With an intriguing new hybrid AF system, 12-milion-pixel resolution and massive 15x optical zoom, the Fujifilm FinePix F300 EXR promises to be the ideal travelling companion, but is it? Richard Sibley finds out
At ISO 100 the FinePix F300 EXR performs well, with its 12-million-pixel sensor producing images that are free of colour noise, but include a hint of luminance noise. By ISO 400 noise and noise reduction affects image quality, causing a loss of detail and a smudged appearance to images. At sensitivities higher than ISO 400, results are a little disappointing.
An extended sensitivity of ISO 3200 is available at a reduced six-million-pixel resolution, while ISO 6400 and 12,800 are a meagre three million pixels. Image quality at these settings is quite poor and they should be avoided.
Another concern is that purple fringing affects high-contrast edges, particularly at the corners of images.
The F300 EXR features an impressive 15x optical zoom lens