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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

July 2014 | By Jeff Keller, Richard Butler
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Preview 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.

This article is Copyright 2014 and may NOT in part or in whole be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author.

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SergeyMS
By SergeyMS (1 day ago)

in my opinion, manual zoom is more convenient.

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jack123torr
By jack123torr (1 day ago)

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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Rohirm
By Rohirm (4 days ago)

Some 4k video:

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

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aminems51
By aminems51 (4 days ago)

thanks for this

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pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (6 days ago)

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
By btwango (2 hours ago)

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
By chriswinter (1 week ago)

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
By eiguoc (2 weeks ago)

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
By 0mega (2 weeks ago)

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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avicenanw
By avicenanw (2 weeks ago)

Both are great bridge cameras. If you are more into photos, the RX10 is for you, and if you are more into videos, the FZ1000 is for you with its 4K video capability. I would go for the RX10 because I am more into photos. The RX10 has sturdier build with metal (magnesium) chassis (vs the plastic FZ1000) , is dust and moisture resistant, have constant f2.8 aperture across its zoom range, have built-in ND filter, and a headphone jack for monitoring sound when I occasionally go into video mode. The RX10 also have better out of camera jpegs in case you prefer not to do post processing.

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KZMike
By KZMike (1 week ago)

Not sure I agree. . . using the jpeg #9 comparison menu and setting both 'cameras' to 400mm the Panasonic wins by a 'ton'

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Nevada Landscapes
By Nevada Landscapes (1 week ago)

I have both the RX10 and the FZ1000 and I think the picture IQ is not significantly different. The decision comes down to which options are most important to you and price. After using both, I decided to keep the FZ1000 and sell the RX10.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (1 week ago)

KZMike, the RX10 can only optically zoom to 200mm, the 400mm on the RX10 is digitally zoom. The FZ100 can optically zoom to 400mm. For equivalent comparison, see what it's like when the FZ1000 is digitally zoomed to 800mm. All zoom lenses are not optically great at the maximum end of their zoom range. Try comparing which is better at the more commonly used wide angle especially at the corners. Also look at the comparison on the corners for the architecture scene.

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

Anyone know if 4k mode has IS of any kind? I know 4k is limited in many ways since its fairly new.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

4K has been out for about 8 years now. Re. the video samples posted here at the end of the review, the first one by DPR is basically a still shot of two cruise ships moored in the harbor. How this passes these days as a "video" clip beats the heck outta me.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (1 week ago)

8 years?!?!?!?!?

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Serenus
By Serenus (3 weeks ago)

There are no examples about the slowmotion possibilities and borders in the article. I own the camera since 1 week and tried some slowmotion scenes. The results are very positive - sharp and smooth movements, i stretched it in Premiere until 17% and it did not ruckle! But on the other side it is not possible to change camera settings during filming neither zooming or focusing. So you have to prepare your shots very carefully.
I made a little film about the slowmotion of the fz-1000: http://youtu.be/Ruq2VgHabaU

cu

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NaninEncinitas
By NaninEncinitas (3 weeks ago)

Looking to replace my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 which is a great travel camera (as compared to my DSLR) but I am frustrated by the manual controls - the amount of "control" they offer is pretty minimal and the mechanism is frustrating to use. Wondering if anyone might comment on how the FZ1000 compares in that respect? Is it a "step up" in terms of control?

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Emilka
By Emilka (3 weeks ago)

What flash would you recommend to use with FZ1000? Any Metz? Just not the DMW series.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

Metz is a very respectable brand, and you can find compatible Metz flashes for supporting Panasonic's TTL.

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Emilka
By Emilka (3 weeks ago)

The real problem is working AF assist lamp builded in compatible flash with Panasonic series FZXX. I had FZ50, FZ150, FZ200. And AF assist lamp worked only with original Panasonic flash. I think with FZ1000 is the same. TTL in compatible flash will work fine, but this lamp... who knows?

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sammy1414
By sammy1414 (2 weeks ago)

Which camera did you prefer the FZ 150 or the 200
If you had to choose between the two.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 week ago)

"FZ 150 or the 200"? FZ-200 of course.

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Emilka
By Emilka (3 weeks ago)

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janmaat
By janmaat (3 weeks ago)

what does THAT weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee mean?

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Emilka
By Emilka (3 weeks ago)

It's my younger sister's work. Sorry. Could somebody delete this?

