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- F2.8 25-600 mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
- Splash/dustproof rugged design
- 4K video/4K photo
- 3.0-inch free-angle
- Touch panel rear monitor
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|Connectivity Technology||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Wi-Fi||Smartphone, Tablet via WIFI|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||2.7 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||600||20.1||12.1 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.1 megapixels||24.78 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||—||—||Yes||Yes||—||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||5.18 x 4.61 x 3.6 cm||10.01 x 10.01 x 10.01 cm||19.99 x 19.99 x 19.99 cm||8.28 x 14.26 x 10.42 cm||7.7 x 12.9 x 10.2 cm||12.55 x 7.4 x 9.3 cm|
|Item Weight||—||0.78 kg||0.64 kg||0.6 kg||436 grams||1.03 kg|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||50 Watt Hours||2 Watt Hours||5 Watt Hours||11.5 Watt Hours||11.1 Watt Hours||6.1 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Packaging||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment|
|Max Focal Length||600 mm||400 mm||600 mm||50 mm||18||135|
|Min Focal Length||25 mm||25 mm||25 mm||28 mm||55||18|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||20.9||12.1 megapixels||24 megapixels||24.1 megapixels||24.24 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||—||Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||—||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Anti-dust function^Auto Exposure (AE) lock^Auto Focus (AF) lock^Auto focusing (AF) modes: Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus^Battery charger included^Battery level indicator^Built-in microphone^Contrast adjustment^Dioptre correction^Eye Relief:2.65 cm^Flash exposure compensation^Full HD^Light metering: Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot^Noise reduction^Saturation adjustment^Scene modes:Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Twilight^Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,10 s^Sill image capture resolution:6000 x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688, 8192 x 1,856, 3872 x 2160, 12416 x 1856, 5536 x 2160^Touch sensitive screen^Vari-angle LCD display^Video recording^lens structure:8/7||—||GPS; water_resistant|
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Leica lens 25-600 mm Zoom with Full-Range F2.8
The 25-600 mm Lecia DC Vario-Elmarit lens boasts full-range F2.8. Regardless of how distant your subject is, or how fast it is moving, this lens won’t let it get away. And the constant F2.8 capability enhances low light shooting throughout the entire zoom range.
Also, Panasonic’s black box technology Nano Surface Coating boasts low reflectance ratio and it is applied to the Lumix FZ330 for good optical performance with clarity by minimising flaring and ghosting.
35 mm camera equivalent: 25-600 mm
- 12.1 MP high sensitivity MOS sensor
- Venus engine: Improved picture quality in low light conditions
- 3.0 inch free-angle, touch panel rear monitor
- Five-axis correction/tilt correction
- High speed auto-focusing with DFD technology
- Close-up macro shooting (minimum focusing distance: 1 cm)
- Unwire your creativity via Wi-Fi: Easy sharing and geotagging
- Creative panorama
- High speed video in HD
- 12 FPS burst shooting
4K Video and 4K Photo - Capture the Moment
Special moments you want to remember can occur at any time and should be captured in high resolution. Now Panasonic's 4K technology is available for everyone. With the introduction of the Lumix FZ330, you will be able to record video in 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps, 100 Mbit/s). Furthermore, with the 4K Photo feature, you can extract the right photo out of a 4K video sequence easily on the camera and save it as an 8 megapixel equivalent still image.
The Lumix FZ330 frees your creativity for both video and photo.
Splash/Dustproof Rugged Design
To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the Lumix FZ330 adopts splash/dustproof rugged design. It comes with sealings onto every joint, dial and button to pass the stringent test quality standard of flagship DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras. You can take the Lumix FZ330 for outdoor photography under harsh weather conditions from marshy jungle to windy desert.
1.440k-dot, 0.7x Large OLED LVF
The Lumix FZ330 comes with a high-resolution (1,440k-dot) OLED Live View Finder which allows high visibility thanks to a 10,000:1 contrast and precision framing even under direct sunlight conditions. High 0.7x magnification (35 mm camera equivalent) makes it easy to see image details. Also with all your settings displayed right in front of your eye, your pictures will always come out exactly how you want them to.
RAW Data Development in Camera
The Lumix FZ330 can shoot images in RAW-format and even develop them inside the camera, to adjust the following settings: Colour space setting (sRGB/AdobeRGB), white balance, exposure compensation, photo style, intelligent D-range control, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction, intelligent resolution, sharpness.
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The sensor struggles at high ISO. She's capped it at 400, and produced very nice results.
The camera can shoot RAW and comes bundled with a decent editing program (Silkypix).
The wide, fast, lens allows for a huge range of useful shutter-speeds in decent light.
