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view which when following the arrow on the screen 360 degrees clockwise at eye level, gave you a full panoramic view. It took a few attempts, but I was impressed with this; done without a tripod, and in very windy conditions, it’s an epic way to capture your surroundings. The video function (on both cameras) was an interesting one. You can actually shoot and edit a whole video using your camera (clip cutting and joining settings), and with 22°2’23”N 59°40’18”E

and using a new camera. More than 70% of the images turned out great. If you have the XP150, check out the metadata in the photo. It provides you with the GPS and also a link (if you are using Lightroom to edit the photos) to Google Maps to find out exactly where you were. The sand and wind did play a major part in the general functioning of the cameras. We found that the two-lock system, although clever, is a little tricky to use especially when there is sand flying everywhere. It tended to get into one lock, which then couldn’t open the other lock. But with a slight knock against something hard, the sand dislodged itself (shockproof up to 2m’s!). Another trick with these cameras is just washing them with a bit of water and baby shampoo or baby oil and water to lubricate the sand. Just make sure it is dry when you open the camera as water can easily get into the seal. The water-repel-

Check out our You Tube Channel and Facebook Page to have a look at the video the wireless transfer and social app on your phone with the XP170; upload it directly onto Facebook (if you have roaming on your phone, of course). This does come with a warning though, (I really should have known better). If you are recording in the HD video mode, do not use a memory card lower than Class 6, go for a high-speed Class 10 as this kept freezing the camera. Also, using the video editing function drains the battery life dramatically; make sure you have a spare battery on stand-by if you are big into video. If you don’t use the video settings very much, the battery life is great, we charged it once and haven’t need-

Panoramic View of Joe’s Point

lent camera lens was handy in these conditions, not having a slide cover like most other cameras made it easy to use when there is sand everywhere. During the next evening, we took a few snap shots in low light using the panoramic

ed to since, and until now it’s still ½ full. I was also impressed by both cameras functioning in different light and activity situations, keeping the camera in “P” it seems to adjust really well to any well-lit situation. There will be times when switching to sport mode maybe better, or macro to capture something with a lot of detail,but you can be just as creative with your point-and-shoot

Macro Setting with an interesting animal shell Ian found

Tara Trying out the camera



as you are with your DSLR. The camera also comes with an LED Illuminator (can be used as a torch if needed) to light up the shot, but be warned – it is a bright white LED, so it has a ‘ spotlight-ish feeling’ to it when shooting. For this trip, we set the image settings

The optical zoom isn’t too bad either.

(Large 4:3 which shoots at 14MP (4320x 3240) the compressed JPEG ends up at 6-10 MB after it is taken depending on the photo) we also used Fine image quality, Auto ISO, Auto White Balance, with face detection off and with the occasional flash for fill.

Tara’s Thoughts about the camera

“Three days and four nights just isn’t really enough time for these trips as a rule of thumb; weeks would have been great. I found the general functionality of the cameras very user friendly; they were easy to figure out without a manual for your basic shots and upon exploring, you stumble on some really great features. It works great in well-lit conditions, with the knowhow, also okay in low light or dim conditions. Battery life is good, and it seems to be up to standard in all the modern technology: GPS/ Wireless Transfer, and editing videos (The only downside to the XP170 is that Fujifilm haven’t found a way to implement the GPS system found in the XP150, so at the moment, it’s one or the other). Overall, the quality of the XP150 and XP170’s images are good and it presents itself as a great ‘allrounder’ point-and-shoot camera, perfect for the outdoors and at 999 AED for the XP170, and 1,299AED for the XP150 you can’t go wrong. (P.S As it was so windy down at Joe’s Point, the DSLR’s stayed in the car the whole time! We were too worried about the sand to bring them out, so really, this is a great alternative in extreme conditions and prevents wrecking your DSLR!)”

Ian’s thoughts about the camera:

“While none of the roughty-toughty point and shoot cameras will be able to match the quality of a good DSLR is not just about pixel quality, it’s actually more about being in the right place at the right time and composition. I think everyone should have a roughty-toughty point and shoot. It can cope with spilled drinks on the table, kids chewing it and knocks and bumps daily life dishes out. For outdoorsy types it’s even more beneficial to have a camera that is at home washing around it the top pocket of a rucksack or stuffed in the front pocket of a PFD. It doesn’t matter if your hands are wet or the sand is blowing everywhere, they allow you to focus on the shot you want and to experiment with more extreme photographic environments like surf. The cameras did an excellent job on all these fronts, I particularly liked the GPS geotagging function and the uploading to Facebook was neat too”

Tara Atkinson

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