Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixels
  • 15x optical zoom
  • 24mm wide angle
  • EXR 1/2-inch sensor
  • Phase-detection autofocus
  • Manual modes
  • 720p HD video
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 7.6 oz
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-08-21
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR
12 megapixels; 15x optical zoom; 24mm wide angle; EXR 1/2-inch sensor; Phase-detection autofocus; Manual modes; 720p HD video; 3-inch LCD; 7.6 oz; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Fuji's EXR series always offers great image quality, and the F300EXR is no exception. Though it's only a few months old, it already seems to have been discontinued, and prices are all over the place -- sometimes way too high to consider a purchase. Instead, take a look at its replacement, the F550EXR. It keeps the same lens and a a lot of the same functionality as the F300EXR, but has a much better sensor, RAW capture, and GPS capability. To be clear, the F300 is not a bad camera by any means, but the F550 is a better one, and in many cases, doesn't cost much more.

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Being among the first creators of the compact camera, Fujifilm is one of the world's most significant imaging and photographic companies. Fujifilm launched the DS-1P in 1988, gaining credit for the first real digital camera widely available.

Most of their latest advanced cameras use an X-Trans sensor, which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter by reducing moire with the arrangement of pixel units instead. Eliminating the optical low pass filter means there's less between the lens and the sensor, which translates into better resolution and detail.

Fujifilm digital cameras are famous for their natural image color, wide dynamic range, low noise and high sensitivity. It's hard to go wrong with a Fujifilm X mirrorless camera. Models like the X-M1 have an affordable price, yet sacrifice the right features in order to reach that price. Models like the X-T1, on the other hand, are packed full of the latest, greatest features on the market.

Fujifilm is about more than mirrorless though, offering several fixed lens cameras that are good options as well. Their super zoom cameras are usually a pretty good bet. They also offer a waterproof XP line, but they're more of a budget camera than a best-in-class option.

Fujifilm has also recently joined the retro camera craze, giving many of their models a retro film look with all the features of digital. Many of their models follow this trend, but there's a few that stick with a more digital look.

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