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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

July 2014 | By Jeff Keller, Richard Butler
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Review based on a production FZ1000 running firmware v1.0

At first glance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 looks a lot like Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 large sensor, long zoom camera, but there's a precedent within the company's own range. It's been eight years since the FZ50 was introduced, so we can't imagine too many people are still waiting, but in some respects it appears Panasonic has finally created a replacement for that much-missed model. Taken as a whole, the FZ1000 can almost be seen as a synthesis between the two cameras.

Like the RX10, the FZ1000 features a 20MP 1"-type MOS sensor (and the suspicion has to be that it's a Sony chip), but, rather than the Sony's 24-200mm equivalent zoom range, the Panasonic reaches from 25 to 400mm equivalent. To stop the whole thing becoming enormous, the FZ1000's lens is slower than the Sony's: its maximum aperture rapidly drops from F2.8 towards F4.0 as you zoom in, but there are plenty of people who'll accept that decrease in return for the additional range.

In spirit, though, the large sensor, long zoom and articulated screen can't help but recall the FZ50, which offered a similar zoom and aperture range, despite featuring a much smaller 1/1.8"-type sensor. The FZ1000 is a similarly sized camera but the eight years of technological development that underpin it mean it's able to offer significantly higher resolution in terms of its viewfinder, rear screen, pixel count and video output. Panasonic has recently been pushing the superzoom sector with the likes of its constant F2.8 DMC-FZ200, but the return to a larger sensor format and a relatively bright lens is exciting.

When the RX10 was launched, it stood alone as a costly but hugely flexible camera that seemed equally intended for stills and video shooting: the ultimate travel camera, perhaps. The launch of the FZ1000 brings both cameras into focus, making clear that camera makers believe there is a niche for cameras that do a bit of everything in a single (albeit sizable) package. The big difference between the two cameras, though, is price: the FZ1000's $899.99 / £749.99 launch price is around a third lower than the Sony's was.

Since the FZ1000's launch, Sony US has reduced the list price of the RX10 to $999 and, because it's been on the market for a while, it's available a long way below list price in Europe. This reduces but doesn't abolish the gap in price between the two cameras, and it'll be interesting to see what street price the Panasonic settles to, after a few months.

Its use of a fast readout sensor and the four-core Venus processor means the FZ1000 becomes one of the first sub-$1000 cameras to capture 4K video. Anyone wanting footage they can show immediately will have the choice of shooting 1080p movies at 60, 30 or 24 fps (50, 25 and 24 in PAL countries). The video capability is supported by the inclusion of focus peaking, zebra exposure warnings, center point marker and 'Cinema-like' gamma profiles.

Key Features:

  • 20.1 megapixel 1"-type MOS sensor
  • 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4 Leica lens
  • 5-axis 'Power OIS' stabilization
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots
  • 3-inch fully-articulated LCD with 920K dots
  • 4K (3840x2160) video at 30p, 100Mbps MP4
  • 1080p at up to 60p, 28Mbps (MP4 or AVCHD)
  • 120fps quarter-speed 1080p
  • 3.5mm microphone socket
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Zebra pattern and focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 360 shots per charge (CIPA standard)

It's not only the Venus processor that the FZ1000 shares with the GH4, it also features many of its customizable control points. These aren't quite so numerous as on its interchangeable lens cousin, due to the lack of touchscreen, but they're still pretty welcome on a 'compact' camera. The FZ1000 also offers the kind of hard-point controls, such as an AF drive mode switch and AEL button, that rarely make an appearance below the enthusiast interchangeable lens camera level.

The FZ1000 also gains the GH4's 'DFD focusing' - a means of determining roughly how far it needs to refocus, based on an understanding of the characteristics of the lens in out-of-focus regions. This aims to play the same basic role of on-sensor phase detection: a way of assessing the distance the camera needs to focus on, so that it can rush the lens to near that point before using contrast-detection to establish perfect focus.

The camera also features an in-camera Raw conversion option, which is a very welcome addition, letting you tweak a range of image parameters after you've taken a shot, applying different noise reduction and Photo Styles or making adjustments to brightness or the highlight and shadow response.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Comparison

The FZ1000's only real competitor is Sony's RX10, which also tries to offer a flexible zoom range plus high quality stills and video in a single package. We're also including the current breadwinner in Panasonic's superzoom lineup, the DMC-FZ200.

 
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
Sony DSC-RX10
Panasonic DMC-FZ200
Sensor
20.1MP MOS
20.2MP BSI-CMOS
12.1MP MOS
Sensor Size (mm2)
116
116
28
Equivalent zoom range
25-400mm
24-200mm
25-600mm
Aperture range
F2.8-4.0
F2.8
F2.8
Equivalent aperture range
F7.6-10.8
F7.6
F15.5
Video recording formats
AVCHD, MP4
AVCHD, MP4
AVCHD, MP4
Maximum video resolution
3840x2160
1920x1080
1920x1080
Highest bitrate (for 1080p footage)
28Mbps (1080p60)
28Mbps (1080p60)
28Mbps (1080p60)
Battery life (Shots-per-charge, CIPA)
360
420
540
Built-in ND filter?
No
Yes
No
Dimensions (WxHxD)
137 x 99 x 131mm
129 x 89 x 120mm
125 x 87 x 107mm
Weight
831g
813g
588g

The lens

What does this mean in the real world, though? Have a look at the equivalent aperture comparison chart below:

Just like 'equivalent focal length,' equivalent apertures allow you to compare lens behavior side-by-side across cameras with different sensor sizes, by taking sensor size into account. The equivalent aperture figure gives a clear idea of how two lenses compare in terms of depth-of-field. It also gives an idea of low-light performance, since it also describes how much light is available across the sensor's area. However, differences in sensor performance mean this can only be used as a guide, rather than an absolute measure.

The FZ1000's maximum aperture drops off very quickly, as soon as you start to zoom, and by around 150mm equivalent, it's a whole stop slower than the Sony RX10. However, this still leaves it half a stop faster than the likes of the Olympus Stylus 1. On top of this, the FZ1000's lens then continues on to a very impressive 400mm equivalent focal length.

The only other way of achieving this level of reach with an effectively brighter aperture would be an APS-C DSLR with a superzoom like the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM or Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro (most closely represented by the Nikon 18-200mm shown here) - a combination that will be considerably larger, though can be had for similar amounts of money.


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X,Y and Z and ideally A,B and C.

