Fujifilm FinePix XP150 Digital Camera Review$279.95
- Low Light Performance
- Noise Reduction
- ISO Options
- Focus Performance
- Video: Low Light Sensitivity
Low Light Performance
Low-light photography is a no-no with the XP150. Sure, you can turn on the flash and grab a group photo if you have to (though that'll still look pretty crummy). But the lens is too slow and the noise too out-of-control to take anything resembling a crisp, clean shot in dim lighting.
Noise performance is a mess. Grainy chroma and luma noise is visible at ISO 100, where we measured a noise-to-signal ratio above 1 percent. The ratio drops below 1 percent at ISO 400, which indicates some incredibly heavy-handed noise reduction—looking at the sloppy detail reproduction, that's definitely the case. Shots at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 look like the picture on an old tube TV with poor reception. More on how we test noise.
The ISO range stretches from 100 up to 3200, all at full resolution, adjustable in full stops. An auto-ISO option is available as well.
Focus is reasonably quick in good lighting, though not as reliable as it should be. Speed and reliability drop off more in dimmer lighting.
Video: Low Light Sensitivity
The XP150 picked up our acceptable amount of light down to 25 lux. That's really dark. If you're trying to shoot darker scenes, you really shouldn't be using a point-and-shoot anyway.