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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera, 20.1MP, 4K QFHD Video 30 FPS, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens, 3" LCD Display

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About Panasonic DMC-FZ1000

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera 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.

4K QFHD Video - 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.

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 20 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.

Light Speed AF with LUMIX DFD Focus Technology
A new linear motor integrated into the focus system achieves approx. 275% faster focusing, compared to the conventional DMC-FZ200. In addition new DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology shortens the time to set the focus. It instantaneously calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharp ness levels. As a result, ultra high-speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec (wide-end) / approx. 0.17 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.

Smartphone Enabled Remote Shooting / Remote View
With 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 Share
Instantly upload and share images on social media using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet.

Easy Connection
Simply touching an NFC-compatible smartphone / tablet to the camera, or scanning the QR code connects to Wi-Fi.

Geotagging
Tag 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.

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.

The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Travel, Video and more.The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000: Compact, Convenient, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Image stabilization and Zoom range/performance

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 Features

  • Experience the ultimate in 4K QFHD/HD hybrid photography
  • 4K QFHD 30p video with hybrid 8MP post capture
  • Large 1" 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

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
20.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 20.9 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture
F2.8 - 4.0 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm
(Still Image: F2.8 - 8.0 (W), F4.0 - 8.0 (T), Motion Picture: F2.8 - 11.0 (W), F4.0 - 11.0 (T))
Optical Zoom
16x
Focal Length
f = 9.12 - 146mm
(27 - 432mm in 35mm equiv. in 4:3)
(25 - 400mm in 35mm equiv. in 3:2)
(26 - 416mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9)
(32 - 512mm in 35mm equiv. in 1:1)
(26 - 416mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. Off / Level Shot function Off)
(28 - 448mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. On / Level Shot function Off)
(31 - 496mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / O.I.S. On / Level Shot function On)
(37-592mm in 35mm equiv. in 4K video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
22.4x (3:2 / 10M (M)), 32x (3:2 / 5M (S))
Intelligent Zoom
32x
Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
15 elements in 11 groups
(5 Aspherical Lenses / 8 Aspherical Surfaces / 4 ED Lenses)
Changing of Zoom Speed
5-Speed Zoom
Optical Image Stabilizer/5-Axis Correct.
Hybrid O.I.S. + / Yes
Digital Zoom
Max. 4x
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp
Yes (On / Off)
Focus
AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Low Light AF, AF/AE Lock Button, AF Area Select, AF Tracking, Eye Sensor AF, Focus Peaking, One Shot AF (Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF-ON)
AF Metering
Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-area / Custom Multi / 1-area (flexible / scalable) / Pinpoint
Shutter Speed
Still Image:
Approx. 60 - 1/4,000 sec (Mechanical Shutter)
Approx. 1 - 1/16,000 sec (Electronic Shutter)
Bulb (Approx. 120 sec)
Motion Picture:
Approx. 1/30 - 1/16,000 sec
Approx. 1/25 - 1/16,000 sec (AVCHD in FHD 24p)
Approx. 1/2 - 1/16,000 sec (Creative Video Mode / MF Mode)
Viewfinder
0.39" OLED LVF (Live View Finder) (2359K dots), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens XXXx
Magnification: Approx. 1.88x / 0.7x (35mm equiv.), Eye Sensor
File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW, DPOF
Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Mode Dial / Mode Button
Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Creative Video, C1 (Custom), C2 (Custom), Scene Guide, Creative Control
