DMC-FZ300 - Coming full circle

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DMC-FZ300 - Coming full circle
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For a number of years, after moving from film to digital cameras, I progressed through a series of fixed lens bridge cameras that used a 1/2.3" sensor. Eventually, I decided to move to Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) so I sold all the bridge cameras. I currently have a full frame Nikon D750 and two Nikons with APS-C format sensors - a D7500 and a Z50 (mirrorless).

Last summer, I happened upon a recent review of the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000, a camera released in 2014. I was intrigued by its features and that it had a 1" sensor. I got an open box deal on one and was not disappointed by its performance. After a few months, I decided that the additional features on the DC-FZ1000 II made it a worthwhile upgrade so I bought one and gifted my original to a family member.

Most recently, I have been reading a series of threads about the DMC-FZ300 here on DPR. I also took a look at multiple reviews elsewhere on the 'Net. Maybe it's just a case of GAS, but I decided to get one and see for myself what it could do.

Today, was the first chance that I had to exercise it a bit. The images below are SOOC. It's a very small sample size but I must say that I pleased with the initial results.

As an aside, I should note that there are certainly bridge cameras with more "reach". I've owned several including the 125X (3000mm) Nikon P1000. By and large, though, they don't offer ILC-like features (e.g., back button focus, selectable focus points, etc.) that I've come to value. The FZ300 and FZ1000 II can't replace my DSLRs for BIF and high speed action shots but that's not why I have them. They provide the convenience of an all-in-one tool when that's all that's desired.

 bluzman's gear list:bluzman's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Nikon D750 Nikon D7500 Nikon D3500 Nikon Z50 +19 more
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