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munro harrap

There are comments about the RX10 having a weather-sealed body, but this is not Sony's claim, they just say "weather- resistant".

I take issue with all such claims as microphones , especially those on the top of bodies cannot exactly be waterproof, and even were they so, the water collecting inside the mic grills would surely stop them working (and probably everything else). If these machines were waterproof there would be ads on TV with footage glorifying in the fact, but other than a few AW compacts there is no such footage available from anyone-including Nikon and Canon pro "weather-sealed" bodies, and apparently it is a fact that the D800 is NOT weatherproof, and though the Canon is more so, the corrosion from water-especially salt water affects them as well. That RX10 isn't waterproof, or dustproof. Sony have not ever said it was and will not refund you or do a free repair on one, I bet, if it gets a soaking over the winter outdoors. The FZ1000 has no such pretences.

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munro harrap

Both fail. I have had to return an RX10 for an obvious reason-when you film it insists in recording all focussing and zooming sounds to your footage. Optically the lens is good despite very heavy distortion at 24mm that can only be corrected in software-easily more than 5% barrel. As you get to 200, at f2.8 the one I had was very sharp in the centre, but only a narrow circle in the centre beyond which the fall off was rapid- think adjacent trees in a row of trees equidistant from camera, or a line of people. Even in good light you need that f2.8 but it is of limited use given most of the picture is at a lower resolution.

This is ALL deliberate of course since the zoom for size is underdesigned: at 24mm it certainly does not cover the sensor. That said the Leitz lens on the Panasonic is far worse, and I do mean a LOT worse. So wait for the next models and curse the people who lead you up the garden path to nowhere but frustration

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Miki Nemeth

Very intersting conclusion. At the moment (9 Dec 2014) the RX10 is 50 EUR cheaper than the FZ1000. The RX10 in the meantime received a new firmware with XAVC-S. The built-in ND filter, the professional-grade (parfocal) zoom lens, excellent XAVC-S codec, professional weather sealed body, cheaper price today makes my decision much harder. My problem with 4K is that to exploit its (great) advantages it requires a huge amount of disk space, and more importantly an enormous amount of post processing time. Decent FullHD video footage is all I'd need. Image stabilization efficiency is another big question. Hmm.

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Mike FL

I like LZ1000's Drive mode dial, Fully articulated LCD, 400mm, (and 400mm).

Personally, I prefer Sony as "Weather sealed body" is essential for a travel cam, as well as low-light performance (Sony almost one stop faster after 110mm), and the metal body.

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Miki Nemeth

The Sony RX10 is a nice example how meaningless to build high quality body and lenses into this type of camera. Shortly the RX10 was announced the FZ1000 came with higher specifications in a cheap plastic body, and the efforts and energy invested into building the RX10 had been a total waste from Sony. I guess, this is how consumer electronics business works. What a sad story.

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Fish Lips

Hello,

Shot for years with a Panny FZ35. After seeing the initial issues with the FujiFilm X-S1 had been fixed I bought one. Seemed like a HUGE step up, going from the 1/2.33" Panny sensor to the 2/3" sensor in the X-S1. Along with all the other "modern" features and the price drop it was a no-brainer for me.
I shoot primarily in Aperature Priority mode, going back to my Canon SLR days and have... not... been able to get routinely decent shots with my X-S1. I get noise at 100 ISO. It's crazy. Lot of other issues as well but I'll get to the point - I've been looking into moving up to a DSLR - even the "entry level full frame" Nikon D610 is tough $$-wise when you add in suitable lenses - but the lady at Pro Photo Supply here in Portland showed me the FZ1000. WOW. I was thisclose to buying it right then and there but thought I'd research entirely too much first. ;-) So, question - are you satisfied with your results? Noise? DR? High contrast shots? Would you buy the FZ1000 again? Thanks!

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XVOYAGERX

I had a an X-S1, it was a lovely looking camera with that SLR look, superb features at the time also, but! the picture quality was to be polite, `not very nice` very soft, trouble with color white- in loads of cases having a red cast, also whites in many would blow out in decent light, not a very good D/range whatsoever, tried correcting this with its excellent color controls, but still had problems) was never happy with it especially when a friend showed me some pictures from his Canon Sx40 which was far superior, that was enough for me, after 18 days i sold it, bought an Sx40, then later purchased the superb Panasonic FZ200, i have recently sold it and purchased an FZ1000, wow! do i like it? you bet, it is totally superb, the first (for me) perfect bridge camera i have ever owned, the features, the lens, and above all, picture quality and Video especially 4k are all superb, to conclude, as i said earlier, for me, its all the camera i could ever want, all in one!

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XVOYAGERX

I meant to add that the FZ1000`S viewfinder is astonishing, i believe its the same one that is on the GH4, clarity is superb, you could forgive yourself for thinking you were looking through an optical one, no eyestrain, much, much better size when viewing through it, unlike the small cramped view you get with most DSLR`s, i love that what you see is what you get with all camera parameters in clear view aiding quick adjuustments, far more chance of getting that all important shot correct with 1 shot before its gone, and with near perfect 100% view in the viewfinder and rear LCD!

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Fish Lips

Yup, whites are horrible with the X-S1. Shouldn't have to stop down whenever I'm shooting outdoors during the day. Ridiculous and oh so frustrating. Shooting Multnomah Falls I couldn't get around ending up with a long, blown-out verticle white stripe. I understand the obvious benefits of APS-C and FF, but I don't routinely print 24"x36", ya know? And I don't really need the crazy depth of field of the FF. I've been shooting long enough I know how to get the result I want - most likely like most of you - and the past year has been sooo frustrating with the X-S1. The noise drives me nuts! Should not have to spend time in PP. The viewfinder on the X-S1 is massive so I love that the FZ1000 has a great one too.
XVOYAGERX - Hey, I really appreciate the response. Thank you. Going to put my X-S1 up for sale after Christmas and "step up" to the FZ1000. Sounds ludicrous to say, but in all my years shooting digital, the Panny has given me the most consistent, quality, usable results.

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Fish Lips

I uploaded a small sampling of my photos if you'd like to check them out - https://500px.com/manage#profile
Yes, I have a little fun with PP. ;-)

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Fish Lips

The FZ200 is one that keeps coming up due to the 2.8.

