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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.
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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.
Once the camera is turned on the outer lens is fixed, no movement, only the inner lenses zoom in and out!
It is, without a doubt, a great fixed lens prosumer video camera with one of the best zooms in the video world of camcorders and cameras under 2,000 dollars.
The zoom video part is actually better than the RX10IV Sony IMHO, which is saying a lot!
How many times have you used these bridge cameras and said to yourself, "If I could just slow the darned zoom down, I would not have to jerk the zoom along, If I had not jerked the zoom, it would have looked like a professional video!"
Well, if you are looking for a great slow, smooth, best zooming bridge video camera, stop here, you do not have to look any farther than the Panasonic FZ2500.
It has time lapse, built in filters, and it converts its ultra high definition into 8 mega-pixel stills, and it even has Dolly Zoom where the image stays still as the background can either zoom forward or backward behind the person or object. This all done by the computer inside the camera! First of its kind? I think so. Yes, and the lens is very clear. Is it as clear as the Zeiss lens in the RX10IV? No it is not. But that is IMHO. I looked at one camera each; side by side. Did I buy two dozen cameras each and check each one out? No, I did not.
The FZ2500 has been biased against from the start, from what I read from normal consumer reviews mainly from Amazon and a few from B&H that made me wonder if that old axiom a rolling stone gathers no moss is true. Once that bias gets rolling it is hard to stop and even the professional reviewers who are hard pressed to keep silent on a story that has blossomed and has gained momentum. There is a fear of some reviewers about feeling excluded and being left behind from new news. You have to be quick in the camera new news business because a new camera can become an old camera very, very quick. Reviewers can be left behind, but the Panasonic FZ2500 was about a camera that very well could have ended up being fake news. I know at least two professional reviewers that are regarded at the top of their camera professions, added on to their reviews, later, saying there could be a quality control problem with the Panasonic Leica lens being too soft.
Bottom line. Where there is smoke there is fire. There is that slight chance that there is a quality control problem in the Panasonic factories that make the Panasonic FZ2500, but I doubt it. The reason I doubt it is because the same factories make the FZ200 and the FZ1000 cameras that have very few problems that I can remember reading in the consumer reviews. I own both of those cameras and love each one and feel they are very well built and very well made and have very clear Leica lenses. I can see no differences between the FZ1000 and the FZ2500 camera lens.
Does the RX10IV Sony have time lapse, neutral density filters with built-in control buttons on the camera, and convert its ultra high definition 4k video into frame by frame 8 mega-pixel stills.? Does it have Dolly Zoom? Does it have a fully articulated LCD Screen? No it does not have any of those above options, but I wish it did.
Do you know a camera that does. Yes. I sure do, that would be the Panasonic FZ2500! If you are looking for a prosumer camcorder that weighs heavy on the video part and does a very good side job for stills, look no further. The Panasonic is my pick!
There is a story of Jim Bridger the mountain man sitting around the campfire with other trappers telling this story about wolves that were closing in on him as he ran faster and faster. The wolves gained on him every time his feet hit the ground. What was worse, he said, "there were no trees anywhere," and he was fast running out of wind.
He paused, leaving his spell bound listeners in limbo.
He waited a few more seconds until one of the tenderfoot trappers could not take the silence anymore and bit. He said, "My good man, what did you do? What on earth did you do"?
Jim paused a little longer to gain a little more effect.
Then he said,
"I clumb a tree."
The tenderfoot trapper looked at him in disbelief and said, "Climbed a tree? You just got through saying that there wasn't any trees. Anywhere."
Jim, again paused, took a long draw off his pipe and said,
"There had to be a tree!"
Of course the men around the campfire, howled and burst out laughing. Jim was known for his yard long tales. This story was told by mother's side (Wilson side) of my family.
Jim Bridger was a big imagination mountain man. He told that there was one place out in the West that he came across and he hollered an echo that, later, came back to him six hours later. Six hours before it was time to get up in the morning he would holler,"Time to get up" then six hours later his echoed voice would say, "Time to get up," and this was the way he got up in the morning while he was there. (Wikipedia)
(Think of the speed of sound at 700 miles an hour, and then ask yourself if Jim even had a watch at the time?) Through his wanderings it was later found that he was one of the first white men, if not the first white man, to discover Old Faithful and the, steaming, boiling, unworldly climate of Yellowstone National Park that he often described, but because of his windy tales He never was taken seriously. Years later others followed in his footsteps and described, exactly, what Bridger saw.
