PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 4K Point and Shoot Camera, 16X LEICA DC Vario-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens, 21.1 Megapixels, 1 Inch High Sensitivity Sensor, DMC-FZ1000 (USA BLACK)
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Fast F2.8 lens up to 400mm equiv. 20.1 megapixel 1 sensor 4K video capture at 30p 3-inch fully-articulated LCD Wi-Fi with NFC
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful.
I should've bought this in the first place.
By Mark Winterstein
I love this camera. For an idea of where I'm coming from, I'm a very amateur photographer. I almost always shoot in Auto, and I almost never do any processing, apart from some cropping. I've owned a few cameras prior to this one; I had the Canon G 15, which was excellent, but I wanted more zoom. I then got the SX50 HS, which was fantastic. I loved the zoom. But I decided I wanted to do better than the small sensor of the SX50, so I bought the D3300 bundle from Best Buy over Christmas. It's a nice camera, but I hate having to switch lenses, and carry all that stuff around. Also (this might not be a big deal for a lot of people), there's no electronic level/digital horizon on the D3300, which is really frustrating for me personally. I like to go hiking, and when I had the SX50, it was very reassuring seeing that level and knowing my shots wouldn't be crooked. So I did some more research, and settled on the FZ1000. I went to the zoo, and got a lot of great, tack sharp pictures. I'm very impressed with it, to the extent that I'm thinking about selling the D3300. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a camera. Good sensor size, plenty of zoom, lots of controls and options, HDR, a panorama mode, a great electronic level, fast autofocus, a fully rotating LCD screen, and a nice viewfinder. The manual focus is a touch clunky, but I do appreciate the focus peaking. As an aside, I also tested the Canon G3 X briefly, and the greater zoom range was basically the only thing I liked about it. It felt crappy in the hand, didn't have a fully rotating LCD screen, etc. I didn't like it at all, especially for the money.
I think the only thing I would want the FZ1000 to have is a touch more reach, for wildlife and moon shots. If they could extend it to 600 or 700mm, it'd be perfect for me. But I'm giving it five stars anyway because it's an awesome camera for the money, and an awesome camera in general.
Update, 5/16/2016: I mentioned in my original review that if the FZ1000 had a bit more reach, it'd be perfect for me. Enter the Sony RX10 Mark III, which has a 24-600mm equivalent range lens. I bought it on upon its release and I took it to the Jacksonville Zoo to try it out, taking more than 500 pictures. At the end, I concluded that while it has fantastic range, the FZ1000 is superior to it in some ways. I think the autofocus of the Panasonic is faster, and I think its low light performance is superior; I had some issues in the darker reptile house, something which never was an issue with the FZ1000. I also prefer the fully articulating screen of the Panasonic, and of course it's less than half the price. The range is great, but if it's not absolutely critical, I still strongly recommend the FZ1000. It's a heck of a deal and I have no problems retaining the five-star rating I gave it originally.
93 of 97 people found the following review helpful.
If you're waffling between the FZ1000 and the FZ300...THIS is your choice!
By Donna Brown
This camera is off the chain AWESOME!!! If this model had the larger touch screen of the FZ300, its constant f/2.8 aperture, and the weather sealing, I'd have given it 6 stars, not 5. For a difference of only $100, I can't for the life of me understand why they don't combine these extra features of the 300 with the larger image sensor of the 1000 for the PERFECT bridge.
I thought I would love the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire focal range (25-600mm) of the 300, assuming it would render nicer bokeh and would be better in low lighting. Turns out the bokeh rendered by the 1000 at f/4 was as nice…in some instances NICER, than what the 300’s f/2.8 rendered. Even in instances where bokeh was similar, shading in the blurred areas was blown out on the 300’s shots, but not the 1000’s.
And that constant f/2.8 low light advantage? No. Not compared to the much more light sensitive sensor of the 1000. Even with the larger constant aperture, the 300 struggled in low light, forcing a much higher ISO, and the noise that accompanied these ISO speeds was horrendous. The 1000 handled the same lighting conditions with much lower ISOs and NO noise!
