Unveiled: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

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Panasonic is ushering in the 4K generation by adding the DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera to its arsenal. The capability of recording QFHD 4K video and shooting high-quality 20.1-megapixel stills makes this long zoom camera a force to be reckoned with. Its announcement comes on the heels of the release of the 4K-capable DMC-GH4 mirrorless digital camera and provides a smaller, more consumer-friendly 4K option. The key feature of this camera is the 1" MOS image sensor, which provides a capture area more than four times larger than Panasonic’s previous long zoom camera. It also supports enhanced low-light sensitivity up to ISO 25600.

The ability to record 4K QFHD video at 30p is this camera’s shining feature. There is only a handful of cameras with the capability to shoot 4K, and fewer that can record it directly on an SD card. The FZ1000’s 3840 x 2160 resolution also provides a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, making it perfect for display on a television or monitor you likely already have in your home. You can even capture 8MP still images directly from your video after recording, providing a hybrid video/stills shooting solution. Video capabilities also include full HD capture at 1920 x 1080p with 60, 30, and high-speed 120 fps. Also, at 1280 x 720 resolution, high speed video is supported at up to 240 fps. There is also standard-definition 640 x 480 recording at blazing-fast speeds of 360 fps.

Working with this sensor is a 16x LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-400mm that was built specifically for this camera. It has a bright f/2.8-4.0 maximum aperture range that makes the FZ1000 an extremely versatile imaging system. Designed with optical excellence in mind, the lens has 15 elements in 11 groups, including 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces and 4 extra-low dispersion glass elements. This ensures that you will get the sharpest images possible from the high-resolution sensor, which can focus as close as 1.2" for macro photography.

Autofocus is no issue here with Panasonic’s Light Speed AF with a new Depth from Defocus, or DFD, technology. The integrated linear autofocus motor helps to focus up to 275% faster than previous iterations. Also, DFD calculates subject distance by measuring the sharpness of two separate images to focus at a speed as fast as 0.09-0.17 seconds. Face and Eye Detection AF modes are available for ensuring that the most important parts of your photos are tack sharp.

In addition to fast autofocus, the camera will capture rapid action with a continuous shooting rate of up to 50 fps with the electronic shutter and with the mechanical shutter, it supports 12 fps, and it can even reach a speed of 7 fps when using continuous autofocus. Manual focus even gets a boost in the form of focus peaking for quickly confirming what is in focus.

There is also HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization with five-axis correction for steady shots, even at the furthest telephoto focal lengths. It works by detecting and compensating for horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation, and horizontal rotation. It can also maintain a horizontal picture by using the Level Shot Function in video mode, ensuring quality upright video.

Viewing images on the DMC-FZ1000 is done on either the 3" tilting LCD screen or an updated 0.39" OLED electronic viewfinder with an automatic eye sensor and 2,359k-dot resolution. The Wi-Fi connectivity gives you more shooting and sharing options with remote view and shooting using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet. After shooting, you can wirelessly transfer images and share them to your favorite social media sites. Additionally, NFC and QR code connections are available for setting up the network rapidly. The DMC-FZ1000 even has in-camera Creative Control, which allows for artistic editing and filters to be added to your photos.

The FZ1000 is full featured and has a built-in hot-shoe mount for adding an optional external flash or a video light. There is also an external stereo microphone input with Dolby Digital audio for high-quality recording. A zoom noise-reduction feature limits noise from the camera and an Auto Wind Cut function assists in capturing clean audio outdoors. A standard 3.5mm microphone jack is available for attaching optional mics, such as the DMW-MS2 Stereo/Shotgun Microphone, for further enhancing the audio quality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Image Sensor 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 20.1MP
Total Pixels 20.9MP
Maximum Resolution 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 3:2; 4:3; 16:9; 1:1
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1x
Lens Type LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 25-400mm
Optical Zoom 16x
Aperture Range f/2.8-4 to f/8
Lens Construction 15 Elements in 11 Groups
Minimum Focusing Distance Wide: 11.8" (30 cm); Telephoto: 39.4" (100 cm); Macro Mode: 1.2" (3 cm)
Filter Thread Diameter 62mm
Digital Zoom 4x
Image Stabilization Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
Viewfinder Type 0.39" OLED LVF with 2,359K Dots
Frame Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.88x (0.7x 35mm Equivalent)
Shutter Type Electronic and Mechanical Focal Plane
Shutter Speed Mechanical: 1/4000th - 60 sec.; Electronic: 1/16000th - 1 sec.; Bulb: Approx 120 sec.
Flash Sync Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 50 fps (AFS with Electronic Shutter Only)
Self-Timer 2 sec. / 10 sec. / 10 sec. (3 images)
Exposure Metering System Not Specified by Manufacturer
Metering Method Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-5 EV (+/-3 EV for motion picture)
Exposure Bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. +/-3 EV
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-12800 (Expandable: 80-25600)
Autofocus System Contrast-detect
Number of Focus Points 49
Focus Modes AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / Manual Focus/  AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF/  Low Light AF/ AF Area Select, AF Tracking, Eye Sensor AF, Focus Peaking, One Shot AF 
Autofocus Sensitivity Not Specified by Manufacturer
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Compensation Not Specified by Manufacturer
Flash Bracketing Not Specified by Manufacturer
External Flash Interface Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set1 / White Set2 / White Set3 / White Set4 / Color Temperature
(2-axis Adjustable)
White Balance Bracketing N/A
Movie Recording

