Fujifilm SL300 summary
Fujifilm SL300 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on January of 2012. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The SL300 comes in at #158 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #733 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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Fujifilm SL300 history
The Fujifilm SL300 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.
Fujifilm SL300 Gallery
You can check the SL300 from various angles in the gallery here.
Fujifilm SL300 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Fujifilm SL300 based on features which are typically considered important in a digital camera.
Fujifilm SL300 Sensor info
The sensor specification in the Fujifilm SL300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor has 14MP and gives a standard ISO range of 64 - 1600. This ISO can be widened digitally to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath displays the SL300's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The SL300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Fujifilm SL300 dimensions
Fujifilm SL300 has a weight of 1.12 lb (510 grams / 17.99 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 122mm x 93mm x 100mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 3.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Fujifilm SL300 is weightier in comparison with various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a shot of the Fujifilm SL300 next to a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will show the button layout on the SL300.
Fujifilm SL300 Lens info
The SL300 has a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 24-720mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is huge and would allow you to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.1 and that is very slow and not ideal for low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You would also need to increase the ISO producing noisy shots. With the tele end, 720mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Fujifilm SL300 Connectivity
The SL300 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer files and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Several applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Fujifilm SL300 Video info
The max video resolution in the Fujifilm SL300 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should strive for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone jack which means you get little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at a different model if you require good audio for your videos.
Fujifilm SL300 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Fujifilm SL300 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.
Fujifilm SL300 Screen and Viewfinder
The Fujifilm SL300 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Fujifilm SL300 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Coverage 97%
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.
Fujifilm SL300 Shutter info
Fujifilm SL300 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Fujifilm SL300 Flash and Hot shoe info
Fujifilm SL300 comes with both built in flash along with external flash support.
Fujifilm SL300 Autofocus info
Fujifilm SL300 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it helpful for people photography.
It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Fujifilm SL300 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option is useful in low light or you need more precise depth of field control.
Fujifilm SL300 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-85) in the Fujifilm SL300 is designed to last for 300 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is about average when compared to it's competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:
Fujifilm SL300 for specific categories of photography
The following graph displays a rundown of the Fujifilm SL300 for specific categories of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.
Fujifilm SL300 as a Portrait photography camera
The Fujifilm SL300 has a rating of 39 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not appropriate to use for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and potential to work with off-camera lighting.
Fujifilm SL300 as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a terrible points total of 44, the Fujifilm SL300 is just not appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Fujifilm SL300 as a Sports photography camera
A average sports photography rating of 48 means the Fujifilm SL300 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Fujifilm SL300 Travel photography features
Size is really critical when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Fujifilm SL300 gets a reasonable 54 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable for your journeys.
Fujifilm SL300 as a Landscape photography camera
If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm SL300 with it's terrible rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate compared to its competition.
Vlogging with Fujifilm SL300
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Fujifilm SL300 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 24.
Fujifilm SL300 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the SL300, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart listed below provides you an overview of the SL300 compared to it's top scoring rivals suggested previously.
There are more cameras you might view as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.