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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

July 2014 | By Jeff Keller and Richard Butler
Buy on GearShop$897.99


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.

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pcworth
By pcworth (3 hours ago)

Does this camera really have lower noise/higher image quality than the Canon T4i at high ISO?

I currently use the FZ200 for my general travel camera and a T4i+70-200 f/2.8 for photographing figure skating friends. This seems like an interesting alternative, at least for the FZ200, but I am skeptical about the noise when shooting at 800+ ISO (often 1600) given the difference one stop slower aperture at 200mm on this camera compared to the Canon.

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hcongthanh
By hcongthanh (12 hours ago)

Hi all,
I'm extremely excited on this camera spec.
Before purchase decision, I have been looking for its English manual but cannot find it anywhere. I wonder if it has timelapse functions, and how many option we can get if it has (E.g. 1s, 5s, 10s ...etc)

Pls help!
Thanks a lot
HC Thanh

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inDefiance
By inDefiance (12 hours ago)

http://www.camerauserguide.net/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000-camera-users-manual-guide-owners-instruction/24471

Lower/middle part of page, links to "Owner's Manual" and "Advanced Manual". Is that what you were looking for?

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JimInPlymouth
By JimInPlymouth (6 hours ago)

Here is a link to pdf manuals on Panasonic site.

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-FZ1000?t=manuals&support#tabs

If that does not work start on the Panasonic site and search it out.

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (16 hours ago)

Picked mine up today at Pictureline in Salt Lake. Took immediately to my tests against the Sony A77MkII. Sounds like a very unlikely match doesn't it? Well you might be rather shocked at some of the results. I am by no means a newbie. Been all digital since 1995 and on this forum since 1999. I didn't in any way skew the results, but ironically the FZ1000 not only kept up with the Sony but spanked it on macro and at 400mm. I was getting shots I was literally unable to get clear with the Sony at the tele end. Im' pretty sure the OIS system inside this camera is a clone of the Olympus setup. You can even hear it at work if you put your ear up near the flash area in a quiet room. I've either got a freak or this Leica lens on that 1000 is just darned amazing. Better contrast @400mm than a 70-300G Sony lens which is no slouch. You can see my posts (in 3 parts) with sample images included full size. I think you'll be amazed. Now tomorrow time to play with the 4K

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tokyojerry
By tokyojerry (18 hours ago)

I just purchased this camera yesterday. I have not had much chance to use it, but my initial reaction is, I am very pleased with it. My first ad hoc test shots can be viewed here if interested:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152588437954666.1073741962.791609665&type=1

1 upvote
Steven Micallef
By Steven Micallef (23 hours ago)

What type of lens cap does this camera have? Is it tethered... I'm just curious as I haven't seen any pictures.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (20 hours ago)

It's a standard lens cap with a tether.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 day ago)

Buyer beware:

FZ100's 4K is NOT wide angle, and here is LOST from Pana FZ1000's Spec, but FOUND as following:

"4K movies are taken from the center of the sensor and surrounding pixels are discarded. This cropping changes the effective focal length of the lens to the equivalent of 37mm to 592mm."

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minzaw
By minzaw (23 hours ago)

No problems

1 upvote
Aguolo
By Aguolo (2 days ago)

Got mine yesterday (France), I especially need it for its video capabilities.
In complement to my current gears (D700, nex-5r), this one feels quite plasticky. I'll get used to it.
As for videos, the results in 4K are very convincing anywhere but in lowlight. I can add that for shooting 4K, a standard uhs class 1 SDcard (Transcend) is enough. Didn't need any of those class 3 ones.
Now, got 2 issues. When tilting the camera (switched OFF) back and forth, I can hear some stuff moving inside (the optical block ?). Don't know if that's normal (it's my first bridge).
Besides, my biggest concern, a kind of whirring noise when ON. as far as 10cms from it, you can hear this buzz. The problem is when shooting a video, the mic is pretty sensitive and records this noise. Disabling the Power IOS on the barrel, the noise decrease a bit but that's it.
If any new owner can confirm about this issue...

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (22 hours ago)

> this one feels quite plasticky.

I'm not sure why everybody is so hanged on the "plasticky vs. solid".

Why nobody complains that car's steering wheels are "plasticky"?

The plasticky feeling comes from the soft finish, which is in real life much more useful and ergonomic than the "solid" metal finish. If you plan on holding something in your hands, it is better have the the soft finish, or your palm's skin is going to be sore by the end of the day.

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tokyojerry
By tokyojerry (18 hours ago)

I just purchased mine yesterday as well (Tokyo). I really have not had much chance to use it but will venture out this afternoon to try it outdoors for the first time and to test the 4K video. If you are interested, you can see my very first test shots with this camera indoors just using ambient light.

