Lumix FZ300, a short review

So as you know (if you looked at my last blog) I’ve been using a point-and-shoot camera, specifically, the Canon Powershot SX240 HS, for the last three years. I mastered that little camera and will be coming out with a series of tutorials called “getting to know your point-and-shoot” using that camera. After three years, I was like “boy, if I don’t upgrade to something more challenging, I’m going to go crazy.” So of course I dove into research and was all ready to save up for a DSLR when a friend of mine, who just bought a Canon 90D (look it up!) said to me “start small and when you upgrade don’t jump two levels.” In other words, don’t go from point-and-shoot to DSLR.

So I did some more research and found out about Bridge cameras, basically the next level after point-and-shoot. Then I found the Lumix DMC-FZ300, and for its price, it was PACKED with DSLR features, but in an easy to use bridge camera body, so I got it.

So this blog is a short unboxing (no video sorry) and review.

To start off, In the box there is the camera body, a lens hood, a strap, a battery and charger. There is also an instruction manual in three languages and some other instructions on a cd.

The complete unboxing, everything you get in the box.

The feel of the camera is very nice, it has a very sturdy feel and the grip is easy and comfortable to hold. The battery life is really good but I didn’t want to pay 120$ for two extra batteries so I got some DSTE third party replacement batteries for it that even the pros liked.

The batteries actually have surprisingly good battery life for third party batteries. They also charge very fast and show the battery level on the camera which means they are “smart” batteries.

The DSTE batteries

Now let’s take a look at some of this cameras features:

25-600 mm 60x optical zoom

12.1 MP High sensitivity CMOS-BSI 1/2.3 sensor

A full f2.8-f8 that stays at f2.8 even at max zoom

Complete Manual settings as well as high speed shutter options (1/16000th)

A weather sealed and splash-proof body

4K Footage at 30p and FHD @ 60p

A 1060 Dot LVF and a 902000 dot 3′ vari angle touch screen

2 custom dials (one on the lens, on on the back)

External Microphone port for high quality audio

49 focus points with advanced face detection

4K photo burst mode

The 4K footage does require a very fast sd card but those aren’t very expensive. It goes to 30p in 4K and 60p in FHD which is great. It also does 120fps in HD, so I was able to get superb slo-mo footage.

Short example of the HD Slo-mo
4K example, 30fps
4K example, 30fps
FHD (1080p) 60FPS

It also has some built in effects that work VERY well. I took some pictures using different effects, and the results were very pleasing. Below are some of the pictures.

In conclusion, this camera for its price is a great upgrade form point-and-shoot. It’s easy to use and shoots great quality video/audio/photos.

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