Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera 2020 Detailed Review.
Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera: Finding the right camera is about knowing what you need and expect. The perfect camera for portrait photography isn’t going to be the same camera you use at a basketball game. Between even excellent name-brand cameras, you’ll find a variety of different feature-sets, mechanical capabilities, and a wide range of durability. And features like that can have a drastic impact on the kind of camera you end up with, and what that camera is good for shooting.
Fujifilm FinePix XP130
The FinePix XP130 is best defined by its most essential features. They include a 3” fixed position LCD, a 5x zoom lens, and a fully waterproof design. If you keep track of Fujifilm products, you’ll know the XP130 is the replacement for Fujifilm’s last generation, the XP120.
Most of the time, the kind of improvements you see from one generation of the camera to the next aren’t that significant. But every once in a while, those improvements are a tad more than merely cumulatively.
Bold and Bright
Fujifilm offers the XP130 in a variety of bold colors. We received one in bright green for review, but you can also opt for blue or yellow, or if you prefer a more conservative look, black or white. Its form factor is pocket-friendly—2.6 by 4.1 by 1.0 inches (HWD) and 5.8 ounces.
The design incorporates rounded edges, including a silver-ringed porthole around the lens. The typical loop to hold a wrist strap is replaced by a sturdy metal bar.
So-So Imaging and Video
The XP130 doesn’t offer the blistering speed of an interchangeable lens camera, but it isn’t slow either. It powers on, focuses, and fires in 1.8 seconds. Autofocus speed is solid for a pocket camera, 0.1-second in bright light and about 0.8-second in very dim conditions. The lens aperture is narrow, so you’ll want to use a flash for indoor snapshots.
Budget Price, Budget Camera
The Fujifilm XP130 isn’t top of the line in any regard, but that includes price. It sells for around $200, about half that of our Editors’ Choice Olympus Tough TG-5, and that seems about right. The XP130 is a good, but not outstanding, option for budget shoppers.
It’s tough and waterproof, so you can take it places where you wouldn’t risk your phone’s safety, it includes Wi-Fi for on-the-go image sharing (via your smartphone), and it offers a solid, 5x zoom range.
If you’re not very familiar with digital cameras, you may find yourself of wondering, why is the lens only 5x? Simply put, cameras that are waterproof need to be placed inside a properly sealed enclosure, and that means less room for placing a gigantic telescopic lens.
Like the XP120, the XP130 uses a 35mm lens. Paired against a 5x zoom, you’re capable of shooting within a 28-140mm range from that one lens.
Like its predecessor, the XP130 has a number of shooting modes that can make your photos a bit easier. The auto program mode will automatically select the settings the camera thinks is appropriate for available lighting conditions. There are two underwater modes uniquely suited to dealing with murky conditions.
There’s the one-burst 10FPS mode that’s reasonably good for capturing short bursts of action, provided that you’re capable of timing things carefully. And there’s the previously mentioned eye-detection mode that’s excellent for portraits.
Build & Design
One way in which the XP130 stands out is its weight. It weighs roughly 0.45 lbs. and uses an incredibly compact 4.33 x 2.8 x 1.1-inch body. In other words, it’s slightly larger than a credit card. Aesthetically, that body is available in silver, yellow, blue, white, and lime. Its colorful shape provides an easy and secure grip for either one hand or two.
Compared to average digital cameras, the XP130 has an ordinary thickness, but it’s roughly 10% less heavy. Along the top of the device, there’s a large shutter button with a textured surface. Adjacent to that is the on/off button, and a video record button. These being the most common buttons you’ll be using, they’re prominently placed.
The XP130 is a midrange waterproof camera. It’s got a number of advanced features, and it’s a steady upgrade over the XP120 that it’s made to replace. The longer battery life and eye detect autofocus help keep Fujifilm’s camera competitive against its competitors like Nikon. And the XP130 has many of the same things that made the XP120 great, including its best shooting modes.