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The 24x PowerfulOptical Zoom with Full Range F2.8 Aperture New LUMIX DMC-FZ300 in Splash/Dust-proof Rugged Design Featuring 4K Photo and 4K Video Recording

Sep 29, 2015

Panasonic is proud to introduce a new powerful zoom camera DMC-FZ300 as a true successor to the DMC-FZ200, which surprised the world with its outstanding lens performance of full range F2.8 aperture (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm). Succeeding the essence, the new DMC-FZ300 complies with 4K ultra high definition which enables 4K Photo and 4K video recording.

The stunningly fast F2.8 aperture in 600mm has never been achieved by any digital compact cameras but DMC-FZ200, which makes it possible to capture moving subjects clearly with fast shutter speed even it is distant away.

The 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the new image processor Venus Engine in DMC-FZ300 feature enables shooting high quality image even in higher sensitivity recording up to ISO 6400, higher resolution and superior color reproduction.

The 4K is the advanced definition of video imagery that boasts stunning detail. The DMC-FZ300 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Three new exclusive functions are newly integrated to capture the fleeting photo opportunities; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All these functions help saving pictures without missing the spur-of-the-moment by cropping the frame you exactly want out of the 4K burst file.

The LUMIX’s popular FZ series pack a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over photo and video recording.The DMC-FZ300 newly integrates a large, bright 1,440K-dot OLED(Organic Light-Emitting Diode)LVF (Live View Finder) with approx.100% field of view in 4:3 aspect. It boasts 0.7x magnification and astonishingly high contrast at 10,000:1 together with excellent color reproduction.

For even faster response and higher mobility, the DMC-FZ300 newly integrates the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology to achieve ultra high-speed AF of approx.0.09 sec. It contributes to the high speed burst shooting at 12 fps.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.

The DMC-FZ300 is developed to be the ultimate hybrid compact camera integrating outstanding optical performance of 25-600mm F2.8 high speed lens in a splash/dust-proof rugged design. Take it out for your outdoor field photography and you’ll be satisfied for sure with the results that never miss the fleeting photo opportunities.

1. Stunning Image Quality from 25mm Ultra Wide Angle to 600mm Tele End

As a true successor to the world-renowned powerful zoom camera DMC-FZ200 with high speed lens, the DMC-FZ300 inherits a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm) that achieves full range F2.8. It enables capturing a moving subject which is even in distant away clearly with fast shutter speed.

Comprising of 14 elements in 11 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and color bleeding at tele end. To achieve full range F2.8 with shallow depth of field, high precision correction performance against distortion is indispensable. Panasonic integrates 5 aspherical lenses and 3 ED lenses into the DMC-FZ300 to pass Leica's stringent standards.

Plus, with the Nano Surface Coating technology, light reflection is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration enabling to capture clear, sharp image from wide to tele.

The combination of 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and new Venus Engine achieves even higher picture quality.The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally. As a result, the max. ISO 6400 is achieved. The aperture filter is capable of controlling over wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect. The Venus Engine in DMC-FZ300 excels in diffraction compensation to make the result image crisp and clear even shot with small aperture. In addition, the Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves stunning picture quality in its natural way - that is what LUMIX aspires for.

2 .4K Capability Bringing the Evolution in Videography/Photography – 4K Video and 4K Photo

The DMC-FZ300 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4 in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60 Hz) / 50p (50 Hz) videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF.

Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can enjoy “4K Photo” with DMC-FZ300. With the 4K Photo, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution by cutting a frame of the most photogenic timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Three exclusive functions are integrated to make the 4K photography even easier; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. The 4K Burst Shooting*1 allows consecutive shooting at 30 fps, which can be used just like a photo burst shooting. The 4K Burst (Start/Stop) mode starts consecutive shooting with a single press of a shutter button and stops it with the second press, which is more suitable for the shooting opportunities requiring longer waiting time. The 4K Pre-burst automatically records a total of 60 images right before/after the shutter release. All these functions in 4K Photo mode enables saving pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution; 3584×2684(4:3), 3800×2534(3:2), 4000×2248(16:9), 2928×2928(1:1) without missing the spur-of-the-moment.

The powerful 24x optical zoom with smooth 2-step zoom and 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+(Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)*2 are available in video recording, too. The 5-Axis correction compensates for the handshake occurring in virtually any direction.

High Speed Video enables recording subject with fast motion at 120 fps (NTSC / HD) / 100 fps (PAL / HD) or 240 fps (VGA), while Time Lapse /Stop Motion Animation are also available.

・Motion pictures with their file size set to [FHD],[HD]or[VGA]in[MP4]:

Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB.

-Since the file size becomes larger with [FHD], recording with [FHD]will stop before 29 minutes 59 seconds.

・Motion pictures with their file size set to [4K]in[MP4]:

Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

(You can continue recording without interruption even if the file exceeds 4GB, but the motion picture will be recorded and played back in separate files.)

*1 Max.29 min 59 sec.

*25-Axixs compensation does not work in 4K video recording.

