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- Fujifilm FinePix XP150
- This waterproof, shockproof, GPS-equipped tough-cam is a crummy point-and-shoot in expensive clothing. Skip it.
Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Camera Review$279.95
Like most tough cams, the XP150 is meant to be used in auto mode. Auto mode comes in two varieties: regular auto, and SR (scene recognition) auto. In practice, they both basically accomplish the same thing, which is easy, hands-off shooting.
Buttons & Dials
The XP150 has the usual number of buttons for an entry-level point-and-shoot. Most of the functionality runs through the four-way pad. The rear panel also has dedicated playback and movie buttons, plus a multi-purpose display and navigation key.
Up top, there's a stubby zoom tilter (a rarity for tough cams, which typical have separate rubber buttons for zooming in and out, probably for waterproofing reasons), decent shutter, a power button (which you really need to lean on to power up the camera, though that seems like a software issue), and an extraneous GPS button, to remind you why you spent an extra $30 on this model.
Effects, Filters, and Scene Modes
The XP150 has a bunch of scene modes, a few in-camera HDR modes, and a useful motion panorama mode. They're all mish-mashed together in a broad, long modes menu.
The all-in-one menu system is tedious to navigate. There's no "quick" or "function" menu here, nor are there many direct access keys. Any and all changes have to be done through the main menu, a clunky, multi-page list of other clunky, sometimes multi-page lists.
It's a similar setup to higher-end Fujifilm models, but those cameras have quick menus and better physical controls for navigating the main menu system.
On the bright side, this camera is best when left in auto mode anyway, so you probably won't bother fussing with the menus too much.
The XP150 comes with a basic user manual, as well as a full PDF version on a CD-ROM. A maintenance guide is included as well. This is a typical setup for modern tough cams.