Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Pricing: 4 / 5
Video Quality: 4 / 5
Photo Quality: 3.5 / 5
Features: 4 / 100
With its bulky and rugged exterior, the Fujifilm XP200 has an extreme look about it and is definitely built with the extreme sports adventurer in mind. Usually one tends to be very careful and overprotective of your camera, for fear of getting the LCD display scratched or knocking the camera, etc. or getting it wet, not so with this camera.
Coupled with its sturdy build, the XP200 is waterproof up to 15m, shockproof up to 2m, freeze-proof up to -10 degree C and dustproof. All of this made me a lot more relaxed about playing around with it, instead of being too concerned about protecting the camera.
This of course is a great for sports adventurers from mountaineers and abseilers to spellonk divers and surfers. But while this may be true, I can only imagine that divers in particular may find the control buttons a little bit too small to navigate if they were to wear gloves. Once you’re in, the menu settings are fairly simple to navigate though. I wasn’t too impressed with the 3.0 inch LCD display, since I was never entirely sure of the actual sharpness of the images.
When using the video recording function on the camera I was fairly impressed with its ability to adjust automatically to different lighting conditions, as well as the actual quality of the video footage. As is the case on most digital cameras, the sound quality is not very good. Sadly, I didn’t have the camera long enough to test its underwater video recording quality.
If you’re a family person with kids, this is definitely a camera to consider buying for your family, since everyone (including the kids) can use it pretty much anywhere, with the added bonus that even if the kids bump or drop it, there’s no need to buy a new camera. If you’re an extreme sports kind of person and you’re thinking a GoPro camera is a must but you can’t afford it, then this camera is definitely worth investing in.
Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200, which fits into the mid-range Fujifilm point-and-shoots, is quite nifty and definitely one that I’d like to have for myself.