So far, in short, I really like the camera. I also have a Sony A7 as well.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152588437954666.1073741962.791609665&type=1

1 upvote
SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (2 days ago)

ordered mine from a West Coast dealer today Saturday for next day delivery on Tuesday. Planning on some one on one full sized image comparisons against the Sony A77MkII just to see what this thing is made of. If it even so much as compares I'll keep it. I may be expecting too much, but I might just be surprised what it can do in stills. I won't pull punches however so we'll see.

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princecody
By princecody (2 days ago)

Your being ridiculous! A 1 inch sensor can't compare to an APSC but a Micro Four Thirds can match it & in some cases beat it like with the EM1. The FZ1000 is a jack of all trades camera is what makes it amazing. The only thing its missing is touchscreen in my opinion. The focus is lighting fast since it uses the same firmware of the GH4.

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (2 days ago)

in your dreams princecody. I've had several top Mft bodies and their top lenses including the EM1. When I did a shootout last January with an EM1, Fuji X-T1 and Canon 6D....guess which one won? The X-T1. There is already shot noise at ALL ISO's with the EM1 which I got tired of. The 6D has some magic applied in NR but sadly it sacrifices detail to get their. The X-T1 had superior color and low noise at higher ISO's and great bokeh. Just compared to those. So your assumptions are out there and not real world sad to say. I'm just curious if the shot noise on the FZ1000 is as low as indicated in samples I've seen, so I'll be looking for that. No such luck with Mft. You either live with that and love it or you don't. I don't.

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Lab D
By Lab D (1 day ago)

Due to the design of the X-T1 sensor noise is reduced even in RAW files, part of why DxO won't test them. As for MFT, the E-M1 has more DR than your A77II from ISO150-3200. This equates to less shadow noise. DxO says SNR18% is equal, so the APS sensor has no advantage.

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (1 day ago)

I was only using Fuji as one example of a APSC sensor. In particular as compared to a Mft sensor. Mft does well in many regards, but it won't keep up with resolving at the higher ISO's where they fall apart. At least with Sony's sensor designs both the APSC and FF sensors they are fabricating do better than any mft can. It's just physics. In the end if that's what works for you it's all good. I had a Fuji X-T1 before and indeed they do well at higher ISO's. but in reality their ISO3200 is the same gain as ISO 1600 on many other cameras so not too surprising. The Sony A77MkII I am currently working with does quite nicely up to ISO3200 with plenty of dynamic range. I'll also be playing with a FZ1000 on Tuesday and comparing their output so it should be quite interesting in the end.

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Bhima78
By Bhima78 (1 day ago)

Well, not sure what you did wrong but... In an apples to apples lab comparison shot, the XT-1 does not resolve as much detail at ISO 3200 in RAW compared to m43's. I like Fuji's designs, but that X-trans sensor needs to go:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124149010@N02/14393408821/in/set-72157644707671850

Notice the brushes on the 3rd from the bottom crop. Can't read anything on the Fuji but you can on the EM-10.

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SMPhoto
By SMPhoto (1 day ago)

Clearly the ISOs used will likely determine if it "so much as compares" or not. Clearly it will be much close in bright light and low ISOs.

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Corkcampbell
By Corkcampbell (2 days ago)

The review seems to indicate that the wireless flash setup is similar to that of the RX10, meaning the camera's flash can't act as the trigger. However, the Advanced manual seems to indicate otherwise (that the camera's flash can be the trigger for remote flashes).

Anyone have a comment? DPR: Did you check this?

Thanks, and apologies if that has been covered before; I may have missed a few posts.

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princecody
By princecody (2 days ago)

Reply if you've got the FZ1000 already. Curious to see the real number of people who have it already.

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yonsarh
By yonsarh (1 day ago)

I saw already few people got fz1000.

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johnsmith404
By johnsmith404 (3 days ago)

I don't get all the hype about 1-inch sensors being 'almost as good as traditional SLRs in good light'. Yes, the image quality is great for a 'compact' camera but people getting this kind of quality out of their SLRs should improve their technique before looking for a new camera.

Even in the official samples (which are probably as good as they get), the IQ at low ISO isn't great. For instance, the bird in the first image (ISO 125) looks totally flat and actually there is ZERO detail in the feathers. Most lowly SLR kit-teles do a better job with this kind of task.

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=panasonic%20fz1000

On the other hand, there's probably not a single SLR out there that comes close in video quality.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 days ago)

20MP is way too many pixel, and I'll wait to see if Panasonic will reduce the MP for the next 1" FZ line super zoom.

