The Fujifilm Finepix XP140 is a rugged waterproof compact that may be taken to a depth of 25 metres, operates in temperatures all the way down to -10C and will be dropped from a top of 1.8m with no in poor health results. Launched originally of 2019, the XP140 is Fujifilm’s common annual replace to its XP waterproof mannequin, the XP130 was launched a yr earlier and the XP120 in early 2017.
The brand new mannequin retains the 5x zoom and 16 Megapixel sensor of its predecessor in a physique that appears very comparable. Along with improved waterproofing which provides 5 metres to the depth of the older mannequin, the headline characteristic is a brand new 4K video mode. However earlier than you get too enthusiastic about that, I’ll let you know immediately that with a most 15fps body price, you gained’t be utilizing it to seize motion footage, or a lot else for that matter.
The excellent news is that the XP140 retains the 1080/50/60p and 720/50/60p and provides 24fps video at 1080 and 720 resolutions along with a brand new sq. video mode. The XP140 additionally upgrades its predecessor’s low decision gradual movement video modes to 720p HD decision. Different new options embody a boosted most ISO sensitivity of 12800 ISO, a brand new Face auto self-timer mode and new ‘Wealthy & High quality’ and ‘Monochrome (NR)’ filters.
As earlier than, the Finepix XP140 is provided with WiFi and Bluetooth and might switch images to you telephone within the background whilst you shoot. To seek out out extra about that and the Finepix XP140’s different options; and to see the way it measures up in opposition to the pricier Olympus TOUGH TG-6 and the cheaper Nikon COOLPIX W150 – each out and in of the water – learn on!
The Finepix XP140 is a chip off the previous block – close to similar to its predecessor and the XP120 earlier than that. Which isn’t any dangerous factor as a result of it seems to be trendy and can be a really sensible design. You may get a agency grip on it with one hand, however have to be cautious to not hinder the lens if utilizing each.
The button format on the highest can be unchanged with a pleasant massive shutter button that’s laborious to overlook. On the precise as you’re taking a look at it there’s a sealed door to the battery, card and ports compartment. It has a superb locking system which is safer than the only latched door on the COOLPIX W150 and fewer fiddly than the 2 small latches on the Olympus TOUGH TG-6
Around the again you’re trying on the identical Three inch 920okay dot display as the sooner XP130. It’s large enough and detailed, however not very shiny and I had an actual job seeing it in shiny daylight. That, after all, is one thing all cameras endure from, however the XP140 is worse on this respect than the TOUGH TG-6, which has a Three inch barely extra detailed 1040okay dot display and the smaller, decrease decision display on the COOLPIX W150. One factor that’s completely different right here is the operate button on the 4 method controller. That, and the opposite buttons will be programmed to one in all a variety of features together with ISO, white stability, focus mode and film mode.
Right here’s the angle of view you get with the Finepix XP140 at its most 28mm large angle setting. It’s just a little bit wider than the 30mm COOLPIX W150 and never fairly as large because the 25mm TOUGH TG-6. I attempted the sooner XP130 hooked up to my surfboard, however the angle of view wasn’t large sufficient to suit me in and curiously Fujifilm has dropped Motion digital camera mode on the brand new mannequin. That stated, it’s lots large sufficient for group pictures and small interiors.
The place the XP140 actually delivers is on the telephoto finish of the zoom vary. With a 5x vary of 28-140mm it has one of many longest zooms of any waterproof digital camera and can get you a good bit nearer to the motion than the 100mm TOUGH TG-6 or the 90mm COOLPIX W150. However don’t anticipate to be filling the body from huge distances, you’ll nonetheless have to be inside shouting distance of your topic to get a very good shot.
Talking of which, right here’s a shot of a surfer taken within the water with the lens totally zoomed in from I’d guess about 20 metres. In program auto mode you get three focus mode selections, space AF, centre AF and monitoring and of these, centre AF is your greatest wager for topics like this. The XP140 bought it proper about half of the time, however the TOUGH TG-6 got here out prime for autofocus reliability in these situations.
The Finepix XP140 has an underwater scene mode – which I used for this shot. You can too shoot in Program Auto and set the white stability to underwater, or might, theoretically, depart the white stability on auto. One different factor to notice right here, the specification will let you know the Finepix XP140 shut focusing distance is 9cm, however in observe I bought a lot nearer than that – round 4cm. There’s not an underwater macro mode as on the sooner XP130, however that clearly doesn’t have an effect on your capability to get in shut. So the Finepix XP140 does okay for macro shot’s however when you wish to get in actually shut, you possibly can’t beat the microscope modes on the TOUGH TG-6.
The Finepix XP140’s 28-140mm zoom has a most aperture of f3.9 on the 28mm large angle, closing to f4.9 when full zoomed in. The shot above reveals how a lot you possibly can blur the background when you get fairly near the topic and the automated publicity chooses f3.9 – which it is going to in low gentle. Not a lot, is the reply.
The sooner XP130 might shoot a one-second ten body burst of full decision top quality JPEGs. The XP140 specs say that’s diminished to a most 6 frames at 10fps, nevertheless I managed an 8-frame burst which you’ll see above. You can too shoot indefinitely at a decrease price of 3fps. The XP140 steady taking pictures is just a little higher than the COOLPIX W150’s quick 5fps burst, but when it’s quick, dependable steady taking pictures in a rugged compact you’re searching for, the TOUGH TG-6 is what you need.
Just like the COOLPIX W150, the FinePix XP140 has each WiFi and Bluetooth and might switch images to your telephone within the background whilst you shoot. Nevertheless, not like the COOLPIX W150, the XP140 doesn’t make the method seamless. It not often succeeds in transferring images with out some sort of human intervention and even then isn’t all the time profitable. I ended up turning the auto switch characteristic off and simply utilizing the WiFi to obtain pictures to my telephone within the extra regular style.
The XP140 has two new superior filters, Wealthy & High quality’, proven right here, and ‘Monochrome (NR). You can too select from Toy digital camera, Miniature, Pop color, Excessive-key, Low-key, Dynamic Tone, Fish-eye, Delicate-focus, Cross Display screen, Sketch and quite a lot of partial color results.
This primary clip from the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 was recorded in 1080/50p mode. The XP140 has a wealth of video modes together with ‘drop body’ 59.94 and 23.98 modes that most individuals gained’t know what to make of. Extra usefully it has 1080 and 720 modes at 50 and 24fps in addition to uncommon sq. modes at 1080×1080 and 720×720.
The 1080 mode right here seems to be good, other than the wavering focus throughout the zoom.
Right here’s an indoor panning clip from the FinePix XP140. The publicity over corrects just a little throughout the pan and it additionally seems to be just a little bit noisy, however the color stability is nice and the stabilisation irons out the wobbles nicely.
For this underwater shot I set the FinePix XP140 to its 1.6x gradual movement mode, so the motion here’s a little below half actual time velocity. Different modes on provide are 2x, 3.3x and 4x. All document at 720p dimension and 100fps. Word there’s no audio with these modes.
Finaly, right here’s the XP140’s 4k video mode which data at 15fps. As you possibly can see, the motion at this low body price is much from easy so when you plan to shoot transferring topics, and with video that’s just about a given, you’ll get significantly better outcomes with one of many 1080p modes.
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