FujiFilm FinePix XP80 Waterproof Camera Review and Giveaway

If you’re anything like me, you love taking GREAT photos of those moments in life you want to remember. I seek out ways to try to hold onto the memories FOREVER and the most effective way I’ve found is by photos. I still hold onto childhood memories from my photo albums, those photos can pull me back in time with just a glance. The difficult thing these days can be choosing a camera which can suit your needs…BUT also suit your knowledge base. There are so many choices and I hope to help you narrow it down with my reviews. I’m no expert…but after years of learning photography and being a daily user I hope I can provide some insight.

Last summer I told you all about my experience using the Fuji X-A2 camera and today I’m jazzed to tell you about another choice from Fuji which should be on your list…in comes tthe FUJIFILM FinePix XP80 Waterproof Camera.


FujiFilm FinePix XP80 Waterproof Camera Review

First let’s look at how FujiFilm describes the camera:

Capture and share extreme scenes in places a tablet or smartphone can’t go and optically zoom in tight – even for movies. This is our toughest camera yet for extreme weather protection in extreme places, whether sea, sand, snow or time with kids. The FinePix XP80 rugged digital camera is waterproof to 50ft./15m, shockproof from 5.8ft./1.75m, freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C, dustproof** and features a 16.4MP CMOS sensor with a 28-140mm 5x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi® connectivity for one touch transfer to smartphones and tablets as well as remote capture. It also shoots full HD movies at 1080P, even underwater!

Look and Feel:

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The FujiFilm FinePix XP80 is lightweight in the hand, yet feels durable.  The grip on the front of the camera and the thumb rest on the back of the camera ensure a firm grasp of the camera. If you are using one of your hands for a sport or for swimming, these grips aid in one-handed shooting.

My FAV 2 Features

With so many cameras on the market, this waterproof camera has 2 features which I think truly make it stand out:

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Easy photo transfer – Take the XP80 everywhere your smartphone or tablet can’t go and still share just as easily! A single push of the Wi-Fi button transfers photos to your smartphone or tablet without having to enter an ID or password, allowing you to share photos with friends or upload to social media.


fuji wifiWireless remote shooting – Remotely shooting photos from your smartphone or tablet allows you to adjust zoom settings or switch to movie recording, making it a particularly useful feature when shooting wildlife that is difficult to approach or in tough wilderness conditions.

Auto Mode

Recently I had the opportunity to use this camera while were were at a beach in Aruba, we swam with it and captured the following unedited photo on Auto Mode. Look at that wave coming in!

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The benefit of this waterproof camera on the Auto setting is there’s almost not thought involved for the photographer. The camera has the ability to recognize the scene and apply the appropriate setting.

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This is a poolside selfie, the camera actually recognizes that it’s a face and changes the setting to allow for the best shot.

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Underwater Performance – Auto

FujiFilm’s underwater modes are designed to optimize image capture underwater and you can see in this photo the translucent fish were captured! These babies were tiny and quickly moving between our feet as I took the shot. I’m impressed with the outcome given the situation. This camera is waterproof up to 50ft (15m) so there’s plenty of exploring one can do!

fujifilm fish under water

Again this was a moving underwater shot, everyone wave hello to Brad!

fujifilm underwater in pool

Advanced Filter Mode

The images below were all taken in one of the Advanced Filter Modes. These are really fun, just turn the main dial to Adv. and you’ll be given a series of choices. If you go through the options you will see several filters and the the colour choices, blue and green and being two.

This poolside shot was taken in Florida with my friend Stacey from This Lil Piglet. We were taking some time to relax and I was playing with the camera. This was taken on the Toy Camera setting, it darkens the edges of the photo.

fuji film advanced pool side

Next up was the advanced setting with the green colour filter which removes all except the green in the image.

fuji film advanced pool side green

This is the sketch function which is like a pencil drawing, this is very cool for portraits.

fuji film advanced pool side pencil

Isn’t this photo of the palm tree neat, I love the movement of the leaves and yet it wasn’t windy at all.

fujifilm palm tree

There are far too many features on this camera to list in just this review, feel free to head over the FujiFilm website to see more. My friend Stacey at This Lil Piglet also did a review which included this video…I wanted to share it so you all can see the capabilities.

This is a fine camera! It far surpassed my expectations and I’d highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for an underwater camera.

For more information and to join in the conversation, follow FUJIFILM onTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Enter to WIN a FUJIFILM FinePix XP80 Camera

I’m excited to partner with FUJIFILM Canada to give away 1 FUJIFILM FinePix XP80 waterproof camera to one lucky Canadian winner! Open to Canada residents of age of the majority in their province, excluding Quebec.

It’s easy to enter, just tell me where you would like to take this camera in the comments below and fill in the form for a chance to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was provided this camera in exchange for the review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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283 Responses

  1. I would love my son to take the camera with him to shoot images when he is at a swim team practice, and also for him to use when practicing with his band. He would so enjoy having a camera to catch the workd from his point of view!

  2. I would love to take it everywhere lol Waterproof would give me more pictures as we love to go to the lakes and pools especially in the summer . Waterproof would mean more pictures of my kids swimming though :)

  3. We’re heading to Cuba in March with our little boys and my husband’s parents. Our boys love the pool and they beach and I love taking photos! Last year own eldest learned to dive while we were on vacation and we caught it on video! Our youngest says he wants to learn to swim without his floaties this year, so we need a new waterproof camera. Unfortunately our waterproof camera (an older version of the one you reviewed) got water inside when my husband forgot to lock the battery door. We’re looking for a new one so this would be great!

  4. I would take this camera to Panama with me to visit my Uncle. He is a snorkeler and we would get some amazing pics

  5. The first place I would like to take this camera to get under water shots would be Hawaii but since that is not in the budget it will have to be Lake Erie or Lake Ontario this coming summer

  6. I’d love to go yo The Great Barrier Reef but I doubt that will ever happen. ..so…maybe exploring lakes and the ocean here in the Maritime. My daughter wants to go to Hawaii. ..maybe when I win the lottery. 😂

  7. Dream would be to take it to Turks & Caicos, but Dominician would probably be the first place it would go wtith me :) (Unless of course I win the lottery on Friday night!!!)

  8. I would use this camera for winter outdoor pics but I’d really love it for cottage/camping during summer months.

  9. We are planning a Vegas trip with friends so I would like it there to take photos to keep are great memories.

  10. I would love to take this to the Dominican republic after the first underwater photos I took got ruined

  11. I would take this right out in my backyard and take some great pictures of my granddaughter playing in the snow!!

  12. I would LOVE to take the camera to anywhere on my bucket list. Egypt and Ireland just to name a couple. I love history and ancient architecture. I’ve already been to see the Mayan and Incan ruins. There are so many places I would love to see and document.

  13. We would totally take this with us to our upcoming spring break vacation to Kona, Hawaii! Some of the best snorkeling around – this would be great to capture all the bright beautiful fish we are so lucky to be able to enjoy!

  14. I think I would take this camera first to a beach nearby where I live. There are lots of Bald Eagles in the trees there and I would love to be able to take some good shots of them.

  15. I’d be bringing it to Florida this summer. Every year, I try to buy a disposable underwater camera for ocean adventures, but developing the film is next to impossible (and so so expensive!). This would be PERFECT and FUN!

  16. I would like to take this camera to all our vacations. Taking pictures of the kiddos having fun is one of my fave activity. Btw, I like the photo of Brad underwater…good shot.

  17. I would take it on vacation with hubby and I. It would be such a perfect and essential thing to bring along

  18. I would like to take this camera south when I visit a turtle sanctuary. I take the center some turtle food because it is hard to find and expensive there. It would be so nice to be able to take photos of the turtles in their pools. I could just dip the camera in the pool and voila! The hatchlings are so cute and the larger ones are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Given that it’s -25°C before the windchill here, what about to the Bahamas? More realistically, my son’s soccer tournament next month in Winnipeg. Brr.

  20. I would love to use this in the backyard pool!! The kids do crazy sizes and set up ‘Wipe Out’ type obstacles with pool floaters. I would love to get closer to the action!!!

  21. Disney Land! We will only be going to Disney Land if the Canadian dollar gets closer to at par with the US. Way to expensive right now.

  22. Well we are not going anywhere on vacation but I would love to take this camera to my son’s new home and get photos of all the wildlife he has in his back yard. Deer, moose, grouse, fox etc. It would be neat.

  23. I would probably take it on our next vacation (cruise hopefully) but before that I would take some pics of my dog.

  24. I had a really nice FujiFilm waterproof camera that I lent to my son and his friend to take to Mexico with them, well lets just say that boys in their early twenties aren’t that bright lol…they decided to take it with them down to the hot tub and guess what…it fell in when neither was paying attention. So when they finally realized it wasn’t there, it had been in the hot water for long that the camera no longer worked. I would love to win this to take on my next trip as I loved my camera and I find myself in need of one now ;)

  25. It would be great to win a FUJIFILM FINEPIX XP80 CAMERA.
    In response to your question of
    Where would you like to take this camera first?
    I would like to take this camera to the beach.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  26. To my trip of course … I am thinking of going to Costa Rica for some adventure! This camera would be perfect.

