Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review – The Ergonomics of an SLR With a Superzoom Function

What is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300? At its core, it is a superzoom camera, but has the versatility of such a feature plus the ergonomics found on a typical SLR model. It is also aimed for those who are looking for such features but don’t want the hassle of carrying around different lenses for varying occasions just like what you would normally do with an SLR or Mirrorless camera. Even though the 24x zoom function does not look very impressive, it has a fixed f/2.9 aperture. Therefore, it can do well within a low-light environment even when it’s zoomed all the way in.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Review - The Ergonomics of an SLR With a Superzoom Function

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a Rarity in its Own Right

When it comes to its design, it is clear that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 bears a close resemblance to SLRs. It has a fixed lens that is similar in size as what you can see in a compact kit lens that is usually found bundled within many consumer SLR models.

The entire camera has dimensions of 3.6 x 5.2 x 4.6-inches, and weighs 1.5-pounds. While there are other superzoom models out there, such as the company’s own ZS50, that are lighter and more petite, the fixed aperture lens is a boon for many.

While still on the aspect of its fixed aperture lens, the Lumix DMC-FZ300 covers 25 to 600-millimeters in terms of focal length. What’s more, its imaging sensor is equivalent to that of a full-frame camera. Therefore, there is no sacrificing light-gathering capabilities that are otherwise seen in other zoom lenses.

It has a 1/2.3-inch image sensor that may prove to be an issue for some photographers. Why? Because when its predecessor, the FZ200, was released back in 2012, it had the standard sensor size especially for zoom models. There are even other models, albeit at a more premium price, that have significantly larger image sensors.

When it comes to performance, this particular superzoom camera does admirably well. To start, even though it has a big power zoom lens, it can still manage to turn on, focus, and shoot an image in just about a second. Its speeds don’t end there; it has a focusing speed of 0.02-secnods regardless of what focal length you’re using.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a 12-megapixel image sensor, a superzoom lens, and a fixed aperture, all of which make it a pretty decent offering for its price class. It is made with a top-notch, weather-sealed body, and it also has a crisp EVF which allows you a better chance of taking sharper pictures. That said, the size of the imaging sensor could be better.

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