Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 FZ300 Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (FZ300) Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response < 0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.9secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.8secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
10.3fps (94 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 10fps (20 shots)

Focus and shutter response are both extremely quick, and the camera is very quick in operation, with a fast continuous shooting speed. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images have good colour as well as high levels of detail, with images coming out sharp. Photos taken with flash show no signs of red-eye, and adjusting the flash levels can help balance natural and artificial light for a pleasing effect. Exposure is reliable, and the camera has a number of options to expand dynamic range, including an HDR mode. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Detail is good when using the lens at the wide-angle end of the lens, and image quality continues to remain good when zooming in with the lens, with the camera is capable of delivering good results even at the telephoto end of the lens. The lens is resistant to flare, and the provided lens hood helps here as well. Purple fringing and chromatic aberrations are well controlled, and distortion is automatically corrected in camera on the JPEG images. The macro focus mode lets you focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens at the wide-angle setting, the subject has to be further away as you use the optical zoom, and the minimum focus distance is helpfully displayed on screen when using the camera's zoom. The image stabilisation system does a good job keeping the image sharp, and the bright f/2.8 aperture helps in low light and when using optical zoom so that a quicker shutter speed can be used.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - For the lowest noise and best detail possible we would recommend using ISO100 to ISO400, as images have low levels of noise and good levels of detail. For lower light situations ISO800 and ISO1600 still provides good results, although noise increases and detail is reduced. At ISO3200 noise levels become strong and we would recommend avoiding this setting if possible, although results may still be useful if resized and used on the web. ISO6400 is best avoided as noise is extremely high, and detail is very low.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs very well under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving warmer results, which will be useful if you want to capture the ambience of a scene. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lights, and there is no fluorescent preset available on the camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous creative effects available, and the camera will record a raw version of the image so that you can go back to the original if you don't like the effect. There are 24 scene modes available, and you can also adjust the contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, and saturation settings.

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode that will shoot standard or extra wide panoramics. You simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are very good, and well stitched together, with a fairly high resolution image produced.

Panasonic Lumix FZ330 Panoramic P1010014 | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Panoramic | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100

Video - There are six pages of video options, including recording format (AVCHD / MP4), photo style, filter settings, snap movie, P/A/S/M, AFS / AFC, Continuous AF, Metering, Highlight/Shadow, iDynamic, iResolution, Diffraction compensation, iZoom, Digital Zoom, Conversion, Flicker Decrease, Silent operation (Screen control), Mic Level Display / Adjust (18 levels), Mic Level Limiter, Wind Noise cancellation, and Zoom Mic. Recording quality options include:

  • MP4: 4K: , 3840x2160, AAC, 25p and 24p, 100Mbps
  • MP4: FullHD: 1920x1080, AAC, 50p (28Mbps) and 25p (20Mbps):
  • MP4: HD: 1280x720, AAC, 25p, 10Mbps
  • MP4: VGA: 640x480, AAC, 25p, 4Mbps
  • AVCHD: FullHD 1920x1080, Dolby Digital, 50p, 28Mbps
  • AVCHD: FullHD 1920x1080, Dolby Digital, 50i, 17Mbps
  • AVCHD: FullHD 1920x1080, Dolby Digital, 25p / 24p, 24Mbps

There are also options to record 100fps HD video and 200fps VGA video. Other options available on the camera that may be of particular interest to those recording video include: zebra pattern, monochrome live view, focus peaking, as well as the microphone port on the side of the camera. Video quality is very good, and the camera's 5-axis image stabilisation system does a good job of keeping video steady when using the camera handheld or when using the full optical zoom. An additional video can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.


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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330

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pablophotographer 9 1.7k 384
18 Aug 2015 1:16PM
Yeah It should have focal length markings on the barrel, do you hear that Panasonic?
I'll exchange my FZ45 when you do so, lol
Niknut Plus
10 2.7k 82 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2015 4:40PM
Mmmmmm....can't see much improvement, if any, over my FZ45 ??