Creative Control Mode
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 (22 filters)
Still Image Scene Mode / Scene Guide
Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome, Panorama
Continuous Shooting Mode (Approx.)
[AFS] SH: 50 frames/sec, H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
[AFC] H: 7 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Motion Picture Recording 1
4K Video: 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30p (4K: 100Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) (AAC)
HD Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (FHD: 28Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 60fps) (AAC)
1920 x 1080 pixels, 30p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) (AAC)
1280 x 720 pixels, 30p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) (AAC)
STD Video: 640 x 480, 30p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) (AAC)
Motion Picture Recording 2
High Speed Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30p (FHD: MP4) (Sensor Output is 120fps)
Continuous Recordable Time: AVCHD
Approx. 130 min (FHD/60p), Approx. 135 min (FHD/60i)
Continuous Recordable Time: MP4
Approx. 130 min (FHD)
Actual Recordable Time: AVCHD
Approx. 65 min (FHD/60p), Approx. 70 min (FHD/60i)
Actual Recordable Time: MP4
Approx. 65 min (FHD)
Exposure
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, +/-5 EV (+/-3 EV for motion picture)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. +/-3 EV
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200/ 6400 / 12800 / 25600(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Still Picture Recording
4:3
4864x3648 (17.5M) (L) / 3456x2592 (9M) (M) / 2432x1824 (4.5M) (S)
3:2
5472x3648 (20M) (L) / 3888x2592 (10M) (M) / 2736x1824 (5M) (S)
16:9
5472x3080 (17M) (L) / 3840x2160 (8M) (M) / 1920x1080 (2M) (S)
1:1
3648x3648 (13.5M) (L) / 2592x2592 (6.5M) (M) / 1824x1824 (3.5M) (S)
Image Quality
RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set1 / White Set2 / White Set3 / White Set4 / Color Temperature (2-axis Adjustable)
Photo Style
Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, Cinelike V
Picture Adjustment
Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation, Filter Effect
Digital Red Eye Correction
Yes (On / Off) (Red-Eye Removal)
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch)
WPA / WPA2
Infrastracture Mode / WPS / Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Button
NFC
ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F (Passive Mode)
Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)
Playback Mode
All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, Category Selection, Select Date, Favorite), Calendar
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image
Yes / Yes
Show Histogram
Yes
Show Highlights
Yes
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Retouch
No
RAW Processing
Yes
Resize/Cropping/Aspect Conv./Leveling
Yes / Yes / No / No
Copy/Title Edit/Text Stamp
No / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation
Yes
Video Divide
Yes
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / DPOF / Favorites
LCD Monitor
3.0" (7.5cm) Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display (921K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Power Monitor mode, AUTO Power Monitor mode
Built- in- Flash
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off For iA, iA+ mode only.
Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd Slow Sync.
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation
0.3 - 13.5m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 9.5m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard)
Microphone / Speaker
Stereo / Mono
Interface
microHDMI, AV Output (NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)
Remote Input
o2.5mm for Remote
External Microphone Input
o3.5mm for External Microphone
Power
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7 Wh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Included)
Battery Life (Approx.)
360 pictures (CIPA Standard) (TBD)
Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.5PE
SILKYPIX Developer Studio
LoiLoScope (trial version)
Adobe Reader
Dimensions (W x H x D)
136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7mm / 5.39 x 3.88 x 5.15"
Weight
Approx. 780g / 27.51oz without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.72 lb)
Approx. 831g / 29.3oz with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.83lbs / 0.83kg)
Mfr #
DMC-FZ1000
SKU
IPCFZ1000

