The compact camera market continues to dwindle, with fewer new fashions launched yearly, however there’s one space the place it nonetheless makes quite a lot of sense to go for a cheap point-and-shoot: underwater. The most recent telephones could also be waterproof, however to not the purpose the place you may need to take them diving in salt water. The Fujifilm FinePix XP130—priced at $229.95 however promoting commonly for much less—will adequately serve photographers on a funds. However when you can afford it, we advocate spending extra for a water-resistant digicam that can web higher photographs and video, like our Editors’ Selection, the Olympus Tough TG-5.
Daring and Brilliant
Fujifilm affords the XP130 in a wide range of daring colours. We obtained one in vibrant inexperienced for evaluation, however you may as well go for blue or yellow, or when you choose a extra conservative look, black or white. Its type issue is pocket-friendly—2.6 by Four.1 by 1.zero inches (HWD) and 5.Eight ounces. The design incorporates rounded edges, together with a silver-ringed porthole across the lens. The everyday loop to carry a wrist strap is changed by a sturdy steel bar.
The 5x zoom is modest in vary compared with pocket cameras with out waterproofing, however they obtain 30x or 40x zoom ratios by way of optics that stretch from the physique. The waterproof XP130 places your entire lens inside its physique, defending it from 5.Eight-foot (1.Eight-meter) drops and the stress of working at depths of as much as 65 toes (20 meters) underwater.
The wide-angle protection is about the identical as a 28mm full-frame lens, and it zooms in to seize a narrower view, 140mm in full-frame equal phrases. The aperture is not bold—it begins at f/Three.9 and narrows to f/Four.9 when zoomed all the way in which in. It is not as vast or as vibrant because the lens on the premium TG-5, which contains a 25-100mm f/2-Four.9 zoom, although it does zoom in additional.
Controls are easy and primary—when you’re on the lookout for a digicam with full handbook publicity management, look elsewhere. Out of the field the digicam is ready to Scene Recognition (SR), an clever, however totally computerized, taking pictures mode that adjusts settings to match what the digicam perceives as the kind of picture you are making. It additionally has a lot of Scene settings, an ordinary Computerized setting, and Program, which supplies you a modicum of management within the type of publicity worth compensation (EV) adjustment.
The shutter launch is an enormous, silver button on the highest. It is easy to press, even when you’re carrying gloves. The On/Off and File buttons are additionally on the highest. The rear homes W and T buttons to regulate the lens zoom, in addition to Play, a Drive button, and Disp/Again, together with a four-way directional pad. It provides you entry to the Menu by way of its heart press, together with Delete/EV adjustment, Flash, Self-Timer, and Macro taking pictures choices by way of its cardinal route buttons.
You won’t discover the Drive button at first—the icon is engraved, which is difficult to see given its small dimension and darkish end. The Wi-Fi icon is subsequent to it, painted white for prime visibility. I want it was higher labeled, however there aren’t that many buttons to start with, so it is not too troublesome to find while you need to change from single to burst seize.
There isn’t any EVF—the expensive Panasonic TS7 ($449.99) is the one rugged mannequin we have seen with one. As an alternative you may body photographs on the rear LCD, which is Three inches in dimension with a 920k-dot decision. It is vibrant and sharp, so you should have no issues framing and reviewing pictures, even on vibrant days. Contact enter is not supported, which is not an enormous shock when you think about the XP130’s asking worth.
The reminiscence card and battery are protected by a locking door, accessible by way of the fitting facet. The battery is nice for about 240 pictures, that are saved to SD reminiscence. The door additionally covers a micro HDMI output and a micro USB port, the latter of which is used to cost the detachable battery. Fujifilm doesn’t embody an exterior battery charger, only a micro USB cable and AC adapter.
Wi-Fi is inbuilt, which is a given in virtually each new digicam. The XP130 provides Bluetooth, which can be utilized to hurry up pairing with an Android or iOS system. When related to your telephone you’ll switch photographs and management the digicam by way of the Fujifilm Cam Distant software.
So-So Imaging and Video
The XP130 would not supply the blistering pace of an interchangeable lens digicam, nevertheless it is not sluggish both. It powers on, focuses, and fires in 1.Eight seconds. Autofocus pace is stable for a pocket digicam, zero.1-second in vibrant mild and about zero.Eight-second in very dim circumstances. The lens aperture is slender, so you may need to use a flash for indoor snapshots.
Burst seize is offered at about Four.8fps, however just for ten photographs at a time, with just a few seconds required between bursts to provide the digicam time to put in writing pictures to a reminiscence card. There’s a monitoring possibility for focus, however the digicam’s autofocus system is fairly simplistic. The one focus choices apart from monitoring are a large space, which robotically selects the main target level, a middle space, or a versatile spot. You have to dive into the menu system to alter the main target space and even transfer the place of the versatile spot. I discovered utilizing the middle focus level and recomposing my shot to style after focus is locked suited my model finest, however you could choose to easily let the XP130 decide the main target level robotically.