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XVOYAGERX

Hi Fish Lips, Hey my friend, nice to hear from you, Well i hope you sell your XS-1 after Xmas, i just did not like it and i paid nearly £500 for it which thinking back was rather expensive really for what it was, nice looking camera and very well built, but awful picture, however, i think like me you will love the FZ1000, it is a far superior camera and simply blows the XS-1 out of the water both in features and most importantly picture quality, ok its poly carbonite build, but hey it looks good it feels good and most importantly it deliveres the goods, i take care of my equipment, (always have) and it takes care of me, i love this camera, its incredible, if u do purchase one, let me know what u think, cheers for now my friend and good luck over Xmas, new year period.

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PeterBM

"Sadly, the FZ1000 doesn't offer a touch screen."
I disagree. I wouldn't buy it if it has a touch screen.
All photographers are not working in studio or preparing photos for hours.
When travelling, walking, hiking, you often cannot keep your hands clean enough for a good use of touch screen.

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cainn24

I don't really understand the whole "I wouldn't by camera X if it had feature Y" sentiment in cases where you can turn feature Y off.

My GM5 has a touch screen. I don't really like touch screens. So I turned it off. Done. Same with every other camera I've owned that has had a touch screen. Of course some cameras have touch screens that you can't turn off [completely] but Panasonic seem to be a bit smarter than that these days, at least with the enthusiast models.

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PeterBM

There are as many ways of using a camera as there are photographers.

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Fish Lips

My concern would be accidentally touching the screen. My daughter cracks up at me using my iPad - "Dad, you need to learn to internet better. Oh, and try not to keep touching, brushing and tapping the screen."

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Artistico

I wasn't planning to get any new cameras these days, but when the review of the FZ1000 came out, I just realised that this might just be the camera I've been waiting for since I got a Canon 350D over a Panasonic FZ30 - mostly due to concerns over base ISO noise with the small 1/1.7 sensor.

So far, I am impressed. The lens is sharper than I'd have expected at the long range, a bit mushy in the corners at the wide end, as I'd have thought, but not enough to be any cause for concern.

Stabiliser works a dream, and the programming of the camera is done right. It seems to go to 1/60s exposure at full zoom before increasing the ISO. This gives me sharp pictures every time the way I hold my camera. I've also had sharp ones down to 1/4 leaning against a door frame.

Though zooming with a mechanically coupled lens is always preferable, I found myself quickly adjusting to the power zoom, using the ring around the shutter, using the ring on the lens for manual focus assist.

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Artistico

I read a review complaining that you needed to move the focus ring a certain speed before it registered and moved focus. It would have been nice to adjust this feature. It's obviously there to prevent focus creep, but people might have different preferences. Even the first time I used the ring, though, I had no problem getting good manual focus.

ISO up to 1600 is as clean as I'd want it. 1600 already has some noise, but it's nice noise that I actually like as it adds a bit of life and texture to my photos. 3200 is okay, but 6400 I'd avoid.

My old M43 system has a one stop advantage noise-wise - as is to be expected, but for most uses, the stabiliser's effectiveness will actually make up for any shortcomings in ISO noise performance for my use of the camera.

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Artistico

For the way I shoot, this camera, its zoom range, its controls, the lens and image quality - it's a one-stop shop covering all the bases I need covered, and I will only need to keep a tiny compact camera as well for the days I want to travel light, and I've got everything I need.

Well done, Panasonic. I knew you had it in you when I looked at the FZ30 all those years ago and felt it wasn't quite there yet.

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Fish Lips

Been shooting with the Fujifilm X-S1 and was ready to make the jump to DSLR but after reading this forum tonight I'm seriously thinking of giving another "bridge" camera one more try. (The FZ1000)

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rinkos

when i moved from panasonic to Sony's camp in 2010 it was after seeing there is not gonna be what a lot of bridgecamera users were begging for ...a bigger sensor bridge camera .

i love my SLR's ..but even a little nex camera and a 4/3 requires that pesky lens change /carry . dealing with sensor noise and what not . all things get in the way of capturing that moment.

i think this fz1000 is the first step towards a complete camera in my mind and with sensor and processor tech advancement the 1inch category at least in iso terms surpassed some of the lower end SLR's ..or older models . i need to see some numbers on DR and colorrichness but for pure ISO this 1inch cam gives a better result than my A580.

so great job . and hope to see more cameras of this type around

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Dave Oddie

This is the kind of camera I can see people buying as a compliment to a dslr outfit and then hardly ever using the dslr outfit.

There is one caveat to that though and it is that problem highlighted in the review about the single control dial. Anyone used to dual dials with exposure compensation on one and aperture the other for example (as I have my camera set up) would be driven mad by this ergonomic compromise. And that kind of thing can actually spoil your enjoyment of the using the gear.

People naturally and unconsciously gravitate to well designed easy to use kit.

On a more general point this and the RX10 are obviously intended to be great travel cameras so why no GPS?

I use it all the time on my camera and it seems an obvious feature to have on a travel camera.

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Mike Ronesia

My Lumix GH2 has the single wheel that clicks. I shoot manual, so I click it to switch between A and S but it doesn't bother me at all. It's quick and simple and I don't turn both at the same time anyway so it doesn't slow me down at all.

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dantor

I agree with Mike. My FZ200 has the same setup. It only takes a bit of getting used to.

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XVOYAGERX

To be honest i would think the single control dial is quicker, `it must be` if you need to quickly capture that unexpected shot, then surely if you adjust say, the `exposure` first, then simply press `the same dial` then adjust your aperture, `all` with the same` thumb, then take the shot `must` be quicker than twidling around with your fingers with `2 dials` give me Panasonics single system anytime!

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KZMike

Pany has put all the goodies in one package [incl Time Lapse + a sensor larger than 2/3] I've been wanting in one package. . . though I do like the top LCD & body that the RX10 has, the FZ1000 wins out. This will be my every day snapshot + video clip camera. . . still will be using my Nikon & Canon APS SLRs for the 'special'/more serious use photos.

Now I need to convince Santa. . .

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KZMike

Need some help understanding the Page 9 Jpeg comparisons. . . the Sony RX10 Jpegs are much larger than the FZ1000, which seems to make the comparison confusing. . . at least to me. . .

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AmateurSnaps

I love the idea of a bridge camera but at this price what are the advantages of this camera over a Canon/Nikon/Sony with for example the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro?

