Here's an unedited close-up of some lichens and moss on a birch tree in my back yard. It was taken as a "Medium" size in "Fine" quality setting and had to be greatly resized to allow for posting here, so it lost some sharpness. It was a flat, gray morning.Re the Finepix XP-130....what's the close up image quality like? I think this is as important as a UV filter.Thanks in advance.
If you can tolerate the size/weight penalty, I think I'd carry a purpose-built tool for that role rather than a point & shoot camera which by design is a do-everything device that doesn't specialize in anything.Earlier versions of the popular Point 'n Shoot cameras lacked a decent Macro, and that's a priority for me to capture images of Flies.
I like my fujifilm xp95. I've had it for years now and still works great. At the time it cost almost twice as much as your xp130. It replaced my kodak p&s larger cam. I agree that all these cams look and perform similar to each other. The wifi worked perfectly with my lg smartphones. But since I got this samsung phone I have to try several times to connect.My new FinePix XP-130 camera impresses the heck out of me! I read the manual and was pleased but it seemed to be lacking a lot of information. It turns out the printed manual that comes in the box is very condensed and the complete manual is on line. I downloaded it. Holy cow! This little $110 camera does nearly everything my full-sized DSLRs will do!
Some test shots in the yard seem excellent and as sharp as I would hope. Out of focus areas are not distracting. A couple of brick wall shots show very little distortion at either end of the zoom range. The test shot attached has lost some fine detail due to the resizing done by the forum software. (It's a horrible photo that I took just to look at fine detail and the out of focus areas.)
I'm happy to have a good-performing, pocket-sized and waterproof camera that I can carry on the water with no worries.
Now, I just need the ice to melt off the lakes and ponds, and for the April 1 trout opener to arrive.
If you have a local camera store nearby, take your own memory card and one small fly (most little cameras tend to use SD cards now). Swap your card around to each P&S camera they have on display and shoot the same fly on the same background with the same lighting. Thank them for their help, take the memory card home and review the results on your screen at 100% file size. I suspect one will be better than the others.Thanks for the great pic hatidua,but there must be a more suitable portable robust camera available.I've no desire to schlep heavy photographic equipment around a hot salt water flat