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.
Fantastic specs, if the lens and sensor can deliver this could be a great ‘carry everywhere’ camera.
Steven Thomas says
If nothing else hopefully this should knock Sony off that $1300 high horse with the RX10.
Mike Riley says
This Camera sounds genuinely exciting, if the lens is as good as my FZ200, (even though its slower and less zoom), I will be lining up for one. the REALLY flaw with the FZ200 is noise above ISO100, and the small sensor, but getting close to the perfect all-rounder Panasonic,, getting closer…
Very nice camera. Still it is not weather proofed to bad, all the things it can do, only in good weather though. Opps maybe next time Panasonic
50fps is insane, perfect for HDR photography. Anyone know how big the buffer is?
I have had the FZ -18, which was a fantastic camera with excellent picture quality for the size of the sensor, it was a joy to operate and so convenient when traveling and just about anytime I didn’t want to lug the DSLR & a truck load of lenses around. I made the mistake of selling that for the FZ-100 which was a great camera but the picture quality was substantially lower than the earlier model. Not sure if the superzoom lenses were the issue, but I was very disappointed with the FZ-100 camera and sold it. I have been anxiously awaiting the new larger sensor to become available in the FZ range in the hope that Lumix will manage to bring the picture quality up to the standard that this camera deserves.
240fps & 360fps modes do not exist on this camera
Annabel (19, blonde, pls forgive) says
“The Panasonic FZ1000 can capture still frames up to 50 fps using an electronic shutter or 12 fps with a mechanical shutter.”
Does anyone know, are there any advantages/disadvantages to electronic shutters vs mechanical shutters?
I’m looking for a camera that will last and last and last. I want something which will churn out decent quality images (within a sensible budget) but DSLRs concern me with a great big mirror flapping about, if that breaks its going to be expensive. And given that manufactures only give their cameras 1 year warranties it seems clear they are not overly confident how long they will last either.
Electronic shutter sounds perfect with no moving parts? Apart from no optical view finder are there any other disadvantages to using electronic shutters to mechanical to mirrored? Thx