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SMPhoto

A little size. Also, potentially lens sharpness. I'm not sure about that Tamron 16-300, but most superzooms are pretty bad at the long end, and I know at least the RX10 is suppose to be pretty sharp out at 200 corner to corner. I know I had a Nikon 18-200 on a D7000 for a few months as a travel kit when on motorcycle rides and it was so bad I sold the lens. Useless beyond 150 or so. And while the APC sensor has much better high ISO, the 2 stops of lens speed will make up for that.

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Fois Giovanni

I discovered a very good reason! Take a handhold shot of a night scene with 600 equivalent focal lenght and 1/30s or slower with this camera and with a DSLR. Look at the pictures in detail and you´ll notice that the DSLR give vertical lines on each luminous point from the city lamps while Lumix keep the lamps as points. This is due the vertical oscilation created by the mirror shock. You need a very solid tripod to try to minimize this on a DSLR. And I tell you, if in a nigh shot it moves, it moves in daylight too. This can be a reason for lack of sharpness on DSLR because in a daylight photo this oscilation will appear as blur. The Lumix OIS do an excelent job compensating hand shake, but no VR, OIS, IS or whatever can compensate de high frequency shock of the mirror.

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Fois Giovanni

This appears now that DSLRs get lighter and photos are show on large screen TVs! In the past, with massive cameras and lenses, smaller prints and no image stabilzation imposing every night shot was on a tripod make difficult to anyone notice the mirror induced oscilation.

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AmateurSnaps

Thank you for the replies. Very tempted to replace my old 350D which has done itself proud :)

Not looking at carrying bags of lenses (nor the investment) and this looks like a reasonable compromise for my needs.

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Dave Oddie

"I discovered a very good reason! Take a handhold shot of a night scene with 600 equivalent focal lenght and 1/30s or slower with this camera and with a DSLR. Look at the pictures in detail and you´ll notice that the DSLR give vertical lines on each luminous point from the city lamps while Lumix keep the lamps as points. This is due the vertical oscilation created by the mirror shock."

Not with a Sony SLT or any of the mirrorless competition. They don't have flapping mirrors either. Some like the Sony SLT's, even have electronic first curtain shutters reducing any potential vibration even more.

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SMPhoto

Mirror lockup. The more difficult issue to get around is shutter induced vibration. This is why Nikon redesigned shutter on D810.

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Artistico

@AmateurSnaps I used to have the 350D. When it came out, it was the first really good affordable DSLR. I was actually considering a bridge superzoom at the same time, the Panasonic FZ30, but, though I liked the design of t, I felt I was compromising too much on image quality with its small sensor, images even at ISO 80 needing some cleaning.

If you do wish to upgrade, the FZ1000 is a good choice, and a significant one in terms of image quality over the aging technology of the 350D. Better low light performance, better dynamic range, higher resolution. And the all-in-one lens design is very convenient.

The FZ1000 lens is very good considering its range. I have heard people say the long end is soft, but I think it's much, much better than Panasonic's 45-200mm and 100-300mm for M43 in that regard, which is what I am comparing it to.

Some say it's expensive. But just buying a lens of that range and quality would cost about the same.

So far, I'd give it a highly recommended rating.

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mostlyboringphotog

"The equivalent aperture figure gives a 'clear' idea of how two lenses compare in terms of depth-of-field."
So when I go to DoF calculator, do I put in real f-stop or equivalent aperture and how is this clearer than putting in FL and f-stop as it used to be?
And if you put on FF f/2.0 lens on an 4/3 body, the equivalent aperture becomes f/4.0 while the equivalent aperture was f/2.0 when it was on an FF body? How is this clear and to whom is this clear?
Well, at least you didn't say FZ1000 is faster than FZ200...
Moreover, this review would have been more interesting if compared to Nikon 1 maybe with 10-100mm lens.
IMHO, of course.

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quezra

You need to give it a rest, because you're still being intentionally obtuse. Does your DoF calculator work with real or equivalent FL? If real, then you use 145/2.8. If equivalent, you put 400/11. If you mix them up you get the wrong answer in your DoF calculator.

As for if you put the FF f/2.0 lens on 4/3 body, then do you change the FL or do you believe the FL stays the same? These have all been explained to you a hundred times already.

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Fois Giovanni

Panasonic is sharper on the right side (lock at the lower brush) and Sony on the left side (top brush or lower grass). Are both camera with a missaligned element in their lenses or the cameras lenses are not at the same distance to the four corners of the scene (tripod out of perpendicularism to the scene axis)? Note that get the scene centered in the viewer don´t means the camera is perpendicular to scene plane.

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Fois Giovanni

Oh! I´m talking about the studio scene on page 12! I forget to mention it.

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Artistico

Just a question, as I assume there must be some FZ1000 owners out there too checking out this forum: I know the close-focus is 3cm at the wide angle of the lens, but what is it at full extension telephoto, and what is the equivalent magnification ratio at either 25mm or 400mm equivalent?

Despite a bit of googling, I've not been able to find the data for this anywhere yet.

Perhaps the DPreview team might know too?

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Fois Giovanni

On page 8 of this review, under SPECs Comparisons, we see that both are 3cm when wide and 30cm for 200mm equivalente of Sony and 100 cm (1m) for 400mm of Panasonic. On the same page, at the first Picture, you can see that real focal range of Panasonic is 9.1-146mm. Usually you need to calculate the increase of distance between focal plane and lens plane due close-focus, but these lenses do close-focus by internal shift, so I presume that they keep almost the same focal distance to near focus. I bet for Panasonic a magnification ratio of 9.1/30 [mm] for wide angle and 146/1000 [mm] for tele. If you take the captured image as being Leica format (full frame), you can use the equivalent focal distance. Then, 25/30 for wide angle and 400/1000 for telephoto. The same can be done for Sony, for equivalent wide is 24/30 and tele is 200/300 (all values in mm). I think this give a good approach.

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Artistico

Thanks, Fois. Very useful information.

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EduPortas

Hey DPR, I think you missed Sony's recent RX10 firmware update. It includes 120fps and a new XAVC-S codec recording option. Any chance you can update this comparison with those new features?

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jkoch2

If Sony cuts the RX10 price, that would be actionable news. An RX10ii (or RX12?) with 4k would also be actionable. 60p 4k, even if limited to short clips, would be a knockout. Firmware with 4k, even if feasible, seems unlikely.

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Artistico

Quite impressive image quality for a superzoom.

