Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR

Last Updated (26 January’11):
– Review by AmateurPhotography

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR is a 12-megapixel digital camera features 15x super-wide-angle optical zoom (24mm-360mm equivalent in 35mm camera), ISO 100-12800, and 3.0-inch, TFT Color LCD monitor. The camera measures 103.5(W) x 59.2(H) x 32.6(D) mm and weighs 215g/7.6oz. (including battery and memory card).

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Reviews

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“At the lower sensitivity settings the F300EXR produces high quality images, but some photographers will be disappointed that Fujifilm has not added ‘RAW’ file capability, as it gives them much greater flexibility in post-processing and enables them to draw more out of the files.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

About.com reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“If you’re going to make average sized prints, however, the F300EXR’s image quality is really good and surpasses many other cameras in its price range. Colors are accurate and bright, subjects are very sharp, shots are well exposed, and flash photography works very well with the F300EXR. I was very pleased with the image quality of this camera. “
Rating: ★★★★★

NeoCamera reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“The Fuji Finepix F300 EXR is one of the most compelling compact cameras available. Its excellent image quality is class-leading in terms of dynamic-range and second-best in terms of image-noise…. The ultra-wide angle 15X optical zoom lens in a very compact body and manual-controls make this digital camera among the most versatile.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“A camera can have all the bells and whistles in the world, but at its core, it needs to be able to take high quality photos. And while the F300EXR may be good enough for small prints at low ISOs, the simple fact is that other cameras do just about everything better. I’d recommend spending your hard-earned money on something other than the FinePix F300EXR. “
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

MacWorld reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
Pros: 15X optical zoom lens (24mm to 360mm), 360-degree instant panorama mode, Well-designed mode dial and menus, EXR modes optimize sensor for shooting environment. Cons: Poor video quality, Shutter lag at startup and after zooming, Photos exhibit below-average sharpness, Autofocus searches during video and zooming,
Disappointing low-light performance”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“The F300EXR is pretty responsive, takes good-quality pictures and has plenty of attractive features. It is, however, slightly let down by its confusing handling and a video mode that’s not as good as in certain other models..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.asia reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and writes;
“When in low-light environments, the camera switches to the slower contrast-based AF system. In our tests in a darkened room, there were incidences where the shooter may indicate that the scene is in focus, but when the shutter is pressed, the captured image turned out slightly blur. That said, this happened only occasionally, and most of the time the camera delivered tack-sharp photos.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR User Manual (PDF)

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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Features

Encased in a beautifully sculpted black metal shell with a double coated lacquer finish and measuring only 23mm thick, the FinePix F300EXR offers a 12-megapixel EXR Super CCD, a large, 3.0-inch high-contrast 460k LCD, Intelligent Image Stabilization and HD movie capture at 720p.

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Highlights

Sharp, Clear 15x Zoom Lens
The FinePix F300EXR features a Fujinon 15x Super Wide-Angle optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 24mm wide-angle to 360mm telephoto. The lens of the FinePix F300EXR also features Super EBC Coating that keeps ghosting and flare to minimum, allowing for optimal picture quality.

EXR Sensor Technology, with Hybrid High Speed AF
The next generation EXR sensor in the FinePix F300EXR incorporates Phase Detection pixels built-in to the CCD to realize Hybrid High Speed Auto Focus. It has the ability to intelligently decide between the two focusing systems on the camera. For example, when a bright, high-contrast subject is positioned in the center of the frame, Phase Detection AF works fast and accurately; and in dark scenes, Contrast AF is employed to work accurately.

The F300EXR uses both Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF to offer fast auto focus speeds in all scenes. To achieve an incredible auto focus speed of 0.158 seconds, Fujifilm engineers placed pairs of phase detection pixels on the EXR sensor, which work like external sensors on DSLRs. The F300EXR automatically selects the better focus system (Contrast or Phase Detection), by measuring the amount of light or contrast in the scene. The benefit for the photographer is immediate and obvious – an almost instantaneous capture of the subject in the frame, with no missed shots or subjects half out-of-frame.

