Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300

Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
45
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix AW120 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 front
Portability
59
Imaging
39
Features
73
Overall
52

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Key Specs

Nikon AW120
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 213g - 110 x 66 x 26mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon AW110
  • Updated by Nikon AW130
Panasonic FZ300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 691g - 132 x 92 x 117mm
  • Launched July 2015
  • Old Model is Panasonic FZ200
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Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Overview

Following is a detailed analysis of the Nikon AW120 versus Panasonic FZ300, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the AW120 (16MP) and FZ300 (12MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The AW120 was brought out 17 months before the FZ300 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Nikon AW120 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FZ300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go through a in depth comparison, below is a concise summation of how the AW120 scores versus the FZ300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon AW120 over the Panasonic FZ300

 AW120 FZ300 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ300 over the Nikon AW120

 FZ300 AW120 
LaunchedJuly 2015February 2014More modern by 17 months
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k921kClearer screen (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon AW120 and Panasonic FZ300

 AW120 FZ300 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera often, you should consider its weight and volume. The Nikon AW120 enjoys outer dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 213 grams (0.47 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ300 has sizing of 132mm x 92mm x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") with a weight of 691 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the AW120 versus the FZ300.

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the AW120 and FZ300 is 92 and 59 respectively.

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 top view buttons comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes purely by reviewing specifications. The pic underneath should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the AW120 and FZ300.

Plainly, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can count on the Nikon AW120 to deliver extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs much more aggressively. The more aged AW120 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 sensor size comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon AW120 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FZ300 Portrait photography highlights
36
good megapixels (16MP)
features face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
47
you can focus manually
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon AW120
Street photography with Panasonic FZ300
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
59
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
environment proof
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (691 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon AW120 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic FZ300 Sports photography highlights
52
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
great battery (350 per charge)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
52
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery (380 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon AW120
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ300
70
great battery (350 shots)
weather proofing
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
59
better than average battery (380 shots)
environment proof
boasts focus by touch
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
heavier than others in class (691 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon AW120 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FZ300 as a Landscape photography camera
49
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
great battery (350 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
53
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon AW120 Vlogging advice
Panasonic FZ300 Vlogging advice
34
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone port
62
rather wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external mic port
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (691 grams)
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Nikon AW120 vs Panasonic FZ300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon AW120 and Panasonic FZ300
 Nikon Coolpix AW120Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix AW120 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-02-07 2015-07-16
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 49
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/2.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology OLED monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.20 m 8.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options - Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 213 grams (0.47 lbs) 691 grams (1.52 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 66 x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") 132 x 92 x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 380 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL12 -
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD / SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $350 $598