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johnsmith404
By johnsmith404 (2 days ago)

Yes it's totally ridiculous. These people know that a x16 zoom of this size can NEVER resolve 20mp 1-inch. It most probably doesn't even resolve half of it.

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HS Wells
By HS Wells (1 day ago)

hey, you don't have tell us about improving technique before getting camera. It's up to them whether they should buy it or not. you do not decide them which camera to buy.

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vesa1tahti
By vesa1tahti (3 days ago)

Almost as impressive as my Canon SX50 HS.

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dobbre
By dobbre (2 days ago)

Almost funny :)

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JimInPlymouth
By JimInPlymouth (3 days ago)

Hmmmmm I wonder if we would all be better photographers if we spent the time contemplating hardware shooting pictures and possibly even spending time reading up on techniques we have not mastered? I include myself in that comment.

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Bhima78
By Bhima78 (1 day ago)

We would. But then again... we are on a photography hardware website and the topic we are responding to is the specific hardware performance of the panasonic FZ1000.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 days ago)

Still no words for LX8?

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Lab D
By Lab D (3 days ago)

If I were Panasonic I would wait until the FZ1000 sells for a few weeks.

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princecody
By princecody (2 days ago)

I rented the Sony M3 for this weekend & I hate it. Too damn small for my hands. Hopefully the LX8 is a good size with touchscreen. No word on the sensor being used @ this point.

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Lab D
By Lab D (2 days ago)

Maybe it is not the LX8 and is something different, but the rumor site said a fixed lens camera with the 4/3rds sensor is coming. The GM1 has a smaller body than the RX100 but the lens sticks out farther. It will be fun to see what this new camera looks like.

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mostlyboringphotog
By mostlyboringphotog (3 days ago)

So did people forgave Panasonic for the chipped batteries...

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cmvsm
By cmvsm (3 days ago)

A big winner for Panasonic. The bread & butter consumer will eat it up. I think that it also asks the question of all of us 'amateur' DSLR users, "How much do we actually need, and how much is just hype"? Most of my picture taking these days is of outside, amateur sporting events, landscapes, and candid street photography. I also enjoy shooting a movie from time to time. So why do I have a DSLR? Mostly, because of the low light performance that I 'think' I need, although, the vast majority of my shooting is in broad daylight. I also wanted something that was quick and could handle semi-fast sporting events, as well as RAW shooting for more in-depth post processing. That said, I don't like bringing my lenses with me all over the place, and many times, I find myself reaching for my compact versus the DSLR. So, at the end of the day, would this camera suffice for my needs...yep! And I would surmise, that it would for most others as well. Nice job Panasonic, I just might give you a go...

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Lab D
By Lab D (3 days ago)

Wow, the camera is still not for sale and it is staying at 27% on the DPR most popular cameras list. Nothing else is 10%. Next week when it becomes available, it will be interesting to see what happens

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sonics
By sonics (3 days ago)

perhaps a manipulated list?

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Lab D
By Lab D (3 days ago)

Could be, but it keeps rising every day. Over 28% now.

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yonsarh
By yonsarh (3 days ago)

I love Panasonic products. Fridges, Washers, rice cookers, even cameras.

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tabloid
By tabloid (3 days ago)

Can never understand why they put such small sensors into cameras like this.

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Lab D
By Lab D (3 days ago)

Because if they put a larger sensor in it the 400mm F2.8-F4 lens would weight 10 pounds.

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 days ago)

4 times larger as the typical superzoom sensor is rather tiny isn't it?

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (4 days ago)

The high iso performance at 3200 iso is so bad the machine certainly does not merit a gold award.Manual focus and zoom are also questionably defective-slow to the point of useless for exactly the kind of quick snap stills photographers buy this sort of thing. so I guess it gets Gold as it has 4K nobody can yet see or edit properly. As we cannot see its 4K movies at their resolution we do not know if it is any improvement on the HD we can see. All that glisters....

Yes, at this price its a steal-of your money!!!

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Lab D
By Lab D (3 days ago)

4k video on a 1080p monitor is noticeably better. The average "HD" DSLR only outputs about 600-700 lines of resolution while 4K video will display at very close to 1080 lines. 4K also give the ability to crop and even better "zoom" during 1080p video while still maintaining better than HD video.

