4k video in a P&S with 16x zoom for less than $1000!

Panasonic has announced the FZ1000 super zoom- aimed squarely at the Sony RX 10- the FZ1000 offers 25mm – 400mm range(200mm more than the RX10). Inside a 1″ sensor that provides up to 4k video! Neat features like a customizable control in the lens ring, focus peaking and camera RAW development provide a do it all camera in a seriously portable package. Offered at a price almost $400 less than the Sony RX 10. A standard mic jack allows a videographer to easily capture audio with a variety of external mics – making this a very portable video recording package.

panasonic fz1000
Panasonic fz1000


A few highlights of the FZ1000

  • 4K video
  • Ability to pull 8MP still images from 4k Video – effectively allowing you to shoot at 50fps
  • 120FPS Full HD for super slo mo footage
  • variable speed zoom
  • Custom mode on dial
  • Output to 4K compatible TVs via HDMI
  • Timelapse options
  • Shadow and Highlights control

Hands-on with the FZ1000

4k Video from the Panasonic FZ1000

Preorder the Panasonic FZ1000 from B&H

Panasonic FZ10000 vs the Sony RX 10

Camera Panasonic FZ1000 Sony RX10
Range 25-400mm f/2.8 – 4 24-200mm f/2.8
Sensor 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor BSI-CMOS
MP 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Continuous Drive 12 FPS (50FPS)* 10 fps
Max Video Resolution 4K QFHD (3840 x 2160) 1920 x 1080
Screen 3″ 920k 3″ 1.2 M
EVF 2.36M OLED 1.44M
Connection WIFI & NFC WIFI & NFC
Price $897.99 (preorder on B&H) $1298.00 (buy on B&H)

Panasonic FZ1000 FAQ:

Q: The camera is capable of 50 FPS!?
A: In camera processing allows 8MP screen grabs from video to create still images.  This video runs at 50fps so in effect, yes, this camera is capable of 50fs at 8MP.

Q: How does the price compare to the Sony RX10
A: Almost $400 cheaper!

Q: When will the FZ1000 be available?
A: Shipping at the end of July.

Q How much zoom?
A: 16x total. Remember to calculate zoom you divide the maximum(400) by the minimum(25) to get your range.

Q: maximum ISO?
A: 25,600

Q: How does the Panasonic FZ1000 compare to the Sony RX 10?
A: See the chart above!

Q: How is the macro capabilities?
A: 3cm or 1inch close focusing at the wide end of the range should provide decent macro capabilities.

Q: Can the Panasonic FZ1000 record for more than 29minutes at a time?
A: No – this is a limit imposed by European tax law

Q: Other video modes are offered in the FZ1000?
A: 1080 and 720 as well as full HD at 120FPS for super slow mo footage.

Pop up flash
Pop up flash
Lens hood
Lens hood
3" articulated screen
3″ articulated screen

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot camera featuring a large 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS sensor to enable high-resolution 4K QFHD video recording and rich still shooting up to 50 fps. The image sensor affords notable sensitivity, to an expandable ISO 25600, with a high signal-to-noise ratio for a cleaner image quality with reduced image noise. Designed for effective hybrid photo and video recording performance, the 4K output can also be used to permit in-camera 8MP screen grabs from video files for simplified multimedia output.

Preorder the Panasonic FZ1000 from B&H

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  1. 50fps at 8mb, pretty darn impressive! By the way, I’m using safari and I can’t see which text box is meant for which field (name, email).

    • It will be interesting to see how that works Thanks for the feedback on the fields, I am in the middle of battling two WordPress plugins and I hope to have it cleared up soon.

      • I am having the same problem in Chrome. Just three blank text boxes followed by the comment text field. I’m guessing first is name and second is e-mail, not sure what the third is for!

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