Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

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Re: Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:50 pm

I did go ahead and buy the FujiFilm FinePix XP 85 camera. I have had it out in the woods twice now, I think it will perform fine for my purposes in general. Here's two shots I have taken with it so far, one in sunny conditions and one in overcast conditions. What do you guys think?
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Re: Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

Post by Erik Danielsen » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:42 pm

Looks fine for posting to the BBS, I do think you'd find yourself quite disappointed making prints though, even 8x10. The lens is very blurry in the corners (even in the sunny shot, where that should be minimal) and the processing chip is smoothing away most of the detail in the overcast shot in an effort to hide sensor noise. If you think web images will be the priority after all, then it's certainly got an attractive size and ruggedness, but if prints are still a priority I'd be checking the return period if I were you.

I'll admit though that my main thought was "I really miss hemlock forests..."

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Re: Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

Post by Don » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:30 pm

In its defense, the forest shot (which turned itself right-side up when clicked on) zoomed in once with reasonable sharpness (excepting corners as Erik notes), especially in view of the difficult lighting situation. We found ours a handy size, and are looking forward to utilizing its GPS and its WiFi image transmission capabilities. Does a lot for the money, and good underwater!!!
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Re: Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:58 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. Yeah, the fisheye effect in the corners drives me up the wall, but at least I can probably always crop the worst of that out if I ever need to reproduce a shot for a print or something.

If I really want to get serious about photography primarily for the sake of photography, the Pentax idea, or something comparable, sounds like the way to go!

Will be fun to use this one underwater sometime, I'll try to make a point of doing that this summer. Maybe in the Allegheny River.
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