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.
Summary: The Fuji Finepix F300 EXR builds upon its predecessor to produce very high quality images for a non-SLR digital camera. The unique aspect of the original EXR sensor is that it has three modes: a 12 megapixels mode which produces high-resolution images, a 6 megapixels mode for low-noise images and...
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, Goo...
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
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.
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.
Excerpt: Fujifilm’s EXR technology is one of the more enlightened developments in digital camera design in recent years. While most manufacturers are embroiled in a pointless megapixel race, Fujifilm produced a sensor that could switch between 12 and 6 megapixels at a fundamental level rather than just by...
Conclusion: Though the F300EXR gives a very impressive first impression, the disappointment comes when a critical eye is turned on the actual images it produces. They're a mixed bag and we still struggle to see pronounced benefits from the EXR sensor.
Pros: Class leading optical zoom range given its overall form factor, impressive build quality and attractive design, comprehensive and occasionally innovative feature set, good prices to be had if you shop around
Cons: Operational noise - particularly the buzz of the optical zoom - picked up when recording video, a mixed bag when it comes to image quality with burnt out highlights and pronounced pixel fringing between areas of high contrast
Summary: The Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR may command a premium price but, in return, it looks great, is very well constructed and, noisy zoom aside, handles like a dream. Shame then that its image quality was not quite as stunning as its showy exterior or rear review screen seemed to suggest in the field.
Excerpt: F300EXR har dog testens hurtigste autofokus, hvilket betyder, at man nemt fanger motiver i bevægelse. Desværre har det også testens mest uldne billeddetaljer og den svageste skarphed. De uldne detaljer skyldes muligvis objektivet, for andre testdeltagere med samme opløsning klarer sig markant bedre.