Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Review
12 July 2013
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR is an excellent compact camera with some very interesting features for both the beginner to the most experienced photographer. The range of features and options is extremely complete and valid, as well as the technology used by Fujifilm. The pride of the FinePix F300EXR is the new Super CCD EXR second generation sublime from a pair with the 15x zoom of the camera.
Summary: The F300 EXR excels in capability as much as it does in performance. This compact digital camera has a very versatile 15X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens with built-in stabilization which folds into a 1.3" thick body. Manual controls, including custom white-balance and control over metering, give the Fuji F300 EXR one of the most advanced feature set among compact cameras.
Pros: Excellent image and optical quality, Low image noise up to ISO 800, Highest dynamic range outside of a DSLR, Super-fast autofocus, Extremely versatile ultra-wide lens, Reliable exposure, Accurate image colors, Above average white-balance accuracy, Excellent stabilization, Fast and responsive, Good LCD visibility, Good build quality
Cons: Complex interaction of features, strange limits, Interface somewhat twisted, LCD does not keep up during continuous drive, No physical aperture, Video recording delay, Incorrect video framing, Slow video autofocus, Mode-dial easy to change accidentally, Poor battery-life
Excerpt: The FinePix F300EXR ($329) is the latest in Fuji's series of compact, high sensitivity cameras. Over the years, the camera's have stayed the same size, with the lenses getting considerably longer with each revision. Just a few years ago, the FinePix F60fd had a 3X zoom lens -- we're up to 15X now on the F300EXR. The lens isn't what makes the camera unique, though. Rather, it's the SuperCCD EXR sensor that sits behind it.
Excerpt: One of FujiFilm's latest EXR equipped models, the FinePix F300EXR is a sleek, yet powerful compact camera that boasts some serious features. These include a 12-megapixel EXR Super CCD image sensor, 15x Fujinon optical zoom lens (24 - 360mm equivalent range), a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen, Intelligent Image stabilization, 720p HD video capture, and their new Hybrid High Speed Autofocus mode to name a few.
Conclusion: I like this camera. The Fuji Finepix F300EXR ticks most of the right boxes if you are looking for a digital camera to slip into a pocket ready for the next photo opportunity. The features on offer give you plenty of flexibility and different shooting options.
Pros: Features - Picture Quality - Design
Cons: A minor gripe, it could be faster to turn on.
Summary: Fujifilm’s FinePix F300 EXR has some impressive features, with the phase-detection AF and 15x zoom lens taking the plaudits.
However, enthusiast photographers will be disappointed by the image quality and the lack of image colour customisation options. For now, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 is the better option.
Summary: The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR is certainly one of the most versatile fixed-lens cameras on the market today, thanks to a 15X optical zoom lens (24mm to 360mm), some unique shooting modes that make the most of the unit's 12-megapixel Super CCD EXR sensor, and a one-touch panorama mode that lets you sweep the camera to create an instant 360-degree image.