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Black Box

So, as the RX story goes, by Xmas, we're waiting for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Mark II with longer zoom range, slower lens and lower price. And then, of course, in Spring it'll be the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Mark III, in which Sony will finally realize all the mistakes they made in the previous two models and compromise on all of them. Tough luck, Sony buyers.

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Low Budget Dave

Actually, if Sony keeps to their normal schedule, they will release a new version every six months. Each new model will be faster in some respect (focus or aperture) but will overlook some other feature in exchange.

So you might get more range, but lose the flash, or you might get better low light but lose the viewfinder. Sony has a firm policy not to put all the features you might want in a single camera.

For the record, Panasonic follows the same policy. How else to explain the lack of a touchscreen in the FZ1000?

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Fois Giovanni

It´s a game! They change the players all the time searching for the best combination to win the season!

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Black Box

Low Budget Dave, I'll explain it quite simply. Touch screen is heavier, thicker and more expensive. And the camera is already very heavy, very bulky and quite expensive. Also, I have to say that touch screen in the camera is something we all have lived without for almost two centuries before it appeared on the latest cameras some year or so ago. Range, however, is something we've always wanted. And got!

And I'd like to draw your attention to the GX7, where Panasonic gathered ALL features they have on their shelves. We still have to wait for Sony to do that.

Sony is following the tragic path of Canon where they try to make each camera not as best as they can but as worse as not to disturb the neighboring models but still be able to sell it. Wish they followed Pentax instead.

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Dave Oddie

@Low Budget Dave "Sony has a firm policy not to put all the features you might want in a single camera."

Correct! Has driven me nuts for years. They did it again with the A77II. Lost the GPS and focus light of the A77. Gained better AF and WiFi and other stuff.

Why not A77II = A77 plus new features/improvements? Just what is so hard about that?

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Black Box

Then it'll be way too close to some other camera from their endless portfolio of "brilliant inventions".

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MediaDigitalVideo

I love to see from FZ-1000 users if the zoom is strait when using the zoom/focus ring (zoommode).

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stevens37y

what do you mean by saying "zoom is strait"?

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MediaDigitalVideo

The moving of the lens from wide to tele and back is continues without little stops.

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stevens37y

Not quite continuous. I made some tests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz2U0Aou4Zw
I have more I can upload eventually.
If you use iZoom then there is a stop between the optical and digital part. Otherwise the speed is not even and smooth so for video it might be tricky to zoom nicely. If you learn to use the slowest speed and zoom only about 2x in a case then it can be ok.

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MediaDigitalVideo

Thx for reply. I wanne us only the optical zoom. If I record at 1080p at 120fps and playback at normal speed (looks like slowmotion) you will hardly see this "problem" (I think). Don't you think so ?

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stevens37y

No you will not because in 1080/120p slow motion mode you cannot use the zoom when the recording is running. It's sad. Neither the stabi works and the control generally is limited.

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ashokvashisht

I live in India and plan to buy a new Camera in the next 2-3 months for photographing Landscapes & Wildlife and also family occasions. I was planning to buy a Nikon D5200 with a Nikkor 18-140 Lens which I was getting for approx US$850 (INR 50000). For the very long wildlife shots (which are not many) I planned to buy a 40X or more bridge camera in future.

But is buying only the Panasonic DMC FZ 1000 and nothing else a more logical option ?

Also is the Nikon D5200 with a average lens (Nikkor 18-140) not very much better than what the FZ 1000 with its Lieca ?

One more isssue....dust. I just read somewhere that amongst the Nikkor 18-105 and 18-140 the latter has "better" dust sealing. But there is no such issue of dust sealing in FZ1000.

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Pete_Mac

Hi Ashokvashisht,
There is a lot of sense in your logic. Yes less risk of dust on the sensor but it is not weatherproof (splash proof, dust proof). Neither is the Nikon. And yes Canon/Nikon budget lenses are not sharp. I have the Sony RX100 with the same sensor and I can say the quality out of these images are SLR quality. I also have an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and love it also except it is inconvenient changing lenses.

Good luck with your decision. I live in Australia by the way.

Cheers

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ashokvashisht

Thanks, Pete.

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josbiker

Where is the GH 4 comparison in the studio shots etc?

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Rob Klein

I am really curious if the FZ1000 can be effectively used to shoot college and high school sports? Namely, football in poorly lit high school stadiums at night or hockey in less than professional rinks. Anyone used this camera for those purposes or something close that would tell me if this is a wise choice? I freelance for a major city newspaper shooting high school and college sports and need the reach of the zoom on this, as there is nothing comparable in the Fuji X-T1 lens line at present.

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E MC

From a speed perspective, and set to say ISO 3200 to keep the shutter speed high for a night game, I think you would be fine, but there is no weather sealing and the body is plastic, so that would worry me for your usage. The autofocus is very, very fast and the 400mm reach would be fantastic.

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jazzphotog1

My FZ1000 is used for stage work — dancers & musicians in performance & back stage. After two major 3-day Jazz festivals — both with indoor & outdoor stages — & many other club/stage gigs...the FZ1000 could do the job.

As for weather proofing, I'll just do as I have done with my cameras for 50-some years.

The 400mm reach plus a 1600 to 3200 ISO should be good.

I prefer to do as much in the camera as possible, so do use the digital zoom (in camera cropping) to "800mm." Set one of the function buttons to switch between 'raw+jpg' & 'jpg' to quickly turn DZ off/on. Just a thought.

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MediaDigitalVideo

Hello jazzphotog1, do you have any video example's ?

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jazzphotog1

MediaDigitalVideo — no, no video at all.

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jazzphotog1

Rob Klein — re my earlier post...too many vague statements.

Stage work — Theater light can be quite bad; especially off stage center. As for clubs…often downright terrible. Your newspaper will likely not want anything shot above 3200 with an FZ1000; noise leaps in at that point.

Photographing dance…not too different from photographing sports. Same comment applies to the very active musician; some figuratively do vigorous calisthenics on stage!

Re weather proofing; reference here is to the time-honored use of plastic bags & rubber bands. Your needs will definitely vary here as football games can continue in some rather nasty weather.

As for doing as much in-camera as possible…will your newspaper be wanting your shots immediately? If so, that jpg is your ticket while the raw file is for later use. This is also why I will crop in the camera via digital zoom. FYI—the FZ1000 must be set for jpg-only if DZ is wanted, so, changing the image quality functions as the DZ off/on switch.

