The Fujifilm Finepix XP170 is the top dog in Fuji’s “Extreme Sports” lineup (the almost identical XP150 is also still available). Many camera users call this class of imaging devices “underwater cameras” or “all-weather cameras”, but cameras in this class are actually designed for Extreme Sports aficionados. Extreme Sports fans skin-dive, snorkel, ski, water ski, snowboard, mountain bike, BMX, and skateboard, so they need a different sort of camera – one that’s tougher and more durable than other P&S digicams, in addition to being waterproof. As well as the ability to slip beneath the waves, the XP170 can endure extended exposure to rain, mist, jungle-like humidity, and dusty desert venues.
In the final analysis, after a bit less than three weeks of using the camera in a variety of shooting venues, I can’t recommend the XP170 as an extreme sports P&S digicam. Basically, the low resolution LCD and the dead slow maximum aperture severely limit this digicam’s usefulness for its target audience.