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 – Performance
Image: Here the two extremes of the zoom lens can be clearly seen
Panasonic makes some pretty bold claims with regards to the FZ1000’s AF performance in comparison to some of its stablemates, with the manufacturer stating that it focuses 275% faster than the FZ200.
Such claims are made possible thanks to the implementation of a new defocusing contrast detection method and a 49-area AF system.
In practice the FZ1000 delivers impressive focusing results, and during testing there was rarely an occasion where the camera didn’t deliver prompt and accurate focusing.
There are a host of focusing modes available, including a macro setting which allows for focusing as close as 3cm, while the manual focusing mode is helped by the lens ring adjustment option.
Unfortunately the lens ring doesn’t cater especially well for the second of its functions, namely controlling the camera’s zoom. It seems to zoom faster the slower you turn it, somewhat counter intuitively, and as such it’s often preferable to use the dedicated zoom slider by the shutter release.
The model’s Wi-fi functionality also performs well, while on the whole the FZ1000 meets its claims with regards to continuous shooting rates.
The fact that the FZ1000 inherits the same viewfinder as found on the GH4 is certainly a benefit as it’s one of the best units on the market. The EVF delivers bright and clear image reproduction as well as offering advanced functionality including manual focus magnification and exposure preview.
The EVF also benefits from a rubberised eye-cup, making it comfortable to use for long periods.