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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 12.1MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 Lens
  • 25-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
Blending an all-in-one zoom, 4K video recording, and versatile still shooting capabilities, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 from Panasonic is a multi-faceted point-and-shoot optimized for the multimedia image maker. Featuring a 12.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, the FZ300 is capable of recording up to 60 fps with an electronic shutter, 12 fps with a mechanical shutter, or 30 fps using the unique 4K Photo Modes. Working in low-light is benefitted by a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 along with 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization to minimize camera shake during HD video recording. The 24x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens covers a 25-600mm equivalent focal length range and has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent performance from wide-angle to super telephoto. For composing imagery, configuring shooting settings, and reviewing your photos and movies, a large 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD is available, as well as a 1.44m-dot OLED Live View Finder for eye-level monitoring. Able to handle nearly any image-related task, the FZ300 is a versatile camera well-suited to advanced photo and movie recording applications.
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Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 212.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
  • 34K UHD Video Recording
  • 44K Photo Modes
  • 5Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 24x Zoom Lens
  • 65-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization+ and Level Shot
  • 7Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 8Depth-from-Defocus AF Technology
  • 9Other Camera Features

Blending an all-in-one zoom, 4K video recording, and versatile still shooting capabilities, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 from Panasonic is a multi-faceted point-and-shoot optimized for the multimedia image maker. Featuring a 12.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, the FZ300 is capable of recording up to 60 fps with an electronic shutter, 12 fps with a mechanical shutter, or 30 fps using the unique 4K Photo Modes. Working in low-light is benefitted by a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 along with 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization to minimize camera shake during HD video recording. The 24x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens covers a 25-600mm equivalent focal length range and has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent performance from wide-angle to super telephoto. For composing imagery, configuring shooting settings, and reviewing your photos and movies, a large 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD is available, as well as a 1.44m-dot OLED Live View Finder for eye-level monitoring. Able to handle nearly any image-related task, the FZ300 is a versatile camera well-suited to advanced photo and movie recording applications.

The body design features an ergonomic right-hand grip for added support when working with longer focal lengths, as well as dust and splashproof construction to suit working in inclement conditions. Benefitting both stills and movies, Panasonic's DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) AF system helps to quicken focusing speeds while a Starlight AF feature maintains focusing accuracy in low-light conditions. And benefitting both sharing and shooting control, Wi-Fi connectivity allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from smartphones and tablets.

12.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

A 12.1MP 1/2.3" High-Sensitivity MOS sensor pairs with the Venus Engine image processor to deliver fast overall performance and notable image quality to suit working in a wide variety of conditions. The sensor and processor combination help to compensate for diffraction to realize sharper, clearer imagery at smaller apertures as well as a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 to suit working in difficult lighting conditions. This processing engine also contributes to a fast 12-fps shooting rate at full-resolution with the mechanical shutter, 60 fps shooting with an electronic shutter, and 30-fps shooting at 8MP using the 4K Photo modes.

4K UHD Video Recording

In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the FZ300 also supports recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100 Mbps in the MP4 format. Full HD 1080p/60 is also supported, as well as slow-motion 720p/120 and 480p/240 recording settings.

A built-in stereo microphone can be used during recordings or an optional external microphone can be utilized via the 3.5mm jack for even clearer sound.

4K Photo Modes

Utilizing the 4K video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 30-fps shooting rate:
  • 4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8MP images at 30 fps for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • 4K Pre-Burst: This mode is suitable for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • 4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame.

 

Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 24x Zoom Lens

The built-in Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens offers a truly expansive 24x, wide-angle to super telephoto range of perspectives with a 25-600mm equivalent focal length. A constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions, especially at the longer focal lengths. Five aspherical elements, with a total of nine aspherical surfaces, as well as three extra-low dispersion elements help to control chromatic aberrations and produce sharp, clear imagery while a Nano Surface Coating helps to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast.

The lens' already impressive optical zoom range can be effectively doubled through the use of Intelligent Zoom, to achieve a total magnification of 48x. Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) settings are also available, which crop into the image to generate a narrower field of view, in order to produce 29.4x and 46.9x zoom magnifications at 8MP and 3MP resolutions, respectively. Standard digital zoom can be applied as well to, again, increase the effective zoom range by 4x.

