Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 11
Features 86
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 132 x 92 x 117 mm
  • Weight: 691 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic FZ200.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-FZ300 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jul 16, 2015. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Panasonic released to replace their older product FZ200.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #152 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #1012 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 380 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has the following external dimensions 132 x 132 x 117 mm (51.97 x 36.22 x 46.06″) with the weight of 691 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 117mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 — 380 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 — 117 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 — 691 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,440k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-FZ300 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-FZ300 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Post Focus

Apart from the focus features described above, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 also comes packed with a special Post Focus mode. This mode uses its 4K video and combines bracketing features together in order to take a series of shots and later merge them into one image. It also gives you more opportunities for further processing of your shots. For example, after the picture is taken, you can change the focus point of it using the LCD screen of your camera. This feature offers photographers some significant flexibility. However, bear in mind that the resulting photo will come with only 8 MP resolution.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DMC-FZ300.

In addition, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-FZ300 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-FZ300 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 offers the highest battery life that reaches 380 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-FZ300 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (132 x 92 x 117 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Big size (132 x 92 x 117 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (380 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (691 g)
  • Big size (132 x 92 x 117 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 can be called a 73 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-FZ300
Announced Jul 16, 2015
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8.8
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 691 g
Physical Dimensions 132 x 92 x 117 mm
Battery Life 380 shots
Battery Type 380 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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