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jazzphotog1

Rob Klein — What do you currently use? The X-T1 has got to be a great choice…but! the long lenses…not here yet. Do you have a long lens from your current system that can be adapted to the Fuji? Buy a used, useful lens now & sell it after a Fuji lens is available? This does not sound like a good solution, but, maybe a good tele-extender might work for you?

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PS Geneva

I shot an amature hockey game at an indoor rink used for high school hockey with an FZ1000 that I'd had for one week at that point. Autofocus and zoom were perfect, but with the lens at 4.0 virutally all of the time there wasn't enough light to get crisp shots most of the time. When a shot did work though, it was really great. I told my friend, who's sons I was taking pictures of, that he'll need to keep bringing his dslr as the FZ1000 wasn't going to cut it for indoor hockey.

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jazzphotog1

PS Geneva — That's good info for Klein.

Something that helps me in low stage light is a monopod with a snugged ball head — reduce unnecessary movement at my end. Not the same problem as very fast action, but, if you have one, it's worth a try with or without the ball head.

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deerings

Can someone explain aperture before I decide to get this camera? My decision is between adding a superzoom 18-300 Nikkor to my old Nikon D60 DSLR or going with the fz1000. But as far as I can see, the fz1000 only has a minimum aperture of 8, where the nikkor 18-300 superzoom lens has minimum aperture of 32. The dp review only mentions the maximum aperture - I don't understand why. thanks

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ThePhilips

"the fz1000 only has a minimum aperture of 8, where the nikkor 18-300 superzoom lens has minimum aperture of 32."

It is purely technical limitation of how small the aperture can be made. Beyond the limit, mechanics becomes very tricky, while the IQ deteriorates too much (due to diffractions) to be of any use.

The minimum apertures for systems are: m43 - f/16, APS-C - f/22, 35mm format - f/32. That means, the lenses designed for the system *must* allow closing aperture to this diameter.

Generally, smaller the sensor, larger the min aperture f-number would be. E.g. on m43, the aperture diameter of f/32 (if it had allowed one) at 25mm would be (25/32 = ) 0.78mm!

It is simpler for the fixed lens cameras. Here, manufacturers have the free hand how to design the aperture. Some decide to make the aperture closing to a very small diameter - some not. Why the FZ1000 has min aperture of f/8 is the question only Panasonic can answer. E.g. Sony RX10 has min aperture of f/11.

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BriansLens

I've just received my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.

After ready the entire manual and trying some adjustments, I cannot seem to get the viewfinder to focus. It is my preferred method of shooting photos.

My LCD screen is perfectly focused, but when using the viewfinder, all is blurry.

Thanks is advance for any suggestions offered.

Brian D.

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Gordon A Cochrane

Use the dioptre adjustment wheel to the left of the viewfinder. Adjust until screen is focused.

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ddtwenty

why don't just put 24p to the 4k resolutions?

It will make a lot more value to this camera.

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E MC

They did - new Firmware v 2.0 in early October.

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Bruggeling

They just did in a firmware update. http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2750546856/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000-firmware-update-enables-4k-photo-mode

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PeterBM

Why 24p is better than 30p?

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ddtwenty

@PeterBM
I just look forward to use this camera together with other cameras to make good videos.

If the camera can provide many frame rates choices, it will be a lot better, especially on 24p.

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DesertDog

In the Review Files for the FZ100 there are 6 files listed. Their extension turns out to be RW2. My Lightroom 4 handles my FZ200 camera files that are RW2. My Lightroom will not process the downloaded files that have the RW2 extension. Specifications say file extension is ARW for the FZ1000. Anyone find the same issue? Can somesone at DPREVIEW explain what is going on? (10/20/14)

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sremets

Where to buy FZ1000 in Hong Kong / Singapore?
Can anyone recommend a store where it can be found? I searched all over the web and could not find even one shop in SG / HK that sells it. I am there next week.

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Neodp

So it's a like Stop less in background blur isolation than a kit lens on a crop DSLR. Including worse Bokeh quality. Not with light; but in terms of DOF eqiv, and it's huge. That's not good. Not at the price.

They should NOT have listened to novices as to lusting for ZOOM X-FACTOR and just made a better camera. They should have capped the focal at 100mm (eqiv angle) and went the other way! Heck, they should have done 27-100mm on MFT. Made that a f/2.8 CONSTANT lens (built-in, so very IQ optimized optimized) and then you'd have something. Think about it. There's your do all camera. Mid small size, affordable price. Leica F2.8 27-100mm HELLO! They could even sell "X-FACTOR" extenders to the silly crowd.

But they wouldn't make that.

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Sotomayor

It's good that they listen to novices, pros and people like you, LX100 is close to your fit

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Joseph Mama

Um, that is called RX100 and its ilk. The whole point is an RX10 like all in one camera with decent reach, while retaining a decently sized sensor.

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Sotomayor

Yes the RX100 & RX10 are decent cameras, but he did say MFT sensor, so that's why I mentioned the LX100 by panasonic

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cmvsm

You missed the entire point of the camera. Consumers want ease of use with a respectable range to take care of all needs. I doubt the target of this camera will ever shoot in A Priority, and has no clue what a 2.8 constant lens is. Amateur demand pays the light bill, not the 'professional' crowd, and with today's competition, a 27-100 would simply disappear in the sea of cameras already on the market, and not provide Panasonic with a consumer flagship product that where it trumps the competition. For what it is, its a great little piece.

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Dave C 150

They could have done that. But there are other excellent cameras in that range! What's the point of a "Superzoom" without a superzoom lens pray? It's for people who want a large zoom range - e.g Bird photographers for example.

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jkoch2

Birds? Why not just cats? Limit photos to cats and 50mm is the most zoom you ever need. Right? Listen to meow, not tweet.

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Joseph Mama

What are all these other "excellent cameras in that range?". I didnt realize there were so many fixed lens 400mm range cameras with 1 inch sensors...
RX10 costs a fortune with half the range.
Stylus 1 is good but 1/1.7 inch sensor.
FZ200 is good but some want better overall image quality and are willing to sacrifice range.

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eiguoc

Does anyone else have problems with the flash Not going off each time. I really need to know. Is it some settings I don't have right or is it a glitch in the camera?

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rustyosgood

Check your silent mode settings. if it is set to "on" the flash won't work...strangely enough.

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Fois Giovanni

Did you try 'forced on' for flash settings?

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eiguoc

I have it all figured out now, had to change a setting or two

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Timmbits

I wonder how hard it would be to find a compatible screen, larger, to swap that one out for a more decent one.