I thought I’d prefer the 300’s 25-600mm focal length over the 1000’s 25-400. In comparison shots, turns out the difference between 400mm and 600mm is not really all that much. BUT, the 1000 has an extra setting (iZoom) that can be used when shooting in jpg format that extends the 400mm zoom to an 800mm, and the 800mm rendering is virtually equal in quality to the 300’s 600mm rendering. I did not experiment with the 'digital zooms on either camera…I have a dreadful aversion to digital zooms…they are normally quite hideous.
How much difference does the much larger sensor on the 1000 really make with regard to overall image quality and detail? HUGE. MUCH greater than I actually expected. Hands down NO COMPARISON straight out of camera. When shooting RAW, it was possible to pull out similar details in the 300’s files by adjusting exposure, white balance and highlights (details that seemed to be altogether missing when viewed straight out of camera) during processing, but who really needs more steps from downloading shots to final product?
If you’re in the market for a bridge camera that can offer the convenience of a huge focal length without the cumbersome inconvenience of multiple bodies and heavy lenses, plus image quality comparable to many DSLRs, this FZ1000 LUMIX has no competitors in this price range. Both the 300 and the 1000 are HIGHLY customizable. I set both up to many of the same custom settings as my full frame DSLR systems. If you’ve read this far through this review, you’re no doubt serious...just go ahead and buy this thing…you won’t be sorry!
343 of 367 people found the following review helpful.
This Camera Rocks in Many Ways! It is Awesome!
By Rolla Gravett
Update 14 Feb, 16. I use this camera almost exclusively and love it. It takes great detailed photos and does really well in low light.
This camera Rocks in many ways! What an improvement to the Panasonic line! I have shot at close quarters and far away, and am totally impressed with this camera. I could care less about all the extra features and glitter. What means a lot to me is the picture quality and the noise, or lack of it. This camera smashes it out of the park in those two respects and I am very happy with it. The Sony RX10 is also a great camera and some may go in that direction, but I went with the Panasonic as it has longer reach and I have Panasonic accessories from other Panasonic cameras so it is a no brainier for me.
When you set the camera timer for 2 or 10 seconds, it stays on as long as the selector is in the timer mode on the dial on the left side of the camera. Compared to all the other Panys, this is awesome! I so hated to set the timer with each and every shot with all the past cameras.
Update. I do not recommend you use the FZ1000 camera with a teleconverter. The camera was not made to use one and it would void the warranty if you screwed a teleconverter to the camera and zoomed in and out. Instead, I use the camera with I-Zoom turned on. That gives me 25 to 800mm and if I need more zoom than that I set the picture size to 10mp, which gives me 1120mm of zoom. The photos at that zoom level are outstanding!
Photos taken at high ISOs look fantastic with very little noise. ISO 3200 photos are very good and ISO 6400 photos look acceptable as well. The big thing about this is the camera is now very good in low light situations. Very good and better than the FZ200 is, in my opinion.
The camera has two types of Macro Zoom, found by pushing the bottom button on the 4 way controller. Both are good and I was able to take some very detailed photos of some of my wife's flowers with this feature. I found it best to put the camera in the first setting (Auto Focus Macro), zoom in, and back up till the photo is in focus. The target will fill the frame and the distance will be about 3 to 4 feet. This works incredibly well without having to be too close to the target, so the insect or target is not spooked.
The camera has a 62mm front thread, so filters can be added. I personally recommend a UV filter. Some don't like them, but it reminds me of the time that I did not have a UV filter on my camera and checked the lens and there was what appeared to be a scratch on the lens. I used a lens rag and some cleaner and fortunately the scratch or whatever it was rubbed out, but I still remember the feeling of thinking my lens was scratched and the panic mode that put me into. Now, I use the UV filter and if there are fingerprints on it, I clean the lens. If there are scratches on it, I throw it away and get another one.
The camera is quite a bit bigger than the FZ200 camera is, but the grip is fantastic and it feels good in the hands. Someone asked me if I could hold the camera with one hand and take a picture with that hand. I tried it and it is a piece of cake. No problem doing that at all. The grip is very big and comfortable.
It is very obvious that Panasonic went to extreme means to make this a great camera.
Manual Focus Peaking works very well. What it does is provide a color (3 to choose from) on the edges of a photo and the more color there is the better the shot is focused. I learned how to use this feature on a Sony Nex 6 and it works very well.
