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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (891 comments in total)
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danieladougan: So this is a really interesting option and probably the best point-and-shoot camera available today. A true bridge camera.

But, for that same amount of money or less, you can get a two-lens DSLR or mirrorless camera kit.

"Sure," you say. But those lenses aren't as fast. You'd be right, they're not. But with larger sensors, you can make up for the slower lenses by dialing up the ISO. You get more ISO flexibility with a mirrorless or DSLR camera by 1-2 stops, which makes up for it.

In terms of shallow depth of field, you won't get it with a camera like this, as you can see with the "equivalent aperture" charts.

Instead, spend your $800-900 on a two-lens ILC kit and then go find a used portrait prime lens somewhere.

The only real advantage of a camera like this over entry-level interchangeable lens cameras is that you don't have to carry QUITE as much around because it's an all-in-one solution. But this is a pretty bulky camera considering it's just a very good point & shoot.

I already have two Pentax APS-C DSLR bodies, one of which is the flagship K3. I also have 8 enthusiast quality lenses including a Sigma 120-400. But I can walk around with my FZ1000 and be ready for almost anything, including birds in flight. The combination of 400mm reach with very fast and accurate autofocus is simply not available in a light, compact and affordable DSLR combo.

If I set out to take carefully composed shots of stationary subjects, then of course I'll use my Pentax equipment. But I will definitely keep my FZ1000, and probably sell some of my Pentax kit. Some experienced guys have completely abandoned their DSLR kits in favor of the FZ1000, which is much more than a "very good point and shoot".

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