Fujifilm Announces All-New Rugged and Waterproof Finepix XP120

Today Fujifilm announced a new addition to its Finepix line of cameras, the Finepix XP120. Designed for those in need of a more durable camera for, say, outdoor or underwater adventures, the camera offers four-way protection including both water and shock proofing. It utilizes a 16.4MP back-illuminated sensor which Fuji claims will result in both high-performance and sharper images. In addition it features a large 3″ LCD screen, burst shooting up to 60fps, and a variety of connectivity options.

One of the key features of the Fujifilm Finepix XP120 is its durability. Built with rugged protection, the XP120 is waterproof up to 65 feet, shockproof to 5.7 feet, freeze proof to 14°F and dust proof. The camera has been designed for ease of use in outdoor activities and incorporates an improved grip designed for firm one-handed holding and a double-locking mechanism for the battery compartment.

On the picture taking side of things, the camera features a 16.4MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens. The lens includes a 28mm wide-angle setting and the optical zoom range can be increased to 10x using Fuji’s Intelligent Digital Zoom technology. To help reduce camera shake, the camera also includes built-in optical image stabilization. On the rear of the camera is a 3″ 920K-dot high definition LCD. The LCD reduces light reflection through use of its anti-reflective coating.

Additional features of note for the XP120 include Burst Mode of up to 10fps(60fps with advanced burst mode), full HD video recording of 60fps, and time-lapse recording. For those utilizing the camera’s video functions, they can take advantage of the wind filter setting that will help reduce wind noise during audio recording. And for those who enjoy taking panaromas, they can use the Motion Panorama 360° function. There’s also a remote shooting function and wireless LAN connectivity and smartphone transfer using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app. Lastly, the camera will be available in 4 unique colors.

I was a fan of Fuji’s XP90 Waterproof Camera. What these small point and shoots may lack in features when compared to some of the mirrorless and DSLR offerings, they are invaluable when in the great outdoors. They’re also a nice alternative to GoPro’s if you’re more comfortable using a traditional camera for composition. And not to mention these cameras can take a licking and keep on ticking. If the image quality for the XP120 improves and can even come close to some of the higher end models in Fuji’s lineup, it might be an excellent option for the discerning photographer who needs a “bulletproof” camera for those crazy outdoor adventures.

The Fujifilm Finepix XP120 will be available at camera stores in the U.S. and Canada in February 2017 and will retail for $299.95. To get more information on Fuji’s latest point-and-shoot offering, visit their website here.