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Rick 70
By Rick 70 (1 week ago)

Nah, it's fine there :P
Just fills empty space....

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RichardTaylor
By RichardTaylor (3 weeks ago)

Bought one of these to upgrade my Fuji S100fs. Although I did not test it in RAW, I was very disappointed with the results and handling. It's going back.

Bought instead a Nikon 5300D + Sigma 18-250mm f3.5~6.3 DC Macro OS which, (although I'd have liked a panorama feature) are just brilliant. And at 1037g with battery they are not significantly heavier than the DMC-FZ1000.

Bridge fans: you really ought to try an DSLR before your next upgrade.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

DMC-FZ1000 has too many megapixel which is bad for IQ.

It has more megapixel than all Pana MFT cameras. Undeliverable!

Comment edited 22 seconds after posting
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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

Is there any news about Panasonic LX8?

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Kilty Scotsman
By Kilty Scotsman (3 weeks ago)

Purchased 2 for me and my wife to take up a new hobby.
Within first week managed macro of bumble bee and another with x10 62mm filter added, helicopter flying past and could zoom in to see pilot.
Love auto tracking focus for moving objects.
The settings and menus seem endless but we are getting there bit at a time.
Panorama picture is amazing the way it puts it together all in one shoot.
The whirling noise is minimal only really notice when in a quiet room, outside don't notice it.
Almost forgot I set up my ipad as a remote control for camera using wireless connection, took about 1 minute. Then using Lumix free app. A lot of settings are available in remote including zoom. Ipad displays what camera is viewing
Going to set up tripod near my bird feeder and try to capture some close ups of all the birds using remote control. Pictures can be downloaded using wireless, pretty quick for file size.
I like Sony but what we got for our money for the FZ1000 is certainly more than I expected.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

How does the wireless remote work in video recording mode, I wonder, and how does the FZ1000's wireless video remote viewing and control work with appliances other than super-overpriced Apple products?

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mar2jeter
By mar2jeter (3 weeks ago)

I know YouTube has plenty of videos of the FZ 1000 on the the website but when I upload my 4k videos it will only display in 360p. Anyone else having these issues on YouTube? I uploaded about 5 videos and only one was successful.

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SilenrocKunst
By SilenrocKunst (3 weeks ago)

Hello Brownie1010,

I am very curious about the pictures.
Also, if you have watched? Photos at 100%

you already have prints made ​​of the photos?

regards,

SilenrocKunst

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (3 weeks ago)

Sorry Silen I very rarely, like never, make prints. I put them on Flickr or cast them to my Full HD loungeroom screen using Plex ... having said that I will post some beach and surf shots up here tomorrow.

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Oldbeen
By Oldbeen (3 weeks ago)

I've just received my copy of the FZ1000. Right out of the box it is making a constant whirring noise which sounds a lot like the small cooling fan in my laptop and is almost as loud. It is louder than the focus motor or zoom sounds. It stops when the camera is in playback mode.
I contacted Panasonic support who told me that it is normal and is caused by the OIS (which can't be switched off on this camera). This noise is also quite different and much louder from that on my FZ200 which I hardly ever notice and has never been a bother. But I find this noise in the FZ1000 very disappointing and disturbing especially in a $900 camera.

If I want to keep this camera it's going to take some getting used to. Has anyone else encountered this "normal" problem?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

There is a ON/OFF OIS switch on the side of the lens as seen in the product images.

BTW: I do no own FZ1000, but all cameras' OIS that I know/own can be turned off. If I were you, I will return it because something is wrong.

FWIW: OIS can make (whirring) noise such as my Nokia phone's OIS which is more noticeable than most of my cameras (may be my Nokia phone is a bad copy).

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Robert Cannata
By Robert Cannata (3 weeks ago)

I received my FZ1000 on July 22 and when I turned it on I heard the humming/grinding noise. The next day I talked with the Panasonic support folks and got the "we will get back to you" comment. After 10 phone calls to them I am still in the waiting stage. I know that most if not all FZ1000s have this issue. I even went to Samys camera and had them open a new one and it sounded like mine. Thus, you are not alone. I do not know what I am going to do with my camera and it has now been 3 weeks since I got it from Panasonic. I will give the support folks one more day and then make a decision.

