Rob Clymo
18/04/2012 18:23 | By Rob Clymo, contributor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Fujifilm XP150

A good value ‘go anywhere, do anything’ compact that makes a style statement as well as providing decent pictures.

Fujifilm XP150 is rated four stars out of five on MSN Tech & Gadgets (© Fujifilm)

What is it?
Fujifilm XP150. A rough-and-tumble compact that heads up the trio of new rugged cameras from the Fuji stable

What's great
Funky styling, rugged build and a stack of features including full HD movies, GPS and geo-tagging along with a cool motion panorama 360 mode

What's not
It's tough, but as a result there are compromises on the lens and the manual controls that are available.

The bottom line
A good value 'go anywhere, do anything' compact that makes a style statement as well as providing decent pictures.

If you're looking for an 'everything proof' camera that can handle any kind of picture-taking scenario, then the new XP150 from Fujifilm is an ideal candidate.

For a reasonable price, you get a bruiser of a compact that is waterproof to 10 metres, shockproof when dropped from a height of up to two metres and freezeproof down to -10 degrees.

Thanks to that bulletproof build quality, it's also rather good at keeping the dust out too, which means it's ready for just about anything.

There's a lively design, with flashes of chrome and an array of fizzy colours for the main body including orange, silver, green, blue and plain old black.

The styling has also been tailored to keep areas prone to knocks and scuffs free from damage, but although the XP150 is therefore chunky it's nevertheless still pocketable.

It's practical too, with a carefully sculpted exterior finish that has a rubberised grip on the front along with a built-in flash, auto-focus-assist lamp and the lens that's tucked away behind glass to keep the elements at bay.

See also: Fujifilm XF1 review

Silver controls on top of the camera offer one-touch management of zoom, shutter release, powering up and a small GPS switch that offers extra appeal for the roving action photographer.

Round the back you'll find the 2.7-inch LCD display offers up a reasonable preview of shots and menus, while the anti-glare coating comes into its own when you're in the great outdoors and snapping under the midday sun.

Controls for other functions make the XP150 really easy to operate on the go, with a dedicated movie record button and nicely textured four-way d-pad delivering quick access to the likes of the flash and self-timer.

Fujifilm XP150 is rated four stars out of five on MSN Tech & Gadgets (© Fujifilm)

The battery compartment, memory card slot and USB and HDMI ports are all housed behind a silver flap which has two locks to keep everything safe and secure.

Overall, this is a compact that's more than ready for all things outdoors and it's certainly got a reassuringly robust feel in your hands.

Much of the functionality for picture-taking has to be done via the menu system due to the lack of a mode dial, but a little practice soon allows you to quickly adapt to your surroundings and select from a raft of exposure modes.

Manual controls are also minimal, with the emphasis from Fujifilm clearly on getting your shots even when presented with challenging conditions.

Overall performance isn't earth-shattering, however the 5x optical zoom provides a capable capacity for getting those common everyday shooting moments in the bag.

The XP150 also comes complete with some additional features and functionality that'll make it all the more appealing to compact fans. You get full HD movie capacity with monaural sound, there's a motion panorama mode that delivers pre-stitched 360-degree shots and there's the aforementioned GPS feature with an in-camera geo-tagging capability that enables you to keep a log of where your action and adventure moments occurred.

In use, the Fujifilm proves adept at straightforward everyday shooting activities, with crisp and even exposures complemented by a decent dynamic range. It's tough alright, but good value too.

Fujifilm XP150 is rated four stars out of five on MSN Tech & Gadgets

Essential info
Megapixels: 14.4
Sensor: 1/2.3 CMOS with primary colour filter
LCD: 2.7-inch, 230,000-dots, TFT
ISO: Auto, ISO 100-3200
Video: Full HD, 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
Memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Weight: 205g (including battery and card)
Dimensions: 102.7 x 71.3 x 27.4mm
Price: £219.98