Updated 21 Nov 2016

Panasonic

DMC-FZ 300

Snapshot: The Panasonic DMC-FZ 300 compact camera has a touchscreen, has a manual focus option, is water resistant, can shoot Full-HD video and has a huge zoom. But how’s the image quality?

DMC-FZ 300
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$939

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Test results

Overall score
69
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Very good screen.
  • Very good video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a huge zoom, a high-resolution articulated monitor, a high-resolution LCD viewfinder, PASM modes and a connection for an external flash.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$939
Type
Compact

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
12
Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
100 - 6400
Optical zoom
24
Aperture range
2.8 - 2.8
Zoom range
27 - 578
Shutter range
1/16000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
132 x 125 x 93
Weight (g)
725
Depth (mm)
125

Features

Water resistant
Yes
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1,040,000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder pixels
1440000

Video

Resolution
3840 x 2160
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
Integrated
Connection for external flash

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Notes
-

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