  27. I would take it on our upcoming road trip and take lots of photos of the family! Thank-you so much for the opportunity!! :)

  28. I would love to try this camera the next time we take our boys to Great Wolf Lodge. Or while out geocaching.

  29. To the pool with my son to capture him doing his incredible flips and splashes! When the economy improves: to Cuba or DR.

  30. I would like to take this camera to Dominican republic When my family and I go for our first vacation together. Soo excited and can’t wait for June to get here!!

  31. We are planning to go to the Dominican Republic in May for our 11th wedding anniversary and I would take it with me then.

  32. I would like to take this camera on my long walks that I do on most weekends. When the warm months finally get here I would love to go to some beaches and take pictures there.

  33. I would really enjoy taking this in the summer on our annual camping & boating trip.. great shots of waterskiing, tubing, swimming, & of course of our awesome family!

  34. I will take pics of my hubby – life is so short & we don’t get a lot of time together & he has survived cancer for the second time now. I want to capture as many moments together.

  35. First, awesome pics!!

    If I had my choice of place, I’d love to take this camera on a cruise – so many different places to see and I’d go snorkeling and get some awesome pics!

    But, probably the first place I would really use the camera is in our pool – we bought our first house and it has a pool and I can just think of all the fun pics I can get this summer!

  36. I would love to take this to our local water park and get some great shots of the kids & I going on some of the slides etc.

  37. I would take this on our swimming excursions in The Okanagan! I would love it if we could take it to Mexico, Belize or somewhere hot and filled with sandy beaches right now though! LOL

  38. I would first love to take this camera home to Ohio and take lots of pics of my 1st new great grandaughter. She is so precious and I always wondered how it would feel to be a grandma to a little girl. I have only one grandchild before her and it was a boy and this is his first child, a little girl.

  39. Likely our first water-related trip this year will be Great Wolf Lodge – so we would bring it with us for sure!

  40. I would love to take this to the park with my kids and dogs and take some great pictures of them together.

  41. Well I’d be taking it with us to the next trip we head out on either professionally or personally but I would LOVE to take that down the waterslides at Atlantis. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. I would keep it in my car because whenever I go somewhere, I often don’t have a camera with me and miss some amazing photo ops ( like the time a pod of killer whales were swimming 20 ft away from me, sigh!)

  43. My son & husband & I – had established Happy Friday since our son was born 12 years ago. Now family time is Saturday – our new FAMILY TIME…so once a month we plan an adventure that we can all share. In February we are going to the Ice Castles in Edmonton, unbeknowst to our son – ultimate surprise. These stellar ice formations would be the ultimate to take pictures of….our son’s photo album of auspicious events is growing….but pictures from our phones at the present time.

  44. I would first bring this camera to my best friends wedding in Ireland, Then would be taking pics of my dog at the beach :)

  45. First I want to take this camera Missouri in order to take pictures of my daughter & grand children and then to Colorado to take pictures of my daughter.

    …Then I would love to return to Japan. Australia was beautiful. Fuji gorgeous but the places I want to visit & photograph are here in the United States…eastern coast especially

  46. I love visiting California. This would be super cool to use on the beach or down in Big Sur – and I wouldn’t need to worry about dropping it!

  47. I would like to take this camera snorkeling in the Cayman Islands where the water is so clear and the fish so brilliant colored.

  48. I would take this aboard our Disney Cruise vacation we are going on later this year. The kids and I can capture so many wonderful and magical memories

  49. I would love to take this camera on a trip to cuba!! It would be so much fun and bringing along a waterproof camera is a must!!

  50. I was just shopping on Amazon for a waterproof camera and thought i will wait to see if i am the winner of this one. I will be heading down south so this would be the first place i would use it.

  51. I would take this camera everywhere! I love being in nature and this looks like it would take amazing nature shots.

  52. I would take this camera to our local outdoor rink first to get pictures of my son & his friends skating and playing hockey :)

  53. Since I haven’t been on a vacation in over 10 years, I would bring this camera to the pool and the local beach in Toronto to take some awesome photos of my boys in the water.

  54. Easy, we get to take our Grandson on a holiday for spring break. Holiday will involve lots of swimmig and snorkelling.

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