Designed for high-end amateurs or the ‘prosumer’, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 bridge camera is being trumpeted as the ultimate photo/video hybrid model.

The FZ2000 sports a nine-blade aperture 24-480mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens and a 20-million-pixel 1-inch-type imaging sensor. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit optic is built from 16 elements in 11 groups.

Other features include a 3in, 1.040-million-dot LCD touchscreen and a 2.36-million-dot EVF.

The FZ2000 boasts 4K video, with the ability to do time lapse and vary the frame rate, for example.

Furthermore, it is classed as a ‘camcorder’ unlike consumer stills cameras with a movie mode. This means the 4K video duration is unlimited – restricted only by the capacity of the SDXC/SDHC memory card being used.

Users can output the image through an HDMI connection at 4:2:2 10-bit – a feature set to appeal to professional videographers where the HDMI output can be saved to an external device.

That said, the firm expects the sensor resolution and 1-inch size will also appeal to the stills photographer. Panasonic claims that at 0.97kg, the FZ2000 is just 27% of the weight of a DSLR equipped with similar focal-length lenses.

Due in mid-November priced £1,099.99, the Panasonic Lumix-DMC FZ2000 has built-in filters.