Fuji Finepix Z300 Review

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Fuji Finepix Z300 Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 6
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
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Overview

The Fuji Finepix Z300 has a touch control LCD screen. As well as being able to select and change features and settings through the screen you can also control focusing and exposure in this way. In addition the Finepix Z300 also gives you access to playback and editing functions through the touch screen.

Other more standard features include 10 megapixels and a 5x zoom lens. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and image stabilization is available too.

Why Buy The Fuji Finepix Z300

This is one of the cheaper touch control cameras.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

10
5x
3 inches
92 x 56.5 x 18.5mm
130g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

9cm
No
No
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
SD / SDHC

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Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Overall I am happy with the way the photo looks. The level of detail showing is good and the colours work well. There is a small amount of noise in areas of light shade, such as around the names of the boats.

The Finepix Z300 creates another pleasant looking photo. Again the colours are about right in my opinion. Photos taken at distance with the lens zoomed all the way out can cause problems with focusing, but this camera handles this well.

With the zoom lens fully extended there are no issues to note. This is another well balanced photo and sharpness is good for a snapshot camera.

There is plenty of brightness in this shot. That brightness takes some colour out of the brickwork. Aside from that focusing is very good.

Portraits

This shot is in sharp focus. Perhaps the shot lacks a little warmth, but it was taken on a cold day. Most digital camera have little problem with this type of shot.

The light from the flash unit is quite strong. Although this means the shot is strongly lit and there are no dark areas, colour is washed out of the shot.

There is not enough light available for the Finepix Z300 to focus correctly. This has created a lot of blur in the photo. Overall the Finepix Z300 is much stronger outside in natural light.

Macro and Colours

My macro shot was sharp enough, but there was a slight blue colour caste. This should not cause you any problems when shooting in natural light, but could cause issues under any type of artificial lighting.

I like the colours the camera produces. They have a natural look to them and do not overpower the photos.

Summary

The Finepix Z300 needs a lot of light to be at its best. It is most comfortable with standard scenic shots.

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Style

The Finepix Z300 comes in black with a red metallic strip. It will slip into more or less any pocket and has a sliding lens cover. The back of the camera is dominated by the large LCD screen.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.56 seconds
20.31 seconds
1.69 seconds
22.59 seconds
3.33 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par I found the Finepix Z300 to be one of the simpler touch control cameras.

Points I Like

Ease of use - price tag - colours

Where it Could Improve

Shutter lag times could be better - I found the LCD screen a little dark

Verdict

The Fuji Finepix Z300 may not be the very best digital camera on the market, but it does a decent enough job. It is reasonably priced and takes a decent snapshot in most situations.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

face detection iso

menu setup

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Review Date

March 2010

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