Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
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22 December 2014
Excerpt: --- The Panasonic FZ1000 is one of the most capable cameras available this side of $1,000. Curious to read about other options in this space? Check out our best compact camera for $1,000 article ! --- Finally, the large-sensor, superzoom camera category has a battle on its hands! The 20.1-megapixel Panasonic FZ1000 is a camera whose competitor is clear: This is a challenger for the Sony RX10's crown, and it's a mighty impressive one indeed.
Summary: Back in June of this year (2014), Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 -- the world's first digital compact camera with the ability to record ultra high definition 4K video (previous 4K models had interchangeable lenses). At the heart of the FZ1000, you will find a 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor designed to improve the camera's signal-to-noise ratio.
Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations allowing anyone to use the camera, Image quality is excellent in all shooting modes, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 25-400mm) is very versatile, 5-axis image stabilization allows you to shoot stills and video with ease while on the move, Nice, Bright 3.0--inch LCD can be adjusted to just about any angle, Electronic Viewfinder is sharp, clear ...
Cons: The body could use a second control dial for adjusting shooting settings, Battery life is very short when using the convenience features on the camera like WiFi., On the more expensive end for a point-n-shoot camera, Larger than most ILCs (some may like this)
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a formidable still and video camera thanks to a big 1-inch sensor and 4K recording capability.
Pros: Superior image quality at higher ISOs. Very fast autofocus. 11.8fps burst shooting. 1-inch image sensor. 16x zoom range. 4K video capability. Vari-angle LCD. Sharp EVF. Integrated Wi-Fi with NFC.
Cons: Bulky. Lacks built-in ND filter. Not weather sealed. Physical controls could be better. 4K video is cropped and requires manual exposure control.
Summary: Indeed that could be all many people need to know: a sensor that's arguably identical to the RX10 (it certainly delivered essentially the same quality in my tests), but coupled with a much longer and more flexible 16x / 25-400mm zoom range along with 4k video. Given the FZ1000 also boasts 1080p with a four-times slowdown, a higher resolution viewfinder, fully-articulated screen, built-in timelapse, deeper bracketing, flat video profiles, more powerful smartphone remote...
Pros: Excellent image quality and noise performance., 2359k dot EVF with eye sensor and eye-detect AF., Fully-articulated screen., 4K100Mbit/s UHD video., 100 / 120fps 1080p for slow motion., Fast 49-area AF with DFD for improved Continuous AF., 7 frame auto bracketing., Wifi and NFC with good smartphone remote control app., Built-in time-lapse with opportunity to create video in-camera.
Cons: No weather-sealing., Slow zoom controls., No Auto ISO in movie manual exposure mode., No silent exposure control for movies., Screen isn't touch-sensitive., Can't switch between regional video frame rates., No built-in ND filter.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a very impressive superzoom camera with an F2.8-4, 25-400mm lens and a one-inch sensor. Both photo and video quality are impressive, and support for 4K videos make the camera futureproof. The FZ1000 has a beautiful XGA EVF and a fully articulating LCD. Handling and build quality aren't perfect, but the camera's features make up for it.
Pros: 1"-type sensor produces excellent image quality, Bright F2.8-4 lens covers 25-400mm equiv. range, Best-in-class autofocus performance, Zoom/focus ring around lens, Future-proof 4K video recording with 100Mbps bit rate, High quality 8MP stills can be extracted from 4K video, Large grip makes camera comfortable to hold, Overall operation is very responsive, 12fps continuous shooting, High resolution XGA electronic viewfinder, Electronic shutter allows for silent shootin...
Cons: Bulky, Easy to accidentally rotate focus/zoom ring, Single dial operation adds extra step when adjusting exposure, Use of rear dial during video recording can be picked up by microphone, No Auto ISO in movie mode, Lacks built-in ND filter, 1080/24p only available using AVCHD codec at 24Mbps bit rate
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the latest innovative camera model from a company that refuses to sit back and rest on previous success and it represents yet another notch on the bar for what is possible in consumer image capturing devices.
Pros: 4K video capture a bonus; Excellent build quality
Cons: Lack of touchscreen; Proliferation of buttons may intimidate inexperienced photographers
Conclusion: Billed as the ultimate hybrid bridge camera and an uncompromising D-SLR replacement, the FZ1000 has a lot to live up to. The image quality doesn't match that of an APS-C D-SLR, but it did deliver some of the best images we've seen from a bridge model. Its AF was lightning-fast and so was the blistering 12fps frame rate. But it's the 4K capability that makes this camera stand out, and it's a cost-effective option for those requiring this feature.