Overview of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera
Just a few years ago, you would have to spend lots of money to purchase a very thin model which offered both a 3.0-inch LCD and nice zoom lens measured 10X. But now, to possess the similar one, you’ll just need to spend under $200. Through my review, you will understand that the FinePix T300 is a very outstanding camera.
Though, there remain some drawbacks, such as: the menu organization is odd and the camera struggles a bit when you set the zoom to the maximum level, which causes a camera shake.
The image quality however is very great for such a model at this price point. In addition, the autofocus system performs well to ensure the sharpness for your photos.
There is a very interesting feature with the T300, where the camera can capture back-to-back images, one with a flash and one without. This is nice for beginning photographers, just finding out more about the exposure. In my review, the FinePix T300 review deserves to sit among the better models that are available in the current market in this price range.
The Fujifilm FinePix T300 is pretty thin as you can see in the photos. And there are five various color options that you can select: blue, red, champagne gold, gunmetal silver and black.
Brief Review of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera
- The resolution is 14.0 megapixels
- The optical zoom is10X (28-280mm)
- The 3.0-inch LCD touch screen has the resolution of 230,000 pixels
- The image size is 4288 x 3216 pixels at maximum
- The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
- The dimensions are 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches
- The camera weighs 5.5 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
- The 1/2.3 in image sensor use the CCD
- A HD 720p (30fps) movie mode is supported
- You’ll receive a good value with the camera and many nice features are included
- Two-shot mode is a nice option
- 10X optical zoom is a great to find with a camera in this price range
- It’s not difficult to use the T300 and there are clear explanations of each feature on the screen
- Image quality is above the average level in this price range
- You’ll notice some shutter lag problems
- Autofocus is slightly slow when you maximize the zoom
- Some menu organizations are pretty odd
- You may encounter the camera shake when you maximize the zoom
Detailed Review of the Fujifilm FinePix T300 Camera
While the size of the camera is pretty small, the large optical zoom lens is very impressive with the measurement up to 10X. The moving speed of the zoom over its range is pretty quick and smooth as well.
Through the review, I am sure that the image quality with the FinePix T300 is certainly above the average level. The sharp autofocus works well for most of the time and the images are nice with the accurate colors. The overexposure tends to occur sometimes for outdoor photography and when you set the zoom to the maximum level, you may encounter some camera shake problems.
Though, the overall image quality with this camera is very nice, especially considering its price tag around $200.
The number of aspect ratios and resolution options is just at the average level with the FinePix T300. The total number of resolution options is seven, which can be selected for the 3:2, standard 4:3 and16:9. It could have been nicer if there had had some more options.
There is a nice “two-image” mode with the camera, which you can found in some other Fujifilm cameras. With this mode, you’re going to be able to capture back to back images when one is under the flash and the other is not. Whenever you don’t exactly know whether you need the flash or not, just try using this mode. You will have a far better chance to achieve the most appropriate exposure.
The camera panoramic mode is nice to use, too and its performance is also pretty good. However, when you use the two above modes, some delays from shot to shot shall occur. This is understandable because it takes time for the camera to process the two types of photos.
You can record nice videos with the support of the 720p HD movie mode and this mode can be selected through the mode dial. But don’t expect to use the large zoom when you are recording a video. You just can select the 3X zoom for recording videos only. In addition, the performance of this zoom is not smooth, so the image quality may be easily affected. You had better not use the zoom to ensure the video quality.
When you maximize the zoom or have the flash turned on under inadequate lighting conditions, you’ll see the shutter lag slightly under the average level. Due to this lag, you possibly miss several spontaneous moments of the subjects which are moving. One among certain reasons that cause the lag is the slightly slow performance of the autofocus system over the zoom at the maximum level.
The response times of the camera are quite fast. It just takes a short period of time to initialize the camera and the delays from shot to shot are just at the lowest level.
You can easily look for the shooting options with the mode dial. Especially for beginners, it is great to see explanations of each feature clearly displayed on the LCD screen when the mode dial is turned on.
However, the menu organization with the FinePix T300 is odd, which appears to be pretty common for Fujifilm models in the current year. You cannot find several among the basic options of the menu when you select some specific modes. For instance, while there are up to 11 various LCD brightness options, this brightness cannot be adjusted when you use the auto mode. The adjustment over the LCD is just available with the program mode. This is pretty inconvenient because it is a bit hard to view the LCD directly under the sunlight due to the glare. The screen with the higher brightness would be better.
Maybe the biggest odd is the situation in which the flash is not available for shooting in silent mode. Therefore, you have to live with the beeps sound when you want to turn on the flash. However, when you select the two-image” mode, the flash is available in silent mode. This is really odd.
With the thickness of only 0.9 inches, this is a thin model. Because the lens housing accounts for a fraction of an inch, when you extend it from the body of the camera, the entire thickness is slightly larger than one inch. There are some available raised areas in the body, so holding and using this Fujifilm camera become easier.
There is a built-in flash which is located the upper corner on the right, so be careful or your fingers may block this flash.
The design of the camera is pretty popular for a Fujifilm point and shoot camera. The model is available in black with a small silver trim.
The buttons are very simple and handy with the power button and the zoom ring on the top while the mode dial together with some other buttons is on the back. The overall design is very nice.