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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR 12MP Digital Camera with 15x Wide-Angle Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD by Review Summary ,  Dec 31, 2015

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Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR 12MP Digital Camera with 15x Wide-Angle Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 19.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Setting5.0   above average
Image4.5   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Zoom4.4   above average
Control4.2   average
Compact4.0   below average
Focus4.0   above average
Performance4.0   average
Battery3.9   above average
Light3.8   below average
Video3.8   below average
Speed3.5   below average
Size3.3   mediocre
Quality3.2   below average
Photo3.1   mediocre
Flash2.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Maybe I am doing something wrong but my battery gives up after only 6 hours and four or five pictures if the GPS tracking system is not manually turned off, at least that is why I think the battery has such a short life."
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"I've not had the battery life problems that some have written about, but again I am using it on low resolution, auto, so may not be zapping its strength as I might when I start using other settings."
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"*** Battery Life ***The first day I used this camera, I thought the battery life was horrible."
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"the flash raises each time you power up the cameraIrritating in a way and worse, I think it lowers battery lifePlus side:The PASM ring is well builtEven though this camera is more than 2 years old, I prefer the design to the newer Lumix Tz25With the Fuji 300EXR,a."
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")* Hybrid high-speed autofocus (AF) plus tracking autofocus* Uses both Phase Detection and Contrast AF methods for AF in bright or dark conditions* Intelligent IS, uses sensor-shift and high ISO to capture blur-free photos* Motion Panorama mode sweeps up to 360* Pro Low-Light mode* Dedicated video recording button; 720p HD video* HDMI output* Powered by a Li-ion battery pack, offering excellent battery life."
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"This is by far the best choice for: battery life , ease of use, and picture quality."
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"Battery life on both the F300EXR and the ZS7 was beyond excellent, and seemed to me to be well beyond what you would ever need for any one sitting OR even for an entire short vacation."
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Compact

Compact:
"I did notice high ISO behavior that was not excellent, but for that you need DSLR, from compact camera, this is comparable to other cameras in this segment."
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"It's fine, stylish and has great features you won't easily find in other compact digital cameras at this present time."
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"I do think the flash may be a bit weak, but it's not a huge difference from other compact cameras."
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"He loves the camera because it is compact and takes great pics."
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"Alternatives:There are a lot of great compact cameras available on the market today, as noted in the beginning of this review, but if you're looking for more than this model offers, this reviewer might suggest the newly-announced Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR or the even more feature loaded Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR."
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"Cons:* Supplied MyFinePix Studio software could be better* Lacks 'real' camera strap lugs (but most compacts like this don't)Detailed Notes:The Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR has just about everything in it that makes a good compact digital camera."
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"Other Points:The flash does a decent job, at least as well as most compact digital cameras as far as color and range go."
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"There are many compact digitals camera in what has become an excellent buyer's market today, and because of that proliferation it's sometimes difficult to choose between what's good and what's not so good."
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Control

Control:
"Lens Control Error message on the screen."
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"The FinePix F300EXR offers Program Mode, Aperture-Priority Mode, Shutter-Priority Mode and Manual modes to give the photographer creative control for those difficult or challenging subjects."
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"All of the controls are easily accessible, even the separate video button located on the back of the camera body."
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"Controls:The various buttons and controls are comfortably and logically located."
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"Both provide at least a modicum of manual controls... something else I definitely wanted... as well as shutter & aperture priority modes."
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"Controls on both cameras are comfortable and, for the most part, intuitive."
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Flash

