Dave Oddie: Always liked Pentax cameras but they have "done a Sony" here. Added some new stuff which is good and removed some old stuff which is useful.
As a Sony A77 shooter I was annoyed Sony removed the GPS from the A77II so was interested to see it added to this new Pentax. GPS is a feature I find genuinely useful.
Then I noticed they removed the built in flash. While no one ought to use those as the main flash they are very useful for providing fill-in on a sunny day even if only for holiday snapshots.
I also have Metz ring flash which uses the built in flash as a controller in wireless mode that that would not work with this camera.
Why do Japanese camera manufacturers give with one hand and take with the other?
Why can't improved models be just that? All the good stuff in the old one with additional features/improvements without removing other features?
Dave, its because Pentax have learned a few tricks from the British Chancellor, i.e. give with one hand, and take with the other. lolololo
bluevaping: I think this great camera because Nikon will now look at this segment closer because Canon made something. I need a prosumer version that's reasonable priced.
There is one guy in the FZ1000 forum whom i wish would be warned about his constant whining, bemoaning, negativity, decrying, and not advising, but `telling` people not to buy this superb cam, every time someone wrote in a good comment about the FZ1000, in would come this nuisance again with his constant negative yap, yap, yapping against the camera, you can read his comments on page 1,2,3 in the FZ1000 forum, trust me, you wont take long to find this nuisance if you enter the FZ1000 original postings under its review, i really cant stand this muppet, and wish DPR would remove him.
EduPortas: I undestand most readers of this site find this camera unappealing. I would too if I were a landscape or portrait photographer, where every pixel counts.
However, I see the XC10 as a strong bet by Canon to try to get a hold of the nascent ENG industry bursting practically everywhere. Yes, there are cheaper cameras by Panasonic that do practically the same thing, but the allure of the Canon brand is very strong amongst big media organizations. If you're a small media outfit you buy what big boys buy so you can compete with them, at least with logo on your gear.
Also, ergonomics seem very nice on this new camera. That goes a long way for photogs and videographers that use their gear huge amounts of time every day.
Hey! EduPortas i could cover over the Lumix letters on my FZ1000 with a Canon badge and then perhaps charge around $2,500 to sell it to anyone who is interested, it has most of the features missing on the XC10 and trounces it, hey! i bet this new Canon FZ1000 would really look the part. lolololol
Michael Ma: The problem with buying this camera is that Samsung is likely to introduce a camera with double the specs with an ILC system, RAW, bigger APC-S sensor at half the price this year, and then top themselves every year. If they haven't already.
I hear Samsung is even trying to work with Magic Lantern developers for the next update of the NX1.
The NX1 is already proving itself to being a DSLR killer, Samsung have done really well with its introduction, its like say, putting the cat among the pidgeons. lolololo looks like mirrorless is finally gonna take over the markets within the next 5 years, get them DSLR`s on ta E-Bay guys lolololo. just jokin!!!
ageha: I thought bridge cameras were dead...
Oh! really? FZ1000 eats this Canon for breakfast, `do not` underestimate it!! it also blows many a Canon DSLR out of the water in the video DPT picture wise, Bridge Cameras are gaining big ground in the sales Dpt.... sorry guys, think again, cheers!
eno2: Chuck what is Canon XC10?The answer: well bla, bla , bla, bla... bla, baaa, bla, bla...in short an overpriced FZ1000 with a worst lens. :)
FZ1000 eats this Canon for breakfast, `do not` underestimate it!!
jkokich: There seem to be so many other cameras that do more for less.
Perhaps Magic Lantern might be able to do some modifications on the XC10 and allow raw in the still pic Dpt and hopefully so much more, these guys are superb!!!!
racketman: Here in the UK a motorist who photographed police cars parked at a bus stop where he had received a ticket for doing the same was arrested under the prevention of terrorism act. His conviction was overturned.
I live in the UK and was filming a small shunter train at a local shunting yard, about 10mts later up comes this white railway van, out come 2 burly big railway company men who tell (dont ask) me to stop filming the shunter, i refused, they then threatened me in a nasty way saying they would get the police, i said, go ahead ya couple of twats, furiously they got back in their van, drove off, no police, never saw them again, however i had noted the vans number, called the police, they asked if i was on public land, i said yes, they replied if i was ever bothered by these bullies again, to immediately phone them and i could continue filming if i wished, as long as i was on the public land, and they took a note of the railway vans number which i provided, my case is not unique, it is becoming a growing problem for the railway photographer in the UK from these bullies, however, if you stand up to them, in most cases they scurry off, not a police state here, but a Railway State. lolololo
108: In terms of handling and ergonomy this camera is amazing . I had the chance to hold one in store, displayed next to an older D5200, and the difference is night and day. Smaller, lighter, much better grip, much better button layout . That thing isn't even bigger than my old 4/3 E620, and more pleasant to hold, and a bigger and much better sensor . Even the OVF is ok, though not as good as Pentaxs' . The cam feels better balanced than the tiny Canon 100D , and that's no small achievement . Now if only they would make the lcd screen smaller, that would make room for bigger buttons and an even more comfortable layout, I don't see the point in having big 3"2 lcd screens, 2"7 is way enough . Add an electronic gauge level in OVF that would be a very interesting camera . Ah and focus fine tune , my 620 is 6 years old and has it .
