Reviews and Problems with Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR
19 April 2014
Summary: This camera's great zoom range, metal build and cracking LCD screen are occasionally let down by rather dull, listless images lacking in contrast. The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR's noisy zoom and overly sensitive mic are also considerable pitfalls.
Cons: Noisy zoom;. Images too readily overexposed;. Visible grain at ISO800 and above.
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.
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.
Conclusion: We’d be lying if we said that this was just another compact, because the F300EXR is a really impressive offering that combines a superb zoom, with great sensor technology and a stylish design. Prices range from £270 through to £350, but the average retail price sits around the £300 level, which is excellent value for money. There are a lot of cool features, including the HD video and improved autofocus.
Excerpt: 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.