"AF+MF" mode has been a revelation to her. It's enabled from a menu. Once it's on, AF does its thing and then a well-positioned thumbwheel on the left side of the barrel enables you to tweak focus very, very, precisely (with picture-in-picture zoom on the viewfinder, and focus-peaking).
She hasn't really experimented much with 4k photo bursts, but sees the possibilities. "Normal" bursts run pretty fast even when shooting in RAW.
Battery life is a little down from some other cameras; order a spare and keep it charged!
The eyecup is excellent (she couldn't use the viewfinder on the FZ72 due to her spectacles getting in the way).
The touch-screen is brilliantly designed. Opened out, it can be used like a laptop touchpad while looking through the viewfinder.
Her summary: it's been designed by a photographer. All the settings you might reasonably want to change are easy to find "in the field."
UPDATE: 6 months and some 15,000 photos later. My daughter is still absolutely delighted with the camera. On one or two occasions, she wanted a longer reach for a small-bird shot, and we fished her previous bridge (FZ72) out of the bag... she couldn't believe how slow and inaccurate it felt by comparison with the 330.
It really isn't great at indoors/low-light photography, and the flash is underpowered. Not a problem for her type of pictures, but worth knowing.
4k burst is a bit too gimmicky for her, and leaves you with very little room for cropping if you want really nice pictures. You can extract frames from a "normal" video in-camera, which works better.
The range of options in the menu is really huge, and it is time well-spent looking through them. "Silent" mode (electronic shutter, and no beeps) is extremely useful during shows/presentations etc, as well as with easily-scared animals.
Still the best buy for wildlife photographers in this price range.
I've added a few more recent pictures just because I'm very impressed that this combination of young photographer and bridge camera can produce them!
However, I fully acknowledge and appreciate that the quality of its build, imaging and range of features is superb in a camera of this type and price.
In the following review .... well, to be honest, it's more a collection of thoughts, impressions and experiences rather than a full-blown technical review .... I will at times be comparing the FZ330 to the Canon SX60HS which was my primary camera. As of now, I think the FZ330 will replace it.
A brief bit of background will set the following thoughts into a context to help you to decide whether what I write is helpful to you or not :- I've been interested in photography since the mid 1970's when, age 30, I bought a Pentax 35mm SLR which I used in conjunction with a Weston V lightmeter. I used that setup (plus a wide angle and a zoom lens) for well over 20 years before moving on to a Fuji S7000 digital camera and eventually the Canon SX60HS. My primary interests are in macro, landscape and 'candid' work. In the latter category, I have been asked to take informal records of guests and gatherings at 6 weddings with results that have often elicited the comment that my informal 'captures' have subsequently evoked better memories than the albums created by formal wedding photographers. For five of those occasions I used the S7000 and the SX60HS for one. I mention all that to validate my claim to be an experienced, 'intuitive' amateur rather than a technically proficient amateur. Of relevance to those and all following comments are the facts that I prefer to concentrate on getting photographs rather than navigating endless menus. I have no real interest in movies because stills are my main interest. I sometimes use my digital camera(s) for tabletop animation. I use Photoshop if I want to apply effects and have no interest whatsoever in doing that 'in camera'.
Right - on to the cameras themselves rather than me ...
The 330 takes stunning images. I became aware of that from the moment I started trying it out. I'm not a great fan of superzooming but the quality and stability of the 330 lens and system was a revelation. Equally, it's usefulness for macro work was just as good. To my admittedly ageing eyes, the image quality of the 330 seems slightly better than for the SX60HS and it's zoom is definitely MUCH better - albeit not as far reaching as the Canon. If you're a dyed-in-the-wool superzoomer then maybe the 330 isn't for you. But if you value stability and image quality then it should be a camera that you consider very carefully.
The 330 has a touchscreen. This works very well, even with a screen protector fitted to it. The SX60HS does not have the same type of screen, so this was my first experience of using one. I know that touchscreens are currently the 'in' thing (along with increasingly ridiculous amounts of zoom) and although it's easy to use, I personally found that using it intruded on the process of taking a photograph. The EVFs of both cameras work exceptionally well and give very clear images in their own right. (The precursor to the SX60Hs, the SX50HS had a famously awful EVF). Perhaps because of my history using the old Pentax, I still prefer to work with a viewfinder when and where I can, so both the 330 and SX60HS allowed me to do that with ease. The 330 has an advantage in that it detects whether you are using the viewscreen or the EVF and switches between them automatically when you put or remove your eye from the EVF. That is a very useful function.
The viewscreen for the Canon is pleasingly uncluttered by mini-icons whereas the 330 screen often has many of these in view - although they can be removed at a touch of DISP button. With the 330, of course, the icons become active controls when you use the main viewscreen. At first, the camera is as intuitive to use as the Canon if (as is likely) you begin by using the 'Intelligent Auto' function. You can, in fact stay with that setting for quite a long time as you familiarise yourself with the camera.
