Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (FZ2000 in some markets) is the company's video-centric superzoom camera. It features a 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor, 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens, a 3" fully articulating LCD and large electronic viewfinder. The camera can shoot continuously at 7 fps with live view and continuous AF and uses Panasonic's impressive Depth from Defocus autofocus system. While the FZ2500 has a ton of features related to stills shooting, including a clever new Focus Stacking option, the 'focus' is on video. The camera can capture both DCI and UHD 4K video at both 30p and 24p. There's a full suite of capture tools available, ranging from zebra patterns to SMPTE color bars.
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–480 mm|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||915 g (2.02 lb / 32.28 oz)|
|Dimensions||138 x 102 x 135 mm (5.42 x 4.01 x 5.3″)|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000 is a well-designed enthusiast bridge camera focused on video, and it offers capture tools that you won't find on any other camera in its class. 4K video quality is excellent, though there's a substantial crop factor, essentially knocking out the wide end of the lens. Still image quality is decent, though it's hampered by a so-so lens and JPEG engine that could use a tune-up. If you're a videophile then it's a top choice. If not, there are cheaper options out there.
Good for: Video enthusiasts who want extensive controls, inputs, and outputs.
Not so good for: Those 'focused' mainly on still photography. There are better choices in this class for less money.