3. Rugged Design and Better Control

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the DMC-FZ300 adopts splash / dustproof rugged design passing the stringent test quality standard of DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) flagship cameras despite its structure with a range of moving parts.

The DMC-FZ300 newly integrates a large, bright 1,440K-dot OLED(Organic Light-Emitting Diode)LVF (Live View Finder) with approx.100% field of view in 4:3 aspect. It boasts0.7x magnification and astonishingly high contrast at 10,000:1. Suppressing both blown highlights and blocked shadows, the LVF in DMC-FZ300 assures outstanding viewability under any circumstances.The display time lag is minimized dramatically compared with the predecessor DMC-FZ200. The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF.

Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3-inch free-angle rear monitor features approx.100% field of view. The touch-control system immediately lets users to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter. It is free and easy to enlarge the target point with fingertips to set precise focus.Thanks to the increased resolution up to approx.1040K-dot and improved color reproduction, the DMC-FZ300 secures higher visibility even in sunny outdoor than ever.

To further enhance the controllability, the DMC-FZ300 newly comes with a side dial in addition to the rear dial. Users can change settings such as aperture, shutter speed with the side /rear dials and can also customize the assignment of functions as well as on Fn buttons. Furthermore, it is also possible to make a temporary shift of dial functions with Dial Operation Switch. For example, users can adjust white balance with a front dial and set ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or seeing the noise effect, which is helpful in the complex lighting situations. Either AFS/AFC/MF can be switched with the dedicated focus lever.

4. High Speed Response and Stunning AF Performance

For even faster response and higher mobility, the DMC-FZ300 newly integrates a dedicated linear motor into the focus system to achieve ultra high-speed AF. In addition, the Light Speed AF is further enhanced with an adoption of DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*1 which even shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level at 240 fps high signal exchange speed. As a result, the DMC-FZ300 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.09sec*2, which is approx.350% faster than DMC-FZ200. This improvement benefits more as focal length increases. The DMC-FZ300 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus. DMC-FZ300 is capable of releasing mechanical shutter at max.1/4000 sec (at 25mm wide end) and 1/3200 sec (at 600mm tele end) and even at 1/16000 with electronic shutter, which reduces washouts even under strong sunlight.

Together with the quick start-up of approx.0.88sec, the DMC-FZ300 never lets photographers miss fleeting shooting opportunities.

The DMC-FZ300 also comes with new focus options. The Full Area AF allows setting focus on any part of the approx.100% field of view. Focus detect area is increased to 49 points for more flexible composition together with Custom Multi AF mode in which users can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area. Now the 1-area AF area can be seamlessly magnified not only in manual but also in auto focus mode. The Pinpoint AF helps focusing on tiny area by magnifying the part that can be watched with a frame-in-frame window. With the Low Light AF, AF works in -3EV lower-lit situations which is as dark as under the moonlight sky with no other light source. For more practical control over focusing, the DMC-FZ300 incorporates Focus Peaking function that shows the focus position in MF and AF+MF mode. Users can see the peaking of focus while monitoring the subject in live view. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-FZ300 newly incorporates Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of human face. The Eye Sensor AF starts focusing by just looking into the LVF. Tracking AF is also advanced in the point of tracking accuracy by estimating the subject’s movement.

*1Works for photo shooting only.

*2Based on the CIPA standard, when using Live View Finder.

5. Other Features

・Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones ADVANCED

The DMC-FZ300 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Pairing the camera and the smartphone/tablet is quick and easy by skipping the password input or by reading the QR code. Once connecting the camera and smartphone/tablet installing Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shooting / browsing / sharing images remotely.

・RAW data development in Camera

The DMC-FZ300 is capable of shooting images in RAW and develop them in camera.

・Highlight/Shadow Control

The Live View function is also advanced digitally making it possible to adjust highlight / shadow separately with the rear dial. 3 patterns of settings can be customized in addition to 3 patterns of preset.

・Creative Panorama

The Panorama Shot function allows shooting horizontal/vertical wide panoramic image by shooting sequent pictures easily. Either “Standard(minimum distortion)” or “Wide(maximum angle of view)” can be selectable. Combining with the Creative Control, users can get a dynamic, artistic image.

・Expandability with Optional Accessories

The DMC-FZ300 complies with a variety of accessories sold separately. Connecting with the 3.5mm microphone socket, a Stereo/Shotgun Microphone DMW-MS2 enables higher quality sound recording. Users can attach a Close-up Lens DMW-LC55 or a Tele Conversion Lens DMW-LT55 which extends the zoom ratio by 1.7x, equivalent to 1020mm(equivalent to 35mm camera). The External Flash such as DMW-FL580L(GN58) can be mounted, which also works as LED light for video recording.

・1cm Macro

・Silent Mode

・Level Gauge

・WB (White Balance) Bracket

・Creative Control with 22 Filters

・iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photo and Video

・Multiple Exposure

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•Some accessories are not available in some countries.

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•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

•Service specifications are subject to change without notice.

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