normal rectangular box you usually incur when looking for cameras. But, looks aside, this camera has some very respectable specs. It has 12.2 megapixels and an impressive 5x optical zoom. It also to be shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof (although i cant comment on these features as i don't tend to use it as a bouncy ball, chuck it in canals or put in the freezer very often).
The in built memory is only 13 MB so buying a memory card is kind of a must. It takes a standard SD memory card, and these a quite cheap to buy (2 GB for under a fiver on ebay).
It feels really well build and is nice and compact with a nice sized 2.7" screen to line up and view your photos. Unfortunately it is very hard to take pictures in bright light due to the glare on the screen.
It is quite easy to use and the auto setting works fine with automatic scene detection and face detection. It produced great quality crisp, sharp photos as well as reasonably good quality film.
Overall, I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants a no hastle point and press camera, although if you take a lot of photos in bright light maybe you should look elsewhere.