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AN ALMOST PERFECT CAMERA IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT

When I first bought the FZ1000 back in October of 2014 I wrote a two page review on it for my students in the digital photography class I teach at Emeritus College in Santa Monica, California. I titled the review� My first 5 days with the Panasonic FZ1000�- Now that I have been using that camera for six months I am even more impressed. I noted in that original review that the FZ1000 used the same battery as the FZ200 which I had and so did about a half-dozen of my photo students

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When I first bought the FZ1000 back in October of 2014 I wrote a two page review on it for my students in the digital photography class I teach at Emeritus College in Santa Monica, California. I titled the review� My first 5 days with the Panasonic FZ1000�- Now that I have been using that camera for six months I am even more impressed. I noted in that original review that the FZ1000 used the same battery as the FZ200 which I had and so did about a half-dozen of my photo students. I didn’t have to wait to charge the battery, I was able to start using with the FZ1000 right away and since I was very familiar with the FZ200, it was no problem to pick it up and use its big brother, the FZ1000, a very easy to master learning curve. Two things worried me about making that switch, the impact of giving up the constant f2.8 lens for a f2.8-f4.0 lens on the FZ1000. The 2nd thing that worried me was giving up the 24x optical zoom of the FZ200 for the 16x zoom of the FZ1000. My concerns quickly evaporated. The 1� sensor of the FZ1000 made shooting at higher ISO levels very nice, up to ISO 1600 the images were better than what I was raving about on the FZ200 shot at ISO 200. In fact, some images I got at ISO 3200 had very little noise and still kept fine image detail. My 2nd concern, the loss of some zoom range, also disappeared. I simply set one of the custom settings, C1 to give me a 10MP image. The zoom range went from 400mm to 565mm. Yes, I did loose 2MP of image and about 1x of zoom (25mm-565mm or about 23x zoom range) but the images again were superb even at higher ISO levels. A couple of things with the FZ200 had bothered me, the electronic viewfinder (EVF) of the FZ200 required manual switching between the LCD and the EVF. The FZ1000 had an automatic eye sensor which solved that problem 100%. My impression of the FZ200’s EVF was very good, only a very slight bit of blurring when following a moving subject. It was bright and I was able to display all the shooting info I wanted. It wasn’t until I picked up the FZ1000 and took a close look through that EVF that I realized it was as good as using an optical viewfinder like on my Nikon D90 dSLR, only much better. I not only could see my shooting parameters, shutter speed and aperture, but ISO, white balance, along with a host of most other shooting parameters. I immediately took out my Sony NEX 6 to further check things out, to compare viewfinders, to compare images, to compare ease of use and the effect of the larger sensor size of the NEX 6. The NEX 6 has a APS sized sensor while the FZ1000 only a 1�.. Again, no contest. While my NEX 6 was still warming up, I got off 3 or 4 pictures. Focusing speed with the FZ1000 was phenomenal, unlike anything I had ever handled, and as a photo teacher, I have handled a lot of cameras. During my initial setup of the camera, I had selected center focus and it worked very well. I tried shooting in a variety of burst modes without encountering any problems. I even set the camera to shoot 4K video and extracted 8MP images which were more than acceptable. I did run into a problem trying to turn on the 4K video but then found I had to be in the movie mode in order to access the 4K format in the menu. I notice that several of the commercial reviews commented, somewhat negatively, on the “plastic feel� of the FZ1000. I did NOT find that experience. I found the FZ1000 to be very sturdy, free of creaking or squeaks, a very well put together, solid feeling camera. The top left dial on the camera controls single frame shooting, burst mode, bracketing, time delay, and time lapse shooting. There are 5 Fn (function) buttons, I set Fn1 to HDR which I frequently use and find the results very good. In camera RAW processing is also a handy thing to have, especially when travelling. It is truly amazing as to how many things you can set to a Fn button. The 4 way dial on the back has ISO, AUTO FOCUS MODE, White balance, and macro mode. One thing I definitely do NOT miss from my FZ200 is how often I accidently hit the WB button on the 4 way dial on the FZ200. I have not run into that problem with the FZ1000. I have been talking about all the pluses but there are some negatives as well. Weight and size are certainly two things some people will find problematic. The FZ1000 does fit into the vertical pockets on the front of my TravelSmith vest, a definite plus for me since I wear it whenever traveling. Battery life is another negative, it is somewhat shorter than other bridge cameras but then again, I travel with 3 backup batteries. I suspect the 20MP image uses far more battery power than other cameras. This is not a camera for someone who takes a bunch of shots then puts away the camera for a month or two. This is NOT a camera for a novice photographer, rather this is a camera for a dedicated photographer who is tired of carrying around extra lenses and gear for their dSLR. This is a camera for someone who wants one camera that does just about everything and does it exceptionally well. I compared images shot with my Nikon D90, the FZ200 and my Sony NEX 6. I had hoped either the Sony or the FZ200 would allow me to greatly reduce most of the photo stuff I had to lug around on my trips. But now with the FZ1000, the smile on my face and the smaller package of camera gear I carry around tells the whole story about how happy I am with the FZ1000, it is a pleasure to use, extremely responsive, and does just about everything one could want from a professional level camera. It took me a while to come to grips with the price, but now that I did it, it was money well spent. Gerald Schneir

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No Voice Memo->can't record audio to a still frame

Voice memo to still image (5sec/ 10 sec./30 sec.), The option is not on this new model - apparently dropped the last model with it was the DMC-fz50 which I and so many others had wished would be brought back as a feature on the new DMC-FZ1000 but apparently was not the case. The feature allows the slide shows enhanced documentary like effects when used in conjunction there with as well.

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4.0

Very nice camera but not right for me

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I bought this camera with the idea that it might be able to replace my Nikon D7000 in pursuit of my bird photography hobby, since my wife has taken over the Nikon in pursuit of her butterflies and birds. The camera takes very nice pictures and would meet the needs of many photographers seeking family, landscape and other type photos. However, it does not live up to the Nikon's abilities to take sharp still pictures of subjects that are fast moving and/or situated some distance away. The Panasonic FZ1000 is lightweight, a very nice feature, and has great potential for movies, which was not of great interest for me. I was very impressed again with Adorama's return policy and received the promised refund when I returned the camera. Thanks again for the very courteous and prompt service.

 
5.0

Just Buy It!!

