Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review

July 31, 2014

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000



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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 – Pros

  • 4K video capture a bonus
  • Excellent buld quality

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 – Cons

  • Lack of touchscreen
  • Proliferation of buttons may intimidate inexperienced photographers

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review – Introduction

Panasonic has a long history of delivering high quality video performance across its digital camera line-up. It’s G-series of CSCs has seen some impressive video innovations, most recently in the form of the GH4 which took the crown of being the first CSC to boast 4K video capture.

The new FZ1000 benefits from this heritage and sees Panasonic set new ground once again, with the model being the first bridge camera to feature 4K video capture thanks to the utilisation of a larger-than-average 1in, 20.1MP CMOS sensor.

The FZ1000 also features a host of typical bridge camera characteristics, including a reasonable zoom and DSLR-esque controls.

The question is; is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 solely the preserve of video shooters, or does it deliver a complete shooting experience?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review – Features

As you might imagine, the real headline feature of the FZ1000 is the camera’s capacity to shoot 4K video. If you’re unfamiliar with 4K; it’s the new ultra high resolution image video capture that’s four times the resolution of full HD video capture.

This high resolution video capture is made capable by the inclusion of a new quad-core Venus IV processor.

If you’re not taken by the video potential of the FZ1000, then consider this – when shooting 4K video on it’s possible to grab 8MP 3840 x 2160 still images from slow motion review, presenting a new way to capture individual frames.

All of this high resolution work is made possible by the larger than average 1in, 20.1MP sensor. This sensor also allows for an extensive ISO range which covers 125-12800 in its conventional setting and extends to ISO 80 to 25600.

The new sensor and processor combination also allows for some impressive operational speeds. Panasonic claims that the FZ1000 will shoot 12fps in its burst mode, while also featuring improved AF performance that the manufacturer claims is some 275% faster than its FZ200 stablemate.

In terms of the camera’s optics the FZ1000 is not quite as impressive as the aforementioned FZ200, although it still has a zoom to compete with a range of bridge cameras. The model sports a 16x optical zoom covering a focal range of 25-400mm in equivalent terms and one which is comprised of Leica glass.

Other eye-catching features including the models EVF. The FZ1000 inherits the impressive 2.36-million dot OLED viewfinder seen in Panasonic’s flagship CSC; the GH4. The LCD screen measures in at 3in and features a resolution of 921k-dots, as well as being of the vari-angle variety.

As you might expect for a new camera from Panasonic, the FZ1000 features full Wi-fi functionality, while one welcome feature is the ability to edit raw files in-camera and output to JPEGs, dispensing of the need to do so on a computer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, Verdict:

  • Video: 4K, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 25p
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot articulated screen
  • Sensor: 20.1-million-pixel, 1in MOS
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, intelligent auto, 25 scene modes
  • Weight: 831g (with battery and card)
  • Lens: Fixed 9.1-146mm f/2.8-4 lens
  • File Format: Raw (RW2), JPEG, raw + JPEG
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec
  • Drive Mode: Up to 12fps
  • RRP: 749
  • ISO: 80-25,600 (extended)
  • Focusing Modes: Contrast detection
  • Dimensions: 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi
  • Metering System: Multi, centreweighted and spot

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