Fujifilm FinePix XP70 Digital Camera | Gear Review

Who said what happens underwater stays underwater? With the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 Digital Camera ($165-$180), one can catch every moment of fun wherever they are, above and under the surface.

“No matter what you’re doing or where you are, the FinePix XP70 lets you shoot and share in all weather conditions.” Sporting a 16.4 megapixel sensor and waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof features, the XP70 is resilient to adventure in all its many shapes and forms. The adventure-resilient camera is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet, shockproof to a heat of five feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and fully sandproof. Basically, it stands the test of time.

With a wide-angle 28mm, 5x optical zoom lens and 10x Intelligent Digital Zoom, the FinxPix also offers stunning images that bring any adventure from the distant past – or five minutes ago – to life all over again. “The FinePix XP70 combines its 5x optical zoom with Intelligent Digital Zoom,” the brand says, “which results in double the zoom range (10x) whilst offering optimum image processing to counteract the degradation that has traditionally occurred when digital zooms are used.”

The camera also allows users to take videos. With a dedicated move-recording button, one can effortlessly switch back and forth between still shots and motion footage of 1920 by 1080-pixel full HD videos. Featuring six types of advanced movie filters, the camera “incorporates a number of advanced movie-editing features, including ‘movie trimming’ to cut un-wanted footage from movies, and ‘movie join’ to join multiple separate clips into a single movie.”

In addition, a unique “one touch” wireless transfer to your smartphone or tablet lets customers share high image quality instantaneously. After installing the free FUJIFILM Camera Application app, all one has to do is hit the Wi-Fi button on the back of the camera and then add the images they’d like to share via blog, social network, or email. The one-of-a-kind camera even has its own built-in Wi-Fi.

“But it’s not Instagram.” Not so fast. The travel-staple houses ten filters, each as distinctive as the next. From “Pop Color” to “Fish-Eye,” to “Toy Camera,” each filter offers a hue that’s as unique as the effect, while Fujifilm’s “Underwater” and “Underwater macro” modes enhance underwater images for striking results. The camera’s “Motion Panorama 360” mode promises sweeping 360-degree shots of landscapes, while a “Burst Mode Button” makes continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second incredibly easy. So yes, it’s not Instagram—it’s better.