FZ1000 400mm, 560mm, 800mm

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FZ1000 400mm, 560mm, 800mm

I took some quick test photos using my FZ1000, of the same subject at max zoom - using different "picture sizes".


- at 400mm 20MP
- at 560mm 10MP
- at 800mm 5MP

Aperture priority, f4. I did not use a tripod, as this was partly meant to test hand-held IS too. I shot a burst in each case, and took the best shot from each burst. Then I cropped all of them to leave only the subject.

I found them difficult to tell apart, but if anything the 560mm subject looks better than the 400mm, and the 800mm subject looks better than the 560mm.

I took some 100% crops from the originals, for posting here:

20MP 400mm 100% crop

10MP 560mm 100% crop

5MP 800mm 100% crop

You can download the original, uncropped, SOOC jpg's:
20MP 400mm
10MP 560mm
5MP 800mm

Make of it what you will, but the subject area looks better to me in the 800mm shot...!

BTW, I shot the same subject, at the same time, using my FZ200 at 12MP 600mm f4. This was slightly better than the FZ1000, but I draw no conclusions from that, since these were all jpg-only and I have not tried tweaking the FZ1000's JPG settings yet (I don't shoot RAW)... and at f4 the FZ200 is at its sweet spot, whereas the FZ1000 at f4 may not be.

...however I will say that the difference was small, and nowhere near the difference that Rodger1943 has been seeing in his tests. I'm not even going to post the FZ200 image, since it may be misleading...!

Panasonic FZ1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
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