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cmvsm
By cmvsm (3 days ago)

Imaging Resource samples at 3200 are just fine. Almost on par with the likes of a D5200, so I would certainly put it in a Gold class for an all in one shooter, especially with the range. Furthermore, why would the bulk of the target market of this camera use Manual focus? Although I haven't used it, this camera looks like it will be a winner for Panasonic, and for the bread and butter consumer, a target segment that you seem to not understand. Those that buy high end DSLR's and high end glass do not pay the light bill. Remember that...

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sonics
By sonics (3 days ago)

Editing 4K movies will prolly need top of the line CPU and a fast ssd

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jackf00
By jackf00 (3 days ago)

@ sonics
Not at all, I can edit 4K in Premiere Pro quite easily with my 3 years old I7 Laptop.
Same goes for viewing 4K video which does not require 4K TV, and downscaling 4K to 1080p gives you 30% more resolution than native Ful HD video on FHD TV.

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minzaw
By minzaw (2 days ago)

By sonics (13 hours ago)
Editing 4K movies will prolly need top of the line CPU and a fast ssd

??critical of 4K ??experience or subjective?? do not speak too soon

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Lab D
By Lab D (2 days ago)

I have a pretty average PC and can edit 4K video. You batch process the video and down convert it to 1080p if you wish too. It will still look better than 1080p from other cameras.

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Bhima78
By Bhima78 (1 day ago)

The 100Mbps AVCHD files are pretty svelt for what you get. Any ULV i5 and up will do the job just fine... let alone a regular mobile intel proc or desktop proc.

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Christiaan111
By Christiaan111 (4 days ago)

Hey,
Just got mine to-day, First delivered in Belgium by Grobet@Antwerp. Charging the battery and formatting the "SD"extreme PLUS, reading the manual 387 pages... Lot of fun!

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barb_s
By barb_s (3 days ago)

How about taking some pics with the long zoom and uploading for us to see.

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papa natas
By papa natas (4 days ago)

I own a Panasonic Lumix FZ50.
It's a work horse. I use it mostly for studio work.
I bought it for two main reasons:
1- The internal lens focus, which stops the lens barrel from protruding when zooming. It also impedes the front of the lens barrel to turn, which is great when you have already set the filter, so you can zoom without having to reset a polarizer or a color degrading filter.
2- The filter thread in front of the lens.
Small details that make life easier when shooting outdoors.

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Tom Kinder
By Tom Kinder (4 days ago)

I own The Panasonic lumix FZ5, which let me say is amazing for close up shots with its macro setting.

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aris14
By aris14 (12 hours ago)

I own an FZ30.
In most cases my A4 prints produce a nice pale skin colour on the face of some pro friends with some serious DSRs and glasses. In some cases even in studio stills...

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phazelag
By phazelag (4 days ago)

Oh man it doesn't come in blue? I guess that s a deal breaker!

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JimInPlymouth
By JimInPlymouth (3 days ago)

And I thought I was the only one that had noticed.

1 upvote
phazelag
By phazelag (3 days ago)

LOL!

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minzaw
By minzaw (4 days ago)

This is the next big thing!

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (5 days ago)

After this camera, I think that no premium compact and no medium/high CSC (at least in the 650$ + range) can come out w/o 4k recording.

Very well done, Panasonic.

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herc182
By herc182 (5 days ago)

What planet are a lot of you on comparing camera combinations with removable lenses to this? People looking to buy this camera want an all in one solution, not faff around changing lenses. Not to mention the MUCH higher cost to cover the same focal lengths!

I have owned three panaosnic cameras. The FZ20 (awful), LX3 (great) and LX7 (excellent). I sold the latter two because I finally realised, with a smartphone I dont use compact cameras enough. Also owned a Nikon D80 which was sold to get a D700.

This one interests me a lot because the photo quality looks great (to me) and I KNOW its a compromise. It will never better my D700, but then I wont have to lug that around with all its lenses for a day out with my family. I can if I want, but I dont have to.
Also, in this day an age of budget airlines, sometimes you cant carry all the stuff you want, especially with a kid, so an all in one works.

I will probably get one of these, but judge it on what it is rather than could be

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Genakerman
By Genakerman (1 day ago)

I'm one with you. I have pocket cameras I don't use because my iPhone and Hipstamatic is unbeatable in my view, and I am finding my Canon Eos 5D and all it's lenses and kit too much for carry on airline restrictions. Much as I love the Canon I am for that reason likely to switch to an all in one solution, and when that integrates with my iPhone, well that's irresistible. Do I need/use the full capabilities of my DSLR? Frankly, no, though I confess I shall miss proudly flaunting it. A man thing I guess.

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dinoSnake
By dinoSnake (5 days ago)

I just realized that you gave this camera a Gold Award, 82% rating, without even touching on - or testing - the flash system. Flash is a notorious weak spot of compact / superzoom cameras (past owner) and you didn't test the built-in flash performance nor, especially, external flash or even better when used in conjunction with the (quoted) wireless system.

