Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.jpg
Maker Panasonic
Type Digital superzoom bridge
Lens Leica DC Vario Elmarit 1:2.8-4.0/9.1-146 Asph. (25 - 400 mm equivalent)
F-numbers 2.8 - 4.0 at the widest
Image sensor type CMOS
Image sensor size 13.2 x 8.8 mm (1 inch type)
Maximum resolution Max. 5472 × 3648 (20.1 megapixels, 3:2)
Recording medium SD/SDXC/SDHC cards
Storage No internal Storage, External Storage: SD-Cards
Flash Very Bright, up to 10 metres[1]
Frame rate 120 fps at FullHD (without sound) and 25 fps at 4K-Videos
Continuous shooting 12 fps at full resolution and
50fps at 5 MP
Viewfinder Electronic, OLED, 2.359.000 dots
Optional viewfinders No
Image Processing
Image processor Venus Engine
Video/movie recording

4K@100 MBit/S[2] (MP4)

AVCHD, MP4, HighSpeed-Video at FullHD at 100 FPS
Rear LCD monitor 3 inch display, 921.000 dots, Foldable Screen
Optional battery packs Original: DMW-BW7
Dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.39 x 3.9 x 5.16 inches)
Weight 831g with battery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a digital superzoom bridge camera by Panasonic. It has a 20 megapixel 3:2 BSI-CMOS sensor and Leica-branded 25-400mm equivalent focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to f/4 (f/4 at about 170mm and higher).[3] It has a 1-inch CMOS sensor and supports ISO film speeds from 80 to 25600, shutter speeds from 1/16000s (electronic shutter) to 60s and RAW capture, while the lowest physical shutter speed is 1/4000s.

It is actually the world's first bridge camera[4] which can record in 4K (2160p) video resolution, as opposed to other compact cameras filming at full HD (1080p) resolution. What sets it apart the most is the introduction of 4K at 30p Ultra HD video with a price lower than $900. Furthermore, 8 megapixel JPEG photos can be extracted from any video frame from 4K videos in playback mode.[5]

Along with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, it is part of a new class of superzoom cameras that use larger sensors, better displays and electronic viewfinders. They easily provide much narrower depth of field when desired, compared to previous more compact superzoom/ultrazoom cameras. Out of the two, the FZ1000 has a much larger zoom range (16X); the exact video mode and whether OIS is used determines the crop factor, here expressed as 35mm equivalent focal length for the inbuilt lens:[6]

While the RX10 has a macro focus spot of 5 centimetres, the FZ1000 is able to record clear-focused photos and videos. The optical zoom is also usable while recording videos in any video recording mode, including the highest resolution with 3840 × 2160 pixels. It is possible to record HDR-photos, but no HDR-videoclips.

Canon PowerShot G3 X is the newest competitor in 1" sensor large zoom camera, relatively small, but has longest 25x zoom and touch screen with capability to focus when shooting, however has no eye viewfinder and no capability to shoot in 4K.[7]

Focal Length[edit]

  • 25 – 400 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 3:2 for stills (Full Sensor and Full Zooming Range)
  • 26 – 416 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 for stills
  • 26 – 416 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording, O.I.S. Off
  • 28 – 448 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording, O.I.S. On
  • 37 – 592 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 4K video recording (using the center of the sensor with 3840 x 2160 pixels.)

Burst Shot[edit]

The FZ1000's burstshot mode can record up to 12 JPEG pictures per second with full resolution at highest selected burst speed. There are four different burst speeds to choose from. The second-highest speed does permanently record photos, but if the burst memory is full and the memory card cannot keep up, it will slow down automatically.

High-speed video[8][edit]

The Lumix FZ1000 was announced as being able to record slow-motion in the following resolutions and framerates:

  • Full HD 1920×1080: 100 or 120 fps
  • HD 720p 1280×720: 200 or 240 fps
  • 640×360: 300 or 360 fps

But the firmware currently only allows to record FullHD at 120 fps.

Another caveat to be aware of is that the output of Slow-Motion recording is not saved as being the original duration but is instead "stretched": for example, a one-second recording at 120 fps will be saved as being 4 seconds at 30 fps.[9] While this is easily corrected for the video track without the need for reencoding, one consequence is that audio is not recorded.

Zoom Levels[edit]

  • 25 mm - F2.8
  • 200 mm - F4.0
  • 400 mm - F4.0

The FZ1000 also has a feature for Lossless Digital Zooming, which is interpretated as iƵoom, and will be used, if the highest image resolution is not selected. This is also available for Videos up to FullHD-Resolution.


Leica's V-Lux-Technology (Typ 114) is based on this camera, with differences in warranty, bundled software, and price.

In their review of the FZ1000, DPReview wrote, "The FZ1000 has an advantage over ILCs, as any lens you add to one of those cameras will be larger, heavier and pricier", and gave it a Gold Award.[10] While wrote: It is better than 100% of the point & shoot cameras we have tested under $900.[5]


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