Fujifilm Z300

Fujifilm FinePix Z300 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-180mm (F3.9-6.4) lens
  • 155g - 92 x 57 x 19mm
  • Released June 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Fujifilm Z300 overview

Fujifilm Z300 is FujiFilm's Ultracompact camera first revealed on June of 2009. It has a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The Fujifilm Z300 is ranked #117 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1179 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm Z300 family

The Fujifilm Z300 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP130 front thumbnailFujifilm XP130
Fujifilm Z300 vs Fujifilm XP130
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP120 front thumbnailFujifilm XP120
Fujifilm Z300 vs Fujifilm XP120
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Fujifilm-FinePix-Z110 front thumbnailFujifilm Z110
Fujifilm Z300 vs Fujifilm Z110
Fujifilm-FinePix-J30 front thumbnailFujifilm J30
Fujifilm Z300 vs Fujifilm J30
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z300 front thumbnailFujifilm Z30036-180mm
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Fujifilm Z300 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Fujifilm Z300 based on things that are oftentimes seen as important in a camera.

built-in flash
good min ISO (100)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built lens has zoom (36-180mm 5.0 x zoom)
screen is touchscreen
screen size is good (3")
supports focus by touch
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of aperture priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
low megapixels (10MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.4)
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (155g)
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
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Fujifilm Z300 Sensor features

The sensor spec in the Fujifilm Z300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the Fujifilm Z300's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The Fujifilm Z300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm Z300 dimensions

Fujifilm Z300 weighs about 0.34 lb (155g / 5.47 oz) and features exterior measurements of 92mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Fujifilm Z300 is more heavy than other competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Fujifilm Z300 besides a soda so you can have a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix Z300 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the Fujifilm Z300.

Fujifilm FinePix Z300 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm Z300 Lens features

The Fujifilm Z300 has got a built-in lens with a focal range of 36-180mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be perfect however it will surely be very helpful in some conditions.

At it's widest 36mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.9 which is rather sluggish and not the best in low light events and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. For the long end, 180mm comes to f6.4 making it quite sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm Z300 Connectivity

The Fujifilm Z300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually change camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Fujifilm Z300 Video features

The highest video resolution in the Fujifilm Z300 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You should target at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find a different camera should you require good sound in your video clips.

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Fujifilm Z300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Fujifilm Z300 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

Fujifilm Z300 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm Z300 has a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily adjust focus point as well as adjust settings by using your finger.

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The View Finder details regarding Fujifilm Z300 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Fujifilm Z300 Shutter features

Fujifilm Z300 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1000s.

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Fujifilm Z300 Flash and Hot shoe features

Fujifilm Z300 includes just integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Fujifilm Z300 Autofocus features

Fujifilm Z300 includes only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & exact than Contrast Based autofocusing.

Fujifilm Z300 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus points. Fujifilm Z300 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good in low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.

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Fujifilm Z300 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest (320) battery life in this group of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Ultracompact cameras which have the best battery life:

Fujifilm Z300 for different kinds of photography

The following chart provides a analysis of the Fujifilm Z300 for different kinds of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.

Fujifilm Z300 Portrait photography information

The Fujifilm Z300 gets a points tally of 19 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the potential to work with off-camera lighting.

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no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Fujifilm Z300 Street photography highlights

With a modest rating of 59, the Fujifilm Z300 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than competitors in class (155 grams)

Fujifilm Z300 Sports photography info

A terrible sports photography rating of 23 indicates the Fujifilm Z300 is not really suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low max shutter speed (1/1,000s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Fujifilm Z300 Travel photography info

Size is really important when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Fujifilm Z300 gets a reasonable 54 as a travel camera which is fairly acceptable for your journeys.

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has focus via touch
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (155 grams)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

Landscape photography with Fujifilm Z300

If you are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Fujifilm Z300 with it's terrible rating of 31 for a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current market.

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screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode

Fujifilm Z300 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Fujifilm Z300 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible score of 27.

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touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no microphone port
more heavy than others (155g)

Fujifilm Z300 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the Fujifilm Z300, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Ultracompact.

The diagram underneath provides you a summary of the Fujifilm Z300 vs it's highest rated competitors mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix Z300
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
36-180mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
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
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
155g (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions
92 x 57 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Couple Timer, Group Timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Cost at launch