In this review, we will be comparing S1 and FZ300, two Small Sensor Superzoom cameras from Fujifilm and Panasonic. Both cameras have 1/2.3-inch sensors but Fujifilm S1 has a 16.0 MP and Panasonic FZ300 has a 12.0 MP resolution. Fujifilm S1 was introduced to market in January 2014 and Panasonic FZ300 was launched in July 2015. There is 18 months difference between S1 and FZ300 so we don't expect to see a huge technology difference between these two cameras but it would still give an advantage to younger FZ300, especially in sensor tech.
We can expect this to be a close match up because both models are ranked amongst the best in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Out of 244 cameras in this class, Fujifilm S1 is ranked #4
with an overall score of 62 and Panasonic FZ300 is ranked #1
with an overall score of 71.
Here is a brief look at the main features of Fujifilm S1 and Panasonic FZ300 before getting into our more detailed comparison.
Let's read on the following sections in order to better understand in detail how Fujifilm S1 and Panasonic FZ300 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.