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Tomaji

There is a firmware update coming SOON (maybe now) from Panasonic, which might solve some issues I see posted here....see this link:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2750546856/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000-firmware-update-enables-4k-photo-mode

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SeedMan

Wow. Amazing Camera. You would probably be better off with another camera if you just wanted to "point and shoot" (which, with today's cameras will still produce an excellent camera), but if you are an enthusiast, like to read manuals, know settings, experiment, and take lots of pictures, this could be the perfect camera. And it still does amazing in the automatic, point and shoot mode. Am selling my 70D and all my lenses ... too much of a pain to carry around anyway!

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E MC

I replaced a Canon 7D with this, for a large number of reasons including image stabilization which is ridiculously amazing, autofocus speed, low light focusing speed in particular, 400mm reach and 4K video. Panorama capabilities, built-in intervalometer and focus peaking are just icing. Infact there are things I can do with this camera I can't do with my 5D MK III, although I am not getting rid of it any time soon.

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bobnfla58

I have owned the FZ150 for 2 years now and as far as a "complete" caamera it is the best camaera I have ever owned. Look at the front of the lens... It says LEICA. Sony has taken Carl Zeiss down the tubes.
My first Leica was given to me by my grandmother at 9 years old. I have owned the Sony A99, the Canon 5D Mark III, and a zillion other expensive cameras, and I still stick by the FZ150. Recently duringa big "moon" shoot, I was able to hand hold the FZ150 at 600 mm and take wonderful shots of the moon. It gets a little off at low light shots, but I jsut add a flash. Wouldn't trade it for a Hassalblad

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sierranvin

Gee, Bob, I use the Sony-Zeiss EF 55mm f1.8 and I find it simply irresistible! Have you tried an a7R w/ any of the Sony-Zeiss EF lenses?

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eiguoc

After reading over & over Figured it out, Have to take shutter off auto & stick in Mechanical for flash. 2 things to remember now to reset before heading out before sunrise.

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eiguoc

it didn't work, even by changing the shutter The flash still didn't fire all the time in iA or iA+. Sometimes I heard 1 pic being taken, other times a series of pics. Just don't understand it . Any ideas would be lovely

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Fois Giovanni

Did you try 'forced on' for flash settings?

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eiguoc

I hope someone here has an answer for me. When using flash in iA or iA+, the flash will sometimes NOT go off but will take multiple pics. I just have to move the cam a bit & flash will fire, At first I thought it was too light, but tried flash when it was light & it fired. I've read things over & over but something must not be sinking in. (old age), So any help would really be welcome, Flash works all the time in the A, P, S, M mode & in the freeze animal mode in SCN

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Richard Shih

Probably best to ask these sorts of questions in the Panasonic compacts forum: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/1033

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utomo99

I hope Panasoni read the review and user comments and try to fix some of the problems by Firmware update.
and also preparing for next version.

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eiguoc

I finally clued in to see what modes I used in my photos,I neded the right setting for seeing it while viewing back. Problem is when 1 has over 50 pics to go thru to see what mode, scn or creeative style was used, the battery ends up being used. I really , really wish that the photofunstudio that cam with cam had that feature or that my Zoombrowser could read that part, it can only read the cam model, TV, AV, Exposure comp. NOT the shooting mode

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DLC Video

Found out that the fx1000 records for 29.min 50 sec, this is then put in segments of 5 which is about 5:55:17min when placed on the time line I found out the audio does not flow. At the end of most segment there is a second of silence or a click is heard at the beginning of the next segment.

Disappointed in this thought it recorded a continuos single file of 29min, is the normal in all dslr video recordings.

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FoToEdge

I have had my FZ1000 since the beginning of August 2014. I loved everything until yesterday when the sensor has gone haywire. The top portion of my files, on my card, in the EVF and on the LCD now how a giant sun or brightness that will not go away. It takes up almost half of the frame area. Has anyone had this problem? It is even in the EVF and LCD with no SD card in the slot.

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jillespo

I currently have the FZ200 and love it, but I'm getting the itch to upgrade. Is the FZ1000 significantly better than the FZ200, or should I be happy with what I have?

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PILUIS

Video Panasonic FZ-1000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHyWLvZkMxw

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jean1

got the fz1000 after fz200.
the picture quality is much better,,i also see noise on faces with the fz200,this is much better,and the video 4k,its time to upgrade,you will be happy..

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Swingline

The FZ1000 looks almost as good as 4/3s at iso 1600, esp the LK 100 because of the much larger pixel count 20m vs 12.7m. Look at the currency and coins as well as the Balsam Vinegar bottle label.

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Edfrgo

The review of the FZ1000 says the lens is a "tad soft" at the wide end. I shoot a lot of wide shots and a "tad soft" is a concern to me when considering a purchase because I often make prints in the 11x14 and 16x20 inch range and need all the sharpness the lens can muster.
Can anyone elaborate on their wide-angle experience with the FZ1000 or better describe how soft is a tad soft and what limitations I need be aware of.

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PILUIS

Slow motion Panasonic FZ-1000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W33VnD6Y5vs

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eiguoc

I've had the FZ1000 since end of July. getting the hang of it, best pics closeups I have ever gotten. BUT have 1 beef. Wish there was a way around it. I take shots of wildlife ( deer) & don't want them to hear anything but in order to use a flash or the have my shutter type set to auto I need sound on. Today I tried it with sound on & as soon as the deer heard the beep, off they went. I wish there was some way around this as I do need a flash in the pre sunrise hour (glowing eyes of the deer in the trees)

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PILUIS

¿Es que no se ha probado el estabilizador en 4k?
Pues falla algunas veces y se muestra inestable tanto en estabilización vertical como horizontal. Luego después de un rato se queda normal y estabiliza bien.
Esto debe ser un problema de recorte del sensor. Y de interferencia de los ejes de estabilización.
Estamos esperando un nuevo FIRMWARE de Panasonic que corrija este pequeño defecto. Con lo bien que va la cámara..... y esto empaña a las tomas con zoom y con i-zoom tanto en tomas en HD como en 4K.
Es un defecto que no puede advertir Panasonic en el manual y así se lava
las manos de hacerle trabajar a los ingenieros que han diseñado el estabilizador.
Cuando queráis os pongo videos con este defecto que me ha costado cambiar ya 2 veces la cámara y nada sigue haciéndolo.
De todas maneras es mi cámara favorita y aconsejo a todos/as su compra.

