I took the Panasonic FZ300 for an afternoon walk, just me, the dog, and the FZ300. I took quite a few photos in the hour or so I was out, and I had a lot of fun playing with the macro setting. Here’s a few of the close-up and macro photos I picked out of the bunch.
These are all SOOC (Straight-Out-of-Camera) JPG files by the way. I shot RAW + jpg, but I find the FZ300 is producing some good quality jpgs, so that’s what I chose to display here.
I find the macro setting works best with the lens at the wide end. Like most point & shoot cameras, the FZ300 doesn’t seem to like to (be able to?) focus close-up up in macro mode at the long end of the lens (or even mid-way).
The swing-out LCD screen along with the tap and shoot ability of the FZ300 made it fun and easy to do macro shots.
I had a bit of a time getting the small, dried, brown flower between the rim spokes in focus, even with the tap and shoot.
Stare into this stone long enough, and you just might see the hidden message there. 🙂
The red berries above is one of the only photos that I shot in manual mode as the camera was under-exposing due to strong back-lighting. The rest, as I recall, were all shot in “P” mode.
Over-all, I’m really liking the little Panasonic FZ300. It’s a fun camera, with a very good lens, that delivers quite nice image quality. As a bonus, it shoots in RAW, something I missed on the Nikon P900.
Battery life has been quite good, even out shooting on a cold winter day as I was here, and I also had no problem using and manipulating the FZ300 controls with a light pair of fleece gloves on.
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