This time we’ll look at the another superzoom. Panasonic Lumix FZ300. Many of you asked me to review this one because of it’s unique characteristics. Before getting into the video; consider subscribing to my channel. Without all of you guys, this review wouldn’t be possible. Thanks. Let’s mention key specs of FZ300. It has: 1/2.3 inch 12MP sensor 24x optical zoom that’s 25-600 mm with f./ 2.8 aperture records 4k videos up to 25 or 30p (depending on region) weighs almost 700g Starting with the build quality. It feels more precisely made, with more attention to design details than most superzoom cameras that I’ve tested. The camera is portable and pretty small, although slightly heavier than I would like it to be. Overall very nicely designed and composed body, although I think it’s made of plastic, it’s texture and feel gives impression of higher quality material. Every button and switch feels nice to use and it’s layout is well-made. Panasonic also claims that Lumix FZ300 is splash proof. 3-inch articulated LCD panel on the back provides great contrast and colors, Additionally, it has glass cover that protects it’s screen.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Camera
You can also use electronic viewfinder which I highly recommend since it will provide more stable position to shoot and better experience, especially in daytime. Speaking of it’s EVF – 1.4K dot. OLED viewfinder is not a common thing in the superzoom segment. Which is a shame, because quality and amount of vision you get with FZ300 is just excellent. Autofocus is above the average. It’s really fast and mostly very accurate. It’s software is very well integrated with a hardware – almost instant response and fluid transition between pressing shutter button halfaway and seeing cameras reaction on the screen. Whole interface and settings are pretty transparent and easy to use. It also looks nice and most important, in opposite to many other cameras – it’s very fast and fluid. It’s clearly visible that someone put an effort to make it a good experience. In terms of stabilization I have a mixed feelings, because when shooting stills it works simply fantastic, using it handheld is not a problem, but unfortunately it’s not the case while shooting videos. They are too jerky for a superzoom camera. It’s not terrible though, but judging from performance in photo mode my expectations were just higher. Picture quality is like in most superzoom with small sensor – pretty average, nothing too exceptional and sadly worse in comparison with cameras found in flagship smartphones. Color reproduction is pretty good, exposure control also seems accurate. Dynamic range is good. Photos are sharp, but having not the most recent technologies + small sensor you can forget about going into the crop to appreciate some level of detail. There is some edge distortion, especially at wide – 25mm, but I don’t mind it much considering the segment. Like I said It lacks advanced picture processing or super-fast auto HDR mode found in smartphones, but it’s the case of every superzoom on the market that I know. Latest technologies are just being implemented into the more demanding smartphone market. So it’s not the fault of this particular camera. Lumix FZ300 is by no mean worse than it’s competition. I find that 2.8 Aperture all the way to 600mm is more of a gimmick than useful feature. Yes, you will get slightly better bokeh and lower ISO, but having 1/2.3 sensor; it doesn’t matter much in my view. Difference is not that big and you won’t find yourself using zoom in poor lighting condition because low-light performance is just like in any small-sensor. Nevertheless I have to admit that Panasonic knows how to implement great video quality, even in this kind of camera. There is a good level of detail, natural sharpness and nice colors with a good balance in exposure. Whereas for example 4K videos from Nikon Coolpix superzoom look like they are upscaled, artificially sharpened Full HD videos. It’s by far the best video quality that I’ve seen from any small-sensor superzoom. To sum up Panasonic Lumix FZ300 surprise in aspects like build quality, software speed, autofocus and video quality, but when it comes to the most important – it’s lens and picture quality in my opinion it offers to little to justify it’s price tag. I wouldn’t really recommend this particular model to anyone. Bright lens alone is too little to convince me to this camera. Let’s look at Panasonic lineup real quick. Lumix FZ300 costs 400$ and offers 24x zoom lens and 1/2.3 inch sensor. For 300$ you can have Lumix FZ80 with 60x zoom lens and 1/2.3 inch sensor. For 500$ you can get Lumix FZ1000 with 16x zoom lens and 1 inch sensor. FZ300 doesn’t make any sense for me, because it basically has same picture and video quality found in cheap FZ80 while having much smaller zoom. It’s also nowhere near close to image and video quality performance offered by 1-inch sensor found in FZ1000. I am sure some people will like this camera and that’s fine, but in my opinion it’s better to skip this model and consider those mentioned two. If you would like to see camera comparison between Lumix FZ300 and Nikon Coolpix B700 like this video and subscribe to my channel. Thank you very much for watching and see you.