Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 belongs to a Small Sensor Superzoom category, the other model, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a Small Sensor Compact camera. One of the key common traits of both cameras we are looking at is sensor. Both Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, are equipped with the same 12.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - SuperZoom and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Key Features:
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 substituted Panasonic FZ200.
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs No fps||12 fps faster|
|Flash Range||8.8 vs 8.6||0.2 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 35||14 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 920k dots||11.5% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||380 shots vs 340 shots||40 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||32.4% larger pixel area|
|Weight||346 g vs 691 g||345 g lighter|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic (optional)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus XZ-2 iHS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 345g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Olympus XZ-2 iHS is equipped with a sensor that is 0.7x larger than the one featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300||Olympus XZ-2 iHS|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 or Olympus XZ-2 iHS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus XZ-2 iHS deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300||Olympus XZ-2 iHS|
|Model||Lumix DMC-FZ300||XZ-2 iHS|
|Announced||Jul 16, 2015||Dec 18, 2012|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||Compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||3968 x 2976|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||35|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||1,440k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps||fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||691 g||346 g|
|Physical Dimensions||132 x 92 x 117 mm||113 x 65 x 48 mm|
|Battery Life||380 shots||340 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/SDHC/SDXC|