The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the first bridge camera to deliver the new ultra HD 4K video format thanks to the inclusion of an impressive 1in, 20.1MP CMOS sensor. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review – Design
As is traditional for a bridge camera, the FZ1000 features design more akin to a DSLR than a compact.
It measures in at 137 x 99 x 131mm and weighs 831g, making it slightly larger than some competing models such as the RX10 (although it does feature an optical zoom twice as extensive as this rival).
The FZ1000 carries the bulk and weight well thanks to pleasing ergonomics and a substantial handgrip, meaning that in the hand it feels comfortable and not overly weighty.
One surprising omission from the camera’s specification is a touch screen. That being said, the body does cater well for shooting adjustments on the cameras body via a host of physical controls.
These include some five customisable Fn buttons alongside a host of dedicated controls offering quick access to key shooting functionality such as exposure modes, exposure compensation and ISO control.
The model also benefits from the presence of a lens ring. This feature can be adjusted to control either the camera’s zoom or manual focus, although it’s somewhat disappointing that it doesn’t cater further adjustment to control to other key functionality such as exposure compensation or aperture control.
All in all, the range of physical controls and their clever placement, along with the ergonomic design, means that the FZ1000 is a pleasure to use and is relatively simple to do so.