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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 12.1MP 24x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Eight industry awards
Reasonably priced
Good screen / viewfinder
107 Reviews + 8 Awards
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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by both websites Pcauthority.com.au and Pricerunner.se, both of which concluded that this Panasonic digital camera was good.

This Panasonic digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both websites Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com, both of which decided that this digital camera was exceptional.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites 3dGameMan.com who concluded that this low megapixel camera was great.

This digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and Ua.gecid.com gave it a "High Functionality" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, reviewed.com and CNET.com.au the average expert rating of this digital camera is 88%. Digital camera experts think this camera is one of the better comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

Excellent User Reviews

Users have rated this Panasonic digital camera as marvellous on average. Over 90% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 9,075 user and expert reviews (including 704 verified purchases), Panasonic has good ratings for its cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Five owners who reviewed the product thought it was good value for money. In April this year Michael wrote “A great value” in his review of this digital camera. Last year Panoguy said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “A fantastic bargain at the current price”. In the same month Robert gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and he wrote “The lens and image stabilization are top quality for the price”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six owners who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 considered that it had good features. Mark said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “For the price it has all the bells and whistles you could ask for” but even so he only gave this digital camera a score of 2 stars out of 5. Windy mentioned “Much better handling and with some good advanced features including dust and splash proof” in her review of this digital camera. Stillframepictures said “Try finding a lens by itself that has those features for what this camera costs! As far as event shooting goes” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three people who bought it thought it had a good battery life. Stillframepictures scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said “Battery life is great” in their review of this digital camera. Kevm wrote “Battery life was fine, didn't switch out to my spare, as after shooting just under 2,000 photos my first battery was still above 50 percent” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Gene mentioned “Battery life could be better” in his review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was January 2016 when this camera was released.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners who bought it reckoned that it was quiet. Last year Scott S. said in his review of this digital camera “For example, silent mode sounds great for wildlife photography”. He also mentioned “So, they also disable flash with silent mode” in his review.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy. Stillframepictures gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The sensor is also noisy in low light”. They also said “The image, albeit noisy, has the exact same color” in their review.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports video capability, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Nikon D90 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a built-in flash. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Nikon 1 J1.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Nikon D90, or the Canon PowerShot G16 (£246.99) are also worth considering.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Olympus Stylus 1 (£359).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Canon PowerShot G16 (£246.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£250.67).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support video recording.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over thirty times the video resolution of a 640 x 424 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera support video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video. Across all cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera the worst video resolution is 160 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over nine times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The best video resolution of all cameras of a similar age and type to this camera is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year which do not have a touchscreen.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (1,040,000 pixel) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera range from 1 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras that have been available for more than a year the optical zooms range from 1x to 30x. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£250.67) (30x).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 82mm and 720mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 720 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a five aspheric element digital camera. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera have between one and seven aspheric elements.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera is 1.8 and the largest is 22. At only 2.8, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an image stabilizer, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not have an image stabilizer.

Alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the D90, or the D3000 (£622.79) both from Nikon.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a higher still image resolution than most low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 4000 x 2248, 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080, 2992 x 2992 and 2448 x 2448 and 1920 x 1920.

A 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

If you want a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon D300 (£175) (12.3MP and higher rated).

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Direct Printing

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports direct printing, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Live View

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 features histogram, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a self-timer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Has a Microphone in

The Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a microphone in. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a microphone in.

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Viewfinder

Very High Magnification

The average magnification of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than a year ago is 1.5x. When compared to other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera that we have checked the magnification of, the Lumix DMC-FZ300's magnification of 3.88 times zoom factor is one of the highest.

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Design

Nice Design

Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was ergonomic. S wrote in their review of this digital camera “The ergonomics are much better”. Jpmccormac said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Ergonomics are excellent” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Robust

Four owners who purchased the product concluded that it was well made. Scott S. mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “And good job on a built in flash that pops up high enough to get over it”. Yves said two years ago “It is very well built”. Jgnova wrote on expert review site Walmart.com in the same month “The build also seems a bit more solid”.

Dustproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is dustproof, as are most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Image Quality is Very Good, Helped by the Modest Pixel Count

Ten owners who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 agreed that it was good quality. Website 3dgameman.com said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality is very good, helped by the modest pixel count” . Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote “When we showed the video to serious photographer friends they were all amazed that such image quality was available at”. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned two years ago “Image quality was very good”.

Easy to Use

Six customers who bought it thought it was easy to use. Masterdon said on expert review site Walmart.com “Is still easy to use” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Bill - Phantom Fixer gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It's easy to use and takes Great pictures” in their review of this digital camera. Faster Than Speed of Light said “The only way around this is to use peaking to determine the max.”.

Two owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Scott S. said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Make sure your night settings are based off of P mode”. Jpmccormac scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Menus are detailed and do required some learning”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 640 grams, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera. The lightest digital camera of a similar age and spec to this camera is 18g and the heaviest is 1kg.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony Alpha A7S (446g), or the Nikon D90 (620g).

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Its Body is Weather Resistant

Three owners who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 mentioned that it was a good body shape. In April last year website Cnet.com said “Comfortable body and control layout” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Its body is weather resistant” in their review. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Nice Body Color” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Tamnsteve wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “They are so bulky and you have to have different lenses”. Bill P said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Heavier thus steadier” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four people considered that it had a good screen. Tamnsteve said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It is Quick, does Great Video takes good photos, not to bulky, has that water resistant peace of mind, has the tilt our articulating screen that is also touch screen”. Mark he mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The screen is bright”. Mestizofilipino said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “Fully articulate screen - Seriously, take pictures above your head, below your knees, landscape”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Michel wrote a few weeks ago “Very clear view finder” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Masterdon said “We like the view finder to frame the pictures”.

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Good Video Capture

Five owners mentioned that this digital camera was good for video recording. Jamesh wrote “The videos are great also” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Bh said in their review of this digital camera “Capable of cranking out good video”. John mentioned in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “While this camera has a very good zoom, many great video functions that produce a very good final products”.

Good Flash

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good flash.

Focus Tracking, Exposure

Eight customers who purchased the product wrote that it had a good zoom. Torontojim wrote “The zoom is very useful for wildlife”. Mestizofilipino gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said two years ago “The zoom - Amazing, actually useful even at full zoom thanks to the aforementioned stabilization.”. Masterdon scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “The zoom focuses quickly at all distances”.

Five customers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Website 3dgameman.com said in their review of this digital camera “Focus tracking, exposure”. In April Michel mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Better manual focusing”. Torontojim said “Focusing is fast and accurate”.

Four people reckoned that the product had a good image stabiliser. Website Bhphotovideo.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Stabilization”. In April this year Michel mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Excellent Stabilizer” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Mestizofilipino said “The Image stabilization - So good!” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100.

Four owners reckoned that it had a good lens. Scott S. mentioned last year “Nice lens hood included in the price” . Two years ago Kevm wrote on expert website Walmart.com “The range of the lens is great” in their review of this digital camera.

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Extensive Shooting Mode and Setting Options

Twenty-three owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was able to produce good images. Michael mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Another improvement is picture quality, even though the lens is the same as used in the prior model” in his review of this digital camera. Two years ago Swordfish Media scored it 80 out of 100 and said “The burst modes are a nice touch and the photo quality is good as well” in their review of this digital camera. In April last year Tommydee wrote in their review of this digital camera “Mostly enjoy taking pictures of nature, landscapes, animals, car shows, etc”.

Two owners who bought it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Last year website Cnet.com said “Extensive shooting mode and setting options” in their review of this digital camera. Mickeyc wrote “Having a great time learning and shooting with it” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two people who reviewed it considered that it had a good image sensor. Scott S. said “The very fact that this camera exists, albeit with a small sensor, is amazing” and gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Last year Panoguy mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Far better than the tiny sensor compacts of even just a few years ago”.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00841434105059, 00841434105066, 05025232830657, 05025232830671

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review Sources

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