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Camera in right hand, while left hand grips the canoe...
on 29 May 2013
We bought this simple 'point-and-shoot' camera last summer (2012) as something to capture a few holiday pics with whilst on holiday in France. In particular, we planned to canoe along the Ardeche River and wanted something we could comfortably operate one-handed as we splashed and bobbed downstream, as my 'main camera' (Fujifilm S5000, many years old...) really needs both hands to hold it steady and certainly would not survive a dunk in the water.
After picking up and holding a variety of waterproof 'point-and-shoot' type cameras in our local John Lewis store, this felt the best. Snug in my right hand, with the hand strap securely looped around my wrist, the Fujifilm XP150 can be switched on, the view framed and zoomed in on, and snapped for posterity in a jiffy. Meanwhile your left hand is free to grip on to something else; canoe, dog lead, bicycle handle bar etc.
Picture quality doesn't disappoint. The lens has a wide-angled feel to it and it captures a lot of the peripheral view. GPS tagged also. It has the option to record HD 1080p video, but we don't use this feature.
We thought we would only use it the once taking holiday pics in the sea, or on a river, but I have it tucked away with me all the time these days. Shoved in a pocket when my wife and I go walking the dog mostly, or when I'm out cycling. Would also recommend a 'gorilla grip' tripod. I've hardly used my main camera since.