No string on the lens cap. What is up with that Panasonic? No big deal. Buy an aftermarket cap that has a good string for cheap and they are better than the Panasonic cap. Here is the cap I have on mine and love it. To take the cap off the lens there is a big area on the cap to squeeze and it comes right off. The string is long and of high quality,so the lens can be extended with the cap on without problems.
Fotodiox 62mm Inner-pinch Lens Cap, with Cap Keeper (Black)
As batteries go, I like the Wasabi batteries and you can buy two batteries and a charger for cheap. The charger is AC and DC, so you can charge the battery in your car. It also works on World Wide Voltages so is a good one to carry on trips.
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Camera Raw is fantastic. It is supported in Lightroom and Photoshop, but if you can't afford those programs, it is also supported in FastStone, which is free. Just Google it. The only downside in Raw is the camera will not zoom past 400mm.
The FZ1000 zoom in JPG. The camera will zoom to 400mm (Optical Zoom). With I-Zoom turned on the camera will zoom to 800mm (35mm equivalent). Set to a smaller picture size, the camera will zoom more. With I-Zoom turned OFF and the camera set to the 10mp picture size, it will zoom to 560mm. If you turn Digital Zoom On, the camera will zoom to 2240mm. If the picture size is set to 5mp the camera will zoom to 800mm and with Digital Zoom On will zoom to 3200mm. What is the big deal? Normally I never use any form of Digital Zoom as it destroys the picture quality. Not on this camera! I took some shots with the camera set to the 10mp picture size and Digital Zoom On, which gave me 2240mm. On top of that I used an Olympus B300 1.7X teleconverter with total zoom at 3808mm, and the photos look fantastic! Look in comment number 1 for those links to those pictures and look for yourself.
There are 5 FN presets and you can set those presets for just about anything you want. There are tons of selections in that mode, and they FN Presets can be found in the camera Menu at the Wrench C (Custom) menu, which is the third one down. It is located on page 7 of 8 and it is the second one down, called Fn Button Set. You can make any of the Fn buttons whatever you like. For me it works that Fn 1 is Focus Area Set. With the camera not in IA, it allows you to set the focus area and the dial on the back of the camera sets the size of the focus area box. I set it to the smallest size box and what is amazing is if the camera is turned off and back on, the camera remembers the focus setting and retains the small box. That really rocks!
There is a digital readout of the zoom at all times in the EVF (Electronic View Finder) or the LCD. Even when the camera is in Digital or I-Zoom, the reading is accurate.
The auto focus on this camera is very very fast. It is almost instant! The camera itself is very fast too. Start up time is less than a second and once the shutter button is pushed it reacts almost instantly. In JPG, the camera will take stills as fast as you can press the shutter button. In High Speed Burst at 12 frames per second in JPG, the camera will just keep taking photos at that rate for at least 40 shots before slowing down. At the 7 fps auto focus rate the camera focuses on the target between each shot. In that mode the EVF or LCD is in Live View and what you are seeing is what is happening. Very impressive!
It says the camera needs a U3 card for 4k video, but I have some SanDisk Extreme 45mb/sec cards that work fine in that mode and those cards are cheaper.
SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card Speed Up To 45MB/s, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDSDX-032G-AFFP (Label May Change)
The Transcend U3 card. I just noticed the price has dropped $10 for this card.
Transcend 64 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 Flash Memory Card 95/60 MB/s (TS64GSDU3)
The FZ1000 comes with a lens hood, and the hood can be installed on the camera backwards like it is on several other Panasonic cameras. I like storing the hood this way as it is not in the way of anything and you have instant access to it.
Camera Bracketing. This is one awesome feature. The camera can be set to take 3, 5, or 7 bracketed frames for making a HDR shot in photo software. I set mine to 5 frames at 1EV, and the camera takes 5 photos at 0,-1,-2, +1, and +2. The camera bracketing mode must be activated by turning the dial on the left side of the camera top to Bracketing. It will take 5 photos in very fast succession if the shutter is held down.
The FZ1000 has a shutter speed of 60 seconds to 1/16,000 second. It also has a Bulb mode in which the shutter is held down for up to 120 seconds. Once the shutter is released the camera will process the shot. In this mode I would encourage the use of a remote shutter cord.
