Why Buy A 12 Megapixel Camera in 2022?
I recently regressed and purchased a 12.1 Megapixel (MP) Panasonic camera after years of using Sonys in the aXXXX lineup with twice the megapixels. What gives?
Why Buy a Panasonic LUMIX FZ300?
I’ve been in the market for a superzoom walk-around camera since my trip to Japan in 2016. When I made that trip, I learned or remembered a lot that I had forgot about traveling with too many cameras or too many electronic gadgets. When traveling, it’s important to be there. Be present. After all, you are in a foreign and maybe an exotic locale that you’ve never been in before. Do you really want to be juggling lenses and different cameras?
On the Japan trip, I decided not to bring my Sony DSLR and I instead brought a Panasonic FZ1000. I was very happy with the quality of the FZ1000, but you know what I ended up taking the most photos with by far? My cell phone. Yes, with the FZ1000 and also a 360 camera in tow, nearly all the photos I enjoy years later were taken with my cell phone because it was by far the most convenient at the time. I can’t say I missed much in terms of quality either.
After returning home, I sold the FZ1000 because it was still a thousand-dollar camera at the time and I put that money into a full-frame Sony aXXXX line up (which is fine for my purposes).
I currently own the Sony a6400 and Sony a5100. In fact, I have two a5100s– one in white and one in black. I think they are still extremely capable cameras in 2022. Both the a6400 and a5100 have 24MP APS-C sensors, although the a6400 can shoot 4K and the a5100 is limited to 1080 HD.
So what’s with the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300?
In short, I wanted a superzoom walk-around camera again which I can use to document my adventures with my son (who didn’t exist back when I had the FZ100). He’s four now and will start pee wee soccer this year. I want a weather-sealed superzoom that I can use to capture some pictures and videos of him from a distance. Also, I target shoot and I figure I could use the Panasonic as a sort of spotting scope which could also double as a video camera to capture footage of long-distance shots.
Is 12 Megapixels (12MP) Enough in 2022?
Prior to buying the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300, I did a lot of hand wringing about whether to get a camera with half the megapixels of even my base camera, the lowly model Sony a5100. But then I ran across two articles which reminded me that our eyes really can’t tell much of a difference beyond 12 megapixels anyway:
- You don’t need 108MP: Here’s why a 12MP camera phone is more than enough.
- How Many Megapixels is Good for a Camera? Quick Answer + 3 Charts
I won’t attempt to rewrite what those articles conveyed because I think they both speak well for themselves on the topic and cover the important points.
Once I receive the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300, I will do some testing an post the results on this site. I’m particularly interested to see if the camera can have a better sharpness with it’s optical zoom compared with cropping and enlarging an image digitally using the Sony a6400. In previous testing of a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 lens, I found it was actually better to take zoomed photos with the Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens and digitally enlarge them because the glass on the 55-210mm was rather poor. We’ll see if the same is true with the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300.