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PANASONIC LUMIX FZ2500 4K Point and Shoot Camera, 20X LEICA DC Vario-ELMARIT F2.8-4.5 Lens, 21.1 Megapixels, 1 Inch High Sensitivity Sensor, 422 10-bit, HDMI Out, DMC-FZ2500 (USA BLACK)
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- The ideal hybrid camera choice for the advanced 4K video enthusiast and photography enthusiast alike.
- Large 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel sensor and bright 20X LEICA VARIO-ELMART F2.8-4.5 lens.
- 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus and internal Focus Stacking modes.
- “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for cinema-like gradation, time code, live HDMI output (4:2:2/8 bit or 4:2:2/10 bit), and lens ND filter controls.
- Optional V-Log L upgradability for purchase, and an out of the box unlimited recording duration.
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Pro Video Quality
With the LUMIX FZ2500 4K evolves with the variety of practical functions video enthusiasts and professionals want:
– Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160 / 24 fps
– QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 / up to 30 fps) video recording in MOV / MP4
– Ultra-high bitrate Full HD video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) / 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording duration limit.
* For recording modes of 100 Mbps or greater, use SDXC/SDHC Memory Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).
Everything in the Right Place
A quick-stability grip minimizes hand fatigue while well-placed front/rear dual dials enable quick control over shutter speed and aperture. Plus, a supporting button, lever and switch layout provide intuitive, comfortable control for both photo and video shooting.
0.74x Large OLED Live View Finder
The OLED Live View Finder (2,360k-dot) provides exceptional visibility (10,000:1 contrast) for perfect framing in direct sunlight conditions. High 0.74X magnification (35mm camera equivalent) and a wide-viewing angle improves overall visibility.
A tilt/swivel rear touch feature-enabled monitor adds the freedom to capture unusual perspectives. Just touch to immediately set focus or release the shutter.
Large 1-inch 20.1 MP Sensor
The large 1-inch 20.1-megapixel 4K High Sensitivity MOS Sensor provides impressive details even at high ISOs (ISO12800 / Extended ISO25600), which enables impressive defocus with a shallow depth of field.
The Venus Engine
The LUMIX FZ2500 Venus Engine enables the high-quality image captures and high-speed signal processing required for 4K video recording, while sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved.
20x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens
A bright LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (F/2.8-4.5) resists blurring, while its angle of view extends from 24mm wide-angle to 20X optical zoom.
This lens meets Leica's stringent standards in the MTF value and in the suppression of ghosts and flaring.
Hybrid Photo / Video Lens
An internal guide-pole mechanism provides smooth, stable zooming, and dramatically suppresses image shift. A galvanometer-drive iris — used in professional video cameras— smoothly catches up with sudden changes in brightness to assure smooth, seamless iris control, even when zooming.
Ultra High Speed DFD Focusing
DFD (Depth From Defocus) instantly calculates the distance to the subject to achieve ultra-fast focus lock even at 7 fps burst shooting with AFC or 12 fps burst shooting with AFS.
Macro Photography to 3cm
Stunning macro photos can be shot with minimum focusing distance of 3cm for flowers, insects and more.
Convenient Lens Barrel Controls
A dual-ring control system enables focusing and zooming. ND filter and three Fn lens barrel buttons offer smooth, convenient video operation. WB color temperature settings and slow and quick zoom settings can be assigned to the Fn buttons.
Built-in ND Filter
The lens barrel's quick access to ND filters which are essential for creative video shooting to maintain exposure levels with a fixed shutter speed or an open aperture in high brightness.
Unmissable Moments With 4K Photo
Panasonic 4K technology lets you turn video into photography with 4K PHOTO. Simply play back a 4K video sequence recorded at the blistering speed of 30fps to select your single best image for truly unmissable moments.
Adjust Focus After Shooting
The unique Focus Stacking function enables you to adjust the focus after shooting by layering and combining multiple images in-camera. Great for macro shots.
Live Output via HDMI
Real-time HDMI output (4:2:2/8 bit or 4:2:2/10 bit) to an external monitor is possible via an optional micro HDMI cable.* A feature highly prized by professional video producers.
* When using 4:2:2/10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera is not possible. When using 4:2:2/8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0/8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera.
Microphone And Headphone Terminals
A variety of connection terminals are available: 3.5mm microphone jack, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and 2.5mm jack for remote control.
And with the DMW-MS2 Stereo Shotgun Microphone (sold separately), you can switch these settings on the camera menu: Stereo, Lens Auto, Shotgun, Super Shotgun and Manual.
Slow / Quick Motion
The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) lets you record videos with slow or quick motion, such as 120 fps / 5X in 24p playback, all in Full HD. The slow/quick motion function also lets you switch between 1/2X slow and 2X quick motion in a single video while recording.
This technique zooms only the background, without changing the subject's size. A technique often used to express feelings, such as confusion, distress or surprise.