The camera has a jack for a microphone and a remote shutter. It can also be controlled with a Smart Phone or a tablet. I have not used this as yet, but have been told that the tablet can control just about any aspect of the shot, such as shutter speed or aperture or whatever. It will also upload the photos shot to the tablet. A very cool feature!
The zoom on the shutter button is very fast. The zoom on the camera lens is not as fast and the shutter button zoom lever is much better.
I have found that the picture quality of Digital Zoom and Extra Optical Zoom to be very close, and can't pick a winner there. Digital Zoom on this camera is also very good.
In the Movie Mode, in Shutter Priority, the shutter can be changed while video recording and that is cool. If the video speed is not fast enough, you can speed it up without stopping while recording the video. On playback, a 8mp still photo can be pulled from the video. Just play the video back in the camera and stop it at the point you want the still and press the button in the center of the 4 way controller and it asks if you want to Save and click Yes and it will save that shot. You can move forward or backward in video to get the exact shot you want by pressing and holding the Forward button or the Reverse button on the 4 way controller for many frame movement or push the forward or reverse button one time for one frame. Once you get to the sweet spot, just press the middle button on the 4 way controller and say Yes to Save. Done.
The still photos in the video are good quality but not as good as the camera normally takes, but they are good for snapshots. I would not look at those kinds of photos at high magnification like you do other stills. They are good but not great.
If the camera is in IA, and the switch on the lens is set to Focus, and the focus selector above the LCD is set to Manual, the camera can be manually focused while in the Automatic (iA) mode. Someone told me about that and I just checked and it does work! Fantastic!
The camera's stabilization system works great! I accidentally left the camera stability Power OIS switch in ON when on a tripod and the photos came out fine. I meant to turn it off, but forgot.
The Panoramic Mode works great and you can go from Left to Right, or Right to Left, or Up to Down, or Down to Up. The key to getting good panoramic shots is to turn steady and at the right speed. There is a speed indicator in the camera and it works well, but most of the time when it did not work for me, I found that I was turning too slow. It takes a few tries to get the speed right.
The Rear Dial has clicks for feedback and I really like that.
This camera is really great when it comes to Time Lapse Photography. In that mode the camera will take a shot, shut down for a time set by you, and then come back on, take another shot, and shut down again. To use Time Lapse Mode, set the Dial on the left side of the camera to Time Lapse, which is the far left setting. At that time you can select the Start Time, which can be as long as 23 hours and 59 minutes away, then the Shooting Interval and Image Count can be set. The Shooting Interval can be as little as 1 second to 99 minutes and 59 seconds, and the count can be from 1 to 9999 pictures. That my friend is awesome! Now you are thinking, darn I need software to process all of those images into a time lapse video. NOT! Once the pictures have been taken, the camera will turn them into a video! How about that! So Cool!
When the camera is on Auto Focus and the lever is turned to Manual Focus, The focus stays at the Auto Focus setting. I have been told the FZ200 would not do that and would move the focus when that setting was changed.
In video, the ISO is automatic and not adjustable. That sucks, but that is how the camera works. Added.. I have been told that the ISO is completely controllable in the Creative Video Mode.
One thing you will notice is Bokeh (the out of focus soft background) on this camera is very very good. The flower or whatever you are shooting will be in focus and the background will be out of focus with a soft pleasing effect. This happens when in one of the priority modes and low aperture is used as well as lots of zoom.
I have read that the X-Sync speed in Remote Control mode is up to 1/3200 second. That is great!
The camera will convert a Raw image to a JPG with processing in the camera, and your controls of that processing are many, such as saturation or exposure and the like.
The EVF (Electronic View Finder) has 2.4 million pixels and is very good quality. The details in the EVF are outstanding, and the camera senses when you are looking through the EVF and will turn it on automatically.
I have some plastic LCD protection on my LCD. I have had cameras in the past that the LCD seems to somehow get scratched. I have a piece of the plastic LCD protector that I cut to fit my LCD for a little added protection. You can find this on Amazon. I found this one, but there may be cheaper versions of it.
3x Premium Clear LCD Screen Protector for Sony Alpha NEX-7 NEX-6 Digital Camera, no cutting, Exact fit and satisfaction guaranteed! (3 Pieces, GUARMOR Brand)
What I like about the Menus is the camera remembers where you were last on the Menus and takes you back to the same place. That is good.
