I just received the new Lumix FZ1000, Panasonic’s answer to Sony’s unprecedented RX10.
I was surprised at first to see how large the FZ1000 actually is, and then I was surprised again to lift it up and discover that it’s lighter than what it seems. It very much resembles the GH4, with roughly the same button outline.
FZ1000 left, GH4 right (images: camerasize.com)
There are quite a few features which set the FZ1000 apart from its one and only rival – the RX10. They both have the same large 1″ sensor coupled with a large and bright zoom, but! The FZ1000 has double the RX10’s zoom range, at the cost of a non constant max aperture. Still, f/4 at 400mm is more than acceptable. Compare them here.
FZ1000 left, RX10 right (image: camerasize.com)
The second striking feature of the FZ1000, on top of it being the only camera with a x16 zoom stapled to a 1″ sensor, is that it also shoots 4K video. Right off the bat, it all seems like everything you will ever need in a camera. Of course, that’s exactly what I’m going to examine when I review it.
Here are some quick shots from the FZ1000’s unboxing – for your viewing pleasure.
Here’s my very first shot, unedited (click for the full size image ~20mb):
Here’s a 100% crop from the center of the image. Given that this was taken at f/4, 1/100 sec. 230mm equiv. and ISO 1600, I’d say it’s pretty impressive.
Here’s a short home video example I shot with the FZ1000 at 4K resolution:
More to come…