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I got mine just before the Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino California. I brought 3 cameras along - Canon 60D with Tamron 200-500, Olympus E-M5 with Panasonic 45-200, and the FZ1000. I ended up leaving the 60D and E-M5 in the bag and used my FZ1000 for most of the 3 days I was at the show. Over 4,000 shots later and many, many keepers I couldn't be more pleased! Yes, there were some misses but no more than from my 60D. For this type of event I usually shoot in shutter priority mode and RAW, no jpegs preferring to post process in Photoshop. For the past few days I've also been using the FZ1000 at the park chasing after my 3 year old grandson. I'm happy to report that the FZ worked quite nicely! Lower light in the late afternoon and early evening posed no problem. I shooting mainly in aperture priority mode, and set the camera to auto iso. One of the Cons I listed below is poor battery life. I don't know that actual count, but you can extend the battery life by turning off the LCD. There are a couple of other tweaks that will also enhance battery life. The most obvious answer to short battery life is to pick up an extra battery! I was able to shoot all day with many fast 12 fps bursts with 2 batteries. And one last thing, especially if you shoot fast action bursts in RAW or 4K video - get a fast SD card. Otherwise you could miss the action waiting for the camera to write to a slow card.

 
5.0

All around excellence

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I bought this camera to replace my DSLR kit that I have used for five years and over 100K shots. It was a close call between this and the Sony RX10 and I'm very happy I went with the Panasonic. This camera does everything my DSLR did with four lenses and over 20 pounds of gear. The only thing I gave up was a vertical grip/second battery. Note on battery life: I've shot 500-600 on a single battery. The key is not to use the full LCD display. The EVF is great - a wonderful step up from the DSLR. I have been impressed with the overall quality of the photos straight out of camera. The images are crisp and have overall good exposure. The details this picks up at full resolution have been impressive. The macro works very well, too. I'll admit that after two weeks, I'm still coming up to speed with Panasonic's menu system, but we're getting there. At times, it's odd what selections are deactivated due to another selection on the dial or in a menu. The only minor issue I've had is I prefer to select the focus point while shooting, changing it on the fly as I reframe shots or subjects move. This camera doesn't really allow that - at least not easily. However, the AF has worked very well, so I suspect I'll get past that soon enough. One reason I picked this over the Sony was the 4K video. I don't shoot video often, but the ability to grab individual frames at 8mb was enticing. And it does not disappoint. I was able to grab several frames from a 4K video of a parade and they easily held up for publication in the paper I shoot for. This is really the closest camera I've found that gives me the control and quality of my DSLR in a package that doesn't hurt my back.

 
5.0

It survived Iceland storms !

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I just returned from 10 days in Iceland where I had a great chance to put the FZ1000 through its paces. It performed fantastically well. From super cold to high winds to rain - nothing deterred it from taking crystal clear, super sharp photos and videos (although I had to be careful with it in the rain - it is not water resistant). It has a bit of a learning curve but I sat down with the manual line by line and went to a few Panasonic seminars. Now I understand and appreciate it much better. I carry it everywhere - it is great fun to use. Highly recommended!

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5.0

Awrsome Features

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This is my first bridge camera and I'm very impressed with it. There are so many options and features at your disposal. I have not extensively used or played with the majority of them unfortunately. Though I have a lot to learn in order to take full advantage of all this camera has to offer, I'm not discouraged to put the time in to learn. I love the wireless shooting option where you can control your camera through a phone app. You can touch to focus on a specific part of the image you are trying to capture which is awesome.

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4.0

Jerky zoom is a major problem for video recording

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As currently is, the zoom pulses in response to the slow movement of the zoom ring. I read reviews before I bought the camera but only realized how bad it is after started using it. At each pulse, the image would lose focus for a moment and then refocus. I have not figured out how to overcome this problem. I do hope Panasonic would fix the zoom problem with a firmware upgrade.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AN ALMOST PERFECT CAMERA IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT

