The Fujifilm FinePix SL300 offers an impressive bridge camera specification at an affordable price, but how does it stack up when put under closer examination?
Performance, Image Quality and Verdict
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 – Performance and Image Quality
In use, the SL300 is generally reliable. The model’s focus system is
generally accurate and manages to lock on to a subject for focus in just
a short amount of time. There is also the added bonus of a selection of
focusing modes to choose from. The SL300 features the standard center,
multi and area focus modes, although continuous and tracking focus modes
also feature. These both allow more customisation over the focus
settings and in general perform well. It’s also pleasing that the SL300
offers good face detection technology.
The model’s menu system is
basic in design, although all of the major functionality is easy to
access as a result. The presence of a bold mode dial on the top of the
camera, alongside an ‘f’ button for quick access to common
functionality, are also of benefit.
Regarding image quality, the
SL300 displays a few issues which cause concerns. To start off with,
white balance displays quite a worrying level of inconsistency – images
vary from too warm to too cold from shot to shot, only occasionally
providing a level of results that prove pleasing. This is slightly
appeased by the fact that the white balance is user-customisable, but
it’s an area in which you can usually rely upon the camera to get things
Exposures also prove relatively unreliable, once again
varying from under and overexposed from shot to shot. Those two issues
aside, when the SL300 gets white balance and exposure right, the results
are generally pleasing. The general level of sharpness is good, while
colour is also accurately represented.
Although the model
features a large focal range, in general image sharpness is respectable.
The only area where issues start to occur are towards the more tele end
of the zoom, though this is to be expected with a camera of this type.
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 – Verdict
The SL300 proves to be a respectable option for those looking for a more affordable bridge camera, although while it’s more respectable build quality is understandable due to it’s affordable nature, the image quality issues are less excusable.