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PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 4K Point and Shoot Camera, 16X LEICA DC Vario-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens, 21.1 Megapixels, 1 Inch High Sensitivity Sensor, DMC-FZ1000 (USA BLACK)
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- 4K QFHD 30p video with hybrid 8MP post capture
- Large 1-inch 20.1MP MOS sensor for amazing defocus control
- Bright Leica DC Lens 25-400mm F2.8-4.0
- Super-fast LUMIX DFD focusing technology
- Integrated smartphone WiFi for remote imaging control
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True-to-Life in 4K
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 captures amazing imagery.
Experience the world of 4K video capture. Enjoy true-to-life, ultra high-resolution images in smooth motion.
4K - Vibrant, Realistic Motion
Experience the world of 4K video capture. Enjoy true-to-life, ultra high-resolution images in smooth motion. Plus, the realistic ambience of audio recording with the optional Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2*) with the ability to adjust sound gathering characteristics to match any shooting situation. For even greater versatility, switch to manual operation in Creative Video mode and dramatic slow motion in full-HD 120 fps video**.When recording videos in 4K, use a card rated as UHS Speed Class 3.
** The recording format is 30p.
8 MP Photo Frame Capture From 4K
The DMC-FZ1000 offers a true Hybrid Photography experience for everyone. It combines 4K video recording capability (QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160, 30 fps in MP4)* with the ability to switch easily between video and still capture for the ultimate in image creativity. The FZ1000 also enables in-camera playback screen grabs of (3840 x 2160) 8-megapixel equivalent hybrid photography photos from 4K video footage to capture the spur-of-the-moment shots often missed with ordinary still photos.
Express Yourself – Anywhere You Go
The FZ1000 is the Panasonic LUMIX flagship bridge camera with ultimate image quality. The superb images produced with a large 1-inch sensor and all-new lens fully express the limitless depth and sunlit warmth of nature. Its 16x optical zoom brings everything up close, from tiny birds on tree branches to animals crossing the distant horizon. Choose photos or videos in crisp 4K resolution. The DMC-FZ1000 is all you need to capture the world around you, in all its natural beauty.
Large 1-inch 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor
The newly incorporated 1-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor improves the S/N ratio, making it possible to capture clear images with minimum noise even when shot at ISO12800 / Extended ISO25600. Rich amounts of light help produce impressive defocus with shallow depth of field. The result is truly stunning images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
Bright LEICA DC Lens – F2.8-4.0 25-400mm
The new LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens is created especially for the DMC-FZ1000. It has an F2.8-4.0 brightness that resists blurring even with telephoto shots, and an angle of view that extends from 25mm wide-angle to 16x optical zoom*. Comprising 15 elements in 11 groups, including 4 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit achieves high MTF value. Adoption of 5 aspherical glass lenses achieves beautiful, evenly smooth defocus with invisible edge line, which is made possible by Panasonic’s unique aspherical lens mold technology.
* 35mm camera equivalent: 25-400mm.
Light Speed AF with LUMIX DFD Focus Technology
A new linear motor integrated into the focus system achieves approx. 275% faster1 focusing, compared to the conventional DMC-FZ200. In addition new DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology2 shortens the time to set the focus. It instantaneously calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness levels. As a result, ultra high-speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec3 (wide-end) / approx. 0.171,4 sec (tele-end) is achieved.
5-AXIS Correction / Tilt Correction
The HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) + with 5-axis correction* gives you blur-less, one-handed video shooting ability. It detects and compensates for the camera's 5 types of movement – horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation and horizontal rotation. The Level Shot Function* detects the image's horizontal line and maintains it even if the camera is tilted. It takes stable video even in high-angle, blind recording.
*HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot Function do not work in 4K video recording.
Unwire your Creativity with Remote WIFI Shooting
Smartphone Enabled Remote Shooting / Remote ViewWith the Panasonic Image App, you can utilize a smartphone or tablet as a remote controller to zoom, set the focus and shoot from a distance.
Easy ShareInstantly upload and share images on social media using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet.
Easy ConnectionSimply touching an NFC-compatible smartphone / tablet to the camera, or scanning the QR code connects to WiFi.
GeotaggingTag location information to the image by utilizing the GPS log of a smartphone / tablet and share it to the preferred social media.
Macro Photography to 3cm
Stunning macro shots can be shot with minimum focusing distance of 3cm. You can enjoy shooting close-up shots with the DMC-FZ1000 only to express spectacular details of flowers, insects and so on.
In-camera Creative Control / Creative Panorama
In-camera Creative Control adds artistic and original expression to your photos and videos. Plus, create vertical / horizontal panoramic photos with a unique touch just by swiveling the camera.[Filter Effects] Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome**, Silky Monochrome**, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect*, Toy Pop*, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect*, Soft Focus**, Fantasy, Star Filter**, One Point Color, Sunshine*,**
*Cannot be used in Creative Panorama.
