The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 is the successor to the FZ200 model, a digital superzoom or ‘bridge’ camera which was highly praised when first introduced in 2012.
When a new or updated model of an existing camera is released I really want to see something new. The FZ330 has that with it’s 360degree free angle monitor and menu system now including touch screen technology.
The Lumix FZ200 was celebrated for its f2.8 maximum aperture, easy handling and key digital specifications, so does the FZ330 represent a significant improvement on the older model, or is it less successful by comparison?
In this review I will consider the key features that distinguish the 330 from the 200 whilst also evaluating the 330 on its own merits and then summarise who it’s target market is.
But first – If you want the key spec in bullet form – here it is-
Key Specification of the Panasonic Lumix FZ330
- F2.8 (constant) 25-600mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
- Touch Sensitive Rear Monitor
- Splash / Dustproof Outdoor Design
- 4K Video Recording
- 4K Photo – 4K Burst (Start&Stop)
- 1,440k-dot, 0.7x Large OLED L ViewFinder
- 3.0-inch multi-angle Screen
- 5 axis image stabiliasation
- 0.09 fast focus
- captures RAW files and JPEGs
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Detailed Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Review
The most apparent distinction between the FZ330 and the older FZ200 is the addition of 4K resolution. This means that the camera screen has 4,000 pixels, and is categorised as ‘ultra high-def’.
Pictures taken are very well defined and have an incredibly real crispness to them. You could look at your digital camera shots on a widescreen TV and you wouldn’t be able to see any fuzziness.
The new FZ330 has the same Leica 25-600 mm lens, meaning that it has a good focal range for both long range and wide angle shots. This means that the camera can cover a variety of photographic styles, including portrait and landscape.
The camera also sports the same constant aperture of f2.8. The aperture of the camera lens, much like the iris of your eye, determines how much light gets in. This large aperture makes up somewhat for the camera’s small light sensor and helps to make the camera more rounded and versatile.
Panasonic claims it can achieve fast focus in 0.09 seconds. I can’t tell you if this is exactly correct, but the camera can sometimes achieve focus faster than I can.
The choices of single autofocus, flexible autofocus, continuous autofocus and manual focus are available with a 240fps drive. If you’re photographing something in motion, you want a camera as fast as Panasonic’s Lumix FZ330.
Starting with the good bits, this camera’s vari-angle touch screen is of high quality, making it easy to navigate through options and use the camera in any position, perfect for the seasoned nature photographer.
The camera has different photo modes available including 4K burst shooting mode, 4K burst (start/stop) mode and 4K pre-burst mode.In burst (start/stop) mode, the camera records 30 frames a second after the shutter release is pressed and until it’s depressed.
In pre-burst mode, the camera records 30 shots immediately before and after the shutter is pressed giving 60 very quick frames. You need never lose one of those perfect, momentary photo opportunities again. In a video sequence any frame from the 4K video recording can provide an 8MP still image of superb quality. How useful is that?
This camera has high ISO performance, with sensitivity ranging from 100 to 64000. This means that noise in the image can be reduced and doesn’t detract from the high def image or the light sensitivity.
The FZ330 can capture raw files as well as JPEGs. All in all, there are a lot of different functions with different settings that prove to be a boon to the amateur photographer and don’t distract the professional. It provides a compelling mixture for any photographer and will serve you well as you make the transition from hobbyist to enthusiastic skilled photographer.
How does the DMC-FZ330 Handle
This camera handles well. It’s made of plastic, but the casing has a slightly rubbery texture. The hand grip on the side of the 330 is slightly bigger than the 200 and moulds well to fit the hand. I found that this camera was neither too heavy nor insubstantial.
The dials next to the touch screen can easily be accessed without having to take your hand off the grip, meaning that all the different functions can be found conveniently whilst taking a picture.
What people liked about the FZ330
As the camera has been just recently released at the time of writing, reviews are few, but raving. The FZ330 has received a maximum 5 stars out of 5 from all purchasers to date, (currently 5 reviews)
Handling is virtually perfect: it has a good size and weight without being cumbersome, the 5-axis image stabilisation is much better than the anti-shake system on the FZ200
A better battery/sdhc compartment lid hinging to the front of the camera allows ……. have access to the the battery and SDHC card whist still on the tripod.
Another Amazon customer stated
Amazing camera, brilliant zoom lens, very fast and accurate autofocus, so many features I haven’t found them all yet.
What people didnt like about the FZ330
- One disappointment of this camera is its smallish 1/2.3 inch sensor, meaning that less light is picked up by the camera.
- The price is also a substantial jump from the previous model and not too far off that of Panasonic’s flagship DMC-FZ1000EB model.
To summarise, this camera has several marked improvements on the FZ200, mainly in terms of digital technology.
There’s the 4K pixel screen, which is touch sensitive and able to articulate. The features are all easily accessible from the screen and the dials located on the camera. But it’s also an improvement in terms of shooting power, having both a markedly faster focus and better range of focus.
The camera performed well in producing clear images in a number of styles and can be used equally well by amateurs and professionals.
In my opinion, this camera would be a perfect option for most photographers , but particularly for a nature or professional events photographer, someone who likes to get a feel for all the different features of a camera and wants a model that will continue to surprise and deliver high quality shots over a lifetime.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 is possibly the best new bridge camera for 2016– highly recommended.