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
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.
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.
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. The F300EXR struggled with brighter conditions, with burnt out highlights and pixel fringing evidenced between areas of high contrast. Colour wise, we felt the images were a little flat straight out of the camera.
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
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. Også kontrasten er for lav, så overgange mellem skygger og højlys bliver for bløde.
Conclusion: Wenn Sie eine handliche Kamera mit möglichst großem Zoom suchen, dann ist die Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR Ihr bester Partner. Die 15fache Vergrößerung reicht in fast allen Situationen. Dazu bietet die Fujifilm eine gute Bildqualität, viel Ausstattung und ein sehr flottes Autofokus-System.
Pros: 15faches Zoom, Panorama-Modus, Sehr schneller Autofokus, Guter Akku
Cons: Starkes Rauschen ab ISO 800, Schlechter Auto-Weißabgleich bei Kunstlicht
Summary: Dessverre har det også testens mest ullne bildedetaljer og den svakeste skarpheten. De ullne detaljene skyldes muligvis objektivet, for andre testdeltagere med samme oppløsning klarer seg merbart bedre. Ogsa kontrasten er for lav, så overgangen mellom skygger og høylys blir for bløte. Fargene er derimot rene og klare, og deter bra at bildestøyen først dukker opp fra ISO 800.