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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Image quality (raw)
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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

FZ1000 - Quick Question

How do I set the Pinpoint focus?  The Pinpoint icon is grayed out - it's next to the Area focus. Thanks for your help.

Touchdown01 asked
16 hours ago

ANSWERS

Are you in iA mode by any chance? If so try a different mode and see if it works. It's just a guess. -Tim Continue Reading

Timj351 answered
15 hours ago

I had a quick look at the manual. It says you can't set pin point focus if your camera is set to AFF or AFC. Continue Reading

Rodger1943 answered
15 hours ago

That did it - thanks, Ed Continue Reading

Touchdown01 answered
9 hours ago

QUESTION

video - better from dedicated camcorder or fz1000 or gh3 ??

It is really confusing to try and compare vimeo or you tube videos and make buying decisions. to make nice amateur videos am I better off to get a good dedicated camcorder or utilize a very good camera such as a GH3 or FZ1000? just video, no stills.

fastHID asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

Personally (ex pro in both fields) for 'just video' I'd get a video camera. Nothing to do with image quality but everything to do with ergonomics, usability, functionality or whatever you want to call it. Why drive nails with a screwdriver? All that said, sometimes there are money reasons to go for something like the GH3 or the FZ1000. Those are sold in big enough numbers to have economies of scale compared to decent camcorders. Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
9 hours ago

QUESTION

FZ1000 Step Zoom - what are the focal lengths?

Another question for the lucky FZ1000 owners: If you set your zoom lever or manual zoom ring to "Step Zoom" instead of "Seamless zoom"... what is the complete list of focal length steps it will use? The manual doesn't seem to list them.

Hatstand asked
2 days ago

ANSWERS

if I may, I would like to add a question to this. When using the Step Zoom or Lens Resume features I don't suppose the FZ1000 can tell you what focal length you are at when you turn the camera on or if it is part of the permanent info on screen? I like to use these features on my LX7 but it would be much nicer if there was a focal length indicator somewhere. Having to zoom in or out to remind yourself of the focal length sort of makes it less convenient to use. It may be a small thing but yes I want it all. :) -Tim Continue Reading

Timj351 answered
2 days ago

Current focal length (in 35mm equivelent), is displayed at all times - on top of the lens barrel :-D You'll have that much at least, even if it's not displayed on the screen or EVF ;-D Current Focal length on top of lens barrel Continue Reading

Hatstand answered
2 days ago

That's funny and I've seen pics of the FZ1000 with the lens extended. D'OH! Not really feasible with the LX7 even with a marker because of how the lens operates. I'm going back to my nap now. :) -Tim Continue Reading

Timj351 answered
2 days ago
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