Fujifilm Finepix F300 EXR Summary
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.
|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|
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Fujifilm F300 EXR Highlights
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Travel Zoom||ISO 100-3200|
|15X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|1.5 FPS Drive, 5 Images||Custom white-balance|
|1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Spot-Metering|
|3" LCD 460K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital High Capacity|
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