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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20

Portability
59
Imaging
37
Features
73
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 front
Portability
71
Imaging
40
Features
34
Overall
37

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • 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
  • Released July 2015
  • Replaced the Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic LZ20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 499g - 120 x 76 x 80mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Renewed by Panasonic LZ30
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Overview

In this write-up, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are created by Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the FZ300 (12MP) and LZ20 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FZ300 was unveiled 3 years after the LZ20 which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the FZ300 matches up against the LZ20 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ300 over the Panasonic LZ20

 FZ300 LZ20 
ReleasedJuly 2015July 2012Newer by 37 months
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ20 over the Panasonic FZ300

 LZ20 FZ300 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic LZ20

 FZ300 LZ20 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ300 features exterior measurements of 132mm x 92mm x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") along with a weight of 691 grams (1.52 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LZ20 has proportions of 120mm x 76mm x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1") and a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the FZ300 compared to the LZ20.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FZ300 and LZ20 is 59 and 71 respectively.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is hard to picture the difference between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specifications. The image below may give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ300 and LZ20.

Plainly, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Panasonic LZ20 to deliver greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs far more aggressively. The younger FZ300 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic LZ20 Portrait photography highlights
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you can focus manually
has face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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good MP (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Street photography factors
Panasonic LZ20 Street photography factors
59
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
comes with touch to focus
environment proof
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (691g)
45
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Sports photography factors
Panasonic LZ20 Sports photography factors
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long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery power (380 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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amazing zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (380 shots)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Travel photography factors
Panasonic LZ20 Travel photography factors
59
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
environment proof
comes with touch to focus
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
heavier than competition in class (691 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (525mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (499 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic LZ20 as a Landscape photography camera
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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery power (380 shots)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
45
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ300 Vlogging information
Panasonic LZ20 Vlogging information
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reasonably wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic port
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (691g)
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relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (499g)
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Panasonic FZ300 vs Panasonic LZ20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ300 and Panasonic LZ20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2015-07-16 2012-07-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-525mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8 f/3.1-5.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/16000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.80 m (at Auto ISO) 6.80 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 691 grams (1.52 lb) 499 grams (1.10 lb)
Dimensions 132 x 92 x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6") 120 x 76 x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 380 photos 380 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $598 $250