4K (MP4)

3840 x 2160/30p (100 Mbps)

HD (AVCHD)

1920 x 1080/60p (28 Mbps)

1920 x 1080/24p, 30p (24 Mbps)

1920 x 1080/60i (17 Mbps)

HD (MP4)

1920 x 1080/60p (28 Mbps)

1920 x 1080/30p (20 Mbps)

1280 x 720/30p (10 Mbps)

SD (MP4)

640 x 480/30p (4 Mbps)

High Speed Video (MP4)

1920 x 1080/30p (Sensor Output is 120 fps)

1280 x 720/30p (Sensor Output is 240 fps)

640 x 480/30p (Sensor Output is 360 fps)

File Format AVCHD, MP4
Audio Recording Built-in Stereo Microphone
Audio File Format AAC
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes, 59 seconds
External  Microphone Input 3.5mm Input
Headphone Jack No
Monitor 3.0" Free Angle TFT LCD with 921K Dots
Monitor Viewing Angle 100%
Interface microHDMI, AV Output (NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)
Wi-Fi Yes, with NFC.  IIEE 802.11 b/g/n
GPS No
Power Source Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7 Wh); AC Adapter (Input: 110 - 240V AC)
Battery Life 360 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions 5.4 x 3.9 x 5.2" (13.7 x 9.9 x 13.1 cm)
Weight 1.83 lb (831 g) with Battery and Card

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This sounds very interesting. Does the lens accept screw-on filters? If so, what size. If not, it's a deal breaker.

Kent

Specifications on the ordering page state 62 mm filter thread.

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 has a 62mm filter thread for screw on filters.

What type of lenses will be available or is it not a changeable lens ?   

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 has a fixed lens.

From what I can gather so far seems to be a very impressive camera. 

Why no dual drive for memory cards? This prevents hot swap in record mode. An essential for documentary filming. 

Is the lense removable or fixed?

a 25-400mm with 4x digital zoom is really all you need but the option to put prime lenses or a bellows would be optimal. 

Like all the FZ series cameras before it, this is a fixed lens camera. However, it will likely have wide angle and telephoto attachments available. 

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 has a fixed lens. 

"Why no dual drive?"  Price point.  It's not supposed to be a professional camera.   Be happy it has all the features it does for under $900.  Or spend about $2500 or so and get a 4K pro camera with a lens.  If you have to ask about the lens being fixed you need to learn more about "bridge" cameras and what they are and are not.  And forget digital zoom--it's merely upsampling, which can be done far more effectively in PP.

Max recording time 29 mins?! Has to be a mistake..... previous fz models could record (via spanning) to the end of the card

Maximum recording time for video (29 minutes, 59 seconds) is not a mistake. This is done on purpose. The excise duty on cameras that allow more than 30 minutes of video, is much higher (the Excise Dept. considers such cameras as video cameras).

Unless I'm wrong, I believe it's 30 minutes at a time, not 30 minutes TOTAL.  This isn't unheard of for many DSLR cameras that record video.  Just double-tap record and you're good to go for another 30 minutes.

James, you are correct.  It's a European tax issue (they tax video cams at a much higher rate and the limit avoids being classified as a video cam).  As you said, quick stop and restart.  The top limit on video length is the capacity of the SD Card.  Although some still+video cameras will overheat and shut down when shooting video for long periods of time.

I think it's just on 4k video...

from another website....

* 4K video can be recorded up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. When recording videos in 4K, use a card rated as UHS Speed Class 3

Is there a headphone plug-in to monitor sound?

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 does not have a headphone port.

Is there an external hdmi monitor that has a headphone port? 

Here is an HDMI monitor with a headphone port: http://bhpho.to/1kTmPks

Wow, spec wise this camera really stands out! The only things I didn't see mentioned were an ND filter and headphone jack for monitoring audio? Otherwise, this truly looks like a Sony RX10 killer and quite amazing the f/4 maximum aperture at the full 400mm! Also, the 120fps at 1080p and 240fps at 720p are features I'd like to see in more cameras. I was planning on picking up the Sony RX100mk3, but after seeing this and the specs, I'm having second thoughts. Yes, I realize the differences and the RX100 is able to fit in your pocket, but this Panny has me considering a more bulky solution...