** Cannot be used in video recording
Enjoy a Greater Control over Creativity with in-Camera Contr
Multiple Accessory Options to Choose From
For a more rewarding Hybrid Photography experience, add an optional External Flash (DMW-FL580L) with built-in LCD video light.
The FZ1000 videos offer high-quality, highly realistic Dolby Digital stereo sound from a built-in microphone. A stereo zoom microphone features a zoom noise reduction system, and a Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind. With the optional DMW-MS2* Stereo/Shotgun Microphone, you can adjust the sound gathering characteristics to match the shooting situation. The impressive flexibility of DMC-FZ1000 goes far beyond the limit of conventional bridge camera.
* Sold separately.
|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||360 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||12 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF, EXIF v2.3), RAW (ARW)|
|Flash Modes Description||Forced on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||via hotshoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast detect|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|ISO Range||Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 5.16 x 5.39 inches|
|Item Weight||1.83 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,200 Milliamp Hours|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Material Type||Metal, composite|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/16000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||21.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine|
|Remote Control Description||wired|
|Shipping Weight||3.2 pounds|
|Style Name||21.1MP 16X Zoom|
|Supported Battery Types||DMW-BLC12PP lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder Description||2359000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||5.16 x 5.39 x 3.9 in||5.18 x 4.61 x 3.6 in||5.42 x 5.3 x 4.01 in||4.53 x 2.75 x 2.93 in||5.13 x 4.69 x 3.71 in||4.02 x 5.08 x 3.46 in|
|Item Weight||1.83 lbs||1.52 lbs||2.13 lbs||0.78 lb||1.36 lbs||1.79 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||21.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||16 megapixels||18.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||3840 x 2160p, 1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, 640 x 480p||4k||720p||4k||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder||LCD||electronic viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||fixed LCD||electronic viewfinder||LCD|
Fast F2.8 lens up to 400mm equiv. 20.1 megapixel 1 sensor 4K video capture at 30p 3-inch fully-articulated LCD Wi-Fi with NFC
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I think the only thing I would want the FZ1000 to have is a touch more reach, for wildlife and moon shots. If they could extend it to 600 or 700mm, it'd be perfect for me. But I'm giving it five stars anyway because it's an awesome camera for the money, and an awesome camera in general.
Update, 5/16/2016: I mentioned in my original review that if the FZ1000 had a bit more reach, it'd be perfect for me. Enter the Sony RX10 Mark III, which has a 24-600mm equivalent range lens. I bought it on upon its release and I took it to the Jacksonville Zoo to try it out, taking more than 500 pictures. At the end, I concluded that while it has fantastic range, the FZ1000 is superior to it in some ways. I think the autofocus of the Panasonic is faster, and I think its low light performance is superior; I had some issues in the darker reptile house, something which never was an issue with the FZ1000. I also prefer the fully articulating screen of the Panasonic, and of course it's less than half the price. The range is great, but if it's not absolutely critical, I still strongly recommend the FZ1000. It's a heck of a deal and I have no problems retaining the five-star rating I gave it originally.
I thought I would love the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire focal range (25-600mm) of the 300, assuming it would render nicer bokeh and would be better in low lighting. Turns out the bokeh rendered by the 1000 at f/4 was as nice…in some instances NICER, than what the 300’s f/2.8 rendered. Even in instances where bokeh was similar, shading in the blurred areas was blown out on the 300’s shots, but not the 1000’s.
And that constant f/2.8 low light advantage? No. Not compared to the much more light sensitive sensor of the 1000. Even with the larger constant aperture, the 300 struggled in low light, forcing a much higher ISO, and the noise that accompanied these ISO speeds was horrendous. The 1000 handled the same lighting conditions with much lower ISOs and NO noise!
I thought I’d prefer the 300’s 25-600mm focal length over the 1000’s 25-400. In comparison shots, turns out the difference between 400mm and 600mm is not really all that much. BUT, the 1000 has an extra setting (iZoom) that can be used when shooting in jpg format that extends the 400mm zoom to an 800mm, and the 800mm rendering is virtually equal in quality to the 300’s 600mm rendering. I did not experiment with the 'digital zooms on either camera…I have a dreadful aversion to digital zooms…they are normally quite hideous.
How much difference does the much larger sensor on the 1000 really make with regard to overall image quality and detail? HUGE. MUCH greater than I actually expected. Hands down NO COMPARISON straight out of camera. When shooting RAW, it was possible to pull out similar details in the 300’s files by adjusting exposure, white balance and highlights (details that seemed to be altogether missing when viewed straight out of camera) during processing, but who really needs more steps from downloading shots to final product?
If you’re in the market for a bridge camera that can offer the convenience of a huge focal length without the cumbersome inconvenience of multiple bodies and heavy lenses, plus image quality comparable to many DSLRs, this FZ1000 LUMIX has no competitors in this price range. Both the 300 and the 1000 are HIGHLY customizable. I set both up to many of the same custom settings as my full frame DSLR systems. If you’ve read this far through this review, you’re no doubt serious...just go ahead and buy this thing…you won’t be sorry!