FujiFilm JZ300

FujiFilm FinePix JZ300 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 3200)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.3-5.6) lens
  • 168g - 97 x 57 x 29mm
  • Released February 2010
  • Alternate Name is FinePix JZ305
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

FujiFilm JZ300 overview

FujiFilm JZ300 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on February of 2010. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is known as "FinePix JZ305" in other countries.

The JZ300 ranks at #174 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #1108 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to test our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

FujiFilm JZ300 family

The FujiFilm JZ300 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can find all older and latest models alongside key features.

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FujiFilm-FinePix-JZ300 front thumbnailFujiFilm JZ30028-280mm
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FujiFilm JZ300 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the FujiFilm JZ300 based on aspects that are normally viewed as crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (28-280mm 10.0 x zoom)
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking autofocus
very good min ISO (100)
very long reach (280mm)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
lack of manual focus
low megapixels (12MP)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no external microphone port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse recording
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7")
Photography Glossary

FujiFilm JZ300 Sensor features

The sensor spec in the FujiFilm JZ300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a maximum of 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image below displays the JZ300's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The JZ300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

FujiFilm FinePix JZ300 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm JZ300 dimensions

FujiFilm JZ300 weighs about 0.37 lbs (168 grams or 5.93 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 97mm x 57mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the FujiFilm JZ300 is on par as compared to its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the FujiFilm JZ300 next to a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.

FujiFilm FinePix JZ300 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the JZ300.

FujiFilm FinePix JZ300 topview buttons dials

FujiFilm JZ300 Lens features

The JZ300 comes with a fixed lens having a focal range of 28-280mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which won't be perfect nevertheless it may be helpful in a few conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.3 and that is rather sluggish and not the best for low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. On the long end, 280mm is terrific zoom and comes to f5.6 which is really slow and you might have to set slow shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm JZ300 Connectivity

The JZ300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy photos and at times change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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FujiFilm JZ300 Video features

The maximum video resolution in the FujiFilm JZ300 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really target a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look into another camera if you need better sound for your video clips.

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FujiFilm JZ300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the FujiFilm JZ300 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

FujiFilm JZ300 Display and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm JZ300 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for FujiFilm JZ300 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

FujiFilm JZ300 Shutter features

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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FujiFilm JZ300 Flash and Hot shoe features

FujiFilm JZ300 comes with just in-built flash without external flash ability.

FujiFilm JZ300 Autofocusing features

FujiFilm JZ300 comes with only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing.

It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. FujiFilm JZ300 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good during low light scenarios or you need to have more exact control on focusing.

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FujiFilm JZ300 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

FujiFilm JZ300 for varying styles of photography

The following illustration provides a summation of the FujiFilm JZ300 for varying styles of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with FujiFilm JZ300

The FujiFilm JZ300 receives a points tally of 21 which is bad, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.

Photography Glossary
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

FujiFilm JZ300 Street photography details

With a decent points total of 56, the FujiFilm JZ300 is relatively adequate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

FujiFilm JZ300 Sports photography highlights

A bad sports photography rating of 34 suggests the FujiFilm JZ300 is just not suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

FujiFilm JZ300 Travel photography highlights

Portability is very critical in buying a travel camera. All round, the FujiFilm JZ300 gets a nice 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable option for your vacations.

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has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
long reach (280mm)
no Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

FujiFilm JZ300 Landscape photography factors

If you find yourself looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The FujiFilm JZ300 and it's bad score of 32 as a landscape camera is just not suitable in the current marketplace.

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pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Timelapse function

FujiFilm JZ300 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the FujiFilm JZ300 is just not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a bad rating of 28.

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pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone support

FujiFilm JZ300 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the JZ300, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart below provides you a bird's eye view of the JZ300 compared to it's highest rated rivals mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
FujiFilm FinePix JZ300
Otherwise known as
FinePix JZ305
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-280mm (10.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
2.60 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
168 gr (0.37 lbs)
97 x 57 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Price at launch