Lumix DMC-FZ300by Panasonic

  • Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Lumix DMC-FZ300
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The dust-proof, splash-proof lens that lets in much more light than its competitors sets the Lumix DMC-FZ300 apart.
  • The viewfinder is a rotating high-resolution touch screen.
  • The FZ300 shoots 4K video.

CONS

  • The 24x zoom is conservative for a superzoom camera.
  • Shooting JPEGs results in disappointingly blurry photos.
  • As with many complex cameras, the controls are not beginner-friendly.
The Lumix DMC-FZ300 by Panasonic is a lot of camera for its price. It shoots 4K video, and it can shoot up to 240 frames per second at lower resolution. The menu is crowded with options; the tradeoff is the user has to know a thing or two about how cameras work. It’s equipped with a high-resolution rotating touch screen viewfinder, and a splash-proof, dust-proof lens that lets in much more light than the competition.
NameLumix DMC-FZ300X-T10Lumix DMC-G7Nikon 1 J5EOS M3
ManufacturerPanasonicFujifilmPanasonicNikonCanon
Techwalla Score
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The Panasonic FZ300 doesn't have the biggest zoom lens on the market, but it does have a 24x f/2.8 lens that'll reach across the concert ven…

The Panasonic FZ300 doesn't have the biggest zoom lens on the market, but it does have a 24x f/2.8 lens that'll reach across the concert venue and still be able to capture crisp images without blurring or resorting to a high ISO, thanks to that bright aperture.

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90%

Build quality is very good with the camera feeling very sturdy, despite being made from plastic.

Build quality is very good with the camera feeling very sturdy, despite being made from plastic.

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Alongside and falling naturally under your right thumb is a very welcome rear control dial for easily changing the aperture and shutter spee…

Alongside and falling naturally under your right thumb is a very welcome rear control dial for easily changing the aperture and shutter speed.

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The powered rocker on the lens is easy to use for zooming, particularly when shooting video as it operates more smoothly and quietly than th…

The powered rocker on the lens is easy to use for zooming, particularly when shooting video as it operates more smoothly and quietly than the lever zoom.

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87%

The control scheme does require a little learning curve, but it's easy enough to allow users to start shooting quickly regardless of experie…

The control scheme does require a little learning curve, but it's easy enough to allow users to start shooting quickly regardless of experience level.

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The JPEG's fine details have been smeared out of existence while the raw image I processed in about a minute with Adobe Camera Raw has much …

The JPEG's fine details have been smeared out of existence while the raw image I processed in about a minute with Adobe Camera Raw has much better detail if a little more noise.

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If you're willing to forgo some zoom, and you're already shopping for a camera in this price segment, don't count out another Panasonic mode…

If you're willing to forgo some zoom, and you're already shopping for a camera in this price segment, don't count out another Panasonic model.

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As the photo above illustrates, these flip-out displays come in very handy when you're not shooting at eye level, such as when recording vid…

As the photo above illustrates, these flip-out displays come in very handy when you're not shooting at eye level, such as when recording video or trying to get a photo of your favorite musician over the heads in front of you.

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You should be able to extract six frames per second at full resolution with autofocus enabled, or as much as 12 fps with focus locked betwee…

You should be able to extract six frames per second at full resolution with autofocus enabled, or as much as 12 fps with focus locked between frames.

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For example, the FZ300 includes a splash-proof and dust-proof body, making this the only option on the market for a splash-proof super-zoom …

For example, the FZ300 includes a splash-proof and dust-proof body, making this the only option on the market for a splash-proof super-zoom camera, apart from the Fujifilm 50x zoom FinePix S1.

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