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 does not have a headphone port or a built in ND filter. It does have a 62mm filter thread though for adding filters.

Can I connect an external monitor?

In a similar (same) vein, can you mirror live output via HDMI?  And if you do so - can you ignore the record limit for video?  We see applications for live streaming if so...

Arnie b wrote:

Can I connect an external monitor?

The live HDMI output does not have a record limit only the internal recording does.

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 has a live HDMI output for monitoring.

As I undrestand it this is not a full-sized sensor, right? Also, I do not see 24 fps recording capability. Is this correct?

It is not a full frame sensor. It is a 1" MOS sensor.

Here are the frame rate options:

3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps

I like this idea as a low-cost entry into 4k video.

Fz 1000

They did it again. Who can keep up with Panasonic. They seem to raise the bar every week.

My primary interest is video, but I have been wanting to get a better camera for stills.  When the Panasonic GH-4 came out, I thought that this was the perfect hybrid camera for me.  Now, with the FZ1000, that also does 4k video, I am confused and do not know which camera to budget for.   Suggestions?

Although both can shoot at 4K video, the GH-4 and the DMC-FZ1000 are different in a major way:

DMC-FZ1000 has an excellent Leica 24-400m zoom lens but it's fixed - you are limited to this focal range and F stops range of F2.8-F4, you can never have great cinematic video at 4K with a prime F1.4 lens with completly blured backgraound. Or shooting extreme wide angle or fish eye. (you probably will be able to add a wide angle adapter on the threaded front, but it's very limited and you loose quality).

GH-4 is interchangable lens mount: you can use directly any Micro Four Thirds lens from other manufactures and pretty much any lens on earth (with cheap mount adaptors). It also has an OLED Monitor. In addition, Panasonic makes a Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface unit for GH-4 to connect microphones, headphones, HDMI, monitors and recorders etc. that transform the GH4 to a pro video camera.

You say your primary interest is video. If so, the DMC-FZ1000 will have excellent quality video at 4K for sure, but eventually you will find yourself very limited with the fixed lens.

For travel and occassional video the DMC-FZ1000 is great but for serious creative video, the GH-4 is meant to be used as a professional tool and you have endless possbilities with lens choices and accessories.

William Goode,

I can't speak to the GH4, but I have the GH3 and love it, both for videos and stills. I couldn't justify the price of the GH4 just to get 4K video, but I am going to buy the FZ1000, since it not only has 4K video but also the other features found in the GHx cameras.  Basically this camera is a blend of the FZ150 and the GH4.  Weighs more than the GHx with a short lens, but less than the GHx + 100-300mm zoom lens, and gives you a greater zoom range.  All under $900.  If I like the FZ1000 enough, I may sell the GH3 and lenses that I bought.  One of the great things about 4K video is the ability to pull 8mp frames from the video.  As others have pointed out, in effect you are shooting 8mp at 30fps with virtually no buffer limit.

To be clear, i need to know this.  I now have a DSLR with a Sigma 150-500 mm lens.  Would i get the same size and quality photo @ 400 mm with the Panasonic as i do with my Sigma?

Hello,

The 1' MOS sensor (similar to the Sony Exmor 1.0" CMOS & Nikon CX format) is 13.2 mm’s x 8.8 mm’s. An APS-C size film frame was 25.1 × 16.7mm’s, digital sensors vary slightly from this. A full-frame sensor is nearly equal to those of 35 mm film which is 36mm’s × 24 mm’s.

As you can see, APS-C and Full Frame sensors are much larger than the FZ1000’s.  Image quality is a matter of taste so it’s difficult to know how you would rate images from the Panasonic to your DSLR.

You will not get the same size as a 500mm Sigma on an APS-C.  You will get 400mm (FF equivalent).  The Sigma on an APS-C camera will give you about 700mm (FF equivalent).  However you will have the ability to shoot much wider.

As far as quality goes, you have not said what kind of DSLR you have.  I have owned DSLRs that did not perform as well as some bridge cameras.  Also the lenses vary greatly from one copy to the next.  I have returned several DSLR lenses over the years due to very poor IQ (worse, in some cases, than P&S).  It's all about QC.  Also I don't know about the IQ of the "Bigma."  There are varying reports.

A lot of IQ relates to pixel size.  Here is a short list of pixel sizes that I put together for my own reference, using cameras that I own or have owned.  The Fuji S100 generated very clean images.  The K-r was amazingly clean; I traded up to a K-5 to get higher resolution, but I didn't find the images to be quite as clean.  I kept the same lenses, so that was a constant.  On the other hand, I find that the GH3 generates images that are just as clean as the K-5.  Sensor technology keeps evolving.