Is it pre-flash TTL? Independent built-in sensor? Power levels or compensation available? How is daylight fill flash performance - is the ratio pleasing or adjustable? Does the wireless system actually WORK (as advertised)??

I believe these are good questions that a potential buyer will hit up against - at the LEAST the daylight fill performance.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 days ago)

Even with the best of built-in flash, many typical buyers will be displeased because it could not illuminate a sports stadium, "fill" silhouettes of people posing against a sunset, or not blow out the face blemishes. Flash shots usually fail if there is white clothing, wall, or a table cloth. In other words, any review tests would skirt precisely the situations (legitimate or ridiculous) that buyers encounter or expect.

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phazelag
By phazelag (4 days ago)

Flash is easy to make work with any camera if your creative. I did great flash work with all my Panasonic's and my similar RX10. I am sure the in board will be fine for fill as it's a leaf shutter and I can use Panasonic TTL or my neewer tt850s like I do with my others

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Corkcampbell
By Corkcampbell (2 days ago)

Since no one answered your question about the wireless system, I added another request for info at the top. I'm also surprised that they didn't test it. DPR says the camera's flash cannot trigger remotes, but the Advanced manual seems to indicate differently.

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Pixelzoomer
By Pixelzoomer (5 days ago)

Thanks for mentioning that the camera takes filters, a detail often overlooked in manufacturing, reviews & spec sheets for the smaller cameras.

I looked at the minimum diffraction limited aperture for a 1", 20MP sensor - works out to about f4.8, given perfect conditions and a perfect lens, in this case, needing to be used nearly wide open. I'd prefer a somewhat smaller resolution, better ISO performance, and smaller file sizes, with less redundant pixel-fat. Noise reduction software would tend to eat into this theoretical extra resolution as well.

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Paul Fussell
By Paul Fussell (5 days ago)

Does anyone know if there a telephoto conversion lens coming out for the FZ1000? Something similar to the DMW-LT55 1.7x lens for the FZ200?

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cainn24
By cainn24 (4 days ago)

There are no lens housing threads for a lens adapter. The best you can hope for is some sort of clamp-on after market solution for use with an existing TC.

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danieladougan
By danieladougan (1 week ago)

I don't mind that the FZ1000 has an f2.8-f4 lens to add to the focal length. I just wish it could stay at f2.8 longer. Bend that curve in the other direction...line for line with the RX10 and then bend upward to f4 during the longer focal lengths. THAT would be killer.

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historianx
By historianx (1 week ago)

Where's Yabokkie?

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (1 week ago)

I think he went back on his meds.

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redlinda
By redlinda (1 week ago)

Regarding ergonomics, I have small hands and would have difficulty holding the FZ1000. I love my new Sony RX10. It fits perfectly in my hand, I can reach all the buttons, and quality is tops.

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minzaw
By minzaw (5 days ago)

Have u hold the FZ1000 physically??? please do not speak too soon small hands!

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halothane
By halothane (1 week ago)

In the UK, the Sony RX10 is now widely available for £649 ( with £50 cash back on £699) and the Panasonic is £749. ($1100 & $1250 respectively).
At those prices your choice will depend on what compromises you are willing to make - I have always been suspicious of bridge cameras, as they seem to promise much, but don't always deliver.

Alternatives with 1 inch sensors are limited to the Nikon 1, which with the evf kit would be not far off the price of Both these cameras together! So at present is a poor value comparison. For a similar size / weight, and £100 more, a Canon 100D and Tamron 16 - 300 would be a possible alternative; bigger sensor, better range but smaller apertures.

I would be happy to be given either the Sony or the Panasonic; but if I was buying one, I would choose the Sony, as it has a degree of weather sealing. YMMV!

Enjoy you photography!

BW

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 week ago)

I like the "weather sealing" as well, and hopefully that DPR will run some testing for the performance of the "weather sealing" .

Also, I world like to see if the RX10 will have WA (and Tele ) conversion lens available soon.

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Craig from Nevada
By Craig from Nevada (1 week ago)

+1

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (1 week ago)

"Weather sealing" means rubbery buttons and flaps. Would a "test" entail exposure to cool mist, sea spray, heavy rain, a sand storm, a very dusty road, pocket lint, or accidental dousing with a liter of spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, or beer?

I suspect there is an Achilles heel that the sealing can't control: the seams of the lens turret, which are always permeable to liquid or dust, and must suck in air (and contaminants) when the lens moves in or out.