I used Imatest to examine the XP130’s picture high quality. Its mounted lens delivers first rate outcomes on the vast angle, netting 1,890 traces in a center-weighted sharpness take a look at. That is higher than the 1,800 traces we need to see from a point-and-shoot with a 16MP picture sensor. It loses decision on the 65mm place (1,622 traces) and at 140mm (1,516 traces), delivering pictures which can be on the comfortable facet at each settings. Edges are comfortable all through the zoom vary, exhibiting finest outcomes on the vast finish (1,622 traces), however dropping off on the midpoint (938 traces) and telephoto finish (740 traces) of the zoom.
There’s some barrel distortion seen at 28mm (Three.Three p.c), which is shocking as compact cameras typically right distortion robotically. The impact is negligible when zoomed in. You are additionally more likely to discover some flare when taking pictures into the solar. Most waterproof cameras do the identical factor, as the duvet that retains the lens watertight can induce the impact—we additionally see flare with the lens Olympus makes use of in its TG-5.
The Olympus TG-5 is equally sharp at its vast setting (1,830 traces) when shot at f/2, however will slender the lens to f/2.Eight for many bright-light use for sharper outcomes (2,096 traces). It places these numbers up regardless of backing its lens with a 12MP sensor, which places it at an obstacle compared with the 16MP XP130. The TG-5’s lens additionally loses decision when zoomed in, just about tying the XP130 on the midpoint of its zoom and bettering it by about 100 traces when zoomed all the way in which in.
The XP130’s lens is not as vast, vibrant, or sharp because the TG-5, however the digicam does value about half as a lot. However keep in mind what you might be dropping. On the 28mm the XP130 is an f/Three.9, virtually two full stops dimmer than the TG-5’s f/2.zero ranking at its 25mm wide-angle setting. Which means the XP130 captures about 25 p.c of the sunshine when zoomed out, giving it a definite drawback when taking pictures in dim circumstances. Its macro mode can also be underwhelming. The TG-5 is among the finest pocket macro cameras on the market, however once I turned on macro focusing with the XP130 to get a close-up shot of a giant insect that landed on my automotive door, I wasn’t in a position to focus that shut in any respect.
The half of.Three-inch picture sensor is not world-class for low-light taking pictures, and the dim lens would not do something to assist. You are going to use the flash indoors, or resort to taking pictures at a excessive ISO—the digicam may be set as excessive as ISO 3200 in full decision. You may as well set it at ISO 6400, however decision drops to 8MP. When you have computerized ISO management turned on the digicam will solely vary as excessive as ISO 1600, however modes that prime out at ISO 400 or 800 are additionally out there.
Imatest exhibits that the XP130 retains picture noise beneath 1.5 p.c by way of ISO 800, and exhibits about 1.6 p.c at ISO 1600, 1.9 p.c at ISO 3200, and a couple of.Three p.c at ISO 6400. Sometimes photographs with lower than 1.5 p.c noise do not present offensive grain, however cameras like this use computerized noise discount to combat the impact, which can lead to less-than-clear pictures at greater settings. The XP130 delivers its finest pictures at ISO 100 and 200. Images shot at ISO 400 take a step again, with some blur erasing fantastic element. The blur impact is stronger at ISO 800, and at ISO 1600 and up all fantastic element has washed away. We have included pixel-level crops from our ISO take a look at scene within the slideshow that accompanies this evaluation.
The XP130 helps video seize at 1080p decision at 30 or 60fps, and 720p at 60fps. For added slow-motion, it is advisable step all the way down to SD resolutions; you’ll be able to shoot 480p at 30 or 120fps, 240p at 240fps, and 120p at 320fps. Video high quality is about what you’d count on—the 1080p decision feels dated compared with expensive pocket cameras that roll at 4K, and the dearth of 24fps and any form of handbook publicity adjustment will flip off anybody who desires to get artistic with publicity. You possibly can’t even brighten or darken the body with EV compensation for motion pictures.
Funds Worth, Funds Digital camera
The Fujifilm XP130 is not prime of the road in any regard, however that features worth. It sells for round $200, about half that of our Editors’ Selection Olympus Powerful TG-5, and that appears about proper. The XP130 is an efficient, however not excellent, possibility for funds customers. It is powerful and waterproof, so you’ll be able to take it locations the place you would not threat your telephone’s security, it contains Wi-Fi for on-the-go picture sharing (by way of your smartphone), and it affords a stable, 5x zoom vary.
When you have the cash, you may discover that the Olympus Powerful TG-5 is a greater digicam total. It shoots 4K video, has a wider, brighter lens that does a greater job making snapshots while you’re not outdoor, and has a a lot better macro functionality, which may be supplemented with add-on lights which can be additionally waterproof.
Funds customers who’re prepared to stay with the XP130’s limitations also needs to examine and see if the XP120 remains to be out there on the market. At press time it’s, and is promoting for beneath $150. It would not supply Bluetooth, which is not important, and apart from that it is the similar digicam because the XP130.