Intelligent Image Stabilization
Long-zoom cameras need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range and in movie mode. With a newly enhanced gyro sensor, the new image stabilization system promises further improved image quality with reduced blurring and noise in still pictures and even when shooting movies at the full 15x optical zoom or in very low-light. The new sensor is able to overcome handshake and can compensate for both sharp and wide hand movements, therefore increasing ISO to freeze action is no longer so necessary, meaning beautifully sharp low-light pictures can be achieved at 400 ISO, rather than 800 or 1600 ISO at night scenery. The FinePix F300EXR also works to reduce blur to a minimum by deploying high ISO sensitivity to automatically increase shutter speeds, and CCD Sensor Shift Stabilization to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.

3.0-inch High-Contrast LCD
The FinePix F300EXR is fitted with a high contrast 460K-pixel 3.0-inch LCD. The high contrast LCD is a considerable benefit in bright light, and means that the camera can be directed at various shooting angles to enable framing of awkward shots. The LCD is bright and clear for beautiful rendition of shots in playback.

HD Movie Capture
With the ability to capture movies in HD quality 720p, the F300EXR also has a Mini HDMI Port, making it quick and easy for users to realize the full benefits of their home theater system and to share all their special moments.

Motion Panorama 360 for the Perfect All-Round Shot
New to the EXR sensor, the F300EXR extends the sweep range to 360° (shots can also be taken vertically). Combined with high quality Fujifilm printing, astounding scenes can be taken, showing fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180, 240° or a full 360° range.

Improved Pro Focus Mode
Introduced on the F70EXR, Pro Focus Mode has proved very popular with photographers. Through complex digital imaging technology, several images are combined to create a crisp shot of the subject against a defocused background and foreground. Ideal for portraits, nature photography or any subject that needs ‘lifting’ from its background, the FinePix F300EXR Pro Focus Mode provides satisfying professional results at the touch of a button. Results are even more simple to achieve as Pro Focus Mode has been now been combined with Face Detection and Face Recognition.

Face Recognition
With Face Recognition, users can register up to eight (8) faces, along with names, birthdays and categories, and the F300EXR will prioritize focus and exposure right on the faces of those special people. Users can also use Image Search to view images of a registered person. Compared to models from other manufacturers, Fujifilm’s Face Recognition has faster recognition speed, greater number of names displayed, and the ability to recall the most often shot subject.

Tracking Auto Focus
The F300EXR also has Tracking Auto Focus, which allows users to track a moving subject automatically for still picture capture.

Additional Features

* Super Intelligent Flash The FinePix F300EXR offers a flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Gone are the ugly washout shots where the subject is blasted with light and the background dark and unexposed. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.
* EXR AUTO Technology Prized for bringing a new level of image quality to the consumer compact market, Fujifilm’s EXR technology has the unique ability to switch its behavior depending on the shooting conditions by automatically switching sensor modes. The FinePix F300EXR can be left on EXR Auto Mode and the camera will do all the hard work for you, or alternatively, you can manually select one of three EXR Priority modes for high resolution (HR), dynamic range (DR) or high sensitivity and low noise (SN).
* Face Detection and Automatic Red-eye Removal To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix F300EXR is fitted with Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.
* Photobook Assist Photobook Assist lets you select and organize images in your camera to create a digital photobook. You can download the photobooks to your computer using MyFinePix Studio software that is included.


2 Responses to “Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR”

  1. andre says:

    best camera I ever had.
    and I had 14 so far starting with the Kodak 1.5mpix 9 years ago.
    Fast focus HD movies easy to use, even my wife think she is a photographer.
    My canon XTi is gone and I will never go back to a DSLR monster.
    The wide angle distorts a little much but corrected in the software creates beautiful results.
    Panoramic feature is fantastic.
    I find myself taking more videos than pictures.

    I have being waiting for this camera for 30 years.

  2. Gustau says:

    How does it behave in low light? I hear images can be a bit noisy already at 400ISO. I have also heard the video is not good at focussing. I quite fancy buying this camera, but those image quality issues worry me…

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