The wolf tale is, probably, the closest that Bridger ever came to talking religion. He just didn't know it!
I think this could be this same scenario with the soft lens stories on the FZ 2500. Consumer reviewers wrote in about a possible soft lens that grew into a big story the more it was told. A little lightening in a little cloud turned into a tornado with fire and brimstone.
Judge Judy (on the Judge Judy court TV show) said about some of the false statements made by some of her defendants that it was a "whole lot of who shot John."
She said, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining!"
You say, "
"Where there is smoke there is fire."
I say, "Maybe,
but I have the Panasonic FZ200, the FZ1000, and had the FZ2500 for two weeks. All 3 lenses were clear as bells, not as good as Zeiss lenses on the RX10IV Sony, but very good clear lens. All three Panasonic cameras were made in the same factory as far as I can tell.
That's 3 to 0 for me!
I saw no softness in the lens on the Panasonic FZ 2500, but I will admit that I hesitated a bit before I wrote it down and reviewed the camera once again, before writing this down.
All right, which one did I send back... I sent the Panasonic back. But why? Because the RX10IV was the best well rounded camera that I have ever picked up. And Yes, the Zeiss lens was great. It was the clear Zeiss lens, the long 600mm opitcal zoom, 2400mm digital zoom, and the fast speed of the processor that made me take the RX10IV! The 2400mm digital zoom is not that bad in bright light!.
The digital zoom from 600mm to 1200mm Sony calls Clear Digital Zoom, and Sony says it is hard to tell the difference between it and an optical zoom. I was hard pressed to tell any pixel smearing under 900mm and more, but from 900mm to 1200 you will just have to try one out and see for yourself. I do not want to appear as an idiot and undermine my entire review. I just do not want to appear as gushing! I was amazed to say the least!
There are 10 or 12 Canon 1200mm lenses out in the market place that Canon made many years ago. Every once in a while you will see them on e-bay for sale at 50 or 60 thousand dollars. They are a non-zoom lens, and they are about a yard long and the picture I saw looked as if you could make a good dinosaur club out of one of them. I can not imagine the weight of one of those monsters. I think National Geographic has a couple of them. I would love to see compared pictures shot through one of these Canon 1200mm lenses against a RX10IV zoomed out to 1200mm, and while we are comparing them, yes, let us go all the way, get stupid, and put the 1200mm Canon lens on a 2017 full sensor Canon camera to make it really interesting. I am not going to make anymore stupid comments so I will leave it at that.
However, pull out your wallet and shake out those musty, rusty, and crusty, hundred dollar bills that you have been saving back for a rainy day and that have mildew on them and kiss them good-bye because you're going to need them and then some, to buy this sweet little RX10IV Sony camera; around seventeen hundred smackers and before you know it, within a blink of a cow's eye, memory cards, batteries, and such will add up to 2,000 dollars or more real quick! Is it worth it?
Yes it is, for the best all around camera in the world.
Did you notice, I accidentally left out the word "bridge?
I already have the Panasonic FZ 1000 that does the 4-k with the mega-pixel stills. Now, would I have chosen the Sony if I did not have the FZ 1000? I probably would have, but I am not that sure.
If someone is looking for a good long zoom 20X camera leaning heavily on the video side, and wants to spend $700 less than the Sony Mark Four, I would say, "Take the FZ2500, and your saved 700 dollars, and run.
*Note: Camera Decision Review gave the Panasonic FZ 2500 three more points than the Sony RX10IV making it their NO. 1 fixed lens, large sensor, super zoom, point and shoot camera! DP Review gave the RX10IV its Gold Award and gave the Panasonic FZ 2500 its Silver Award; in their reviews of the fixed lens,large sensor super zoom camera picks. The Sony beat it by only three points!
* 1-28-2018 The Panasonic FZ1000 is suppose to have the same lens glass and the 1" sensor as the FZ2500. I just got through taking a picture of a license plate No. at 150 yards away with my FZ1000, then I took the same picture with my RX10IV, the Sony had the much clearer picture by far. I did not notice this until now. I guess I will have to start eating crow about now. However, the FZ1000 has only 16x compared to the 25x Sony.
Happy shooting, Rick