Image quality

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

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