Fuji FinePix F300EXR review

A lightweight 12MP compact camera comes with some fancy tech to take better pictures

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The FinePix F300EXR is equipped with a 15x optical zoom lens - equivalent to 24mm-360mm in the 35mm format; giving a very useful range from wide-angle to long telephoto.

Long telephoto lenses can make camera shake a serious issue, but fortunately Fujifilm has included its new 'Gyro-Sensor' image stabilisation in the F300EXR. With care it is possible to shoot hand-held at 1/4 second at the widest focal length and 1/25 at its longest reach without camera shake – impressive! The lens delivers sharp, crisp images (up to ISO 400), with only minimal flare, even when shooting into a low sun.

Noise is handled well, up to and including ISO 800. Anything above this I would only use for essential shots as 'smearing' of details becomes evident and the first real traces of noise appear. At ISO 3200 the camera automatically sizes files at 4.5-5.9 million pixels and at ISO 6400 & 12,800 are restricted to 2.8 -3.1 million pixels. This variation in file size is dependant on the aspect ratio you have chosen. Image quality at these last two sensitivities is deterrent enough to avoid them.

Fuji F300EXR ISO Test

ISO 100

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 100 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 200

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 200 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 400

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 400 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 800

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 800 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 1600

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 1600 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 3200

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 3200 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 6400

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 6400 (Click here for the full-res version)

ISO 12800

Fuji F300EXR Review: ISO 12,800 (Click here for the full-res version)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyFinePix F
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)195 g
Image Sensor Size1/2" (6.40 mm x 4.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.2 mm
Width103.5 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Product SeriesF
Focal Length4.40 mm to 66 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelF300EXR
Product NameFinePix F300EXR Compact Camera
Product LineFinePix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Shutter-priority AE
  • Aperture-priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC03220A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information

Featuring a powerful Fujinon 15x optical zoom, and an amazingly fast auto focus speed of 0.158 seconds (faster than you can blink!). Plus, a multi-award winning Super CCD EXR sensor for superb picture quality however challenging the shooting conditions. The new Motion Panorama mode allows you to press the button and swing the camera around to capture a 360° image, simply and easily. This super-smart camera will suit any member of the family, no matter what their experience behind the lens; optional manual sensor controls will suit the more discerning photographer, while EXR Auto offers point-and-shoot simplicity and guaranteed results every time.

Package Contents
  • FinePix F300EXR Compact Camera
  • Li-ion Battery NP-50
  • Battery Charger BC-45W
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year