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1040|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;;;|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9|
|Item Dimensions||4.01 x 5.42 x 5.3 inches|
|Item Weight||2.13 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||3.4 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Panasonic DMW-BLC12|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
|Viewfinder Type||electronic viewfinder|
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|Item Dimensions||5.42 x 5.3 x 4.01 in||5.16 x 5.39 x 3.9 in||6.46 x 8.39 x 6.34 in||5.18 x 4.61 x 3.6 in||4.15 x 4.85 x 3.01 in||4.02 x 5.08 x 3.46 in|
|Item Weight||2.13 lbs||1.83 lbs||4.41 lbs||1.52 lbs||—||1.79 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k||3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (24 fps, 30 fps), 3840 x 2160 (24 fps, 30 fps)||3840 x 2160p, 1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, 640 x 480p||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||LCD||electronic viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||flexible LCD||LCD|
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ2500 offers a hybrid mix if photo and 4K video capture features that make up its backbone. The FZ2500 is built around a large 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel sensor and bright 20X LEICA VARIO-ELMART F2.8-4.5 lens. Video professional will enjoy features like “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for cinema-like gradation, V-Log L upgradability, time code, live HDMI output (4:2:2/8 bit or 4:2:2/10 bit), lens ND filter controls, custom video GUI, and a system frequency selectable from 59.94 Hz (NTSC), 50.00 Hz (PAL), or 24.00 Hz (CINEMA). Combining all that with edit worthy MP4 (LPCM) and MOV, bit rates extended up to 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), and no recording duration limit, and it’s a video producer’s dream camera. Traditional photo enthusiast benefit from all this 4K video prowess because Panasonic’s 4K technology has changed photography for the better with new creative tools like 4K PHOTO, Focus Stacking, and Focus Stacking built-in.
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I enjoy taking wildlife photos which is why I wanted a camera with a long zoom such as this one. Getting the eye of the animal in sharp focus is really critical in wildlife photography. If the eyes are blurry, the whole photo loses vibrance and is pretty much "blah." I can get sharp focus with this camera, but I have to really work at it. If I'm shooting photos of children at play or location shots on vacation I have no complaints. I feel that I get acceptable sharpness in those shots. Near the edge of the frame, not so much but I can tolerate that in casual shots. However, certain types of photography really exacerbate this general lack of focus. I know I am being very critical of what is on all other counts an excellent camera. So many claim that this lens is sharp, I dispute that claim. I've tried two of these cameras, one was slightly better than the other but not by much.
Let me put my complaint into perspective. I also have a Sony RX10M3. This is generally acknowledged as the key competitor of the FZ2500. The photo quality from the Sony simply shames the Panasonic. No fuss nor muss, just a sharp, vibrant shot almost every time. It is a remarkable difference and one that must be experienced, as have I seen, to be fully appreciated. Unfortunately, the Sony is a heavy and physically unbalanced camera and after a few hours with it I am ready to chuck it and pick up something else that will not break my wrist. The FZ2500 feels feather-light after horsing the Sony around for a few hours. The Sony is like a water buffalo compared to Panasonic's gazelle. I hope what is wrong with the Panasonic can be fixed by a future firmware update or some such magic since I really love shooting with this camera.
As I've mentioned, I have been able to "work" the settings and get "sharp enough" photos. I have seen very sharp photos in reviews but it is apparent on close inspection that these have been worked in post to enhance sharp. So I can't say that this lense can't do sharp photos. There is just something about the elements of this camera and how they work together that is not leading to sharpness in most situations.
If you never intend to enlarge your photos this could be great camera for you. I can't think of any camera that is better suited to taking video, either, so this camera is great for that.
Highly intuitive menu system, and usually a help text will scroll across the top of the screen to further clarify what the function does.
In general, the touch screen makes it easier to manage the functions of the camera.
I really like the integration of the function buttons. Easy to reach, easy to use, easy to reprogram.
The info included in the display is excellent, it really helped me to know what choices the camera and I were making.
Zoom reach is good.
Flash does a good job, and it's easy to control the intensity of the flash.
The ability to take 4K video bursts and then select an image to save to a still is helpful in "sports" and "nature" movement shots.
Cell phone app to transfer pictures and to remotely control the phone is easy to use.
The light gathering properties of this lens are not so great. I kept having to manually raise my ISO to be able to shoot at a fast shutter speed even when it was sunny outside.
Towards the high end of the optical zoom the images were just are not as crisp as one would expect for this price.
There are many focusing modes; some sound great but don't work well, such as the mode that will follow a moving subject (anything that crosses between you and the subject steals the focus point away -- even smoke in front of a solid object). I really struggled with focusing this camera when zoomed in and finally reverted to manual focus.
When using the electronic viewfinder, as I held my face to the camera my cheek or nose brushing across the touch screen would change my settings.
When some menu settings are enabled they cancel others out. For example: if you forget that you've turned on macro mode, you will not understand why the zoom will not go advance beyond optical zoom to advanced digital zoom; if you turn on silent shooting mode, you can't use the flash. As good as the menu system is, there is no function by which you can review a summary of just the settings you've changed, or identify conflicts in features -- you have to figure it out on your own, or search the Internet for advice from the owners of the DMC-FZ1000 who have been using the older version of this camera for a few years.
Battery life was so-so. In bright light or with a fast moving subject I still prefer the viewfinder, and that chews up battery. Reviewing pictures chews battery power, too. I always went through two batteries per day. ALSO, when the battery goes dead, it is very sudden. It goes from 3 full bars to red and empty in a span of less than 10 shots -- I learned the hard way that one must always have a spare battery for this camera and am still lamenting the shots I could not take on the day this happened to me.
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