Panasonic just announced the Lumix FZ1000, which features a 20.1MP 1-inch sensor and a 16x optical zoom lens with a 25-400mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. The lens is relatively bright for such an impressive range with a variable aperture of f/2.8-4.
Panasonic FZ1000 Key Features
- 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
- Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
- 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent)
- 4K QFHD Video Recording at 30 fps
- 0.39″ 2,359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder
- 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- HYBRID O.I.S. 5-Axis Image Stabilization
- Light Speed AF with LUMIX DFD Focus
- ISO 25600 and 50 fps Continuous Shooting
The FZ1000 captures 4K video at 30fps, as well as 1080p at 60fps, 30fps and 24fps frame rates. Additionally, high speed video recording is possible at 1080p, 720p, and 480p with sensor output frame rates of 120 fps, 240 fps, and 360 fps, respectively.
The FZ1000 sets of a new advanced point and shoot camera race that Sony started with its excellent RX100 line of cameras. The FZ1000 seems to fit as a direct competitor to the Sony RX10, which sports a 20.2MP 1-inch sensor and a 24-200mm f/2.8 (35mm equivalent) zoom lens.
The Panasonic FZ1000 can capture still frames up to 50 fps using an electronic shutter or 12 fps with a mechanical shutter. Even with continuous AF, the FZ1000 can capture up to 7 fps. Additionally, Panasonic claims AF speeds as short as 0.09 seconds thanks to a linear AF motor and Lumix DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, which compares two images with different sharpness levels to determine the subject distance information.
The camera includes an OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch 921k-dot resolution LCD screen, as well as built-in WiFi connectivity for transferring images to mobile devices and controlling the camera with a Panasonic app.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 retails for $899 and should be available in July. Check it out here at B&H Photo.