The first Panasonic FZ300 specs have been leaked online along with the price of the upcoming bridge-styled superzoom camera.
The rumor mill mentioned the Panasonic FZ300 for the first time when the company registered the bridge camera on the Wi-Fi Alliance website. As initially reported, the device has been registered along with the Lumix G7 mirrorless camera, which has already been announced, and the Lumix GX8, which will be unveiled sometime this fall.
Trusted sources have previously said that the Japan-based company will introduce its superzoom shooter by the end of this summer. Now, a different source has revealed another set of interesting details, such as a partial specifications list and the camera’s retail price tag.
Panasonic FZ300 specs leaked: Micro Four Thirds sensor and faster lens
It appears that the FZ300 will serve as a replacement to the FZ1000 and there is a chance that it might be called FZ1000 Mark II.
The bridge camera will employ a lens that will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-200mm, just like the FZ1000. However, the maximum aperture will be faster and will range between f/1.8 and f/4. Additionally, the Leica-made lens will support f/1.8 at 30mm as well as f/2.8 at 200mm, the source said.
The FZ1000 features a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor. According to the source, the FZ300 or FZ1000 Mark II will make the jump to a Micro Four Thirds sensor. It will be made by Sony and will offer 4K video recording with clean, full sensor readout support.
Videographers will be pleased to hear that the shooter will employ a microphone port for attaching external mics, thus offering the possibility of higher audio quality. On the back, users will also find an articulated LCD touchscreen and a 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder.
Panasonic FZ300 set to be more expensive than the FZ1000
Beside the changes on the inside, the Panasonic FZ300 will undergo “radical” design changes, too. Its style will be new, which could mean that the camera will not be a direct replacement to the FZ1000, thus the change in the naming scheme. Either way, the new model will be sold for a price of $1,499 in the US.
For the time being, the FZ1000 is still available on the market and it can be purchased for a price around $720 from Amazon. In the meantime, stay close to Camyx for further details about this camera.