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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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DesertDog

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

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sremets

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

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Neodp

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

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

But they wouldn't make that.

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Joseph Mama

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

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eiguoc

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

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Timmbits

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

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Tomaji

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

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SeedMan

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

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bobnfla58

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

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eiguoc

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

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eiguoc

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

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eiguoc

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

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Richard Shih

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

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utomo99

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

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eiguoc

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

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DLC Video

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

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

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FoToEdge

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

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jillespo

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

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PILUIS

Video Panasonic FZ-1000

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

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jean1

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

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Edfrgo

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

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PILUIS

Slow motion Panasonic FZ-1000

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

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eiguoc

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

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PILUIS

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

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Robert Morris

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

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PILUIS

Review y videos Panasonic FZ-1000

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

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KZMike

FINALLY. . . !!!!!

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

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

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SergeyMS

in my opinion, manual zoom is more convenient.

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Chris62

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

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mosc

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

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

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stevens37y

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

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jack123torr

Hi all,

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

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

Any comments? Thanks.

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TwoMetreBill

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

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racketman

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

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nrshapiro

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

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

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

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jack123torr

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

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nrshapiro

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

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

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

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

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jack123torr

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

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Rohirm

Some 4k video:

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

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kpaddler

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

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aminems51

thanks for this

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pacnwhobbyist

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

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btwango

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

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chriswinter

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

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eiguoc

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

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0mega

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

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avicenanw

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 years?!?!?!?!?

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kpaddler

Not sure how many years exactly, but has been for several years. There have been few experimental 8k cameras for a couple of years at least NHK have been playing with

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splendic

@ chillgreg, the Red One was shooting 4K in 2007. Different league of shooting, but it was sure doing it closer to the "affordable" side of the spectrum than the unattainable side.

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PILUIS

Video Panasonic FZ.1000

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

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Serenus

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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PILUIS

Slow motion Panasonic FZ-1000

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

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NaninEncinitas

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

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

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Mike FL

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

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Emilka

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

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

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

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Emilka

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janmaat

what does THAT weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee mean?

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Emilka

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

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Rick 70

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

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RichardTaylor

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

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

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

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mosc

yay for "too many megapixels" comments. You know given good lighting and a reasonable dynamic range, resolution is EVERYTHING. A 1 pixel camera is quite useless beyond being a light meter. Resolution is an important aspect.

Now if you want to argue that it has given up a little dynamic range or sensitivity for resolution by having so many MP, I'll listen but you have to also understand what a very little difference in dynamic range, sensitivity, and resolution you're arguing about. It's 20mp what do you want 10mp? obviously not 2mp or 2,000 mp. It's a balance and you may or may not like the exact balance point but lets not say something incredibly silly like more mexapixels means worse IQ. Resolution is very much part of IQ.

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Mike FL

mosc,

I have no reason to explain IQ to people who has no any ideal about IQ.

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Mike FL

Is there any news about Panasonic LX8?

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Kilty Scotsman

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

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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PILUIS

Video 4k Panasonic FZ-1000

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

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mar2jeter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@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.

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PILUIS

Pon un micro exterior

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Brownie1010

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

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

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sammy1414

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

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

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

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eiguoc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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unlearny

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

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Francis Carver

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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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unknown member
By (unknown member) (2 months 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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