Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 4K QFHD/HD 16X Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black)

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82% Gold Award
For those looking for a superzoom camera that excels at both photo and video quality, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 delivers.”

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Key Features

  • Fast F2.8 lens up to 400mm equiv.
  • 20.1 megapixel 1" sensor
  • 4K video capture at 30p
  • 3-inch fully-articulated LCD
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a superzoom camera that features a 1"-type, 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor along with an F2.8-4.0 25-400mm lens. The lens uses Depth from Defocus technology, which allows extremely fast autofocus speeds, according to Panasonic. The FZ1000 is powered by the same quad-core Venus Engine processor used by the DMC-GH4, which not only allows for fast performance, but also 4K video recording at 30fps. Photos can be composed on a 3" fully articulating 921k dot or an OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.4 million dots. The FZ1000 also has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for easy photo sharing via your smartphone.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 4864x3648, 5472x3080, 3648x3648, 3888x2592, 3456x2592, 3840x2160, 2592x2592, 2736x1824, 2736x1824, 2432x1824, 1824x1824, 1920x1080
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
Image
ISO Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes 5-axis
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–400 mm
Optical zoom 16×
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F4.0
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 13.50 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash Yes (via hotshoe)
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive 12 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes 4K video uses MP4 (100Mbps), 1080p/720p use AVCHD (10-28Mbps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (microHDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description DMW-BLC12PP lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360
Weight (inc. batteries) 831 g (1.83 lb / 29.31 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 99 x 131 mm (5.39 x 3.9 x 5.16)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Optics
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
82 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Travelers who want great photo quality and a powerful, fast lens. Video enthusiasts who want to be on the cutting edge.

Not So Good For

Those desiring a big zoom in a smaller package. Advanced videographers desiring Auto ISO and headphone output.

User Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars
  • phazelag, Aug 3, 2014 GMT:
    FZ1000 Likes/Dislikes and compared to RX10.

    In a nutshell the I really like the FZ1000. It is fast and responsive. The start up time is blazing fast. The image quality is what I hoped it would be. And the Auto Focus is awesome! (This is the bulk of what I want to say) The rest of this will be nit picking. I do wish the AEL/AFL button wasn't tucked up so high into the EVF area. I use that button for focus lock and exposure lock routinely and its positioning makes it very hard to use 1 handed and feel secure. The grip is great so its not ...

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  • Dad Paul, Aug 8, 2014 GMT:
    Wow

    This is just a quick note about this camera which I have now had for about a week I will try to put together a better review later ... ( Firstly my digital camera history - Canon G1 - Nikon D70 - Nikon D80 - Nikon D7000 (w. 18-200) - Nikon V1 (w. 10-30 & 30-110) + some "compacts" (hated them all) ) and now !! (1) the Panasonic FZ 1000 To put it simply I will NOT use any of the older cameras again The FZ 1000 is SO Good and So much fun to use that I could not go back to the ...

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  • rudo, Aug 19, 2014 GMT:
    First impression

    I own this camera for a few days, so my review is based on a first impression. But that fist impression is very very good. This camera replaces my Nikon D300s with Nikon 16-85 and Tamron 70-200 F2.8 and also my Sony HX9V for movies. The Nikon was too heavy to take with me all te time so I ended op taking my Sony with me wich is a very frustrating camer, cause it has too little options and it's slòòòòw! The Panasonic is fast, very fast. It turns on fast and the focussing system is also very ...

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  • DBK The Camera Guy, Aug 21, 2014 GMT:
    Panasonic FZ1000 User review

    This is an amazing tool for most photographers. First the 1 inch sensor, which seems to be becoming a standard in both video and still cameras that are not intro level cameras has amazing range, and is relatively clean through ISO 1600. I've been shooting 4K video this summer and I have put together a comparison video of the FZ1000, the GH4 and the Sony AX100, which uses the same sized sensor. you can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-2ZedzLeZs The camera's size is perfect to ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

How deep is the FZ-1000's buffer in the 7-fps burst mode?

DPR in their short review state "At middle speed - at which point live view becomes available - results start to get a bit funny. The camera hits exceeds the 7fps number advertised by Panasonic, yet only lasts for 9 shots before slowing down. When using Raw, the FZ1000 can take more shots, but at a lower frame rate. The camera tends to shoot in a 'staccato' pattern in middle speed mode." Has anyone with the camera gotten any different results? This does seem very strange as the review has pointed out. Just wondering if DPR might have gotten a abnormal sample or is this normal for the FZ-1000. Thanks,

1 day ago

ANSWERS

Hi Robert, I have been testing this on FZ1000. AFC, Burst M, fast card Sandisk UHS3 280MB/sec. JPG Fine Quality: Camera fires about 7 shots in 1 second then if the shutter button is held down, it switches to firing in short bursts of 2-4 shots each.   Running like this it did 18-20 shots in 3 seconds. After 20 shots the buffer cleared (red memory card icon in the viewfinder went out) in 4 seconds. RAW: Camera fires about 6 shots quickly, feels like about 6 fps, then slows down a lot. After 16 shots the buffer takes 12 sec to clear. My usage for moving subjects:  JPG Fine Quality, Burst M, AFC, Shoot in bursts of about 6 frames, allowing the camera to write to the card between bursts, Don't try to zoom and focus at the same time (the camera won't).  This usage is compatible with most types of subject which I have encountered. The FZ1000 is not in the same class as the GH4 which has a much larger buffer but the FZ1000 gets the job done once one is familiar with it's capabilities. As ... Continue Reading

axlotl answered
1 day ago

I just tried this out with my FZ1000. I got to 15 shots before the camera slowed a little, but it kept firing at a reduced (3-4 fps - guessing a bit here) for some time after that. One thing about the FZ series that I have discovered is that you can continue to shoot even when the symbol comes up to show the camera is buffering. For what its worth I also fired the camera at 12 fps and it got to 70 shots before slowing. It only slowed slightly. I got up to 174 shots before there was a noticeible slowing of the frame rate. Continue Reading

Rodger1943 answered
1 day ago

QUESTION

Auto-bracket and self-timer together on FZ1000?

