When Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 debuted, its superzoom was a revelation. While other companies struggle with bigger and bigger zoom lens the megapixel battle was in the peak of its deployment, FZ200 has come up with a distinctive approach. It emerged due to its 24x zoom lens (24-600mm equivalent).
A news for the bridge devices was the constant maximum of f/2.8 aperture, which maintains constant brightness regardless of lens focal length. In fewer words, should make good pictures at a low light without using a high ISO setting (which would increase image noise).
Panasonic Lumix FZ300 - Introduction
Now Panasonic Lumix FZ300 comes with an ultra zoom camera with a MOS sensor 1/2.3-inch, 12-megapixel resolution and a 24x optical zoom, a 25-600 mm focal length and f/2.8 constant aperture throughout this period. Also Lumix FZ300 can record 4K resolution and have all the 4K Photo features from the Lumix GX8, which means you can get a 8 megapixel video picture. Panasonic introduced in FZ300 the five-axis optical stabilization and the three-inch screen is articulated. It also has the electronic viewfinder and built-in zoom microphone.
Autofocus has been improved with the camera bridge and Depth From Defocus technology shortens the focus time further by calculating the distance to the subject, evaluating two images with different sharpness levels. The process started on GH4 and now reaches more accessible models. Minimum focusing distance is one centimeter at 25mm and one meter at 600mm.
A bridge is a good alternative for someone who is just starting out in the photo industry and has no money to invest. It also enables you to practice your hand. Besides, it's more portable and is great for spontaneous photos, or family vacation. Cameras on smartphones are, in turn, increasingly better, but you could never get photos at big distances with such a good quality. Let's just say that Lumix FZ300 is the dream come true to any stalker.
In addition to general zoom and advantages in image quality, Lumix FZ300 has a rate of 12 frames per second burst at full resolution which makes it an ideal tool for street photography or sports competitions. On the portraits is not doing as good as a DSLR, but that was expected because the objective is not optimized for this purpose. Camera battery is good enough as to provide a range of approximately 380 photographs, which is very good compared with mirrorless cameras, but somewhat below DSLR's, even the entry-level.
It comes, however, with WiFi connection that lets you transfer photos directly to compatible devices without the need for physical connections or to remove the card from the camera. Also, Panasonic delivers good color and ready to use JPG photos on Facebook, Instagram or even news articles, if you are interested in it. You can process them through a smartphone application and you are ready for distribution.
It's more like FZ1000 in terms of design and premium finishing, it will make you forget that bridges once felt like some plastic toys in hand. The dimensions are small (131 x 92 x 117 mm) and had no problems to pile up in bags of different sizes. A downside, however, si the weight of 691 grams, which is not exactly negligible. On the other hand, FZ300 has been designed to withstand falls, dust, water and other components which contribute to its damage. However, do not try to take pictures underwater. Another similarity with FZ1000 is the shutter speed, reaching up to 1/16,000 seconds thanks to its electronic side. If you choose this device then there's another advantage: the device is silent and you can take pictures incognito. Also, three-inch touch screen is articulated and comes in handy whenever you're shooting from difficult angles.
Pro Points - Lumix FZ300
It may not have the largest market optical zoom, the Leica lens with f/2.8 brightness ensures quality images. Images can be processed directly from the device menu, thanks to an integrated RAW converter, or on computer where images can be edited in regular programs (Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom etc).
Another undeniable advantage is that Panasonic FZ300 aligns to current standards and integrates a wireless module. It enables the fast transfer of photos and movies recorded on a smartphone or a tablet compatible with iOS or Android, thanks to a free application that the manufacturer makes available to users on Google Play and Apple Store.
Panasonic puts great emphasis on filming and 4K technology lately. The device captures frames at 4K resolution (24 fps) one second before and two seconds after. Basically, it realized 4K film of a few seconds, from which you can extract any frames, choosing the most successful ones. In addition, on FZ300's menu is available hi-speed shooting video footage that records up to 240 frames/second.
Against Points - Lumix FZ300
Just 12 megapixel sensor comes at a good quality picture, but it is still too small for low light conditions. In the night or somewhere inside, at over a 400 ISO value, we will not see very good pictures, they will be reasonable but not commendable.
Conclusion - Lumix FZ300
Three years ago, FZ200 has been one of the fastest cameras from super-zoom range. FZ300 bring this performance to another level, comes with better resolution and stabilization and 4K footage in a more robust and resistant body. It's a good option for those passionate about photographing objects from a distance or moving away.