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Nikon Coolpix P610 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Nikon Coolpix P610 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

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Nikon Coolpix P610
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Higher megapixels Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 16MPMP digital camera. That's 3.9MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (12.1MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 60xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 36x bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (24xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 24mmmm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 1mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (25mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camera can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 920 pixels higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (1,040,000 pixels pixels). Read more

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

8 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 2.8 minimum aperture. That's 0.5 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix P610 (2.8). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

719mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 720mmmm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 719mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix P610 (720mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camera is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

0.19" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.39"", whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 is only a 0.2"" viewfinder screen size digital camera (0.19" smaller). Read more

Denotes the size of the viewfinder on the digital camera.

The larger the viewfinder screen on your camera, the easier it will be to use.

20 more battery life Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a digital camera that takes 380 shots battery life, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 only takes 360 shots battery life. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$97 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 costs $497.99, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 is $595.00.
Available from 4 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Five more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has 9 awards, however the Nikon Coolpix P610 has 4 awards.
Expert reviews are better
Based on 36 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an average expert review score of 87%, but the Nikon Coolpix P610 has an average rating of 80% (based on 14 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
0.5 larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 3.3 minimum aperture digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,440mmmm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a 720mmmm maximum focal length digital camera (719mm longer). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camera is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 0.2"" viewfinder screen size digital camera. That's 0.19" smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 (0.39""). Read more

Denotes the size of the viewfinder on the digital camera.

The larger the viewfinder screen on your camera, the easier it will be to use.

Only 360 shots battery life Edit
The Nikon Coolpix P610 takes 360 shots battery life, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 only takes 380 shots battery life. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More expensive by $97
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is $97.01 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300.
Fewer sellers
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is only stocked by 3 sellers, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is stocked by 7 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by one month
The Nikon Coolpix P610 is one month older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300.
Five less awards
The Nikon Coolpix P610 has only received 4 awards, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has received 9 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix P610 is 80%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 87% (based on 36 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
3.9MP lower megapixels Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a megapixels of 12.1MPMP, however the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 16MPMP digital camera (3.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has an optical zoom of 24xx, however the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 60xx optical zoom digital camera (36x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

1mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is 25mmmm minimum focal length, but the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 24mmmm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm shorter). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camera can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

920x lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 has a display resolution of 1,040,000 pixels pixels, whereas the Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (920 pixels higher). Read more

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge
 bridge
Megapixels
16MP
BEST
12.1MP
Image Sensor Size
1" 1"
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3840 x 2160
 2448 x 2448
 1920 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type
 CMOS
BEST
 CMOS
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
BEST
Total Megapixels
16.76MP
BEST
12.8MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Optical Zoom
60x
BEST
24x
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Minimum Aperture Number
3.3 2.8
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
6.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,440mm 720mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
25mm
Aspherical Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data 5
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 48x
Lens Structure (elements/groups)

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
 tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Face detection
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.5m
BEST
0.3m
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
2m 2m

Light Exposure

ISO Sensitivity
 1600
 100
 100 - 1600
 Auto
BEST
 1600
 100
 100 - 1600
 Auto
Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
 Shutter priori
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
 Shutter priori
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 6,400
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program
 Program AE
 Program

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 60s
BEST
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 656 x 488
 3840 x 2160
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 656 x 488
 3840 x 2160
 640 x 480
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG-4
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG-4
 MP4
 AVCHD
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 PAL N
 NTSC
 NTSC/PAL
 PAL/NTSC
 PAL
 PAL N
 NTSC
 NTSC/PAL
 PAL/NTSC
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@100fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x480@100fps
 1280x720@30fps
HD Type
 Full HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Field of View
100% 100%
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels
BEST
1,040,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.2" 0.39"
BEST
Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.88x
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
Security Algorithms
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA
 WPA2
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
 Crop
 Resizing
 Crop
 Resizing
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DPOF
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Thumbnail
 Single
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Thumbnail
 Single
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Moon
 Children
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Moon
 Children
Languages Support
 Multi
 I
 Multi
 I
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 EN
 ES
 F
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 ESP
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 EN
 ES
 F

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
640g
BEST
Height
85mm 91.5mm
Depth
106.5mm 117.1mm
Width
125mm 131.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
565g
BEST
691g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,200mAh
Battery Life
360 shots 380 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Recharge Time
3h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 USB

Networking

Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Camera Shutter Speed

Technical Details

Silent Shooting
Viewfinder Resolution
921,000 pixels 1,440,000 pixels

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