And by that I don't meant "Point and Shoot" or "Point of Sale". I meant that the Fuji XP20 we bought two weeks ago turns out to be a piece of crappola.
I wanted to do this write up as soon as I decided to return it as I know there are others of you out there that have been thinking of buying a waterproof camera. Do not buy this one.
I've been debating the quality of pictures this was taking, as they seem to have a bit of a haze around them. I thought I could live with it. You know the whole "you get what you pay for" kind of thing. It was on sale at Costco for $139, regularly $179, and I am sure there are better options out there for under $200.
This morning we geared up and headed to Saturday morning coffee and then a group of us rode to Philomath (3 miles West) for a classic car show. Troubadour had the Canon SX120 that we bought on Bobskoot's recommendation and I had the new Fuji XP20 in my jacket pocket. That's right. I remembered to put the pocket camera in my pocket. I'm learning.
We wandered around and each took over 100 photos. When we got home we uploaded them into iPhoto. What an incredible difference in quality. Please keep in mind we were both using the AUTO feature on the cameras, meaning the camera chose exposure and mode. The following photos are completely unedited. What you see is how the camera took them.
This photo was taken with the Canon:
And this one from the exact same spot with the Fuji:
The quality of the Fuji is unacceptable.
I tried it at home as a test. Basil was the subject. No back lighting, no direct sunlight, just natural daylight in the living room.
This one taken with the Canon:
And this one with the Fuji:
Granted the one with the Canon is a closer zoom. Technically you think it would be more out of focus. I don't know why the Fuji cannot seem to take a clear picture. It is either really washed out or in some cases from pictures at the car show over exposed.
After seeing the glaring difference in quality I looked up the Fuji XP20 on Costco's website to see if there were any reviews. There are several and almost all are bad. The blue and orange versions have a 1 star out of 5. Not good. Most people are finding they crap out the first time they see water.
Needless to say we are making a trip to Costco tomorrow to return it. We'll see what else they have in stock that we might like. Luckily Costco has a 90 day return policy on their cameras. It gives a person a good chance to use it to see if it is a keeper. I am wondering about a smaller version of the Canon or even a Nikon. Maybe Bobsoot has a recommendation on a pocket sized camera - he did so well with the last suggestion.
I did manage to get a few good shots at the car show and will post them up in a future blog post. Here is a teaser photo:
- Au Revoir
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