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When I first bought the FZ1000 back in October of 2014 I wrote a two page review on it for my students in the digital photography class I teach at Emeritus College in Santa Monica, California. I titled the review� My first 5 days with the Panasonic FZ1000�- Now that I have been using that camera for six months I am even more impressed. I noted in that original review that the FZ1000 used the same battery as the FZ200 which I had and so did about a half-dozen of my photo students. I didn’t have to wait to charge the battery, I was able to start using with the FZ1000 right away and since I was very familiar with the FZ200, it was no problem to pick it up and use its big brother, the FZ1000, a very easy to master learning curve. Two things worried me about making that switch, the impact of giving up the constant f2.8 lens for a f2.8-f4.0 lens on the FZ1000. The 2nd thing that worried me was giving up the 24x optical zoom of the FZ200 for the 16x zoom of the FZ1000. My concerns quickly evaporated. The 1� sensor of the FZ1000 made shooting at higher ISO levels very nice, up to ISO 1600 the images were better than what I was raving about on the FZ200 shot at ISO 200. In fact, some images I got at ISO 3200 had very little noise and still kept fine image detail. My 2nd concern, the loss of some zoom range, also disappeared. I simply set one of the custom settings, C1 to give me a 10MP image. The zoom range went from 400mm to 565mm. Yes, I did loose 2MP of image and about 1x of zoom (25mm-565mm or about 23x zoom range) but the images again were superb even at higher ISO levels. A couple of things with the FZ200 had bothered me, the electronic viewfinder (EVF) of the FZ200 required manual switching between the LCD and the EVF. The FZ1000 had an automatic eye sensor which solved that problem 100%. My impression of the FZ200’s EVF was very good, only a very slight bit of blurring when following a moving subject. It was bright and I was able to display all the shooting info I wanted. It wasn’t until I picked up the FZ1000 and took a close look through that EVF that I realized it was as good as using an optical viewfinder like on my Nikon D90 dSLR, only much better. I not only could see my shooting parameters, shutter speed and aperture, but ISO, white balance, along with a host of most other shooting parameters. I immediately took out my Sony NEX 6 to further check things out, to compare viewfinders, to compare images, to compare ease of use and the effect of the larger sensor size of the NEX 6. The NEX 6 has a APS sized sensor while the FZ1000 only a 1�.. Again, no contest. While my NEX 6 was still warming up, I got off 3 or 4 pictures. Focusing speed with the FZ1000 was phenomenal, unlike anything I had ever handled, and as a photo teacher, I have handled a lot of cameras. During my initial setup of the camera, I had selected center focus and it worked very well. I tried shooting in a variety of burst modes without encountering any problems. I even set the camera to shoot 4K video and extracted 8MP images which were more than acceptable. I did run into a problem trying to turn on the 4K video but then found I had to be in the movie mode in order to access the 4K format in the menu. I notice that several of the commercial reviews commented, somewhat negatively, on the “plastic feel� of the FZ1000. I did NOT find that experience. I found the FZ1000 to be very sturdy, free of creaking or squeaks, a very well put together, solid feeling camera. The top left dial on the camera controls single frame shooting, burst mode, bracketing, time delay, and time lapse shooting. There are 5 Fn (function) buttons, I set Fn1 to HDR which I frequently use and find the results very good. In camera RAW processing is also a handy thing to have, especially when travelling. It is truly amazing as to how many things you can set to a Fn button. The 4 way dial on the back has ISO, AUTO FOCUS MODE, White balance, and macro mode. One thing I definitely do NOT miss from my FZ200 is how often I accidently hit the WB button on the 4 way dial on the FZ200. I have not run into that problem with the FZ1000. I have been talking about all the pluses but there are some negatives as well. Weight and size are certainly two things some people will find problematic. The FZ1000 does fit into the vertical pockets on the front of my TravelSmith vest, a definite plus for me since I wear it whenever traveling. Battery life is another negative, it is somewhat shorter than other bridge cameras but then again, I travel with 3 backup batteries. I suspect the 20MP image uses far more battery power than other cameras. This is not a camera for someone who takes a bunch of shots then puts away the camera for a month or two. This is NOT a camera for a novice photographer, rather this is a camera for a dedicated photographer who is tired of carrying around extra lenses and gear for their dSLR. This is a camera for someone who wants one camera that does just about everything and does it exceptionally well. I compared images shot with my Nikon D90, the FZ200 and my Sony NEX 6. I had hoped either the Sony or the FZ200 would allow me to greatly reduce most of the photo stuff I had to lug around on my trips. But now with the FZ1000, the smile on my face and the smaller package of camera gear I carry around tells the whole story about how happy I am with the FZ1000, it is a pleasure to use, extremely responsive, and does just about everything one could want from a professional level camera. It took me a while to come to grips with the price, but now that I did it, it was money well spent. Gerald Schneir

