IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ300
The LUMIX DMC-FZ300 has the best handling of the group. The Hybrid OIS also made it the easiest to use across the entire zoom range, keeping the live view display stable enough to use for composition at its extremes, thus saving you from zooming out. It’s also great up close, with a macro function that lets you focus on objects with a minimum focus distance of just 1cm. Autofocus speed was miles ahead of the other two; thanks to Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus technology. And we liked the implementation of the 4K burst photo modes, as pulling out select frames from a video clip is certainly easier than trying to time the shot just right. Importantly, the 8-megapixel (3,840 x 2,160) images you get from these modes are still large enough to be usable for prints. Finally, the LUMIX DMC-FZ300 also offers the best video functions, with 4K at up to 30p and a microphone input for better audio recording.
Images up to ISO 1,600 are very usable with a little sharpening.
Two pictures from the same spot - full wide behind, and a crop of the subject at full tele in the circle.