• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic FZ300 advantages over Olympus E-M10 III

  • Less expensive
    $448* vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.3 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.4 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Olympus E-M10 III advantages over Panasonic FZ300

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.78 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    49 mm vs 117 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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.

  • Superbly-built, comfortable and compact body; Pairs beautifully with pancake kit lens; Excellent image quality; Excellent performance in most respects; Great single-shot autofocus; Really nice viewfinder and touch-screen display; Friendlier user interface courts amateurs.

  • Some controls are a bit small and tightly-packed; Hand grips are still a bit modestly-sized for larger lenses; Continuous and video autofocus just isn't up to snuff; New user interface can feel limiting to advanced photographers; Underwhelming battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Panasonic FZ300
Panasonic FZ200
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic FZ200
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Leica V-LUX 4

Panasonic FZ300
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Headphone jack
Olympus E-M10 III
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Fujifilm S8200

Panasonic FZ300
Fujifilm S8200
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-M10 III
Fujifilm S8200
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Panasonic FZ300
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M10 III
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic FZ300
Panasonic GX85
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic GX85
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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