To demonstrate this, I am uploading 4 photos. All were taken during the writing of this review. All were taken within 4 minutes from inside a room on a rather dull day. I used the IA setting without any subsequent tweaks, changes of setting or use of any software other than a resizer to reduce the image and file sizes so that Amazon would accept them. I'll leave it to you to decide how well the 330 works at the basic level of Intelligent Auto. In the future, I will try to remember to upload a few additional images.
(---- UPDATE April ---- I've just added some images to demonstrate the zoom. I deliberately chose a few quick shots in which the purpose of the zoom isn't immediately obvious. All were handheld in a slight breeze. All zooms are maximum. They are as follows:
Canal and path - but there's a tiny black bird on the far bank. The zoomed shot is of that bird.
Bridge over canal and power lines in sky. Tiny bird on one cable. The zoomed shot is of that bird.
Tangles branches of tree. Two collared doves on one branch. The zoomed shot is of the pair.
2nd shot along canal with path on right. The zoomed shot shows what is happening at the lock gates.
View through arch of bridge over canal. Tiny white marker in distance. The Zoomed shot is of that marker.
It is at this point that my own experience, preferences and idiosyncracies come into play - the 330 has a multitude of options, functions and settings. For me - and I stress that personal point of view - these can quickly become intrusive. However, the 330 does allow you to assign your favourite settings to several function keys as well as C1, C2 or C3 modes and this is a boon. The Canon and, let's face it, pretty well modern bridge and DSLR cameras work in the same way. However, the 330 does seem to be extremely well designed in this respect. It's just that as yet I haven't mastered everything. The Canon is not as well provided with the option to assign as many different preferred settings or modes. Whereas the Canon has C1 and C2 modes accessible via the mechanical wheel, the 330 has just one 'C' on its wheel and you choose between C1, C2 or C3 by using the touchscreen. (There may be another way but as yet I haven't found it).
So - at the moment, I'm finding that the 330 has a fairly steep learning curve after my experience of the type of menu systems that Canon use. I'm finding that by pressing a button at the wrong time or for the wrong reason, the camera can plunge me into a menu screen that I wasn't expecting. This can become very frustrating but is something that will no doubt become easier and clearer with use and practise..
On the other hand, I am coming to the opinion that the 330 - once understood - will be by far the better camera. It focuses faster than the Canon, especially where zoom is concerned and the EVF gives a brighter image AND is auto switches depending upon whether you are choosing to use it or the main viewscreen. One slight problem with the EVF is that if you have the touchscreen exposed, your nose rubs against it and can leave smears.
I therefore end by repeating my belief that the 5 star rating for the 33 will be fully justified once I have got past my remaining difficulties in learning how best to use and control it. I'm not going to down-rate it simply because I still have a lot to learn about how best to use it. My experience does suggest that if you are new to digital cameras or are upgrading from a model which had fewer functions and features, then allow plenty of time to get to know how to best use the 330. However, my experiences thus far also suggest that this is a brilliant camera and that alone provides the motivation to carry on using it and learning how best to use it.
My final comment is that neither camera provides a full manual. In both cases I chose to upload the full pdf of the manuals to companies who print and bind them. The cost wasn't excessive and was very worthwhile. The companies I used were camera-manual.com and print-my-pdf.com. From the one I ordered a spine-bound manual and from the other a spiral bound manual. Of the two types, the latter is massively more usable. Both companies provided very well produced books of the pdf files.
So there you have it - a mostly non-technical collection of thoughts and experiences which I hope will be of some use to you.
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So I have just bought back into the FZ range and am absolutely delighted with it ...
-Screen: touch functionality is brilliant and you can disable it if it's not your thing
-Handling: feels just right in the hand - I tried the FZ1000 and it wasn't nearly as comfortable
-Lens sharpness: brilliant and better in my view than the standard telephoto lenses you typically get for SLR's
-Photo quality: very good with natural colours - I use the camera mainly for bird pictures in good daylight and have it set to ISO capped at 200 in aperture priority at F4 for best results, but you can push the ISO higher and use the F2.8 to still get excellent output in lower light.
-Video: no idea as I've not used it yet
All in all, I thoroughly recommend this camera for general purpose use especially if you are not someone who spends time in front of the computer looking at pictures blown up to 100% to look for noise (many do believe it or not!).
Don't be put off by the zoom only being 600mm - many go further, but won't match the sharpness and will have detail blotched out by noise reduction where they have to raise the ISO by at least 2 stops to compensate for a higher aperture value - only the FZ can do F2.8 all the way through to 600mm.