Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

PROS CONS
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
Good ergonomics
Respectable battery-life
GoodGood Good

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 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 80-25600
16X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/16000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull 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 sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
12 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesStereo audio input
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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