Fujifilm has just announced the FinePix XP170, another one of those rugged cams that’s built to take a hit (or drop), a dive, and survive cold temperatures and dusty conditions. It does come with a unique feature that makes it handy in a world where almost everyone rocks a smartphone: it features built-in wireless connectivity that allows it to transfer captured content straight to a smartphone or tablet, allowing for instant uploads to the internet. Or instant editing with your favorite image-tweaking app before uploading it to the net.
The rugged compact rocks a spec that’s similar to what you’d expect from a modern point-and-shoot: featuring a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and ISO 3200 sensitivity, the XP170 also sports a 5x wide angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm) up front, and a 2.7-inch screen at the back. For outdoor performance, the screen is built with an anti-reflective coat and rocks a bright, high-contrast display that’s designed for clear viewing in direct sunlight or underwater. The body is also rated to survive dives down to 32 feet of water, a 6-foot drop to concrete, and winter temperatures down to -10°C.
Features include full 1080p HD photo and video recording (in H.264 MOV format), image stabilization, face detection and red-eye removal, 360-degree sweeping panorama mode, and 10 frames-per-second burst shooting.
Nothing that really stands out, but the wireless transfer is what sets this rugged cam apart. Designed for quick and easy transfers, the cam works with Android devices and Apple’s iPhone and iPad with the use of a free FujiFilm Photo Receiver app from the App Store and Google Play.
The FinePix XP170 is due out in June in blue and orange colors for $280.