PIXEL SIZE

FZ150 = 2.31 µm² (12mp – 1 /2.3)

Canon SX100 =  2.99 µm² (8mp – 1 /2.5)

Fuji S100 = 5.24 µm² (11mp – 2/3”)

FZ1000 =  5.76 µm² (20mp – 1”)

GH3 =  13.99 µm² (16mp – 4/3”)

T2i =   18.4 µm²  (18mp – APS-C)

K-5 =   22.75 µm²  (16mp – APS-C)

K-r =   30.4 µm² (12mp – APS-C)

Does it support 24P (movie mode?) That's my deal breaker. Even my point and shoot Canon G1X has a cine mode (24p) for that nice cinematic feel. Looks like a superb little package with macro and slo motion galore to boot. 24P?????

The FZ1000 doesn’t shoot 24P in 4K, but can shoot 24P in 1080.

Really interesting camera.  As others have written, I'm amazed that the lens reaches the equivalent of 400mm at F4.

One big difference, at least on paper, between the FZ1000 and the Sony RX100 mk3 is that the latter can shoot video in the new codec: XAVC-S, at 50 mbps.  The specs page of the FZ identifies that it can shoot 4K in MP4 at 100mbps; other frame rates are in AVCHD but no data rates are identified.

 

My questions for the Best and Brightest here: any info on data rates for the FZ1000 in AVCHD at 60p?  And, for those who have used Sony products: is the XAVC-S codec a major improvement?  In other words, what would look better: the FZ1000's 1080p video (even if sampled from 4k, recorded in MP4 at 100mbps) versus XAVC-S at 50mbps (ie: Sony RX100 mk3, or the RX10 mk 2, if such a camera is released)?

Thanks!

Really interesting camera.  I'm amazed that the lens reaches the equivalent of 400mm at only F4.

One big difference, at least on paper, between the FZ1000 and the Sony RX100 mk3 is that the latter can shoot video in a new codec: XAVC-S, at 50 mbps.  The specs page of the FZ identifies that it can shoot 4K in MP4 at 100mbps; other frame rates are in AVCHD but no data rates are identified.

 

My questions for the Best and Brightest here: any info on data rates for the FZ1000 in AVCHD at 60p?  And, for those who have used Sony products: is the XAVC-S codec a major improvement?  In other words, what would look better: the FZ1000's 1080p video (preferrably shot in 1080p, but if necessary sampled from 4k recorded in MP4 at 100mbps) versus 1080p video shot in XAVC-S at 50mbps (ie: Sony RX100 mk3, or the RX10 mk 2, if such a camera is ever released)?

Thanks!

Daryl,

There are several different types of XAVC, but from what I have seen, it is an improvement over AVCHD.  Sony has several videos on XAVC on youtube if you want to know more, just do a search for XAVC.  

For AVCHD 60P will be 28mbps and the other frame rates will be 24mbps.

>>"One big difference, at least on paper, between the FZ1000 and the Sony RX100 mk3 is that the latter can shoot ......"

As a former professional free-lance and studio photographer (now turned chef), the BIG difference that the video-philes overlook in their comparisons between th FZ1000 and the Sony RX-100 series is that THE FZ HAS A SHOE MOUNT/HOT SHOE and external mike output, and the Sony, from all appearances, just has a pop up flash.  I view the video capabilities of the FZ1000 and it's predecessors (FZ-100 (ugh got burned on that one), FZ150 (improved) and the FZ200 (way improved) all had the free-angle LCD viewfinder and it's HD video feature as huge frosting on the cake for a "still" camera.  The questions and demands for better and more extensive video capabilities from the FZ1000, begs the authors to consider just getting a pro$umer video camera.  You pays yer money and you gets what you want and need.

This unit appears to be ideal for my combined still-video needs at an excellent price-value point. My overriding question is can the lens Zoom feature be activated during both still and video acquisition sessions? Thanks -- Dan McKeel  6.12.14

Hi Daniel -

The lens will zoom in both still and video modes.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

This looks like a video camcoder with a DSLR look. I don't say it can't take photos but its a video camera, why should it adopt the SLR look?

Nooooooo!  Why no 24p at 4K or even HD?!?  :(

Panasonic, you were sooooooo close here!  So close to perfect.  

Image and video samples that these products produce would be helpful in purchasing decisions. I am still deciding rather to purchase the rokinon cine 10mm or 12mm for my BMPCC, but I have seen no samples that I can compare the difference FOV and DOF between these MFT lenses.

Does it have power zoom for movie remote shooting?  And whats with the 30 min clip length limitation. 

There is zoom in movie mode. The 30 min limit is common for still photo cameras unfortunately.

Can 24 fps be used in movie mode to help the scenes look more like cinema?  Is it Autofocus in movie mode?

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