FZ300.. Full-size out-of-camera jpgs (Pt.1)

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Franno83 Contributing Member • Posts: 641
Re: FZ300.. Full-size out-of-camera jpgs (Pt.1)

Mikedigi wrote:

Franno83 wrote:

Hi John,

Reading this thread with interest. I may be looking to change my FZ82, looking for 1"sensor and a weather sealed option. How is the FZ300 in poor light?

Best wishes

Hi Fran, I hope you won't mind me commenting.

I am writing as a JPEG shooter whose ideal is to eliminate post-processing or at least minimize it. If you shoot RAW, do big PP, etc, I cannot advise anybody.

Having had several FZs over the years, I find the FZ330 by far the best low-light performer so far of the 1/2.3 sensor class.

Not for low-light indoor ice hockey or similar, but for stills or slow action. Depends on how perfectionist you are, I am not.

I use my FZ330 up to 1600 ISO for dim situations but I routinely shoot in Aperture Priority at f4 Aperture with Auto ISO and ISO Limit set at 800. But I often intervene and set ISO to 200-400 and use slower shutter speed.

The key is the bright 25-600mm lens with wide aperture (f2.8 but I mainly use f4) all the way out to 600mm optical zoom.

So for example, shooting small quirky or lovely objects in a museum or National Trust property, I am often using something like f4 aperture (or f2.8-f3.5) with 200-400 ISO and a slow shutter speed, as slow as 1/10 sec but preferably 1/20 sec and faster.

This thread, John's thread, is coming up with some good ideas for improving the SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) results of the FZ330 in all shooting conditions.

I owned an FZ1000 alongside the FZ330 for a year or so and the bits that the FZ1000 did better were not enough to compensate me for the extra size and weight, the reduced optical zoom range and the lack of weather sealing. So I sold the FZ1000 and I am very happy with the decision.

At around £375 right now with weather sealing, and less nearly-new (I bought mine from Panasonic Outlet on Ebay as-new for £300, about 3 years ago), the FZ330 is startling value for money.

All the best,


Many thanks Mike, really informative.  Like you I'm not big into PP, I spend way too long looking at a screen as it is!

Just out of interest, in your opinion, what did the FZ1000 do better?  I'm seduced by the 1" sensor, but am I expecting too much?

It certainly sounds good value.  Money is not an issue particularly, although I am principally a hiker/cyclist and my camera goes everywhere which does mean it can get bashed about a bit so I try to keep the price reasonable.  £300 down the drain is better than £1000+!!

Many thanks.


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