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Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Fuji Finepix F300 EXR Assessment

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 another 6 megapixels mode for high-dynamic-range images, with up to 800% (3 stops) more dynamic-range than normal. Although 6 megapixels seems little for a modern digital camera, it should be considered that all computer displays and most common print sizes require much less.

The newly improved sensor of the F300 EXR adds to that a hybrid autofocus system which can use Phase-Detection, like a DSLR, or contrast-detection. This gives the F300 EXR even faster focusing speeds than pretty much every non-DSLR. Even mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras cannot focus as quickly as the F300 EXR.

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. This model also has an impressive and genuinely useful set of automatic modes such as Auto-EXR mode, Pro Low-Light mode and Motion Panorama 360 mode. Auto-EXR mode automates nearly every aspect of the camera with great results while Motion Panorama 360 outputs impressive panoramas in seconds.

There are a number of competing travel zooms with manual controls and HD video capabilities but none offer the feature set of the Fuji Finepix F300 EXR. The most distinct competitors are either designed for efficiency with plenty of direct controls and more creative features or built-around CMOS sensors to provide incredible burst-rates and full 1080p HD video. That being said, very few of these competitors except for the Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
and the Canon Powershot S90
Canon Powershot S90
can compete with the F300 EXR in terms of image quality.

See our full-length review for an in-depth look and images samples at all ISO sensitivities.

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PROS CONS
Excellent image and optical quality Complex interaction of features, strange limits
Low image noise up to ISO 800 Interface somewhat twisted
Highest dynamic range outside of a DSLR LCD does not keep up during continuous drive
Super-fast autofocus No physical aperture
Extremely versatile ultra-wide lens Video recording delay
Reliable exposure Incorrect video framing
Accurate image colors Slow video autofocus
Above average white-balance accuracy Mode-dial easy to change accidentally
Excellent stabilization Poor battery-life
Fast and responsive
Good LCD visibility
Good build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
- 5X Optical zoom, 28-140mm, Contrast-Detect autofocus, VGA Movie mode.
Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR
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By Neocamera on 2010-11-04

Fujifilm F300 EXR Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.6" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 100-3200
15X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
1.5 FPS Drive, 5 ImagesCustom white-balance
1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 460K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
Internal Memory
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