Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

Review posted 12/10/2014

Quick Take
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations allowing anyone to use the camera
  • Image quality is excellent in all shooting modes
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 25-400mm) is very versatile
  • 5-axis image stabilization allows you to shoot stills and video with ease while on the move
  • Nice, Bright 3.0--inch LCD can be adjusted to just about any angle
  • Electronic Viewfinder is sharp, clear and shows a live-view preview of your images before you capture them
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Good Battery Life is only shooting with the EVF
  • Hot Shoe allows for the addition of both flash and audio accessories
  • The body could use a second control dial for adjusting shooting settings
  • Battery life is very short when using the convenience features on the camera like WiFi.
  • On the more expensive end for a point-n-shoot camera
  • Larger than most ILCs (some may like this)
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a versatile and more than capable alternative to a dSLR or ILC. Fantastic image quality and performance will draw you in, while a great set of features and creative shooting modes will keep you trying new things. The camera also features powerful video capabilities including 4K video capture! Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Back in June of this year (2014), Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 -- the world's first digital compact camera with the ability to record ultra high definition 4K video (previous 4K models had interchangeable lenses).

At the heart of the FZ1000, you will find a 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor designed to improve the camera's signal-to-noise ratio. Part of this noise reduction is thanks to pixel density; the rest is handled by the Venus Engine image processor and its multiple built-in Noise Reduction systems. The Venus Engine also makes this camera super quick. It can start up in 0.66 seconds, while Auto Focus times have dropped to as little as 0.09 seconds using Light Speed AF thanks to "Depth from Defocus" technology.

The FZ1000 also features a 16x optical (25-400mm equivalent) zoom lens with an F/2.8-4.0 maximum aperture, a 5-axis HYBRID optical image stabilizer, and a 5-step speed control zoom to help with quiet, vibration free zooming during video recording. Framing and composition are handled on a 921K-dot 3.0-inch "free-angle" OLED Live View Finder. The LVF rotates to the side up to 180 degrees, and can tilt up or down by 270 degrees.

The FZ1000 can record all types of video at various resolutions and speeds. QFHD 4K (3840x216) can be captured at up to 30 fps, while Full 1080p HD can be recorded at 60p or in a high-speed mode at 120fps for a "slow motion" effect. There are also Creative Video Modes -- such as Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation -- to play with.

Finally, the FZ1000 comes with Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies, which allow you to connect the camera to iOS and Android smartphones (and tablets) running Panasonic Apps. One such app, the Image App, lets you use your phone as a remote viewfinder, with access to the shutter release button as well as settings such as shutter speed, zoom, focus, aperture, and exposure compensation.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Features:
  • 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor
  • 3.0-inch free-angle OLED Live View Finder
    • 921K dots
    • Rotates 180 degrees to the side
    • Tilts up and down 270 degrees
  • Venus Engine image processor
  • 16x Optical Zoom Lens
    • F/2.8-4.0
    • 25-400mm
    • 5-step Speed Control Zoom
    • 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
      • with Active Mode
  • High-Speed Burst Shooting @ up to 12 fps
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Video Recording
    • QFHD 4K (3840x216) @ up to 30 fps
    • Needs UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) memory cards
    • Full HD (1920x1080) @ up to 60p
    • High Speed Full HD @ up to 120fps
    • Creative Video Mode
    • Time Lapse Shot
    • Stop Motion Animation
  • Depth From Defocus Technology
  • Light Speed AF (Auto Focus) of 0.09 seconds
  • quick start-up time of 0.66 seconds
  • Creative Control
  • Creative Panorama
  • Photo Style
  • Multiple Noise Reduction Systems
    • Multi Process NR
    • Random Filter
    • Aperture Filter
  • Wi-Fi & NFC Technologies
    • Image App
  • 3cm Macro Shooting
  • Highlight/Shadow Control
  • In-camera RAW data development
  • Level Gauge
  • iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) Mode for Photo and Video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 sports a suggested retail price of $1,199 USD. See our best price box at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • FZ1000
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • DVD

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