Flash:
"As has been noted elsewhere, the F300EXR flash pops up and stays up whenever the power is on, and unfortunately, it is right win the spot where you are most likely to rest your left index finger."
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"- The built in flash isn't great, unfortunately."
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"It's weak; I've found it better to just turn the flash off."
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"The only thing I have to complain about is already mentioned in other reviews: the flash comes up any time the camera is on-even with flash mode turned off."
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"The frequent complain on the place of the flash is not an issue once you get used to it."
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"My only complaint is the placement of the flash -- but it's one small weakness compared to the numerous strengths and in the end wasn't even worth taking a star away for."
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"It was great on close up with no flash."
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"Other Points:The flash does a decent job, at least as well as most compact digital cameras as far as color and range go."
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"Anyway, the pop-up flash on the F300EXR is not really annoying, just a bit surprising sometime when you power on and feel a little pushing up under your left index finger."
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"More stuff I wish I could have...Connectors: Now that these pockatable cameras are getting big zooms and other higher-end features, how about thinking outside of the box and providing just some cheap easy but potentially extremely useful connectors, specifically (a) a good old fashioned flash sync cord socket and or (b) a micro phone jack TRS jack where an external stereo microphone could be plugged in?"
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"If you shoot often without flash, or don't like the way flashes look, this camera is a great bet in a point and shoot."
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Focus

Focus:
"BTW the video was a disappointment, at least the focusing was."
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"That would be OK if it was only going to be compressed and uploaded to YouTube, but the camera is incapable of maintaining focus if you zoom while recording!"
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"Now, 10 years later, digital cameras have improved a LOT - but the slow focus problem is something we've just learned to live with... until now."
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"Holding this camera feels nice and natural, allowing this user to focus on the image composition instead of fiddling."
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"720p works great when the focus works."
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"When in focus it's fine and focusing seems to work best at 24mm or on still objects at close range."
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"One to save the battery, one for quick focus, and one for a clear LCD."
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Image

Image:
"Image quality at wide angle is not as good."
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"I bought the camera in September and over time have noticed image quality degradation, now I am seeing spots (pixels) on the LDC and on photo's."
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"Even my husband, who is far less fussy than I am about image quality, looked at the photos and said he would send the camera back ... which is what I decided to do in the end."
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"Takes great pics."
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"He loves the camera because it is compact and takes great pics."
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"Even the video (which I was hoping to use also to make yt vlog on cooking baking) Outdoor pics were beautiful, though...but even my old cam does that."
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"Holding this camera feels nice and natural, allowing this user to focus on the image composition instead of fiddling."
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"This user has had the best results from the HR mode, where the internal CCD system and internal image processor have produced some excellent results."
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Lens

Lens:
"Lens Control Error message on the screen."
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"I have a E-PL1 with a f1.7 lens that will do better, but this camera has only a 1 2 sensor and a f3.5 lens; I don't expect it to be perfect."
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"About a year after the purchase, I noticed that the closing mechanism for the lens stuck It seemed to remedy itself and all was well until a recent fishing trip when it would not work at ALL, and had the warning !"
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"The final shock was on the lens face and be darned if that didn't remedy my problem, although probably temporarily."
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"Had been considering a costly Nikkor lens for my Nikon DSLR to cover the 24mm super-wide range when I received it, and to put it bluntly, never bought the lens: the FinePix F300EXR proved itself to be good enough for wide-angle imaging that I never had to bother."
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"The zoom function is fast and functional, and the super electron beam coating on the lens offers impressive results at all focal lengths."
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"When the camera is turned off, the lens retracts quite neatly, and the built-in lens cover protects it quite well."
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Light

Light:
"Low light performance - not as good as my previous fuji's, but then it was never going to be, as the sensor is smaller, with a higher resolution, and a higer f number lense."
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"Out door winter photo's are down right sad, the washout is unacceptable, low light photo's are good, but can be noisy."
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"Because of the small size of the sensor in compact digital cameras, low light performance will never be as good as it is with an SLR."
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"The micro four thirds cameras may have some performance advantages but the high cropping factor of the sensor (2x), bulk, and high total cost to own (with a wide angle and modest zoom lens > 1000.00) led me to select the Fuji f300EXRStrong points:-used in museums and in meetings with fluorescent light (no flash): the best perfomance I have ever seen in a point and shoot."
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"With its 460k pixels, its visibility is excellent, even in bright outdoor light."
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"This camera is so light and easy to use."
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"I was amazed to see how grainy and muddy the results of photos in good light were --the lumix ZS7 is about twice as goodthe on-screen menuing was clumsy and difficult to understand -- the panasonic beats itI thought the extra 3x zoom would make a difference -- but it seems that pushing a long zoom on either camera softens the resultthe extra 3x zoom is NOT worth anything in the endal;"
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"I took indoor pictures with and without flash, outdoor with great lighting to low light, and night pictures."
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"That is important, because if you want to crop, you will see noise unless you are outside in very good light."
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Manual

