Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
15 May 2015
Summary: With excellent photo and video quality and a deep feature set, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the perfect mix if you want dSLR-like controls and better than point-and-shoot performance with the convenience of a single fixed lens.
Pros: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 produces excellent photos and video; it has an expansive feature set to satisfy snapshooters and enthusiasts; it offers a lot of direct access to important settings and has a fantastic electronic viewfinder.
Cons: Its maximum f/2.8 aperture is only available at its widest focal length. The plastic body and large lens makes it feel a bit off-balance. Controls and shooting options might be intimidating for some.
Conclusion: The Panasonic FZ1000 is an extremely interesting camera, and one built with a very clear rival in mind. Like the Sony RX10 before it, the FZ1000 offers SLR-like styling, yet promises to free you from the hassle of choosing, buying, and carrying a plethora of lenses to cover every possible shooting...
Pros: Extremely compact compared to an interchangeable-lens camera and lenses to provide the same coverage, Almost the same weight as the Sony RX10 despite a much more powerful lens, More confortable body and grip than the Sony RX10, and better balanced to boot, Plenty of dedicated, customizable contro...
Cons: Body materials feel a little plasticky compared to the Sony RX10, Connector compartment door is fiddly to open and close, Zoom can't be adjusted while shutter button is half-pressed (but that's true of the Sony RX10, too), Maximum aperture falls off quickly to f/4 by about 170mm eq., Moderately h...
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).
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 stabilizati...
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)
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.
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 camer...
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
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.
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 smartpho...
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 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.