by Leo Jakobson | July 10, 2012
fujifilmorangeLast month Fujifilm released a rugged new FinePix digital point-and-shoot camera, the XP170.

Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from a height of 6.5 feet, dustproof, and capable of taking temperatures as low as 14 degrees, the 14-megapixel XP170 was designed to go where smartphone cameras can't. “The XP170 can become your go-to camera that you aren’t afraid to get wet, be dropped, or even frozen or covered in dirt and mud,” said David Troy, Fujifilm North America’s director of marketing, digital cameras, electronic imaging division, in a statement. “It will still deliver fantastic photos and HD movies every time.”

Another feature is the FinePix XP170’s new wireless image transfer function, which allows it to connect to any iPhone, iPad, or Android-based smartphone or tablet computer with the push of a single button. The camera can also take full 1080p HD movies — above or below water — with sound. 

The camera offers a mechanical image stabilization system; a tracking auto focus system designed to keep fast-moving subjects from blurring or moving out of the frame as the picture is taken; a continuous shoot mode that allows speeds of up to 10 frames-per-second; 360-degree motion panorama mode; scene recognition; and automatic red-eye removal. Other features include a 2.7-inch anti-reflective, high-contrast LCD screen designed for bright sunlight and underwater viewing; a 5x, wide angle optical zoom; and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery said to be able to take up to 300 images between charges.

The Fujifilm XP170 is available in blue or orange, and has a MSRP of $279.95.  For more information, visit