Fujifilm FinePix XP90: Brightly coloured fun for the family

The rubber casing around the sides of the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 is capable of absorbing a fair bit of damage.
The rubber casing around the sides of the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 is capable of absorbing a fair bit of damage.PHOTO: FUJIFILM

Using the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 is a breeze and children will also take to it like a duck to water

The entire line of Fujifilm's FinePix XP90 seems designed for fun, with brightly coloured fronts in blue, orange, yellow and green.

And it was a cinch using the camera, as it starts up and focuses quickly, although there is a noticeable processing lag after each shot has been taken.

Children should have no problem picking it up and taking shots from the get-go, while adults can get the young ones to look at the camera for how colourful it is.

The back panel is dominated by a 3-inch LCD monitor and just a few buttons, which means there are only a few shortcuts for you to use.

 

While there are the usual shortcuts for flash and changing to macro mode, Fujifilm strangely did not include a dedicated mode-shift button, which is one of the more common shortcut buttons on this type of cameras.

Photos are quite impressive for a point-and-shoot, with shots coming in clear and sharp.

Choosing a shooting mode is a pain, though. After going into the main menu and using the option for selecting a mode, you have to scroll up or down a list of various modes, instead of a more accessible tile or grid view that other cameras have for their mode selection.

There is, however, a button dedicated to turning on the burst mode capability of the camera on the back, which can be helpful when action suddenly occurs and you want to capture a good shot of it.

The XP90 has the shortest drop height among the cameras reviewed here, at 1.75m, but the rubber casing around the sides of the camera is capable of absorbing a fair bit of damage.

The plastic front suffered noticeable scratches and dents after our drop tests, though.

It is also the lightest camera in the lineup, at a hair over 200g, but is not exactly thin.

The hand grip and lens add a bit of protrusion to the camera and gives it quite a bit of bulk.

•Verdict: A light, fun camera that takes good pictures, but marred by strange choice of shortcut buttons on the back.


TECH SPECS

PRICE: $499

IMAGE SENSOR: 16.4-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor

WATERPROOF: 15m

SHOCKPROOF: 1.75m

DISPLAY: 3-inch TFT colour LCD WEIGHT: 203g with battery and memory card


RATING

DESIGN: 3/5

FEATURES: 3/5

PERFORMANCE: 4/5

OVERALL: 3/5

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2016, with the headline 'Brightly coloured fun for the family'. Print Edition | Subscribe