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Craig from Nevada
By Craig from Nevada (1 week ago)

I was thinking a nice road trip--say a hike through the tropics with a 14 year and his friends.

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BillyShooter
By BillyShooter (1 week ago)

"you must use the electronic [suhtter]" needs correcting.
Otherwise this seems a little bit light for a review of a camera that purports to do so much.

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wkay
By wkay (1 week ago)

Why absolutely no mention of white balance range or flash performance, I'm tired of Panny;s that turn everything near an incandescent bright lemon yellow.

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ddixon
By ddixon (1 week ago)

I'm getting this as a travel camera, but am most excited about the video. 4K downsized in a 1080 timeline for super detailed resolution - 1080p120fps - 720p 240fps - yep, I'm in.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (1 week ago)

It doesn't do 240fps - that earlier report has since been corrected.

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ddixon
By ddixon (1 week ago)

Corrected where? I'd like to read that but can't find it.

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

Heres some Panasonic FZ1000 photos to judge for yourself https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=panasonic%20fz1000

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tampadave
By tampadave (1 week ago)

Nice photos. I did a side by side comparison of photos on flickr of both FZ1000 and RX10. Both just lovely photos.

For RX10: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=sony%20rx10

Great site to open two windows to compare different photos from different cameras. Amazing what they can do with a 1" sensor.

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oldfogey
By oldfogey (1 week ago)

So DPR - apart from the lens comparison and RAW image dynamic range questions frequently noted below.- How much video 4K or 1080P can the FZ1000 record on a single battery charge? Does the sensor overheat when long video clips are recorded? What are the filesizes/min? And How well does the IS system work?
By the way how can any lens based IS system do "5 axis" - i.e. (especially) correct roll? And what about flash - is the wireless control the same as Olympus's or would one have to invest in a different system?

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

You sound ridiculous. Buy or rent it for yourself. Dpreview is not a concierge service. Even the top camera reviewers aren't gonna answer all these questions you have without donating $20 or so to their site. Theres no such thing as a free lunch :)

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (1 week ago)

princecody,
you are ridiculous. Dpreview (amazon.com) is THE LARGEST seller of cameras in the world.
And oldfogey can ask a question, to those who work for profit, though he reserves no right for an answer.

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

Zzzzzzzzzzz.......

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Doug Sinnott1941
By Doug Sinnott1941 (1 week ago)

Princecody,
You're so right in your comments about "0ld Fogey"!
Cameras are so stuffed with features these days,any review might miss out some features.
As you say,if he's that concerned about various aspects of the camera,all of which are of little concern to me,he should go to his local camera shop,and try one for himself!

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (1 week ago)

I don't have an FZ1000. Nor would I trust the earliest buyer reviews, since so many tend to be written within a few hours of purchase. But here's my $0.02 inkling:

Battery life and sensor heat control should be at least as good as the GH4, which has a larger sensor and can shoot 4k video for longer stretches than people might have hoped. 4k file size is large: best get a 128gb super-speed SDXC card, though a class 10 32gb will work. To edit 4k video requires a strong PC or software that employs proxy files.

The 5-axis IS will work in AVCHD mode, but not 4k, which supports only 3-axis. The IS will help, but not perform miracles. Video shot over 200mm equivalent will demand a steady hand and / or physical stabilization of some sort. Stabilization of video is a much tougher proposition than with still photos.

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oldfogey
By oldfogey (5 days ago)

jkoch2 has the "Right Attitude" while "Prince-cody" is clearly a fanboy. If you have ever been stuck having to change batteries while trying to record a presentation with the camera on a tripod you would know what a serious issue battery life can become. Unfortunately manufacturers don't often provide this sort of information although it can be vital - and the "try it for yourself" approach really would make the effort spent reading reviews pointless. My question about "roll" correction is one that doesn't seem to have come up in discussions of image stabilization - but it is one area in which IBIS systems may have a definite advantage over optical stabilization.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (1 week ago)

Pricey. Largish.

And frankly, I'm still skeptical of the bridge cameras.

Though, sometimes, I want to buy one of the Pana FZ cameras just to experience first-hand what all those Pana users are raving about. After owning the GX7 for 6+ months, I have absolutely no doubt that Pana is capable of producing a camera to rave about.

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Lab D
By Lab D (1 week ago)

forpetessake is once again trying hard.
But most know this camera is going to be extremely popular and offers video straight out the camera that is higher resolution than ALL Sony cameras under $4000. The reality DSLRs with disabled VFs and noisy lenses are not good for video.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (1 week ago)

The Sony AX100 shoots 4k video and sells for around $1,900.