Bob

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sammy1414
By sammy1414 (3 weeks ago)

Got mine August 8th…no noise. Didn't know what you were talking about.
If I put my ear to the body i hear a very slight noise, when I turn off the OIS no noise at all.
Hank

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

So, it would seem that like 80 percent of the FZ1000 copies have this high sound pressure level noise, the rest have the normal OIS related noise. Still, not too good.

Now, for taking STILL PIX, the noise would not other me much (unless it would scare away some wildlife and animals in macro mode or something).

However, based on the comments, the camera is not too usefull for videography, unless once again you are shooting in MOS mode without recording a location audio track.

It would also appear that in 4K resolution video mode, this camera's advertised wide angle focal length of 25mm will suddenly become a 37mm normal lens, so if this is true, in 4K video mode this non-removable camera is useless as a semi-pro videography tool, unless all you are doing is birding and surveillance type of normal + telephoto shots with it.

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Tungstenkarbid
By Tungstenkarbid (2 weeks ago)

This extra noise is not a "normal" OIS-noise. It is more like a small internal fan failing (broken bearing-ish). It is of erratic pitch, slightly "grinding", might be slightly louder on the right side of the lens/house. Mine went back today.
Really disappointed.

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (2 weeks ago)

@Francis For all those reasons i brought back mine (european version).

I needed it for some parts of my job but for interviews, this noise is just too obvious, and even when shooting outside, if not much noise, you hear it, and the more you zoom in, the louder. A real pity.
And yes, the lack of a wide angle at 4K makes it useless for plenty of shootings.
I think we'll have some answers from Panasonic at some moment but as it seems quite mechanical, i got bit doubts they may find a firmware solution to the noise issue. And as loud as it is, they must be perfectly aware of it and i have doubts too they may have solutions to make it quiet.

By the way, you forgot the stuttering electric zoom. If zooming at slow speed with the ring, it works by steps, not continuously as a mechanical zoom.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (4 weeks ago)

Got my FZ1000 as an upgrade from my Lumix FZ150 after owning various Canon DSLRs over the years. I bought it for the faster lens, bigger sensor, faster focus and the 4K ... after a week - very, very happy. I use it for sports photos of my kids (soccer, surfing, skiing) and whilst I've lost some zoom (24x back to 16x) ... wow, the state of the art focus acquisition and tracking alone are worth it. I can crop into images that are sharp every time, and regained the depth of field control that the FZ150 lacked. Going to try the 4K as "50 shots per second" burst mode next ... As to handling, yes its going back to a DSLR feel/size but without the burden of at least two lens carrying. The EVF is very usable and the resolution of the flip out display much better than the FZ150 especially in bright Aussie beach conditions. Will post some side by side FZ150 and FZ1000 images soon, if anyone interested. Cheers.

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Emilka
By Emilka (4 weeks ago)

I'm interested, so give me all you got. :-)

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sammy1414
By sammy1414 (3 weeks ago)

Just got my FZ150 much to learn, I also have an FZ150 and like very much but does not have the picture quality of the 1000.
I am very interested seeing your 150/1000 image results.

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mjwil
By mjwil (3 weeks ago)

I will upgrade my fz150 also.
Do I need the lens adaptor if I use a telephoto lens?
thanks
jim

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sammy1414
By sammy1414 (2 weeks ago)

Mistake in previous post should have read 'Just got my FZ1000'

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (4 weeks ago)

I'm sooo happy. by googling around and asking the right Question I found out that DVIX was needed to play video on player. I had recorded a clip on MP4 & on AVCHD. nothing worked on the AVCHD but DVIX DID PLAY the MP4. Choppiness, don't zoom in so much. Yes indeedy I do LOVE FZ1000

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

A brand new camera that still uses that old derided AVCHD as a video codec in the Summer of 2014? And where are the intricate details about Panasonic's 100 Mbit 4K odec? We know everything about the Sony XAVC S codec that was specifically designed for recording and editing 4K video on the consumer level, yet almost nothing about what Panasonic is using and how it was designed. I mean, is this thing in 4K mode recording in 8-bit or 10-bit, 4:2:0 or 4:2:2, etc?

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (2 weeks ago)

Ended up using MP4 & had to buy a program that would edit & join clips together. I basically wanted a panasonic manual for Dummies, All these things you're talking about, over my head. Been using cams for years but am not a pro. Sorry, not able to help. Still think it's a great cam. no problems, no noice. Just have to learn a lot quicker

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Tactical Falcon
By Tactical Falcon (4 weeks ago)

I mostly shoot in MPEG4 format with no issues. Either Mac or PC. Usually easily viewed etc. I am wondering how this camera in real life in my hands along with the Sony competitor would fair. I like the all together solution. My old Olympus E-10 is like that, but I want greater reach that cameras offer in focal range.

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bimbobo
By bimbobo (4 weeks ago)

Suddendly a lot of "negative" comments, it seems a coincidence.

Comparing cameras is a personal judgement. People used to Canon, Sony and so on.. will find difficult to "adjust" and " probably tent to be more skeptical to other cams.

Sorry it's just my opinion but too often people "shoot" at something different and only see the negative sides

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DoctorJerry
By DoctorJerry (2 weeks ago)

fI too noticed the sudden plethora of negatives. I wonder if Sony had anything to do with it? Might be a good idea if DPReview required the serial number of the camera you discussing before you can post negative comments about any that camera.

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (4 weeks ago)

I've had the FZ100 for about a week now, still learning. I have problems with playing video's back, they will play with the photofunstudio, but will not play in windows media player. Mine were jerky at the start but changed it to AVCHD & a smaller size. Is there another player that has to be used?

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (4 weeks ago)

didn't know how to edit past comment. I thought the jerkiness would go away but still haven't figured it out.I was smooth in my panning, I had it set to manual & set the ap & speed. Should I have it set to something different? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. P>S> I think the stills are the best I could have ever gotten. Getting things I could never get

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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unlearny
By unlearny (4 weeks ago)

I have a mac and am suprised how well quicktime handles the 4k files.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

"I have a mac and am surprised how well quicktime handles the 4k files."

Good for you, however OP's comment would seem to indicate that the 100 Mbit per second bitrate for 4K video in MPEG 4 is a bit more than this particular camera's CPU can chew. The extra noise coming out of the camera may be due solely to the noisy optical image stabilization, or may also have to do with the small fan turning desperately fast in trying to cool that tiny CPU inside.

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Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (1 week ago)

VLC player is free and has all the codecs built in.
To fiddle with the video (such as change the encoding) Handbrake is also free and very capable.

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mannyr
By mannyr (4 weeks ago)

Disappointed. There seems to be something wrong with my camera. Spinning the ring or using the lever, the motion is not smooth. It has slight jerks(not the step zoom feature). On the plus side, the camera is fast and focus accurate. For my tastes, the colors are a bit limp, specially compared to my Sony A57. I was looking for a camera I can use to take pictures of performances where shutter sound is 100% unacceptable. I've been using a FZ200 which is a wonderful camera but limited. I agree with those that have noted the plasticky feel of the FZ1000. It just feels like something might chip or crack given a bump. But one of my biggest disappointments has been the Zoom ring. My FZ50 is perfect because of the mechanical ring. The FZ1000 feels like you are spinning a ball bearing. No feedback whatsoever. What is even more frustrating is that the zoom is slow. If you are trying to shoot sports and want to zoom in or out very quickly, you can't. Once again Panny, so close, yet so far.

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unlearny
By unlearny (4 weeks ago)

I don't even use ring the except for focus, maybe, and it still sucks. I use the w/t lever, like a camcorder (which the z1000 kind of is). It responds as well/fast as any camcorder w/t lever. Sony and Panny keep shmooshing the digital camera and prosumer camcorder into an amazing tool, that is neither a camera nor dslr in any real way, but 4k for 900 bucks? I'll take it.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

Sounds disappointing, for a $900 device we would like to have some semi-pro "prosumer" types of manual controls of these things (zoom, focus, iirs). Lack of built-in ND filters is a big let-down for videographers, as is the fact that allegedly the 25mm WA setting will suddenly become a 37mm normal focal length setting when shooting 4K rez video. Anyone had any experience with this? There is a "The Camera Store" demo video on YT, in it one can see how much WA perspective the FZ1000 loses in 4K mode when the lens is set at its widest possible angle, and it is stunning. You are giving up WA for a 37mm normal lens here in 4K mode, it would seem. How very disappointing.

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Emilka
By Emilka (4 weeks ago)

So should I buy it or wait for something better? I'm a bit scared when you say that quality of pictures isn't so good. I had FZ200 and the noise in this one was horrible. I don't want to buy FZ1000 and cry looking at similar photos.
Guys, need backup with decision pls.

