Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR – Compact camera

Before this, I complained a lot about the stagnant design on the F-series of cameras from Fujifilm. It seems my gripes are heard because the manufacturer has redesigned the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and it looks much better now. The first thing you will notice about this camera is its handsome and sleek chassis which looks very different from its predecessors. The camera has a very fine build too and it gave me a reassuring feeling when I held the device in my hand.

Switching on the camera will power key’s blue light will show up. The flash too pops up from the body and the lens comes out from the matte chassis. On the front, the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR is pretty simple. The big lens barrel located a bit off center takes up a lot of real estate. A tiny rubber grip falls where the fingers hold the camera and the AF illuminator is located strategically in such way that the digits don’t block it.

On the top, of the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR, there is the mode dial which is a bit slanted towards the camera’s back. Fujifilm says that the angled implementation gives an intuitive operation for the users. Accessing the mode dial through the thumb was very easy as compared to other models from this company like F200EXR where in the dial is located on the camera’s back.

On the back, there is a three inch LCD screen along with a 4 way clickable scroll wheel. I found that the scroll wheel spins a bit too freely and I occasionally went past the point where I intended to halt. There is also a discrete movie recording key on the right but it is flush with the camera body and hence hard to feel with your thumb.

On the top of the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR, there is flash which obstructs the natural position of the finger when you hold the device. For rectifying this, the manufacturer has placed a few bumps on the left for telling you to shift the index finger from the top to side to get a good grip.

It is pretty straightforward to operate the Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR and you won’t find any problem if you have used FujiFilm cameras before. The grip was quite satisfactory and all the controls were well within reach of my thumb. But I did have a few difficulties while accessing the camera’s video recording button.

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