Panasonic FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 front
  • 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
  • Announced July 2015
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ200
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FZ300 overview

Panasonic FZ300 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on July of 2015. The camera comes with a 12MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Panasonic introduced this camera to improve the older Panasonic FZ200 (Read Full Comparison)

The FZ300 is rated #14 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #413 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FZ300 family

The Panasonic FZ300 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can find all past and current models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ30025-600mm
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ300 vs FZ200
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ300 vs FZ60
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ300 vs FZ150
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ300 vs FZ47
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ300 vs FZ100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ300 vs FZ40
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
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Panasonic FZ300 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Panasonic FZ300 based on factors which are generally viewed as necessary in a camera.

better than average battery (380 shots)
environment proofing
fairly wide (25mm)
great min ISO (100)
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
has mic support
has touch focus
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is good (1/16,000s)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
saves RAW files
screen articulates fully
screen is selfie friendly
screen size is good (3")
touchscreen capability
very long zoom (600mm)
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have headphone support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
heavier than competitors in class (691 grams)
low MP (12MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FZ300 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic FZ300 houses the Venus Engine processor. The sensor specification on the Panasonic FZ300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the FZ300's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FZ300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ300 dimensions

Panasonic FZ300 is 1.52 lbs (691 gr or 24.37 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 132mm x 92mm x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Panasonic FZ300 is more heavy compared with various competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Panasonic FZ300 with a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the FZ300.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ300 Lens specifications

The FZ300 includes an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is ideal and would let you zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly slow and not great for low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to raise the ISO setting which causes noisy terrific zoom and

Photography Glossary

Panasonic FZ300 Connectivity

The FZ300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send photos and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Panasonic FZ300 Video specifications

The maximum video quality on the Panasonic FZ300 is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p offers a great quality for video recording. You can crop to Full HD to get cleaner results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. Although the camera has a mic jack, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone jack which means you won't have the option to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Panasonic FZ300 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ300 provides environment sealing which makes it a excellent pick for use during tricky climates. This can be especially valuable whenever you are not sure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Panasonic FZ300 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ300 comes with a 3" fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group photos if needed. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can set focus points and adjust settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details for Panasonic FZ300 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,440k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.

Panasonic FZ300 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FZ300 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/16000 sec.

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Panasonic FZ300 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FZ300 has both in-built flash as well as external flash ability.

Panasonic FZ300 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic FZ300 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it useful for portraits.

It comes with 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FZ300 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Panasonic FZ300 includes manual focus in case it is required during low light occasions or you require more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic FZ300 Battery life

The battery on the Panasonic FZ300 is built to last for 380 clicks based on the CIPA measurements which is higher than standard in comparison to its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life within this category of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Panasonic FZ300 for different categories of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Panasonic FZ300 for different categories of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ300

The Panasonic FZ300 has a points total of 46 which is average, and means the camera is fairly adequate for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & potential to use external flash.

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has manual focus
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ300 Street photography factors

Having a reasonable points total of 59, the Panasonic FZ300 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
supports focus via touch
environment proofing
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than others (691g)

Panasonic FZ300 as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography points tally of 51 means the Panasonic FZ300 is reasonably adequate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
good battery pack (380 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FZ300 Travel photography factors

Size is extremely important when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic FZ300 gets a moderate 59 as a travelling camera which is somewhat adequate for your vacations.

Photography Glossary
good battery life (380 per charge)
environment sealing
boasts touch focus
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
more heavy than average (691g)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ300 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FZ300 and it's moderate grade of 52 as a landscape camera is fairly acceptable within the current market.

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manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery life (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ300 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Panasonic FZ300 is a good option as a vlog camera as it comes to a very good score of 62.

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relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than average (691g)

Panasonic FZ300 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the FZ300, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram underneath shows you an overview of the FZ300 compared to it's top scored rivals listed previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might regard as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
8.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
691 grams (1.52 lbs)
132 x 92 x 117mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.6")
Battery life
380 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail price