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Fujifilm XP200, S8400W adds more Wi-Fi to FinePix line

New rugged and megazoom models let you wirelessly connect to a smartphone or tablet.


Continuing to focus on its pockets of growth for point-and-shoots, Fujifilm announced today two new FinePix models, the XP200 and S8400W.

An update to 2012's rugged XP170, the XP200 gets better waterproofing, now able to shoot down to 50 feet, and is still shockproof to about 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. It has a redesigned battery door with a dial-locking mechanism to help keep the seal tighter than simple sliding locks.

Other improvements include a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3-inch, 920K-dot-resolution LCD, and a new burst-shooting button for capturing shots at up to 10 frames per second at full resolution for up to nine pictures and up to 60fps at reduced resolution for up to 70 frames (basically HD video turned into stills).

The camera can also capture 1080i/60 movie clips as well as high-speed 360fps movies, though at a practically useless 224x168-pixel resolution; a more useful 120fps option at VGA quality is also available.

The lens remains the same: 5x, f3.9-4.9 28-140mm lens with sensor-shift image stabilization. And there's Wi-Fi built in, too, so you can send to an Android or iOS device for sharing or just view what you've shot on a larger screen. You can also use it for wireless backups to a Windows computer.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 arrives in May for about $300 in black, blue, yellow, and red.

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If long-zoom cameras are more your thing, the FinePix S8400W features a 44x f2.9-6.5 24-1,056 lens, which makes it slightly longer than the S8200 and S8300 announced at CES 2013, but not quite as long as the 50x zoom on the SL1000.

The S8400 also separates itself from its shorter-lens linemates with, yes, built-in Wi-Fi, which does all the same things as on the XP200. Otherwise the camera is the same as the S8200/S8300, with a fixed 3-inch LCD, electronic viewfinder, and 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor.

In stores in May, the FinePix S8400W will sell for around $350.

You can read more about each camera on Fujifilm's site.