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (4 weeks ago)

Just got mine today but I have some reservations. I also have a DMC-G6 which is kind of my grab and go camera. I also have a collection of almost all Oly and Pany 4/3 lenses so my situation is kind of unique.

I'm trying to decide if I want to keep the FZ1000 due to the fact that it is so close in many ways to the G6, aside from the lens and 4K. The 4K is certainly nice but I'm not sure if I would really use it that much. The FZ1000 is pretty bulky and heavy on the front end and not really your grab and go camera. The FZ1000 has a smaller LCD than the G6 which is surprising. I guess if this were your only bridge camera and you didn't mind the weight and bulk I think it's a keeper, especially if you need the 400mm zoom.

For anyone who has any similar camera such as the G6 or the GH4 I don't feel that there are enough unique differences to justify having another camera with another charger and more batteries to keep up with. One note though, the FZ1000 and G6 take the same battery.

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Framer
By Framer (1 month ago)

Had it for several days but I think it's going back. Ultimately, the stills from it look like they are from a P&S camera, I was hoping they would be better.

That said, those looking for a camera with excellent video capabilities should definitely look closely at this camera.

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mark moe
By mark moe (1 month ago)

Shopping:

Just looked at the two cameras in person the Sony looks and feels like Leica in quality versus the Panasonic.

I like Sony's aperture ring I use aperture shift a lot the way I think. The ND filter is a biggie to me too. I know their sweep panorama auto HDR and Twlight mode are benefits to me since I already use them.

My vacations are in tropical sites mostly, so Sony's weather seal is a big plus too.

But....

It the Panasonic's autofocus is better and 400 telephoto make it a better "family cam" for kids stuff like soccer games it makes it really hard.

I have a good pocket cam (rx100) and ok DSLT (a55) so this would be move to move the DSLR out since this isn't a pocket cam

Any thoughts on the Panny's ability to shoot sports?

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ntsan
By ntsan (4 weeks ago)

FZ1000's AFC is certainly onpar with mid/low DSLR, I can track cyclist cycling through no problem

http://s85.photobucket.com/user/ntsan/media/FZ1000-Tracking.gif.html

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Kinetik13
By Kinetik13 (1 month ago)

I've heard the FZ1000 cannot be afixed on a tripod easily.
The threaded tripod aperture on the bottom of the camera is said to be covered/obstructed by a plate of some sort, which needs to be unscrewed first. If so, HOW is it unscrewed? Are tools needed to do that?

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (4 weeks ago)

The screw is a normal 1/4 inch metal insert. It's not obscured in any way but like many models to replace battery or card it needs to be taken off the tripod. The mounting axis is on the body centreline, not down the middle of the lens barrel but can't see this is a problem.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

Do you replace the card from the bottom or from the side? Seems like the cheap P&S-cams replace cards from the bottom, whilst all the better cameras have card slots mounted on the side or in the rear (as with some camcorders).

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (3 weeks ago)

Yep from the bottom behind the same flip down cover. The SD card slots in just adjacent to the battery. Yes the Panasonic camcorders put the slot behing the flip out screen. Probably a printed circuit board orientation constraint within the body shape that can be overcome in a larger DSLR body. But yes the FZ1000 has a DSLR body volume ...

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Al de Wet
By Al de Wet (1 month ago)

Would like to see a professional IQ comparision between FZ200 and FZ1000 to help with making a "upgrading decision"

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

One has a sensor about 400% larger and a lens with a 200% longer throw than the other one has.

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Al de Wet
By Al de Wet (1 week ago)

I know that but does it show as far as IQ goes?

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Birdy1970
By Birdy1970 (1 month ago)

Great cam.but not compact...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

Yeah, I agree. If it were at least 5.5 grams lighter and 0.8mm smaller, I would buy it in a jiffy!

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MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (1 month ago)

Any one owning the FZ-1000 and controlled it with a mobile phone with Panasonic Image App ?

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (1 month ago)

Yep. Works perfectly.
It's a nice way 1/ to share your content online quickly 2/ to compensate the lack of touchscreen. You can focus using the app
https://twitter.com/AugerRichard/status/493398188788039680

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Framer
By Framer (1 month ago)

Tried it once, works great. Will probably never use it again though personally...

