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Backpacker Magazine – February/March 2013

Gear Review: Nikon Coolpix AW100 and FujiFilm Fine Pix XP150

Two point-and-shoot cameras that maps & GPS lovers will appreciate.

by: The Backpacker Editors

FujiFilm Fine Pix (Ben Fullerton)
FujiFilm Fine Pix (Ben Fullerton)

[map-lover’s pick]
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Automatically record GPS coordinates of shots on a built-in digital map and view them on the three-inch LCD screen or at home on the included software. The AW100 shines in low-light conditions: A vibration reduction feature corrects for movement during exposures. $350; 6.2 oz.;

[economy gps]
FujiFilm Fine Pix XP150
Get quality, geo-tagged photos for less. Menus are easy  to navigate and images look sharp and saturated on your computer, but the quality of the 2.7-inch LCD screen is poor: A grainy view makes it harder to compose, review, and judge shots in the field. $280; 7.1 oz.;

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Kevin S
Mar 19, 2013

I agree with your review, I own a Fuji XP 50 for my kick around camera. I love the fact that I can swim,climb, work with this camera in my pocket.
The only downfall so far with this camera is the LCD screen wears very easily! After my first trip out with it(swimming and hiking in Hawaii) the LCD was worn and looked 10 years old. Fuji does not warranty wear and tear, so my recommendation is get a soft sunglass case to pack it in when its in your pocket the camera is small enough for a slip case and this will not add bulk to packing a camera around.

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Brian KOZ
Mar 11, 2013

I have had three in the Fuji XP series. They have survived multiple trips on the river and skiing, and provided some very high quality photographs. I have been very pleased with the performance of such a great Point & Shoot camera.
Tight Lines,


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