5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization+ and Level Shot

Helping to compensate for camera shake when recording HD movies, 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ is an advanced image stabilization system that minimizes the appearance of blur when shooting one-handed video. It corrects for five types of camera shake that commonly affect more dynamic movement types that occur while moving when recording.

Also benefitting from the image stabilization system, a Level Shot Function detects the horizon line within scenes and helps to keep it level even if the camera is tilted.

Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi

  • A 0.39" OLED Live View Finder features has an impressive 1.44m-dot resolution, 0.7x magnification, and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. An eye sensor is also incorporated into its design to activate the EVF, and deactivate the rear LCD, during use.
  • A larger means for image composition and playback, the 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear OLED monitor has a free angle, tilt and swivel design to support viewing from a variety of angles. It is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive menu navigation and settings control.
  • The FZ300 features a durable design that incorporates extensive sealing at each joint, dial, and button to render it both splash- and dust-proof.
  • The ergonomic body design features a large right-hand grip, rear and side dials for shutter speed and aperture settings control, and four assignable function buttons for quick access to your most frequently used settings. Additionally, the lens features a two-speed zoom design and a left-handed lever for balanced overall handling.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to pair the FZ300 with smartphones or tablets running the Panasonic Image App for wireless image transferring and remote camera control.

Depth-from-Defocus AF Technology

For accelerated autofocus performance, DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position to benefit continuous shooting and movie recording modes. This contrast-detection type focus method also benefits subject tracking performance for maintaining sharp focus on moving subjects. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance in dim environments.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation.

Other Camera Features

  • A dedicated macro mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 0.4" / 1cm away.
  • Raw image files can be processed in-camera for a more streamlined post-production workflow.
  • A mechanical shutter enables a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec. and an electronic shutter function avails a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.
  • Creative Panorama mode allows you to create seamless panoramic imagery by simply panning about the scene to capture wide-field views.
  • A built-in pop-up flash can be used to provide additional illumination to scenes.
  • The included lithium-ion battery provides approximately 380 shots per charge when using the rear LCD monitor, or 360 shots per charge with the electronic viewfinder.
  • Create Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
  • Still image Scene Guide modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, and Monochrome.
  • Photo Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, and Cinelike V.
  • Picture Adjustment settings: Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation, Color Tone, and Filter Effect.
UPC: 885170254374

Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel (4000 x 3000)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type1/2.3" MOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Image StabilizationOptical (5-Axis)
Lens
Focal Length4.5 to 108mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 to 600mm)
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (96x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (48x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/8
Focus Range11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Wide)
6.56' to Infinity / 2 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
0.39" to Infinity / 1 cm to Infinity (Wide)
3.28' to Infinity / 1 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Filter Size52 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 6400
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 1 Second
0 to 60 Seconds in Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
Continuous ShootingUp to 60 fps at 12.1 MP
Up to 30 fps at 8 MP for up to 53 Frames
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesAVCHD/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 29.97p/119.88p
SD (640 x 480) at 29.97p/240p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video SystemNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File FormatAAC
Viewfinder
TypeElectronic
Coverage100%
Diopter AdjustmentYes
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Effective Flash RangeISO Auto
1.0 to 28.9' / 0.3 to 8.8 m (Wide)
3.3 to 28.9' / 1.0 to 8.8 m (Telephoto)
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
ConnectivityAV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
WirelessWi-Fi
GPSNo
Physical
Battery Type1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh (Approx. 300 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.2 x 3.6 x 4.6" / 131.6 x 91.5 x 117.1 mm
Weight1.52 lb / 691 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.715 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 6.2 x 5.1"

Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Reviews

Awesome Lens

By Fernando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

I am only beginning to learn what I can do with this camera. It is full of features and it does have a bit of a learning curve. I was a little hesitant because of the smaller sensor. However, living on the coast I do like to take zoom shots of wildlife and anything with a 1 sensor and decent zoom would have been much more expensive. There were other camers with longer zooms including the Lumix FZ80 or Canon SX70 but I thought the constant aperture of this lens was a better tradeoff that would make the upper zoom range actually useful. So far the lens is awesome. I have uploaded a few shots including one of our aviary friends at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier. It was taken hand held at sunset at full 600mm zoom, ISO-100, f/2.8 and 1/160 sec exposure. I think this camera had the best set of tradeoffs for me. The review by Wirecutters made a lot of sense. I am very happy with the purchase.

