The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 comes with a 24X zoom and 4K video

by on July 16, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 16, 2015

In addition to their new GX8 camera, Panasonic has also gone ahead and announced the arrival of a brand new Lumix FX300 DSLR camer that’s not only capable of producing video in 4K but can also manage a superzoom with its built-in 24x lens.

On the front of the new FX300 is a 24x lens (about equal to a 25-600mm in 35mm measurements) that knocks off a maximum aperture of f/2.8 over its entire zoom range. In addition to this, there’s a maximum ISO of 6400 which allows the lens to catch some fairly fast moving objects under low light conditions, and with remarkably good clarity.

The cameras body is a hardily designed dust and splash-proof construction that conceals a robust 12.1 megapixel ½.3 inch CMOS sensor powered by the Venus Engine image processor, which is a combination that can manage 4K video at a very decent 30/24p. Additionally, there are features in the camera which allow users to grab 8MP photos at a massively fast (for a smaller camera like this) 30 frames per second. Basically, we’re talking about individual stills being extracted from the native UHD video in this 4K camera, which offers a resolution that amounts to an 8 megapixel image.

The back of this new Panasonic camera also comes with a 1.44MP electronic viewfinder that offers a 100% field of view and a 4:3 aspect ratio. This EVF sits on top of a 3 inch 1.04 rotatable touchscreen.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 offers 4K video at 30 frames per second and a 24x zoom

The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 offers 4K video at 30 frames per second and a 24x zoom

Juat like its GX8 cousin, the new FZ300 also features Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus technology which is designed to create a high-speed autofocus in less than 0.09 seconds. This is by itself a major boost to the camera’s shooting at 12 frames per second.

Finally, other features of this robust little 4K camera include WiFi, Nano Surface coating on the lens for major ghosting and flar reduction, an optical image stabilizer, RAW video shooting, noise reduction technology, high speed video at 120 frames per second (only in HD) and even at 240 fps in VGA format, stop motion, a startup time of just 0.88 seconds and finally, a built in pop-up flash.

The new FZ300 camera from Panasonic will be going on sale as of October of 2015 and is expected to have a very reasonable price tag of just $600. Not bad for a 4K video camera with all these extra video features and such a powerful zoom.

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