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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7

Portability
59
Imaging
37
Features
73
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 front
Portability
81
Imaging
53
Features
75
Overall
61

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 691g - 132 x 92 x 117mm
  • Revealed July 2015
  • Succeeded the Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic GX7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 402g - 123 x 71 x 55mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Older Model is Panasonic GX1
  • Renewed by Panasonic GX8
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX7, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both built by Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the FZ300 (12MP) and GX7 (16MP) and the FZ300 (1/2.3") and GX7 (Four Thirds) come with totally different sensor size.

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The FZ300 was unveiled 21 months later than the GX7 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GX7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the FZ300 scores against the GX7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ300 over the Panasonic GX7

 FZ300 GX7 
IntroducedJuly 2015November 2013Fresher by 21 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX7 over the Panasonic FZ300

 GX7 FZ300 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX7

 FZ300 GX7 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution1040k1040kEqual screen resolution
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ300 enjoys outer dimensions of 132mm x 92mm x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") accompanied by a weight of 691 grams (1.52 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GX7 has dimensions of 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") having a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX7 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the FZ300 versus the GX7.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the FZ300 and GX7 is 59 and 81 respectively.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing only by looking through specifications. The visual here might give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ300 and GX7.

Plainly, both cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FZ300 having a smaller sensor will make achieving shallow DOF more difficult and the Panasonic GX7 will provide you with greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The younger FZ300 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ300
Portrait photography with Panasonic GX7
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has manual focus
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW files
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
71
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/320s)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Street photography factors
Panasonic GX7 Street photography factors
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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
comes with touch focus
weather proofing
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (691g)
82
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features focus via touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Sports photography camera
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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery power (380 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
59
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
low battery life (350 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ300
Travel photography with Panasonic GX7
59
good battery power (380 per charge)
weather proofing
comes with touch focus
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
more heavy than average (691g)
resolution not great (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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features focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
flash built-in
low battery life (350 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Landscape photography camera
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has manual focus
fairly wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
good battery power (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
low battery life (350 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GX7 as a Vlogging camera
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fairly wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone jack
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than average (691g)
34
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone port
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic GX7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic GX7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2015-07-16 2013-11-07
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Total lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot 2,765 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/16000s 1/8000s
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.80 m (at Auto ISO) 7.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/320s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone 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 None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 691g (1.52 lbs) 402g (0.89 lbs)
Dimensions 132 x 92 x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") 123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 70
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 718
Other
Battery life 380 images 350 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $598 $1,000