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Robert Morris

Thanks, for this information. This is a problem I hope that Panasonic fixes soon.

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PILUIS

Review y videos Panasonic FZ-1000

http://www.quesabesde.com/camaras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000/opinion/60700-pros-y-contras-de-la-panasonic-lumix-fz-1000

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jkoch2

Mejor colocar los enlaces en otro hilo, acompañados por una traducción. Indique, por lo tanto, las calibraciones precisas de las tomas.

El estabilizador de cinco ejes solo funciona en video de 1080p, no de 4k. Esto se declaró desde un principio. Lo mismo occure con el LX100, salvo que se nota menos, pues tiene menos zoom. Dudo que ningún estabilizador sea "suficiente" con 4k, sobre todo si se trata de zoom largo, peor aun en casos de recorte extra para extender la vista hasta Marte.

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KZMike

FINALLY. . . !!!!!

This will be my 'goto' camera. Been waiting for years for a 'rig' like this. Great Specs in a compact package and a sensor bigger than your pinky finger nail. My Nikon and Canon SLRs are wonderful for those 'art' photos, but for my 'everyday' stuff this fits for 80+% of what I like to shoot.

Something like this in 4/3 would be perfect, but alas the photo world is less than perfect. . . my luck. . . Pany or Oly will come out with the FZ1000 w a 4/3 sensor

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SergeyMS

in my opinion, manual zoom is more convenient.

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Chris62

Yes and no.
In movie mode smooth zooming is well seen and manual stepping zoom looks not nice on screen.
FZ100 is still/movie equipment in one.

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mosc

zoom in a movie used to be a no-no because of perspective changes. Films for years and years used all manor of mechanical contraptions and fancy sets to avoid zooming at all costs.

It still, to many of us, looks like an incredibly sloppy and unprofessional technique.

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stevens37y

@mosc
There are a lot of zooming in concert films and sometimes also in interviews. Not many people make real cinematic films with such a small camera.

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jack123torr

Hi all,

I am tempted to sell my Nikon D7100 + 18-200 lens (old vesion, "red NR") and replace by the FZ1000. It is smaller, lighter, more options (rotating screen, panorama, wifi, NFC, etc etc etc).

The only point that concerns me is: "will there be a noticeable difference on 4x6 prints at ISO 3200 and 6400"?

Any comments? Thanks.

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TwoMetreBill

If 4x6 inch and not foot prints are your target, there is no need for you to spend more than a couple hundred for a camera. You won't see a difference between a Fuji F900 and a $100,000 Hasselblad system.

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racketman

Won't be in the same league as your Nikon. I bought the FZ as a walk around on holidays but there is noticeable smearing of detail compared to my Canon dslrs.

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nrshapiro

I just took the FZ1000 on a week-long bike trip in Nova Scotia. The results were very good compared to the D7100 with a superzoom (I have the D7100 and 18-200 as well, which I used to carry for travel). Pictures are very sharp even without using in-camera conversion (I shoot raw). The handling is excellent, as is the focus, though tracking focus, while it works great when it works, tends to be wonky...after using it a number of times in a row, the camera crashed.

Downsides: 1) No wide angle. If I carried my D7100 I'd bring the 18-200 and the 10-20 as well as a fisheye as my small, portable kit. and 2) there's no way (I can see) to combine the bracketing feature (5 or 7 shots) with the self timer. The three shot self timer is 10 seconds (and doesn't seem to bracket)! With the D7100 you can set a short self timer and use bracketing at the same time so the shutter press vibration has time to fade.

Maybe I'll post a few from the trip here later.

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jack123torr

Thanks all
nrshapiro, would be great if I could see some pics from your trip.

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nrshapiro

In going through my shots from this, my first full trip with the camera, I've come to this conclusion about image quality: Like the RX100, at ISO 125 (base), the camera performs as well as a SLR with a very good, if not great, lens. Better than most superzoom lenses, including the Nikon 18-200 or 28-300. And sharper edge to edge than most other non-pro zoom lenses.

Once you leave ISO 125 (and I'm talking RAW), things get progressively worse in terms of sharpness (and noise). It won't matter to you when printing at small sizes of course. And even fairly big sizes. But when you pixel peep, you will see that things are getting softer, and the noise/grain is up.

Of course, I could say the same thing about the D7100. It's about 1.5-2 stops better in terms of noise and definition at higher ISO, but that's not a scientific comparison.

That being said, it's a very convenient DSLR replacement at low ISO, and a good overall travel camera at any ISO. You won't miss the shot.

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jack123torr

Many thanks. My experience with my 18-200 is that if I want to get decent sharp photos, I must close to F6.3 or even 7.1. And when you think that you can be at F4.0 the FZ1000 and get decent photos, it must compensate for the ISO "climbing".

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Rohirm

Some 4k video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5b-UhEK78U&hd=1

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kpaddler

I doubt if youtube keeps a 4k video with that resolution for webcast streaming, they dumb it down. Your video doesn't look anything better than 720i...

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aminems51

thanks for this

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pacnwhobbyist

This camera still has stock issues and I can see many instances of price gouging on Amazon. People should boycott the sellers who are selling this camera at a significant markup over the MSRP.

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btwango

What a funny post!
Supply and demand. Sellers can advertise their products for what ever price they like. Whether they sell any is a different matter. You are not obliged to buy.

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chriswinter

Look pretty good, I'm definitely looking to get into some 4k video soon. Glad to see the price is coming down.

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eiguoc

One thing the FZ1000 is missing in the photo fun studio is telling you what settings you used when you view your photos. I can see some of the things when I use my zoom-browser that came with my old power-shot canon. but for some reason it doesn't show what mode I used. be it iA, scn, manual etc. It be nice to know what one used to get a good photo or a bad photo for later reference. Don't know if it's me but for some reason the pics aren't looking as good as when I first got the camera. Just not as sharp

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0mega

FZ-1000 has some short coming, I was disappointing that they remove the 240 and 360fps in lower resolution. The camera need filmware update, the stalibzer in longer zoom is not good, I get burry picture easily with handheld, also sometime the auto mode don't do well with on board flash. The picture came oure very good, I believe the image is better than the RX 100 (first gen) can't tell much different than other m4/3 camera in good lighitng, I love the 4k video quality but annoying must had to switch the dial to movie mode. The handle is actually not good and better than I though would be, the body felt like those entry level DSLR.

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