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Lab D
By Lab D (1 week ago)

I meant to say Stills camera, but you are right. The AX100 which is not meant for shooting stills, has the same sensor as the FZ1000 and a shorter lens, does sell for $1100 more. Both output 4K.
For almost everyone the FZ1000 is clearly a better option due to so many more features such as DFD focusing, better stills, longer range lens, etc.
If you only want to shoot video and have an extra $1100 you don't need, that large camcorder might be better.

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minzaw
By minzaw (1 week ago)

I would buy it too

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (1 week ago)

This is a great camera, I use Micro Four Thirds System but I will buy the Lumix FZ-1000 and maybe in the future with the advances of sensors I will use only 1" sensor.

Well done Panasonic.

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yonsarh
By yonsarh (1 week ago)

I have GM1 and now moving onto FZ1000

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

I decided for my *new camera of choice after much trial and error & went with the EM1 & Panasonic Leica 15mm. I will probably buy this because it is revolutionary. Actually I talked to Panasonic US today & they already sold their 1st batch in minutes. This camera is a game changer. Ive seen 4k against the GH4 & the FZ1000 looks better.

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frankje
By frankje (1 week ago)

DPR, I am very sorry that in your last reviews of cameras with a fixed lens (Sony, Panasonic) you don't say anything about their macro capabilities and - quality. People might be interested in this, I think.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (1 week ago)

An Alberta camera retailer has posted a video that addresses the FX1000 macro performance.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (1 week ago)

If you want a superzoom, just get any lightweight Nikon/Canon DSLR and attach an 18-200 zoom to it and it will be ahead of this Panasonic in every way. Or if you want a mirrorless camera, get a Sony A6000 with 18-200 zoom, or Samsung with 18-200, or Olympus with 14-150.
Only those who are interested in half baked 4k video may find this camera interesting.

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (1 week ago)

Well, I don't agree.

:)

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Geekapoo
By Geekapoo (1 week ago)

Yea, I pretty strongly disagree as well. YOU go ahead and buy one of those cameras in any particular configuration you want for the zoom...the FZ1000 and RX10 are game changers for bridge zooms, same way as the RX100 and soon to be released LX8 are game changers for the P+S pocket camera crowd

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (1 week ago)

First of all the video may not be as good with the DSLR's

and

Second a really good 18-200 will be very expensive and certainly slower and probably of lower quality.

However, for still pictures I would have to agree with you, the APS-C stills will be much better quality and low light sensitivity will be incomparably better.

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (1 week ago)

Yeah Yeah.

The good is that there are brands and cameras for every taste and needs.

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

All the professional's Ive talked to have sold their bulky Canon & Nikon cameras & went with Micro Four Thirds or Fuji. Canon & Nikon haven't innovated in the last 10 years just tweaked old tech & marketed well.

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (1 week ago)

And those that are completely baked will continue to live in their Nikon/Canon DSLR Matrix.

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technic
By technic (1 week ago)

even the still image quality of the DSLR won't be better by definition. For the same reach you need a lens like the Tamron 16-300 which is a very compromised optic, more so than the FZ1000 lens. The DSLR may win easily on noise performance in low light conditions (I couldn't care less about that ...), and in DR (but only for Nikon, not much advantage for Canon DSLRs), but probably not for sharpness across the frame and across the zoom range.
AF of the FZ1000 will probably be faster and more accurate than most 'lightweight' Canikon DSLRs with cheap consumer zooms, and the framerate will be much higher. Sometimes getting the shot is far more important than having the 'best image quality' while the subject has disappeared from the frame. Add to that the 4K video and many other features that don't even exist on DSLRs and it is clear how biased this 'DSLR is ahead in every way' claim is.

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A Girard
By A Girard (5 days ago)

"Ahead in every way eh?
Well it would be ahead in how much you'd pay for your combo as you will be paying more for it so I'll give you that (and probably even true for used gear).
But the combo you suggest, is it
Ahead in focus performance? no
Ahead in focus performance while using the LCD? definitely not
Ahead in video quality and usability? Uhmm no
Zoom range? Non non non
Ahead in Frames per second shooting? nope
I could go on, but I'm lazy.
Point isn't to say one camera is better than the other, just that your statement of your suggested combo being "better in every way" is factually wrong.

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JordanAT
By JordanAT (5 days ago)

I must have missed the recent announcement of all the 18-200 f/2.8-4.0 lenses on the market.

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cainn24
By cainn24 (4 days ago)

No, but I think you missed the article on equivalence.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (4 days ago)

He also missed this article he's responding to, because right at the top there is a chart showing the equivalent f-stops of the Panasonic lens somewhere between f/8 and f/11.

