I company I just started working for has this camera and it has rarely been used except for inside interviews. I'll be shooting some agriculture - fields, veggies, small plants and people soon. Any recommendations for tweeking the settings to get a better look? Right now the blacks are really black.
Here ( http://www.panasonic.com/business/provideo/scene_files_main.asp ) is a link to scene file settings for Panasonic cameras including the 300. Select that camera on the page> go to the drop down menu on the 300 page and select nature. That's a good place to start for an outdoor set up. Take a look and see if it helps. You might want to tweak it a little to fit your desired look.
I have wondered about this also. Just got thru documenting Irene for my company and noticed (as before) that when shooting in bright sun the blacks are really compressed. Is this a small imager issue? Am waiting for a sunny day to play with Gamma and Ped.