Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 has landed

I just received the new Lumix FZ1000, Panasonic’s answer to Sony’s unprecedented RX10.

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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.

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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.

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FZ1000 left, RX10 right (image: camerasize.com)

The second┬ástriking feature of the FZ1000, on top of it being┬áthe 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.

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Here’s my very first shot, unedited (click for the full size image ~20mb):

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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.

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Here’s a short home video example I shot with the FZ1000 at 4K resolution:

More to come…

In the meantime, if you’re interested, you are welcome to order the FZ1000 by using any of my affiliate links: Adorama, B&H, Amazon.

-eyalg

 

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