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Fuji Announces FinePix XP200 and FinePix S8400W with Wi-Fi
by Laura Hicks -  3/25/2013

Want a camera that you can take with you on your adventures? The Fuji XP200 might be the camera for you. Well, maybe. We weren't huge fans of the Fuji XP170 giving it only 2.5 out of 5 stars. So we are hoping the XP200 has addressed some of our concerns. The XP200 has had a bit of an exterior redesign making it more ergonomic. The shutter release has received a textured pad for easier use when underwater or wearing gloves. Also, the battery lid has a turn dial function instead of a double latch system found on the XP170. One of our major complaints was the screen on the XP170. The 2.7-inch LCD was hard to see due to the fact that it was not bright at only 230,000 dots. Hopefully the XP200 has resolved that issue. The new 3-inch screen on the XP200 has 920,000 dots and boasts an anti-reflective coating which should make viewing images in the sunlight much easier.

The XP200 has a 5x zoom just like the XP170. And, just like the XP170, it is dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof and waterproof. We are hoping the updated 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and Shift Image Stabilization is improved over the XP170's 14-megapixel sensor that did not keep up with our rigorous testing.

The XP200 offers a new Wi-Fi feature that enables users to transfer images to smartphones, tablets and PCs via free software provided by Fujifilm.

The Fuji XP200 will be available in May for about $350.

Along with the XP200, Fuji is also unveiling the S8400W, a bridge camera with a 44x zoom lens.

Fuji seems to be investing a lot of energy into their S-series cameras. With a total of 15 S-series cameras, there is bound to be a Fuji ultrazoom for anyone.

The S8400W is separating itself from the competition by being a connected ultrazoom with a 44x lens ranging from 24mm to 1056mm (in 35mm equivalent). The S8400W offers Optical Image Stabilization to help reduce camera shake that is bound to occur at long telephoto lengths. It has a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor.  

The camera is powered by AA batteries instead of the traditional Fuji camera battery. This feature can be a great option when traveling or when you have forgotten your charger. AA batteries are easy to find and inexpensive. The camera features an electronic viewfinder with 201,000 dots.

For the experienced photographer, the camera has a P, S, A, and M mode dial for more control over your camera's functionality. If you like a creative feature set, you are in luck. The Fuji S8400 comes with 6 artistic effects including cross screen (giving highlights a starburst effect) and soft focus (giving images a painterly effect).

Just like the XP200, the S8400W offers a new Wi-Fi feature that enables users to transfer images to smartphones, tablets and PCs via free software provided by Fujifilm.

The S8400W will be available in May for about $300.