Manual:
"The manual says this is normal and will happen but still a bit disappointing."
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"I was disappointed that there was no printed user manual included, just a Basic Manual, which is a getting started type of guide."
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"* I was able to do tons of stuff, easily, without having to look in the instruction manual."
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"Very flexible PASM mode (Full manual controls)Excellent screen, only AMOLEDs on those Samsungs beat this."
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"Luckily exposure is easy to adjust and unlike the F11 it has a true manual mode."
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"It is a good idea to look in the basic manual to see how to hold the camera."
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"The auto photos are good, but the best quality photos are a result of manipulation of the manual functions."
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Performance

Performance:
"The camera indoor performance is not that impressive."
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"Low light performance - not as good as my previous fuji's, but then it was never going to be, as the sensor is smaller, with a higher resolution, and a higer f number lense."
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"Because of the small size of the sensor in compact digital cameras, low light performance will never be as good as it is with an SLR."
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"I know this camera is discontinuedBut the current versions are mainly vamped-up versions - with GPS, longer zoom, touch screenGOT this camera for an overseas tripLike all cameras, this one was built to perform under certain conditionsFor the best shots, you need to be outdoorsAt 24mm, it's f3.5At the 360mm setting, it's f5.3 - not that bad, since an average 300mm tele is f4Watch out because:a. even though the camera offers Aperture Priority and Manual, it offers limited f stopsSo at 24mm, it's f3.5, f7.1 and f11At 360mm, it's 5.3, 11 and 16Kind of disappointing if you like a bit more controlAmazing how camera makers always try this trickSome other camera maker offers just 2 f-stopsb."
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"It offers performance, good design, it's easy to carry around, it's simple to use and has overall above par experience."
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"On the bright side, this camera has wonderful sensor mode settings, great low-light performance, it is rather fast and has tons of zoom power."
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"I feel obliged to mention that because the marketing materials for the Fuji assert that it gives markedly superior low-light performance."
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"But that is in certain conditions, which is why I still am satisfied with the performance of this cam."
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Photo

Photo:
"It's not user friendly and the photos are almost always blurry."
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"I experimented for days with this camera and it simply does not take any good photos."
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"I bought the camera in September and over time have noticed image quality degradation, now I am seeing spots (pixels) on the LDC and on photo's."
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"Out door winter photo's are down right sad, the washout is unacceptable, low light photo's are good, but can be noisy."
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"I take a lot of indoor pictures and I really dislike flash photos and photos with a lot of noise."
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"None of the indoor photos were clear."
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"Anybody planning a trip deep into the amazon rain forest and who wants the best photos he can get IS going to buy a DSLR, no matter what nice little tweaks he can get on a pocket portable."
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"Conclusion:I am happy with my F300EXR and plan to take a lot more great photos with it."
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"I write a travel blog and freelance travel articles, so it is the perfect size to take along and produces the photos I need for both blog and print."
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"I was amazed to see how grainy and muddy the results of photos in good light were --the lumix ZS7 is about twice as goodthe on-screen menuing was clumsy and difficult to understand -- the panasonic beats itI thought the extra 3x zoom would make a difference -- but it seems that pushing a long zoom on either camera softens the resultthe extra 3x zoom is NOT worth anything in the endal;"
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Quality

