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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 Card)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.715 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 6.2 x 5.1"

Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Reviews

Amazing 4K camera for the price!

By Evan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-15

Two main reasons to buy this: it's 4K and comes with everyone you need to get started! It comes with a battery, a battery charger, and an SD card, plus a carrying bag and lens! The display is great, the camera is smartly designed. The instruction manual is only 30 pages thick and simply tells you the steps you need to take for different shots: macro, night time, landscape, burst & 4K. If you want something more in depth, there's a PDF on a disk. This is the perfect camera for those wanting to take beautiful pictures, 4K video and more.

Great service and great camera

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-29

The delivery was extremely quick after talking to the team at B&H. They directed me to a camera that would match my need to capture youth sports such and soccer and Softball. I have been using the FZ300 for several weeks now and the quality of the pictures and ease of use is fantastic. It has allowed me to get back into taking close up pictures of my granddaughters playing and the zoom is fantastic. Thanks so much B&H for pointing me in the right direction.

For its size it packs a nice wallop

By Lanis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

I have been taking photos of birds and a squirrel or two in my back yard and they are pretty darn good for a small sensor camera. The only problem I've had so far is every now and then the telephoto just refuses to focus at the log end.

If I have one camera to grab, I'm grabbing it

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

Just so you all know, it's not a high end DSLR or mirrorless camera. But sometimes I just want to take a camera out to play. I had an FZ200 and loved it. The FZ300 has done nothing to diminish my feelings. The camera does exactly what a reasonable person would expect it to do. That is too greatly outperform a camera that a long-time film shooter would have had as a carry around camera 20 years ago. It's a fun camera and works great in all conditions.

I Really Like This Camera

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-13

I have a FX200 that serves me well but I wanted a new camera. The FZ300 is definitely an upgrade with added features and keeping the 2.8 lens. Very fairly priced for what you get.

Great camera for beginners

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

I am not a photographer so I don't know much about the technical details. However, this camera just takes great pics. Lighting, clarity, and color are all awesome. I am working through the manual to learn the fine points. But you can pull this camera out of the box, point and shoot and take great photos.

New Lumix DMC-FZ300 camera

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

I've been enjoying the new Lumix DMC-FZ00 camera. It has many more features than my old camera, so it is taking some time to get acquainted with all of the features. So far, the pictures are coming out well and it has been fairly easy to use and adjust for the pictures I want to take. I've been viewing videos of the features and that has been helpful. I'm a bit old fashioned and wish that the camera came with a hard-copy manual. But, so far, I'm enjoying the pictures I take and the actual taking of the pictures.

So far so good

By Tara
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-09

Just got the camera, but so far it has been easy to use and seems like a great bridge into nature photography.

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