Image quality looks the same, lens zoom range same.......perhaps the EVF has a slightly higher
resolution, or is it the video capabilities that's been 'upped' ?.....I never use video anyway, so there's
no reason to 'upgrade' !!!......Love my FZ45 anyway !!!!!!!!!.Grin
18 Aug 2015 11:01PM
mmmmh... just arrived today a Fz45 that I bid in eBay for 47€.... and it is my 15th camera ....end is very Nice.
I' m starting love the fz45 ....color exposure....etc.
maybe I will bid for a "old" fz200
19 Aug 2015 5:48PM
You might find that once you look through the EVF, you might be tempted ! The problem I see is that it is about the same price as the FZ1000 which is quite superb, I cannot see anybody buying this one.
20 Aug 2015 9:01AM
Obviously a nice camera. It is a clever evolution of the the FZ200 but I wonder whether it is really worth the expense if you consider that the FZ1000 is only 25% pricier. I think I will keep my FZ200 until further developpments.
Kawika 6 7
11 Sep 2015 11:16PM
So, Pablo, what is your point?
Kawika 6 7
11 Sep 2015 11:35PM
It's very strange to claim that somehow the FZ45 is remotely comparable.
A few obvious and significant advantages of the FZ330 include:
mic port
articulated screen
screen 1040k vs 230k
touch screen
1440k dot EVF v 201k dot
video 4K, also true HD (1080) vs 720
ISO max 6400 vs 1600
hotshoe for flash
weather sealed
much quicker AF
much better IS
max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/2000s
max tele aperture 2.80 vs 5.20
much larger pixels

If you're only shooting the children's birthday parties or holiday snapshots for FaceBook, the FZ45 is probably good enough. But if you want room to improve you photography, capture elusive moments in bad light or with quick action, it is hopelessly outclassed compared to the FZ330.
14 Sep 2015 11:26AM
After reading the review ... I just how a very nice fz45 I purchased a fz200 in ebay .... Better in everything!!! Very fast AF like my 500d better colour and exposition of 500d and rarely You need more than 800ISO to shoot ... My best camera st the moment ( I have 2 dsrl and 3 m43) expecially for colour rnditition if You shoot in jpg
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
26 Sep 2015 12:04AM
With the FZ1000 having a sensor 4 times the size of the FZ330's, I don't see choosing the 330, evev with the longer, brighter? lens. What interests me with the FZ1000 is the Photo Video feature producing 8mp stills; I wonder how those compare in size with each other?
19 Mar 2016 10:03AM
I own this camera, I went through a few reviews of this camera before I replaced my FZ200, one thing is not mentioned, moving the LCD screen from its parked position, on the FZ200 was very awkward and fiddly, Panasonic have addressed this and it's very easy on the FZ330, the other thing I have to say is the electronic viewfinder is so much better you will never want to use the F200 again.
22 Jul 2016 4:02PM
Attention à l'arnaque : Design tropicalisé et semi-étanche

Je souhaitais vous faire part de ma mésavanture avec un FZ300 qui avait 8 mois donc toujours sous garantie constructeur.
Nous avions choisi cet appareil pour son design tropicalisé car nous faisons beaucoup de voyages exotiques.
Au bout de 8 mois et de 3 voyages, problème d'autofocus.
Nous le ramenons à la FNAC qui le renvoie à panasonic qui nous répond " Traces d'oxydation" pour les réparations vous devez payer 350 euros ( la moitié du prix de l'appareil).
Le problème c'est que nous n'avons jamais approché cet appareil de l'eau!!!
Panasonic n'a rien voulu entendre, ni même se remettre en question et nous a renvoyé sur la FNAC (revendeur) et sur Nicken Techno ( entreprise qui effectuent leurs tests). Nous avons même essayé de contacter directement leur service SAV et leur service commercial sans plus de succès.
C'est dommage sans cela c'était un bon appareil jusqu'à ce qu'il tombe en panne.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 384
22 Nov 2016 12:30AM
Karolyn said this: (Google translate)

''Attention to the scam: Tropicalized and semi-waterproof design

I wanted to tell you about my experience with a FZ300 that was 8 months so always under manufacturer's warranty.
We chose this camera for its tropical design because we do a lot of exotic travel.
After 8 months and 3 trips, autofocus problem.
We bring it back to the FNAC which returns it to panasonic who answers us "Traces of oxidation" for the repairs you have to pay 350 euros (half the price of the device).
The problem is that we never approached this device with water !!!
Panasonic did not want to hear, even question itself and referred us to the FNAC (reseller) and Nicken Techno (company that carry out their tests). We even tried to contact their service and sales department directly without any further success.
It is a pity without it it was a good device until it breaks down.''

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