Birding Everywhere I Go

By Kelly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-11

I bought this camera to use in birding and flower photography, mainly to zoom in on faraway birds and to magnify close-up flowers. I'm not a pro photographer, just someone who loves nature. It is stellar. I have gotten amazingly clear photos of spring warblers, ospreys on their nests, and other birds. I now take this camera everywhere because you never know when you'll see a cool bird you need to zoom in on.

Very enjoyable bridge camera

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-05

I purchased the FZ-300 to compliment my Lumix micro 4/3 system. I’ve always had a soft-spot for these bridge cameras - I had the FZ-20, the FZ-8, and now the FZ-300. I am particularly interested in using this camera with my Raynox 150 for close-up work. I’ve been experimenting with the camera and have come up with several observations: 1. RAW delivers the best results. I tried RAW+JPEG to see how the JPEG engine is, and I seem to inevitably get better results from the RAW file than the default JPEG. If I were to use solely JPEG, I would turn noise reduction to -5 in the photo setting, as I find Panasonic’s noise reduction a bit heavy. 2. The sweet spot for this camera seems to be f4 at ISO 100. F4 provides plenty of depth of field with this size sensor, and anything above ISO 100 will start to introduce more noise. In desperate situations, ISO 800 can be used. I found that Lightroom’s ‘Indoors & Low Light’ sharpening default to be a good starting point for further editing. 3. I keep my ‘C’ mode as a wildlife/action mode - Shutter priority mode (with starting 1/640 sec shutter speed set), auto ISO (with a max of 800 set in the menu), high-speed drive mode, and the smallest auto-focus point set to the center. Graham Houghton of the UK and Bob Armstrong (a personal friend) of Alaska have published many tutorials and resources on Panasonic bridge cameras that have been quite helpful. In a way, it’s a little more work to get quality results from these bridge cameras compared to a m4/3 or APS-C sensor camera, but these cameras are just plain fun to use and are ideal when looking to travel light. I try and treat shooting with these cameras like shooting with slide film - pay particular attention to exposure and basic technique, and good results can be obtained. Hope this helps.

Function buttons too flush with frame

By Larry
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-25

I have and am using two other Lumix cameras. an FZ2500 and an LX100mkII. They really have the feel and weight of quality. Not so much with this 300. I have to physically stop and look for the buttons, which makes for lousy videos. The 300 is also much slower to snap into focus. The video captures in post processing are not so great with the very small sensor. About the only + I can post over the other two, is the 600mm.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

By Sarah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-05

This purchase replaced my previous Panasonic Lumix which I dropped terminally. I had lived that camera for ten years. It fit in one hand lightly and I learned how to focus it. I am beyond delighted with my new camera! Similarly lightweight, with amazing zoom and macro. The focus process is a bit different but I am having fun learning how to use it. I went for a year using my husband's Canon Rebel, very nice, but I missed the telephoto and one-handedness of the Panasonic. I am very happy!

Coming to love my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 camera!

By Patricia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

The possibilities are many, and I have much to learn, but already there are enough entry-level settings that allow me to get great pictures!

Lots to Learn

By Lucille
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-18

I've been enjoying my Lumix FZ300. Can't quite yet get good macro photos like I did with my old little Olympus point and shoot. I wish Panasonic would do a series of videos about all of the ins and out of various styles of shooting for those of us who are't great at reading manuals. Luckily there are YouTubers who I have learned a lot from. Overall very happy for the choice I made.

Happy with the Camera

By Pamela
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-03

I have owned a number of cameras and worked as a professional news videographer with top-notch gear for years. Shooting nature stills prompted me to purchase this bridge camera. The FZ300 does a pretty good job once you learn its menus and eccentricities, which required that I research settings on the web, and I am thankful for the posts. Besides a 600mm optical zoom with 2.8 aperture throughout, the camera offers wide range of options, including excellent stabilization, macro zoom, exposure adjustment, zebra, peaking, and on-camera setting controls, to name my favorites. I would prefer a focus ring on the lens rather than the ring knob, and I would like more traditional aperture/shutter manual control, plus a more distinct exposure meter. But, I can adjust to what is there. My reason for 4 out of 5 stars is that the camera sometimes fails to focus. I resort to manual focus pretty often, and thankfully the manual focus is quite good. Given the price of the camera, this is quite a bundle, and, as I have read, it is the Swiss Army Knife of cameras. I am generally happy with my purchase.

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