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John Miles
By John Miles (1 week ago)

I repost to the top just so it is clear that the FZ1000 is not "much bigger" than the FZ50 as stated:

FZ1000 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7 mm (1.76L box volume)
FZ50 141 x 86 x 142 mm (1.72L box Volume)

The FZ1000 is half an inch higher than the FZ50 to get the lens diameter in but is otherwise smaller than the FZ50.

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geek101
By geek101 (1 week ago)

One thing to remember is that the FZ50 is not a Pinoccio camera: the zoom is internal.

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RFC1925
By RFC1925 (1 week ago)

Let's all just start reposting our posts to the top.

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John Miles
By John Miles (17 hours ago)

Statement corrected in review now.

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (1 week ago)

I don't mind the relative aperture size. Given the zoom range, I like the "f/8 and be there". :)

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BarnET
By BarnET (1 week ago)

I would never use F8 on a camera like this.

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minzaw
By minzaw (1 week ago)

Never say never

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (1 week ago)

@BarnET, I was referring to f/8 RELATIVE aperture size (the FZ1000 starts at 7.6, so it's almost there already).

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (1 week ago)

"It's been eight years since the FZ50 was introduced, so we can't imagine too many people are still waiting,..."

Actually, my wife and I are still using the FZ20. Yes, we have a few newer P&S cameras. However, the FZ20 is still our go-to camera because we like the zoom and images are not bad. Yes, it has a tiny 1/2.55 sensor, but has the constant aperture f/2.8, a lot of glass for that sensor. The FZ1000 is the camera we've been waiting for...just hope price goes down a bit over the next six months...

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (1 week ago)

*If* Panasonic would have designed maybe a 24-300mm/F2.8 aperture lens, and not for 850 EUR, but instead 600 EUR then (all is plastic apart from the lens barrel of the FZ1000 Body) it'll sell like hotcakes!

Anyway, nothing bad meant - but i can't imagine while DPR, which is usually testing much higher quality DSLR/DSLM Bodies and lenses, are raving so much about the FZ1000. It may have a good IQ, but DR is limited, and the sensor quality is in no ways equal to good APS-C DSLRs, it's just a 1 inch Sensor, but still a very good one - the best from Sony out yet.

just my 2 cents

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FuhTeng
By FuhTeng (1 week ago)

I'd love to have the chance to compare this and the RX10 together. They both seems like terrific cameras.

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princecody
By princecody (1 week ago)

From the samples I've seen online Panasonic FZ1000 has finer details while the RX10 has less detail & alot of moire.

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Yannis1976
By Yannis1976 (1 week ago)

Would be interesting to compare with similarly priced m4/3 zoom kits e.g. G6+14-140mm or Oly+14-150mm. Also there is no mention I think about macro performance.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (1 week ago)

Absolutely... This camera should have been tested against a 18-250 lens & APS-C SLR.

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JordanAT
By JordanAT (5 days ago)

Which 18-250 kit lenses are f/2.8? You're throwing away a full stop of light and skimping 30-50% on the long end reach by going with a kit zoom. What light you buy back with the larger sensor you throw away with a dark lens, and any detail you ends up getting thrown away when you have to crop to the center of the frame for the telephoto end.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (5 days ago)

Which 18-250 kit lenses are f/2.8? -- irrelevant as FZ1000 is not F2.8, a APC-C sensor will have a shallow DOF even with smaller aperture , and has higher iso capability to compensate lower light available and lower noise side effect.

skimping 30-50% on the long end -- 250 * 1.6 x crop factor > 400 mm zoom.

What light you buy back with the larger sensor you throw away with a dark lens, and any detail you ends up getting thrown away when you have to crop to the center of the frame -- these should be tested and proven. Not claimed just.

I have no doubt that FZ1000 will perform very well in such comparison. But the colors, smoothness will be poor.

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JordanAT
By JordanAT (4 days ago)

I would agree that if DOF ("equivalent aperture") is what matters, you should be shooting full frame with real glass, not this consumer bull$#!+. I sold all my DSLR gear to free myself of the 20+ lbs backpack I used to carry. The FZ1000 is a full stop faster throughout the range.

I would happily prove it, but you only need to read the reviews here to see the results. I can't spoon feed you.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (3 days ago)

JordanAT,
20lbs + back pack you carried and 2 lbs FZ1000 you want to carry are your preferences.
Smart people might choose something decent between, about 4 lbs.
if you don't want to discuss about DOF, fine the cleaner iso capability will make APS C dslr a better choice.

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