Panasonic DMC FZ300 Detailed Review

Panasonic DMC FZ300

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The DMC FZ300 was presented by Panasonic in July 2015. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
BrandPanasonic
CategorySuperzoom
Date07/2015
Sensor Properties

In additional DMC FZ300 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also DMC FZ300's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. This resolution is far below average.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

FormatCompact
Sensor area6.04 x 4.56mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)12.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)12.00 megapixel
Pixel size2.20 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 12 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)600mm
Aperture (max)2.8
Aperture (min)2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC FZ300 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.44 megapixel, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

TypeElektronic
Coverage100%
Magnification0.70x
Resolution1.44 megapixel
Dioptric correction
Shutter

The DMC FZ300's shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC FZ300's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 6400 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC FZ300 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC FZ300's auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC FZ300 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 9m (29 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Built-in
Range8.80m
(29 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DMC FZ300 display and touch screen

The DMC FZ300 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

TypeLCD
Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC FZ300 video supported the resolution with 4096 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC FZ300 Video parameters:

Max. resolution4096 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC FZ300 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Panasonic DMC FZ300 has a BCL12E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 380 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC FZ300's battery battery parameters:

TypeBCL12E LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life380 photos
Size

The Panasonic DMC FZ300's dimensions are 131.6 x 91.5 x 117.1mm³. (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 691 grams (22.3 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC FZ300:

Panasonic DMC FZ300 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC FZ300 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Panasonic DMC FZ300 size comparison

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