HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

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.

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