Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

12.1 MP 1/2.3" MOS sensor | 25-600mm equiv. F2.8 lens | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Impressive zoom range and fast lens
  • High-res OLED EVF
  • 4K video capture
  • Dust and weather-resistant
  • Raw capture

What we don't:

  • Single dial design
  • Yellows can have greenish cast, affecting skin tones
  • Pricey, considering the camera's relatively small sensor

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is an update to the very popular FZ200. It retains the same 12MP sensor and fast 25-600mm equivalent F2.8 lens but adds a new image processor, weather-sealing and 4K video support.

Photos can be composed on either a 3" fully articulating OLED display or a high resolution (2.36M dot) OLED EVF. The FZ300 uses Panasonic's latest autofocus system and can shoot continuously at up to 12 fps with single AF and 6 fps in continuous AF. In addition to capturing 4K/UHD video at 30p, the FZ300 can also grab high quality 8MP stills using its special 4K Photo mode. Wi-Fi is built-in.

"In a lot of ways, the FZ300 is like a mini FZ1000, offering many of the same standout specs and features."

Image quality is typical of Panasonic compact cameras. Generally good color, though yellows have a greenish tint, which can negative affect skin tones. Noise reduction can be high in JPEGs, though the Raw option is helpful. High ISO performance is better than many of the other cameras in this class, though don't expect miracles.

The FZ300 fits into somewhat of a peculiar spot in this roundup. Its constant F2.8 maximum aperture gives it a substantial leg up over most of the other 1/2.3" sensor cameras listed here, as does its ability to capture 4K video. Its closest competitor is likely the Olympus Stylus 1s, which also has an F2.8 maximum aperture, albeit with a slightly larger sensor and less zoom range. In a lot of ways, the FZ300 is like a mini-FZ1000, offering many of the same standout specs and features. Though it has a smaller sensor than its big brother, this enables the FZ300 to offers a greater zoom range, and it's also weather-sealed, which the FZ1000 is not.

Price-wise, the difference between the two cameras is not astronomical, which is why if you're considering buying the FZ300, we recommend saving up a bit more and springing for the FZ1000. Though its lens is not quite as versatile as the FZ300's, and its body is not weather-sealed, the substantially larger size of the sensor in the FZ1000 will pay off in image quality.

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