Fujifilm SL300

 
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 510g - 122 x 93 x 100mm
  • Revealed January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
67
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39

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 #159 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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Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm SL300 history

The Fujifilm SL300 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-S9800 front thumbnailFujifilm S9800
SL300 vs S9800
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Fujifilm-S9900w front thumbnailFujifilm S9900w
SL300 vs S9900w
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S1 front thumbnailFujifilm S1
SL300 vs S1
24-1200mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9200 front thumbnailFujifilm S9200
SL300 vs S9200
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S9400W front thumbnailFujifilm S9400W
SL300 vs S9400W
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8600 front thumbnailFujifilm S8600
SL300 vs S8600
25-900mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Fujifilm-FinePix-S8400W front thumbnailFujifilm S8400W
SL300 vs S8400W
24-1056mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4800 front thumbnailFujifilm S4800
SL300 vs S4800
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8300 front thumbnailFujifilm S8300
SL300 vs S8300
24-1008mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8200 front thumbnailFujifilm S8200
SL300 vs S8200
24-960mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8500 front thumbnailFujifilm S8500
SL300 vs S8500
24-1104mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Fujifilm-FinePix-SL1000 front thumbnailFujifilm SL1000
SL300 vs SL1000
24-1200mm
F2.9-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2013
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4500 front thumbnailFujifilm S4500
SL300 vs S4500
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-S4200 front thumbnailFujifilm S4200
SL300 vs S4200
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-SL240 front thumbnailFujifilm SL240
SL300 vs SL240
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
Fujifilm-FinePix-SL300 front thumbnailFujifilm SL30024-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2012
FujiFilm-FinePix-S3200 front thumbnailFujiFilm S3200
SL300 vs S3200
24-576mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S4000 front thumbnailFujiFilm S4000
SL300 vs S4000
24-720mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2950 front thumbnailFujiFilm S2950
SL300 vs S2950
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2011
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FujiFilm-FinePix-S2500HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2500HD
SL300 vs S2500HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1600 front thumbnailFujiFilm S1600
SL300 vs S1600
28-420mm
F4.0-4.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S2800HD front thumbnailFujiFilm S2800HD
SL300 vs S2800HD
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
FujiFilm-FinePix-S1800 front thumbnailFujiFilm S1800
SL300 vs S1800
28-504mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Fujifilm-FinePix-S1500 front thumbnailFujifilm S1500
SL300 vs S1500
33-396mm
F2.8-5.0
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-S8100fd front thumbnailFujifilm S8100fd
SL300 vs S8100fd
27-486mm
F2.8-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
Fujifilm-FinePix-S2000HD front thumbnailFujifilm S2000HD
SL300 vs S2000HD
28-414mm
F3.5-5.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

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.

above average minimum ISO (64)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
flash built-in
great zoom (720mm)
has HDMI socket
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
nice screen size (3 inches)
really wide (24mm)
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
does not have Timelapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
more heavy than competition in class (510g)
no manual focus
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW support
pixelated screen (460 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.9)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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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.

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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.

Fujifilm FinePix SL300 sensor size Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a shot of the Fujifilm SL300 next to a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Fujifilm FinePix SL300 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the SL300.

Fujifilm FinePix SL300 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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good resolution (14 megapixels)
features face detect focus
manual focus not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

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.

Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competitors in class (510 grams)

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.

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excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

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.

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decent MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (510g)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)

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.

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quite wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode

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.

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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic port
heavier than competitors in class (510g)

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
FujiFilm
Model
Fujifilm FinePix SL300
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed
2012-01-05
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW files
Max native ISO
1600
Max enhanced ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
97%
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m (Wide: 40 cm–7.0 m / Tele: 2.5m–3.6 m)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
510 gr (1.12 lb)
Dimensions
122 x 93 x 100mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 3.9")
Other
Battery life
300 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-85
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
One
Launch pricing
$280