Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Digital Photography Review has published a full review of Panasonic's premium superzoom.

Snippets from the conclusion follow:

"The DMC-FZ1000 is one of the most exciting 'compact' cameras to come along in some time. The combination of a 1"-type sensor and bright 25-400mm lens make the FZ1000 a compelling choice for both the traveler and someone who wants a camera that does both stills and video very well."

"The FZ1000 is the first compact camera to support 4K video recording (at an impressive 100Mbps bit rate), so it's ready for the next generation of televisions."

"Exposure is generally accurate, with highlight clipping not being a huge issue. Colours have a nice vivid look to them, without being over-the-top like some other consumer-level cameras."

"Panasonic has taken a relatively conservative approach to noise reduction, leaving more grain than the Sony RX10, which tends to brush away fine detail. The FZ1000 maintains fine detail until about ISO 3200 and you can comfortably shoot a stop higher, after which you'll want to downsize or switch to Raw."

W"hile image quality is close to that of interchangeable lens cameras at their base ISOs, the FZ1000 falls behind relatively quickly due to its smaller sensor. That said, no ILC offers the same combination of size, video, and price as the FZ1000."

"Video quality is excellent. 4K video also allows one to capture 8 megapixel stills, which look very good. The 1080p video is top-notch."

"The FZ1000 is one of the most responsive compacts we've seen, whether it's startup speed, autofocus, or the user interface. The autofocus speed is what really stands out, regardless of the lighting condition. The FZ1000 has an available electronic shutter, which allows for silent shooting. You can compose your photos and movies on either a fully articulating 921k dot LCD or via a gorgeous XGA electronic viewfinder."

Price: £749.00

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