I never use the Panasonic Neck strap. I always use a better quality Neoprene strap. Here is the one I am using on this camera.
Movo Photo NS-1 Shock-Absorbing Padded Neoprene Camera Neck Strap with Quick Release
This one is good too.
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - 3/8-Inch (Black)
Another thing I use is a Media Holster. It fastens to the camera neck strap and holds an extra SDHC/SDXC card, in case you fill your memory card or forgot it and left it in your computer. That way you will always have an empty memory card with you.
OP/TECH USA Media Holsters
I am still in the learning process with this camera, but am very happy with the image quality and all the functions of the FZ1000 camera. I will update this review as time goes on. In the first Comment, I will add my photos from using Digital Zoom and some shots I took around the house in both JPG processed by the camera and in Raw processed. Those photos are side by side so you can see the difference. The first photo is processed by the camera and the second in each set is processed in Lightroom.
Addition: I did some checking with the camera flash and with my external flash. The camera will sync the internal pop up flash or an external flash at up to 1/4000 seconds in the Mechanical Shutter. With the Electronic Shutter ON, the camera flash and external flash will not fire. With the shutter setting in BOTH (Mechanical and Electronic Shutter) both my camera flash and the external flash will sync with those highest shutter speeds, up to 1/16,000 of a second. That is hard to believe so I took photos at the Shutter speed of 1/4000 second, 1/8000 second, and 1/16,000 second. Those photos are in Comment 1 following this review.
In Shutter Priority, if you look at the Red Band on the camera LCD or EVF, it shows what speeds the camera can be set to in order to get a properly exposed shot. If the camera setting is in the Red Band, the photo will be too bright or too dark, depending on which side the Red Band is. Also, the shutter speed and the aperture will start flashing red when this is the case.
The camera has a silent mode and when turned on, the camera is totally silent when taking photos. That can come in really handy when taking a shot and someone is near. They have no idea a shot was taken.
The FZ1000 will take a 3, 5, or 7 shot bracket to be used in a HDR photo. I took a 7 shot bracket at 0, -1, -2, -3, +1, +2, and +3 EV, hand held. The camera sounded like a machine gun, it was so fast. I processed the shots in Photoshop CC, Photomatix, and Efex HDR Pro 2. I posted the results in Comment 1 at the bottom.
I did some comparison shots of the FZ1000, FZ70, and FZ200 camera at 400mm, 800mm and 1200mm. In the case of the FZ1000 and the FZ200 cameras at the higher zoom levels I used I=Zoom and also Extra Optical Zoom to get to the higher mm levels. I also took a Raw photo at 400mm and cropped it to the 1200mm size. All photos are marked on the bottom. To see them larger click on the size icon on the bottom right of the page. The link is at the bottom of Comment 1.
Also take a look at the FZ1000 Raw shot converted to JPG. In Raw the zoom will only go to 400mm, but I cropped the shot to show what is showing in the rest of the photos. It looks pretty darn good! Maybe I can shoot in Raw after all.
Update. I discovered that this camera can use Back Button Focus. You take the focus away from the shutter and use one of the buttons on the back of the camera for focusing. The shutter only takes the picture. There are several advantages to this. One is taking a shot, and use the button on the back of the camera to focus. Then take the shot with the shutter. The camera will remain focused on the target so the camera can be re-framed and other shots can be taken. It is really great for moving shots as the focus can be put in constant focus and will maintain focus on the target with the Back Button Focus button pressed in and picture after picture can be taken with the camera in constant focus. There are several videos on this and I will leave the links in the Comments on page 5, the second item down.
The firmware version 2 is out. Follow the instructions on this page. Make sure you also upgrade the PhotoFunStudio software that comes with the camera or it won't work on the new video files.
Some flower pictures I have taken with this camera.
Panasonic has come out with a firmware upgrade version 2. What it does is allow different picture sizes to be selected in video playback as well as markers to mark the video where you want pictures from. It makes it very easy to find spots on the video where you want still pictures from. All of this information is on page 6 of my comments, to include the links. PhotoFunStudio software has also been upgraded to include the new features.