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (4 weeks ago)

Yep with both a Samsung Tab 2 and Samsung S2. Registering the QR code is a bit tricky (neither device has NFC) but once done, no problems. Now need to find a situation to use it ... probably use for selfie group photos to avoid the timer, or for closeups.

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Jonathan371
By Jonathan371 (1 month ago)

first day with the fz1000
first impression: cheap build styled like an orthopedic shoe.
shutter a bit mushy. hoping the image quality is good.

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Pjolterbeist
By Pjolterbeist (1 month ago)

I find it frustrating that DPreview most of the time don't include information on european video standards in their reviews. Often I have to search other places to find out if 25 or 50 fps is included in a camera's specs. In your review the specs sheet says "1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)". No mention on PAL standards.

But in the "First look" you said: 1080p movies at 60, 30 or 24 fps (50, 25 and 24 in PAL countries)

Have they (Panasonic) changed this between your "First look" and the final review?

Please take into consideration that not all of your readers are Americans.

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Bruggeling
By Bruggeling (1 month ago)

I wonder what is the point of these standards in digital video ? PAL and NTSC are analogue broadcasting systems.

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (4 weeks ago)

Yes this is a non-issue and in any event most modern TVs display either standard. PCs don't care. What matters more is ease of editing and media player support. AVCHD is really a creature of Sony and Panasonic, MP4 is the ISO/IEEE standard and both are container formats that wrap options for video and audio encoding.

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Pjolterbeist
By Pjolterbeist (3 weeks ago)

It's still different TV standards in the digital world. 30 fps vs 25 fps

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

"....this is a non-issue and in any event most modern TVs display either standard."

Not so. TV sets hre in Europe do NOT play back 60p, they max out at 50 Hertz, unless you have the 100 Hertz or higher sets, but even then they will not play out stuff in 30 and 60 frame,s only at 25 and 0, with some also capable of 24 fps playbacks.

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is not a world-cam: you will need to get a North American version and a Euro-Asia version to be able to record in any frame rate of your desire.

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Bruggeling
By Bruggeling (2 weeks ago)

hm, I live in Europe too, and my TV's have no problems with any frame rate. My blu ray player gives out 60p, and everything is flawless. I think TV's are made for a global market, as are camera's. My old Canon SX1 is 30 frames and plays on both my TV's too (Samsung and LG).

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racketman
By racketman (1 month ago)

Be interested to see this paired with a Raynox 62mm close up lens to see if it could be my holiday camera.

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hcongthanh
By hcongthanh (1 month ago)

Reading its manual, I get to know that the FZ 1000 can take timelapse photos (optionally from 1 to 60 seconds)
I would like to know, in this case does it capture images by normal mechanical shutter or electronic shutter? The reason is that if mechanically, then after a some tens of times capturing images like this the shutter will be worn-out? :-) Assumed mechanical shutter life is about 100,000 times?
Thanks!

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (1 month ago)

I have just gotten the FZ1000, I want to know why in auto backgrounds are blurry when I take photo of animal. I want background in focus too. I'v changed so many settings I'm wondering if that changed the auto. I've been using iA instead of iA+ . I wish panasonic had a book for dummies

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eiguoc
By eiguoc (1 month ago)

After reading over & over & practice I finally figured it out. Now to get the videos to work properly on computer. Not as simple as my old Canon powershot S5IS, but still love this cam for what I can now get

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (1 month ago)

Editing some black and white footage, added some more contrast with magic bullet and exported with premiere pro in 4K, 40mbps. Just a screenshot is worth a thousand words

http://aguolo.com/tmp/screen_bw.jpg

Even in b&w, the footage's bitrate is at 100mbps. And i don't know if this could impact on the compression quality but i just got no words when i see the level of details this camera can capture

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (1 month ago)

Uploaded the 4K version on youtube : http://youtu.be/o7YF_eaN1yk

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (1 month ago)

I still can't find any answer on this issue, please FZ1000 owners, could i have your opinions on this ?

Here's my problem. It's the first time with a stabilized camera that when shooting in a quiet place, The mic picks up that much IS noise. I've upped a video of my son : http://youtu.be/MurpDFPqpKE).

The longer the zoom, the noisier it gets (more stabilization needed) and my ear can clearly hear this background sound.

Does it look normal to you or should i contact the seller ?

PS : I essentially use it for video. would it be just for photos, i wouldn't care.

