• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic FZ300 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.3 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon B500 advantages over Panasonic FZ300

  • Less expensive
    $257 vs $448
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    900 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Lighter weight
    541g vs 724g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Good image quality for its class; Improved ergonomics; Impressive new EVF and rear display; Versatile 24-600mm equivalent f/2.8 lens; Faster autofocus performance; 4K video and 4K Photo features.

  • Bulky camera body; Excessive default noise reduction applied at lower ISOs; Continuous autofocus performance is inconsistent.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Panasonic FZ300
Panasonic FZ200
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon B500
Panasonic FZ200
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Leica V-LUX 4

Panasonic FZ300
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Headphone jack
Nikon B500
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm HS35EXR

Panasonic FZ300
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $540
  • 1/2 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $540
  • 1/2 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Panasonic FZ300
Samsung WB1100F
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Lighter weight
Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L840

Panasonic FZ300
Nikon L840
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
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