Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the first large-sensor ultra-zoom from Panasonic. It sports a 20 megapixels 1" High-Speed CMOS with a crop-factor of 2.7X and pairs it with a stabilized wide-angle 16X optical zoom lens equivalent to 25-400mm.
This extremely versatile digital camera is a prosumer all-in-one that can shoot nearly any type of subject from architecture to wildlife. It offers a very fast 12 FPS drive to capture an unlimited number of images which chasing moving subjects and can freeze them with up to 1/16000s shutter-speed. The FZ1000 is also 4K Ultra-HD video-capable.
Image-quality from the FZ1000 is unfortunately mixed. In good light and low ISO, it is capable of some really nice output. One past ISO 400, noise-reduction starts washing away details and makes things look soft, even more so when slow-shutter noise-reduction kicks in. Color rendition is reasonable after tweaking and Auto WB is quite consistent in delivering neutral results. Autofocus is generally quite fast.
|Extreme wide-angle, 20mm-equivalent||Softness from NR above ISO 200|
|Good lens sharpness||Noise visible at all ISO|
|Low optical distortion||Poor color accuracy|
|Quick autofocus in good light||Very slow autofocus in low-light near telephoto|
|Fast shutter-lag||Self-timer resets|
|Quick and responsive||Modal EC control|
|Awesome LCD visibility||Minuscule EVF|
|Usable video framing overlay mask||Not always Exposure-Priority|
|Plenty of controls|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 delivers an interesting one-camera-fits-all offering. It certain is capable of better images than the majority of ultra-zooms and is truly feature-rich, including class-leading mechanical 12 FPS continuous drive, 1/16000-60s shutter-speed range, Bulb mode, built-in HDR, Time-Lapse and 4K Ultra-HD video.
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Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 Facts
|20 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 80-25600|
|16X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/16000-60s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.39" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.70X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|12 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Stereo audio input|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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