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Brownie1010
By Brownie1010 (4 weeks ago)

Aguolo my experience is that OIS enabled in a quiet room is audible and maybe its from Live View DFD focussing too. Maybe turn these off if you need silent video recording? Audacity, SoundForge and other post production audio tools might be able to notch this noise out, but that's not very satisfactory either ...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 weeks ago)

Noisy-cam, it would appear. Too bad, really.

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (2 weeks ago)

Brownie1010, i've tried I think any solutions possible. The fact is that with the OIS on or off, this camera is still making noise, switching from AF to MF, no change.
I've tried with a micro (zoom h6), with gain, without gain, etc... The noise is always present.
When i brought it back, i asked for checking another model, but didn't have any left.
So this, added to several feedbacks online on the same matter + the 37mm 4K, makes me decide to wait a bit and invest in a GH4 since my main use for it is for videography. For a 1000€ more, i'll have the kit, the ability with suitable adaptors to use my nikon lenses and have a totally versatile 4K camera.

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HonZen
By HonZen (1 month ago)

After quite while search, and found Case Logic DCB-306 is the right size for this monster. I owned FZ150 before and still keep the Case Logic DCB-304. But it's very tight for this bigger brother.
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-DCB-306-Camera-Holster/dp/B004JMZPJG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406949066&sr=8-1&keywords=case+logic+dcb-306

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Abelia
By Abelia (1 month ago)

I am looking for a replacement for my Canon SX 50, yes already. I photograph dragonflies/damsels/butterflies for documentation as well as landscapes and street photography for pleasure. I can not adequately describe how much I detest the SX 50 slow focus, hunt for focus and forget about it focus for insects. I've used bridge cameras for years, beginning with Sony and then Panasonic. This Canon seems the worst to me and others I know using it for the same purpose. I'm interested in knowing how close this Lumix FZ1000 will focus at maximum zoom, both in macro setting and normal. A lot of $$ to purchase it and find it is no better than this Canon SX 50 for my usage. I have no use for video so that is not a factor.

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JimInPlymouth
By JimInPlymouth (1 month ago)

Have you tried looking it up in the manuals that can found on the Panasonic web site?

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Roy Anderson 4266
By Roy Anderson 4266 (1 month ago)

I've been on the hunt for a while on an "all-in-one" replacement for my DSLR and took the plunge with the FZ1000. I have to say, this thing is fast and loaded with useful features. I've tried replacing the DSLR many times and always get hung up on the poor quality of the EVF. This is the first camera I've tried with what I consider a usable EVF for most things. Great camera, great pictures, and fun to use. Panasonic has a real winner in this camera. I'm not going to miss lugging around the DSLR and all the lenses.

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Derma pro
By Derma pro (1 month ago)

I find it interesting that you find a substitute for your DSLR to avoid carrying multiple lenses. but don't you find the size near the size of a DSLR with moderate zoom lens? and is the image quality comparable? specially in low light?
I think the main advantage is the superzoom here with the f 2.8 which can compensate for the smaller sensor in low light for near objects. and with the fast autofocus, then , do you think the advantages of a DSLR are taken now by the smaller sensor cameras and boosted by the large aperture?

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minzaw
By minzaw (1 month ago)

Almost there Just a matter of time watch this screen
fed up with heavy gear lens /change lens/dust .......so on
not practical for consumers may be for pro and studio work for 99% of the population one for all solution is good enough for travel/macro/landscape/HDR/panorama/4K video /focus peaking/clean HDMI out/mic input and HD snapshot grabs for real time 4K video rolls/Leica glass/nocturnal shots/wireless NFC/wifi apps,,,Too many to mention on this space where a pricey SLR as a single unit for TRAVEL never accomplished
You could get the whole package in a single peice with a price equivalent to the cost of one Telephoto lens for an SLR with reference to the big boys group prices

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (1 month ago)

Roy Anderson 4266:

This Panasonic has a nice lens, but the sensor is not up to a decent APSC sensor. The raws really lose something after about ISO 400, even 400 ISO isn't great for colour. Raws extracted with ACR.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (1 month ago)

Nice job of the sample photography, lads.

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PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (2 months ago)

I ran across a table of max aperture vs focal length last night while using my computer and bookmarked it. Now I'm away and using my iPad. Later I'll see if I can post the link here.

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jsandjs
By jsandjs (3 weeks ago)

1. Use Aperture mode and set the aperture to its max., 2.8
2. Start from 25mm and turn gradually toward 400mm. The variation of aperture is shown on the LCD.