Quality:
"I suppose I could have been using it wrong, but regardless the pictures were very low quality."
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"I mention all this only because I want you to know that if you are expecting broadcast quality 720p from either the ZS7 or the F300EXR you ARE going to be disappointed."
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"It is hard to understand why the quality is so poor given the competition."
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"Image quality at wide angle is not as good."
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"I bought the camera in September and over time have noticed image quality degradation, now I am seeing spots (pixels) on the LDC and on photo's."
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"The picture quality I think isn't as great as the F200EXR."
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"I really liked the quality of pictures."
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"I've had a Fuji point & shoot film camera and had an early Fuji digital camera and have always been happy with the Fuji quality."
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"Pictures are pretty good quality too"
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"Short NotesPros:* Excellent overall quality, very good ergonomics* Solid and attractive black metal body shell* EXR Auto exposure mode: 3 dedicated modes* 12-megapixel resolution with EXR Super CCD technology; large print capability* 15x super-wide-angle optical zoom lens, offering a true 24mm-360mm equivalent* Large high-contrast 3.0-inch LCD viewfinder with 460k pixels* Face detection & recognition, offers up to 8 faces in the frame* Good ISO range: 100 - 12,800* SD SDHC memory card slot (no more pricey xD cards!"
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"This is by far the best choice for: battery life , ease of use, and picture quality."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"I have a E-PL1 with a f1.7 lens that will do better, but this camera has only a 1 2 sensor and a f3.5 lens; I don't expect it to be perfect."
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"Low light performance - not as good as my previous fuji's, but then it was never going to be, as the sensor is smaller, with a higher resolution, and a higer f number lense."
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"Even though in dpreview's review of F200EXR they stated that the EXR-SN mode did not have much advantage over Lumix LX3's 1 1.62 sensor, I still foolishly believed that EXR-SN mode's pixel-binning (joining two adjacent pixels as one large pixel) would have a huge advantage."
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"In spite of not having read a review of F300EXR on dpreview, and realizing that it had a much smaller 1 2 sensor (not good for low-light), the reason I bought this camera (and am returning it tomorrow morning), was because of its excellent specifications, and, these excellent sample photos taken by someone with the F300EXR (at ISO 200, Velvia mode, DR200): [...]These above photos were proof enough for me that this must be an excellent camera."
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"It did get upgraded with the F300EXR, but... the sensor was reduced in size to 1 2, the same size as most mediocre performing P S cameras in low-light."
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"On the bright side, this camera has wonderful sensor mode settings, great low-light performance, it is rather fast and has tons of zoom power."
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"Clearly not a problem with LCD, but the sensor or what ever controls processing the image to the LCD and ultimately finished photo's."
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"Even my F40fd with a 1 .6 sensor took excellent low-light photos."
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"When the F200EXR was released, also with a 1 1.6 sensor, and received good reviews on dpreview."
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"com's review of F300EXR's low-light performance, I jumped on Fuji's EXR-SN mode bandwagon, thinking that the EXR-SN mode will be so good, that it will compensate for the smaller 1 2 sensor."
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Setting

Setting:
"This camera has a lot of different settings you can use to take better pictures but the thing I like the most is that it takes really good pictures even with just the automatic setting."
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"I know this camera is discontinuedBut the current versions are mainly vamped-up versions - with GPS, longer zoom, touch screenGOT this camera for an overseas tripLike all cameras, this one was built to perform under certain conditionsFor the best shots, you need to be outdoorsAt 24mm, it's f3.5At the 360mm setting, it's f5.3 - not that bad, since an average 300mm tele is f4Watch out because:a. even though the camera offers Aperture Priority and Manual, it offers limited f stopsSo at 24mm, it's f3.5, f7.1 and f11At 360mm, it's 5.3, 11 and 16Kind of disappointing if you like a bit more controlAmazing how camera makers always try this trickSome other camera maker offers just 2 f-stopsb."
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"If I use the flash, the subject or anything white is white...the darker subjects are dark...nothing is clear...I used different setting (EXR, Adv., etc.)"
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"All of the ranges are quite good, but at its widest (24mm equivalent) setting, this camera really shines."
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"For those wishing point-and-shoot automation, the EXR Auto setting will deliver excellent results."
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Size