Frankly i was surprised at how well the Panasonic FZ1000 fared against this camera in the Video Stills Comparison test, the FZ1000 is actually resolving more detail than the 5500, not bad for a 1" Sensor, however the 5500 resolves more detail in the Studio test with the FZ1000 not far behind, i understand the FZ1000 uses a Sony Sensor also, i think Sony are the leaders in this field and their Sensors easily outclass Canons, take the 7DMK II for example, loads of folk are not happy with its sensor!
Fabulous capture of this cute little hunter, very well done, and worthy of first place!
A fabulous macro, very well done and worthy as first!!
David 247: Sounds helpful and interesting. Glad to see that the FZ1000 wasn't forgotten with all the new stuff.
Format your SD card in the FZ1000 first, then connect the card to your computer or card reader, right clik the update file and send it to your SD card, remove and insert card back to FZ1000 and follow the update procedure, worked for me that way no probs!
Joe Tam: I read the FZ-1000 at 300mm+ becomes fuzzy. Can anyone confirm if this is true. I am planning on getting this camera for long lens shots and want to avoid the kind of softness I get on my 100-300mm Panasonic at the long end. Thanks.
Nope, mines ok there!
Luke Suth: Do any users of this camera notice the image shift when zooming out and coming to the stopping point of the widest zoom available? I notice it on mine and it persists no matter what mode I'm shooting in. The image shift becomes very noticeable when the power O.I.S. is disabled and on a tripod. I'm not sure if mine is defective and would value other users' feedback on this.
EcoPix: The more I use the FZ-1000, the more I'm convinced it's the mirrorless body Canon and Nikon should have made for their lens systems but didn't.
Imagine this with an APS-c sensor and an EF mount. Or a DX sensor and F-mount. A big percentage of SLR users would add it as a body that's better integrated into video use than an SLR. They'd have sold millions.
Instead of that Canikon mucked around with odd-ball things for restricted markets, and Panasonic has had to do the sensible thing instead. But to accommodate a compact do-everything fixed lens, it needed a small sensor, which is a bit too rough for bigger print sizes in stills.
So we have a somewhat compromised version of a Canikon mirrorless body, with it's own lens. But it still complements Canon or Nikon SLR gear quite well. I'd call it the first non-fiddly mirrorless body that handles like an SLR and doesn't require Canikon users to invest in an expensive duplicate lens system.
A3 is more than big enough for me and the FZ1000 can achieve this no probs, also it can hold its own against the APS-C format easily, this is the future, DSLRs will soon be a specialist item in a few years, this camera kicks the butt off the old Canon 60d and 28-250 Sigma lens i had, got rid of them on E-Bay when i purchased the FZ1000, its also lighter and far more convenient than an SLR.
ajadwin: Does anyone else have a problem with the audible humming noise?
I found it to be very annoying, and I really didn't like it humming over my indoor video. It's quite audible on scenes that should be quiet, with no zooming or focusing and certainly no wind. I wondered if maybe the DPR test camera didn't have the noise, since they make no mention of it. But their sample video inside the bar has it.
That video sounds as if the camera was out on a busy street, not indoors.
I know about the noise, but i use a Rode stereo video-mic pro, so it is not a problem for me, i know it can be for some, however, this is a camera that demands the best and for serious video work like i do i would never use any camera mic whatsoever, there is another thread somewhere regarding this noise and workarounds.
Marc Trotter: Does this not have an "auto" mode for people who want to use it as a point and shoot? Looking for a travel zoom for my daughter, who would like to take advantage of the larger sensor and image quality, but probably will not want to spend much time on all the settings. Thanks.
It `has` got an auto mode, its called `IA`mode, read the review or download the manual for it, before jumping to conclusions.
Camp Freddy: This image tackles a very broad histogram of light intensities really well. Okay detail too.
Excellent, Panasonic leads the way again eh!!
Paul Szilard: Yuk hair inside ear on left of frame. (cat's right).
Hugo808: Cute! Nice photo and impressive image quality.
Could it be my old LX5 is heading for retirement?