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Aendie
By Aendie (2 months ago)

To compare this with the RX10, I would like to know the maximum aperture for stills at 200mm focal length. Is it also F2.8? Stating F2.8-4.0 25-400mm LEICA DC Lens nicely hides the performance in between! At what point can the lens no longer maintain F2.8?

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quezra
By quezra (2 months ago)

It will be f/4. It hits f/4 around 135mm equivalent, as can be seen in the chart on the first page.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (2 months ago)

"Stating F2.8-4.0 25-400mm LEICA DC Lens nicely hides the performance in between!"

It is a total racket on the part of Panasonic and Leica, I agree. For this reason alone, I would stay the heck away from this Lumix DMC-FZ1000 and its rickety lens with the mystery specs, you know. [SARCASM INTENTIONAL]

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (1 month ago)

I would have guesstimated around 3.5 at half zoom...

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btwango
By btwango (1 month ago)

@Francis Carver
"total racket","rickety lens", "mystery specs".

hyperbole (haɪˈpɜːbəlɪ)
— noun
a deliberate exaggeration used for effect.

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jsandjs
By jsandjs (3 weeks ago)

1. Use Aperture mode and set the aperture to its max., 2.8
2. Start from 25mm and turn gradually toward 400mm. The variation of aperture is shown on the LCD.

I did the above to see how my FZ50 varies from 2.8 to 3.7 and it should work for FZ1000 or others.

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KOTANA
By KOTANA (2 months ago)

only Lumix DMC-FZ1000 shot!

ENDURO MOTOR BIKE moive

youtube ver
http://youtu.be/Qslz9ooyRWg

vimeo ver
http://vimeo.com/101920454

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (2 months ago)

Plenty of Lumix FZ1000 clips as of today (31 July 2014) on YT.

The motocross clip was superbly edited and the sound mix w. the music and FX track was well done. Too bad that the whole clip was about 2 F-stops overex$$$posed (at least on my projector).

Is there any difference between the YT version and the Vimeo version?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtaGkD4Qixg&feature=youtu.be

Seems like the shooter did not pick the right shutter speed and also the 5-axle OIS was likely not engaged. Audio quality is great. Nighttime performance is also great, this is where a 1-inch sensor runs circles around those smaller sensor wannabes.

ANd here is a nice shot of Lady Dracula of Bohemia, comparing the Lumix FZ1000 to a NIkon D7100 and Finepix 810.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-RvhUVQS4

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Dodgercat
By Dodgercat (2 months ago)

This is definitely a " Non Technical Question " ...and I'm a little embarrassed to ask...but - Does anyone have a recommendation for a bag/case, classy, not-overly large, no need for a lot of extras...It's a larger camera, so most "compact camera bags" are too small- but don't want to go with a large DSLR or Video Camera bag...Something " Professional Looking " but not exotically priced.

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HonZen
By HonZen (1 month ago)

Case Logic DCB-306 should be good. The smaller version DCB-304 is perfect for FZ150/200.

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Dodgercat
By Dodgercat (2 months ago)

Is it really necessary to use SII U3 SDHC 280 Mbs speed cards ? AT $ 75 for 16 GB they're very expensive...Would a card like the Sandisk Extreme Pro SD1 class 10 at 95 mbs do just as good or nearly as good a job in most cases ?

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Aguolo
By Aguolo (2 months ago)

Not at all.
A regular 32gb from transcend, at least UHS-1 (http://www.amazon.fr/Transcend-microSDHC-TS32GUSDU1E-Emballage-D%C3%A9baller/dp/B00CES44EO) was enough for 4K shooting. It seems enough also for burst shootings.
Anyway, to make it safer and since 4K can use some crazy amounts of space, just bought this Transcend 128 UHS-I 3 and it worked all the same. No problem at all (http://www.amazon.fr/Transcend-microSDHC-TS32GUSDU1E-Emballage-D%C3%A9baller/dp/B00CES44EO)

I think Panasonic wanna make sure there's no aftersale for people complaining on any crash of the SDcard, hence advising for super fast and super expensive SD

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Dr_Jon
By Dr_Jon (2 months ago)

I have a GH4 and shoot 100Mbps 4k video to a 95MBps Sandisk card, the U3 cards are only needed for 200Mbps. I assume this would be the same.

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