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

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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.

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Ergonomics & handling
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Performance
Movie / video mode
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Value
82 %
Overall Score

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a very impressive superzoom camera with an F2.8-4, 25-400mm lens and a 1" sensor. Both photo and video quality are impressive, and support for 4K videos make the camera future proof. 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.

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

FZ video, value

strange topic title, I know. sorry. my situation... I shoot high school football games with my Nikon D610 & 200mm f/2.0 VR. I need to simultaneously record video. I've done this for several years, using a Sony Handycam. The Handycam has gone bye-bye. I started looking at the HF G30 & x920, but then the FZ1000 was announced, which got me looking also at the FZ200. I am including the FZ cameras into the mix (even though they would not have low-light video performance on par with either of the dedicated camcorders) because at the cost of *some* low light performance, I would gain a second stills camera, one of which does 4k. ...would let me grab some still when the occasion didn't warrant me additionally carrying around the D610. All that said, my question is, when capacity for taking stills and 4k are de-valued or removed from discussion, would jumping up to FZ1000($900) really have 1080/720 video performance that is worth coming up from the FZ200($450)? I've seen a few discussion ...

gstadter asked
14 hours ago

ANSWERS

It's still a bit early to answer as the FZ1000 isn't available yet. Depending on your needs, the 4K video converted to 1080/720 should provide better results than native FZ200 1080 recording due to the better resolving capability of the FZ1000.  And I'd suspect that direct 1080 recording from the FZ1000 to be superior to that of the FZ200 as well. [I understand that there are some limitations to the FZ1000 video recording - such as narrower FOV and no auto-ISO - which you'd need to factor into your needs.] The FZ200 may have a constant f/2.8 aperture and a base ISO of 100 (vs. ISO 125 for the FZ100), but that's just a bit more than one stop faster than the FZ1000 at full telephoto. The FZ1000's larger sensor is expected to provide at least a two stop ISO advantage, so the speed advantage is actually with the FZ1000. I'd expect that the FZ1000 to provide better video and stills results than the FZ200, so the choice really depends on your needs.  I've had some good results capturing ... Continue Reading

kkardster answered
13 hours ago

Does the FZ200 have Auto-ISO during recording of video? if so, that would likely be a + for it during a night time high school football game...no? I'm not saying that the larger sensor and ability to record 4k(30fps) would be of absolutely no value to me, but having the $6,000 Nikon full frame setup right next to it for grabbing the stills, pretty much it's entire purpose, for me, will generally not exceed 720 or 1080 @60 fps video. I guess I'll have to wait until folks start posting their results with the FZ1000, but I am theorizing that the slower aperture at ~200mm will offset the benefit of the larger sensor enough to make the FZ1000's 60fps video performance in that context marginal over the FZ200, rather than substantial. If I am correct, I'll probably keep the extra $450 in my pocket. If I'm wrong, I will very happily return to my prior decision process between the FZ1000, HF G30, & x920. Continue Reading

gstadter answered
10 hours ago

I saw a video review of the FZ1000 that said in 1080p it recorded 650 lines which is about the same as from an FZ200. My three year old Panasonic TM90 camcorder will shoot 800 lines and is noticably sharper and more 3d like on my 120 inch diagonal screen than what I get from my FZ200. Although I will still shoot video with my FZ200 sometimes. It still looks great. The FZ1000 on the other hand should be fantastic in 4k mode beating my TM90 for sure. Continue Reading

Ronomy answered
10 hours ago

QUESTION

FZ1000

Since this cam does not have a phone jack how do you check your volume?

Don Deignan asked
3 days ago

ANSWERS

Like the FZ200, you could only do it on play-back, which may not be all that satisfactory in some circumstances. Continue Reading

Rodger1943 answered
3 days ago

You try to keep very quite  ;) Obviously it can't be done while recording :) A game changer for video professionals maybe, and the way that manufacturers distinguish their own product lines, it has so much from the GH4 already, that a headphone jack would impede sales of the GH4. Continue Reading

Sergeg answered
3 days ago

With the levels setting. Quite easy really. Continue Reading

NeilJones answered
3 days ago

QUESTION

Panasonic FZ1000 raw files

I downloaded the raw files from the DPReview of the FZ1000, but neither Lightroom 5 or DxO can read them. Any suggestions ? Baron

Baron LaCat asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

The ACR updates and DNG converters for the FZ1000 are described here: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1507576314/adobe-camera-raw-8-6-and-dng-converter-8-6-release-candidates-available Continue Reading

1 day ago

Photo ninja works fine -- Sherm http://www.flickr.com/photos/32989985@N07/sets/ Continue Reading

sherman_levine answered
23 hours ago

Not a clue. I believe the review says they used a beta version (or some such) of ACR. DxO Optics Pro usually provides updates a few weeks after the camera hits the streets, which I think is next Sunday. Adobe seems to take a bit longer. Continue Reading

PC Wheeler answered
1 day ago
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