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)