Hi everyone, I've been testing the FZ1000 for landscape photography. The good news is that the camera, unlike the Sony RX10 which has a similar sensor, can shoot 3 frames in auto-bracketing at a high frames-per-second rate which allows handheld HDR in RAW and minimizes any movement or changes between frames. However, in turning on the auto-bracketing, it seems that the self-timer is automatically disengaged, and even when turning it on the 3 frames will be taken with the press of the shutter button. This could induce camera shake in low light situations where the shutter speed is slow. Has anyone figured out how to engage bracketing and the self-timer (10 or 2 second) at the same time? If not, it seems like a remote would be needed.

Ketan G asked
24 days ago

ANSWERS

Unfortunately, Panasonic have adopted the same set of mutually exclusive settings on all recent cameras.  Certainly LX7, Tz60, FZ200 and G6.  Whoever thought of this mis-guided implementation should hang their heads in shame.  Perhaps, in future,  Panasonic might engage a designer who has  actually used a camera :in a mode other than iA -( Continue Reading

windmillgolfer answered
24 days ago

All the panasonics are like that, use a remote. You can get wired remotes under $5.00 http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC0.A0.H1.Xremote+for+panasonic&_nkw=remote+for+panasonic&_sacat=625&_from=R4 Continue Reading

24 days ago

On the FZ200 the bracket mode and timer are separated and it is very handy for hand held bracketed shots for HDR. I prefer to use my LX7 for this but, like the FZ1000, these features are unfortunately combined and I don't yet have a remote for it. -Tim Continue Reading

Timj351 answered
24 days ago

QUESTION

Anyone here review the FZ1000 coming from a dslr?

It seems every time I read someone's comments in here on the FZ1000, they are comparing it to the FZ200, which doesn't really tell me much. Anyone shoot a dlsr, any dslr, and can compare them? The specs look intriguing, but I am trying to gauge the level of performance and quality against a modern APS-C sensor and dslr speed and focusing. Every time I go down this exploratory road with a new small sensor camera, reading praise heaped on a new camera, I eventually find the inevitable comments of, "oh, well sure, next to dslr it fails, but...". Then I wonder what all the fuss was about?

Cane asked
8 days ago

ANSWERS

I recently sold my Nikon D7000 (I'll list lenses below so you know what I was used to). Prior to that owned a D300, D80 and also had a D4000 and D5100 sprinkled in there. The only reason for the D4000 is I won it in a photo contest and sold it and upgraded to a D5100 but eventually sold that too because I didn't need it. Just mentioning these for some context as to cameras I have shot with. Prior to all that I have owned digital cameras since Kodak introduced the DC280 (a 2.3 megapixel point and shoot). After that Kodak and before getting the D80 (first DSLR) I had maybe three or four different models of point and shoot digital cameras. I currently also own a Panasonic TS3 for rugged/waterproof fun. I apologize if this gets long, but this seemed like a good place to share my thoughts. I went with an FZ1000 for three main reasons: (1) I wanted to sell all my DSLR gear. At this point in my life I have too much money tied up in it and needed the money for other things. My preference would ... Continue Reading

Tim Bury answered
8 days ago

I'll attempt an answer. My wife has an FZ200 and just received it's replacement....a new FZ1000. Before ordering the FZ1000, she was interested in trying an APS-C dslr. So we bought the latest Sigma 18-250mm OS Macro lens for a test on my Nikon D7100. After less than a day, it was an easy decision. The Sigma will be sold. We quickly decided to order the FZ1000. The FZ1000 simply has a much better lens, particularly as the Sigma nears 135mm... At 250mm (400mm equiv) it was simply not sharp at all, even at F8, where the FZ1000 is great at F4. The FZ1000 is just superior at full telephoto vs the Sigma at full telephoto (on the very good 24mp D7100, and with the Sigma stopped down to F8).....i.e. both at the same 400mm equivalent focal length. As for the bokeh, an APS-C setup will generally be some better. Certainly not a deal-breaker. There may be a superzoom lens out there that will level the playing field. It wasn't that Sigma, nor the Tamron 18-270mm, (nor 14-140mm Panasonic lens on ... Continue Reading

aVolanche answered
4 days ago

It also occurred to me to look at the DXO site at sensor quality of the FZ1000 vs DSLRs. http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings Assuming that it is the most recent 1" Sony sensor in the FZ1000, there are 90 DSLRS and m4/3 cameras with sensors which are currently ranked below the one used in the Panny. For example, the Nikon D3100 and D300 both get the same rating.  If, not so long ago, someone had offerred me a bridge camera, with 25-400 mm f4 Leica zoom, top quality video, bright EVF, fast accurate AF and image quality of a D300m, I'd have snatched their hand off  :-D Continue Reading

DaveyB answered
8 days ago
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