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Fujifilm FinePix JX300 review

Ben Pitt
16 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
80
inc VAT

Image quality is far from perfect, but this is still a competent camera at a competitive price.

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Specifications

1/2.3in 14.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 130g

Budget cameras are broadly divided into metal-clad models costing over £100 and plastic ones for less, but the JX300 bucks the trend with its metal body and £80 price. Its lens is well specified for the price too, with a 5x zoom range and f/2.6 maximum aperture, which lets in a little more light than its rivals' lenses. The mode dial is another welcome surprise, providing quick access to photo, video and various scene modes. However, this camera lacks the optical stabilisation that pricier models use to counteract camera shake.

Fujifilm FinePix JX300

It's reasonably responsive, taking a photo every 2.2 seconds, but all other buttons become inactive until photos have finished saving. That meant we had to wait for around four seconds after taking a photo before we could begin to adjust any settings. The menus are sparsely populated, with no metering modes and few autofocus options, although the ability to track not just faces but any object could prove useful. Text descriptions are used to explain certain settings, but some didn't stay on screen long enough for us to read them.

A 720p video mode is great at this price but clips are limited to less than 10 minutes. Picture quality was decent, except for some heavy barrel distortion at wide-angle zoom positions. Sound quality was a little boxy, and after enabling optical zoom for videos in the Setup menu, the soundtrack was muted whenever we adjusted the zoom control.