Size:
"While its small size can be a bit of disadvantage, but it does not change the fact that the camera is very portable and hardly takes up any space."
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"It did get upgraded with the F300EXR, but... the sensor was reduced in size to 1 2, the same size as most mediocre performing P S cameras in low-light."
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"My only complaint is the placement of the flash -- but it's one small weakness compared to the numerous strengths and in the end wasn't even worth taking a star away for."
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"I write a travel blog and freelance travel articles, so it is the perfect size to take along and produces the photos I need for both blog and print."
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"I settled on this one mainly for the features offered (especially the automatic modes and the incredible zoom) all in a very nice size."
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"I think anyone new to digital photography would be pleased and I suspect even old pros would appreciate the capabilities of this small sized camera."
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"If you want a relatively easy to use 12MP camera with a small size, this Fuji is definitely worth a look."
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Speed

Speed:
"To my eye, auto-focus, auto-exposure, and auto white balance on both cameras pretty much always produced acceptable results, however as I've said, I am old-school, and where auto with aperture priority on small cameras such as these, where you can't really get thin depth of field no matter what you do (because the lenses are just too tiny), seem like an entirely useless superfluous setting, I did feel the need to try auto with shutter priority on both cameras for various shots, just to keep the respective intelligent auto modes from mucking up the shot with excessively optimistic shutter speeds that wouldn't actually work in practice, especially handheld, towards the long ends of the zoom ranges."
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"Until that camera is made, the F300 is a great carry-around camera and hard to beat on speed and flexibility."
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"I've found myself in the wrong mode several times already because of this and I've taken pictures that turned out horrible since the shutter speed was turned way down."
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"Now, 10 years later, digital cameras have improved a LOT - but the slow focus problem is something we've just learned to live with... until now."
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"There's also the free Nikon ViewNX2 (google it), which provides a fast and easy way of organizing and performing minor photo editing tasks."
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"On the bright side, this camera has wonderful sensor mode settings, great low-light performance, it is rather fast and has tons of zoom power."
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"Actually, I need the perfect camera with has the pocketability and fast lens of the Lumix and the total control of a DSLR."
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"Until that camera is made, the F300 is a great carry-around camera and hard to beat on speed and flexibility."
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"offers a similar form feature set, I'll rely on my Canon SD780 despite its measly 3X zoom -- it's really pocket size, it works great indoors low-light, as well as in a wide range of outdoors nature situations, the flash fires properly and the focus is relatively fast and very reliable."
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Video

Video:
"The video shooting mode has some atrocious auto-focus problems."
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"BTW the video was a disappointment, at least the focusing was."
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"Video again has lots of noise - not good."
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"All of the controls are easily accessible, even the separate video button located on the back of the camera body."
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"In addition the HD video and the panoramic modes are great!"
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"Zoom lens is great and works with movies."
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"But don't get this camera if you *need* great video or are planing on shooting a lot of video, it's not a camcorder."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"In contrast, my little Canon PowerShot stays crisp at all times... but with its 3x optical zoom, I would not have been able to get close to the horse as I did with the Fuji."
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"That would be OK if it was only going to be compressed and uploaded to YouTube, but the camera is incapable of maintaining focus if you zoom while recording!"
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"Zoom - is not easy to get used to, it takes time to get adopted and it is not that smooth like in other cameras."
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"You never want to judge a camera by its digital zoom as that degrades the picture, so when I found out this camera had a 15x true zoom I was blown away."
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"Also, the wide-angle mode (no zoom) causes some pretty bad fish-eye like results, so if you have to shoot a portrait, you need to step back a little (if you can) and use a bit of zoom - like 2-3x."
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"The zoom is great and the automatic functions work well."
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"In any case, it sits well in the hand, it has great zoom and nice set of features but none of that is going to matter to you because you won't like the pictures that come out."
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"The camera had a great zoom and was easy to use but the fact that the camera was only two days old and letters rubbed off the dial worried me."
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"Some key points:- The optical zoom is very, very impressive."
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