New Gear: Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Rugged Camera

Fujifilm's newest camera brings wireless sharing to tough cams

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Today is evidently a big day for tough cameras, with the announcement of the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS as well as the less heralded Fujifilm FinePix XP170 — and while the Fuji doesn't have quite as expansive a feature list the Olympus, it makes up points for some innovative file-sharing technologies.

In terms of its ruggedness, Fujifilm claims the XP170 is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof to 6.6 feet (2m), and freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C). Internally, you'll find a 14-megapixel stabilized CMOS sensor, and it shoots through a 28-140mm equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of just f/3.9.

The big nifty feature of this new camera is the inclusion of Fujifilm's "Wireless Image Transfer". You can wirelessly connect the camera to your iOS or Android device using FUJIFILM Photo Receiver app, and beam the images to that directly before sending them on to websites and emails. This isn't the first Fuji camera with this ability — that honor goes to the Z100EXR — but it is a very small club.

You can expect to see the XP170 on shelves in June for $279.95.