Body elements

One of the things everyone will be talking about is the FZ1000's F2.8-4.0, 25-400mm equiv. zoom lens. The lens can be operated by the ring that surrounds it or the more traditional lever on the top plate.

This large piece of glass has 15 elements in 11 groups, including 4 ED and 5 aspherical lenses.

Although it's not noted on the camera, the lens is threaded for 62mm filters.

On the side of the lens barrel are a pair of switches with a very Leica-like design. One switches the lens ring between zoom and manual focus, while the other turns the 5-axis 'Power OIS' image stabilization system on and off.

The FZ1000 has a pop-up flash, which is released manually. The maximum range of the flash is 13.5m at wide-angle and 9.5m at telephoto (at Auto ISO).

This flash can be used to wirelessly control up to three groups of external flashes.

On the left corner of the top plate is a drive mode dial, which is rarely seen on compact cameras.

The choices here include single-shot, continuous, bracketing, self-timer, and interval.

Not far from the drive mode dial is the release for the pop-up flash, as well as the diopter correction wheel for the EVF.

At the lower-right is the button for cycling between the LCD, EVF and the auto-switching mode. Its function can also be customized, if you feel the need.

At the center of the top plate you'll find the hot shoe, with the stereo microphone above it.

An external mic is supported and connects to the camera via the 3.5mm port you'll see below.
The mode dial has the standard Panasonic options, including manual exposure models, a dedicated movie mode, and a pair of custom spots on the dial.

Underneath the dial is the FZ1000's power switch. The movie record button can be spotted at the top-right of the photo.
There's a standard zoom controller on the FZ1000, in addition to the ring around the lens. There are five possible speeds which vary depending on how much pressure you put on the switch.
On the left side of the camera are its I/O ports. Here you can see ports for a wired remote as well as HDMI and composite video + USB output.
Above and to the left of the ports above is the 3.5mm connector for an external microphone.

The battery is the same as the one as used in the FZ200: a DMW-BLC12PP, which should give 8.7Wh of energy. The camera can take 360 shots per charge using the CIPA standard.

Just beyond the battery door, you might just be able to make out the NFC symbol, denoting the position of the camera's contact point, for if you're trying to pair it with a compatible 'phone.