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Panasonic Lumix Fz300 VS Nikon D5600

Panasonic Lumix Fz300 VS Nikon D5600 Oct 05, 2020
This is an image the Panasonic Lumix Fz300 and the Nikon D5600

These are the two cameras I use. Now some people may think I use two different cameras because of the types of photography I do. On one hand, it’s true. But on the other hand, it’s because of the different accessible functionalities they have, and the situation I may be in when taking pictures. They're both great cameras so I’m not saying if one is better then the other.

Panasonic Lumix FZ300

Let us start with the Panasonic Lumix FZ300. This camera is a bridge camera, and what that means is. That it fills the gap between pocked point and shoot and DSLR/mirrorless cameras. So the lens is permanently mounted to the camera body, so you can’t change the lens. The lens is 25-600 mm. But if you zoom in on an object, it can go up to 1200mm, and that’s great. You have to keep one thing in mind. If you zoom up to 1200 mm, you will better off using a tripod for the best results, it has to remain steady.

Before deciding on the Lumix FZ300, I kept in mind that the overall weight of a camera was very important to me. If it’s too heavy, it will make it harder to keep the camera steady. The weight of this particular camera is approximately 691 grams. That’s not that bad, because I know there are rigs out there that weigh a lot more than that, with and without a lens.

The pullout screen is the most important feature I look for and need. Now for me, I can not hold up the camera to look out the viewer, so the flip-out screen is an asset, and it’s just not me that the flip-out screen is needed. Many people with accessible challenges do not have the strength to hold up a camera for long periods or not even at all. Now that I have my adapted grip for holding my camera up high, I know that I can hold up almost any type of camera. The one issue I have found so far with these two cameras, and I can’t speak on other cameras, is the installing and removing of the SD card, it can be challenging at times.

Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 has almost the same features as the Lumix FZ300 when it comes to accessibility but in different places. One big difference is the lenses. Because this is not a bridge camera. The lens our interchangeable and this plays a big role when it comes to weight. If you remember the Lumix FZ300 weighs approximately 691 grams. The D5600 weighs 415 grams without a lens. If you add the Nikon AF-P DX 18-55 VR F3.5-5.6G lens that's 205 grams, in total it’s 620 grams. So it’s lighter than the FZ300. But if you add the Nikon AF-P DX 70-300MM/4.5-6.3G ED Lens that's 400 grams, you looking at 815 Grams. Then you're starting to look at more weight. Keep in mind that someone else may be able to hold more height than me or needs to use a tripod or some type of adaptive device at all times to hold the camera.