 
5.0

Met all expectations on a once-in-a-lifetime trip

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I haven't really had a serious camera since film days; after a couple of low-end digitals died I've basically been using my phone for snaps over the past couple of years. When planning a trip to Antarctica, however, I knew I had to get a "real" camera, and after a very long search, purchased the FZ-1000. I'd considered many others in about the same price range before landing on the Lumix -- mostly the Sony point & shoot offerings and Nikon and Sony interchangeable lens models -- and now that I'm back, I've no regrets. The main reasons for my selection were: 1. I decided I didn't want to deal with multiple lenses, given the conditions I'd be shooting in. 2. The range of the lens on the Lumix #to 400 mm equiv# exceeded the Sony's 200. 3. Yes, the Sony has a faster lens, but for most of my shooting, the slight loss on the Lumix was less important than the greater range #see 2# Shot approx. 1500 images in the months before the trip #best piece of advice I received from a retailer, buy early so you have time to get used to new gear before it really counts# and I was really pleased with the results. Everything from close macro shooting to the far ends of its telephoto range, from landscapes to burst shooting fast-moving wildlife, from straight idiot-auto mode to full manual yielded good results. Some of the presets are pretty hokey and produce pretty tacky images, but nobody says we have to use them. The things that I was less than thrilled with were the WiFi functions #far easier to just run a cord to my computer and transfer files that way#, the many steps it takes to access the panorama mode #made me wish for my iPhone#, and my inability to figure out the geotagging function, but those are small quibbles. On the positive side, aside from overall image quality, It handled sub-freezing temps fine, it was ready to shoot whenever I needed it, battery life was excellent #I did carry two spares at all times, but never needed more than one#. All in all, I'm very happy with it, and look forward to even more as I get even more comfortable with it over time.

 
5.0

Top Swiss Army Knife

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This is the fastest cam I have used yet. Ergonomics are near perfect. IQ is decent. I recently spent 6 days driving the Calif coast and returning along the East side of the Sierras. I had my Nikon D750 with 4 lenses, and comparing my daylight shots ...there just isn't much to separate them! Many of the features, like pano and 4k, I haven't yet tried. In cam HDR doesn't impress me, but then normal DR does. I also have owned multiple m4/3 cams, and currently have the GX7 with 14-140II, 9-18, 20, fisheye, and the med and long tele's. Although I would miss the blistering pace of the FZ1000, and not enjoy changing lenses, I still imagine I will take the G sys backpacking this summer. Love LUMIX.

 
5.0

Awesome camera and outstanding photographs

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I have been a Canon fan for many years so making a change to a Panasonic camera was a challenge. I read several reviews on the FZ1000 and it sounded great. My current Canon SX40HS was not doing the job right for me so I took a chance and bought the FZ1000. Very glad I made the purchase because I am very happy with it! The camera is easy to use, very intuitive, takes awesome clear photos and has more than ample zoom and wide angle for all my needs. I was drawn to the super zooms of higher magnification but find the 400 mm maximum on the FZ 1000 to be more than sufficient. The camera focuses at lightning speed and is ready to take the next picture almost instantly...no waiting to take successive photos. The quality of the images is astounding. I could not be more pleased with my purchase. Although the price was more than I usually spend for a point and shoot, this one is well worth it and I am glad I took the plunge. Changing cameras is never easy or comfortable but this change worked out very well for me.

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Y P  How well does the camera flash work? Will I need an external flash?
ROD C  I have not used the flash, but, you are always better off using an external flash. My favorite reasonably priced flash is the LumoPro which is sold by Midwest Photo Exchange. I use these on my other still cameras and they work well. I primarily use my FZ1000 for 4K video
Y P  Since you use it for video, how well does it do with sports. Interested to know if I'll be able to use it for my grandson's toddler soccer ... Thank you for your advise...
Mark S  Are there any decent wide angle adaptors that will work with this camera?
DENNIS G  The Panasonic wide adapters 46 and 52mm for the LX5/7are excellent but they will certainly not cover the 62mm diameter of the FZ1000 lens. All of the inexpensive adapters are worthless even if they would cover the lens. Learn how to stitch for wide-angle images!
Y P  How well does the camera flash work? Will I need an external flash?
ROD C  I have not used the flash, but, you are always better off using an external flash. My favorite reasonably priced flash is the LumoPro which is sold by Midwest Photo Exchange. I use these on my other still cameras and they work well. I primarily use my FZ1000 for 4K video
Y P  Since you use it for video, how well does it do with sports. Interested to know if I'll be able to use it for my grandson's toddler soccer ... Thank you for your advise...
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