Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000Super-zoom cameras continue to get better all the time, with some of them approaching high-end DSLR quality. And Panasonic is right up near the font of the pack.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a high quality long zoom digital camera that offers all the power and features that most advanced photographers will ever need in a camera in its class.

For example, the 20.1 megapixel, 1″ type MOS sensor and a super-sharp fast Leica lens make it easy to capture exceptional images under a wide variety of conditions. And the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity us a huge plus.

What really sets this camera apart from the competition is its ability to capture 4K video while still costing less than $1,000, but there are plenty of other advantages and advanced features as well. Here are just a few of them: 

  • 20.1 megapixel 1″-type MOS sensor
  • 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4 Leica lens
  • 5-axis ‘Power OIS’ stabilization
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots
  • 3-inch fully-articulated LCD with 920K dots
  • 4K (3840×2160) video at 30p, 100Mbps MP4
  • 1080p video at up to 60p, 28Mbps (MP4 or AVCHD)
  • 120fps quarter-speed 1080p
  • 3.5mm microphone socket
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Zebra pattern and focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 360 shots per charge (CIPA standard)

I really like the DMC-FZ1000’s in-camera Raw conversion option. I love shooting in RAW mode, and this feature lets you tweak a range of image parameters right in the camera.

Another thing I like is the ability to use an external flash. Pop-up flash units are notoriously bad, and in my experience the ones on most super zoom cameras leave a lot to be desired.

All in all, there really isn’t much of anything about this camera that isn’t worthy of praise. Well, except for the fact that it isn’t available quite yet. But as they say, great things are worth the wait.

In the meantime, you can click here to read more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 on Amazon. It’s available for pre-order and Amazon will ship it to you when they come in.

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