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Unveiled: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

         

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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I have this camera and it does not do 240fps or 360 fps.  It does 120fps full HD.  

You're correct, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.  The information we based our article on was an early press release from Panasonic, who later opted to change a few of the specs on the camera -  the high speed frame rates being one of the changes.  We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused you, and we will be updating this article shortly to reflect the accurate information.

Is there a solution in order to set 4k 30p instead of 24p video if I live in Europe ? Can I select NTSC ?

It depends on where the video is ultimately going. Shooting in PAL or NTSC won't matter if you're just uploading to the Internet.  If you wish to capture in 4k you would have to deal with the NTSC frame rate.  The only work around for that is to import your video into Adobe Premier software and you can then use the software to downscale the frame rate to 25p.  It works but may not be ideal. 

this is a great quality camera Im lovin' it (dududududu) but on a serious note im loving how light it is 360fps is great 

Just got this camera.  Is there an internal setting for 'high speed mp4' at 1920x1080 30p that translates to the 120fps sensor output?  I understand that equal %75 slow motion in post production.  

Page 119 of the instruction manual details how to set the camera to High Speed recording.  The output is AVCHD, not Mp4 type format.  The resolution is 1920x1080 30p for this type of recording.

Christina,

Very important to me is the high-speed function of the fz-1000 camera: 120fps at 1080, 240fps at 720, 360fps at 640 resolutions. But recently I have been reading online (forums, reviews, etc.) that the 240fps and 360fps may have been eliminated from the camera, with only 120fps remaining. This would be a deal-breaker for me, because I want 4K and the big sensor AND high speed. Can you tell me if all the high speed modes are available on the fz-1000?

Thanks, Bill

Unfortunately 120fps is the fastest frame rate the camera can shoot at.  They are not offering it with the faster frame rates you mentioned at the lower resolutions.

Yossi,

If you will look at the description of the camera in your B&H ad for the camera (above), you will find this sentence:

"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"

Why would this be advertised if it is not offered? Did Panasonic "withdraw" this capability from the camera? Or is it still there but possibly being overlooked in the menus?

Thanks, Bill

Here is a shortened transcript from an online Chat I just had (9/9/14) with Walida, a Panasonic representative:

Walida S.: Hello. How may I assist you?
Bill: I am most interested in the Panasonic FZ-1000 camera, soon to be released. However, one of the things that is most attractive to me is the high-speed video function
Walida S.: Okay
Bill: Here is a description of the high speed function (from B&H photo, assuming it is your description) "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"
Walida S.: Okay
Bill: But B&H is saying that there is ONLY the 120fps speed at 1080, not the other high speeds (240 and 360). Are these other speeds available? This is crucial to me. I need the 240fps and 360fps for my purposes, even though they are at lower resolution.
Walida S.: *I'm sorry but only 30fps, 60fps and 120fps are available at 1080 resolution
Bill: Walida, I don't need the 1080. I am perfectly fine with 240fps at 720 resolution, or 360 at 640x480 resolution. Are those high speeds available at those lower resolutions? I don't care about the higher resolution. I just want the higher speeds.
Walida S.: Yes. 360 fps is available at 640 x 480 resolution
Bill: That is wonderful! What about 240fps at 720 resolution?
Walida S.: At 1280 x 720 pixels, sensor output is 240 fps
Bill: It means that I will definitely buy this camera. Please forgive me for asking, but are you absolutely sure that these speeds will be available on the FZ-1000?
Walida S.: Yes
Bill: Thank you very much.
Walida S.: You're welcome.

Yossi, this is great news to me and maybe could be shared with your customers.

Bill

I also had a live chat with Panasonic and their live chat agent that I spoke with contradicts what was said by your live chat agent.  My previous reply was based on the PDF copy of the Advanced Instruction manual that Panasonic has posted on their website.  There is not any mention of frames per second faster than 120 fps.  As such, I am awaiting contact from an Engineer from Panasonic so I may clarify the the information.  For now I would advise you to hold off on the purchase until I can ascertain accurate details for you. Once I hear from the Engineer at Panasonic I will post my the findings here for you.

Yossi, yes, please, do pursue this. It might not be as important to others as to me, I expect. However, I very much appreciate your efforts. Thank you.

Bill

The Product Engineer from Pansonic replied to me, and confirmed that what I had stated is correct.  The instruction manual is accurate.  The camera is not capable of any frame rate above 120 frames per second.  He stated that there were many speculated details about this camera on the internet prior to its announcement and launch of full details, and that would explain the chatter of the other forums and sites  you visited as well as data we may have received prior to publishing this report. 

As far as your Live Chat conversation with Panasonic goes, I included that transcript for him (as well as the one from my own session) and he firstly conducted his own session as a customer with the feature, and that the agent there also confirmed it was 120fps max.  He has taken it to speak with the Call Center Manager to speak with the agent that gave you the improper information in your session.

I am providing our webteam with the information for them to correct as soon as they are able to.

I am sorry about any confusion this post may have caused.

Yossi,

Thank you very much for following up on this. I appreciate your efforts very much.

Bill 

The only thing I am worried about is the size of the sensor. I am starting as an amateur filmmaker (youtube) and I would like to get some comparison. How is the FZ1000 crop factor compared to a a DSLR with an APS-C (Nikons, not Canons) sensor? Oh, and I might have overlooked it, but does the FZ1000 have an external mic jack?

Thank you.

The FZ1000 will have a significantly smaller sensor than a Nikon DSLR.  The crop factor of the FZ1000 is roughly 2.74X while a Nikon APS-C size sensor camera (DX format) has a crop factor of 1.5X.  The FZ1000 does have an external jack for a mic.

That means that that my FOV woud be significantly reduced... huh... would be nice if it had the same sensor as the GH4 for the same price as it has right now..

I don't see anywhere in the specs about max size (Storage in GB) of the SD card.  Also, it appears the SD storage is for a full size SD card - not one of the other SD sizes such as microSD.  Would sure make things more convenient if it would take a 128GB SDXC; that would really come in handy shooting the higher quality video and RAW images

Under the “Storage Media” specification, we list the following 3 types of memory cards:  “SD, SDHC, and SDXC”.  The Term “SD” by itself indentifies cards of the SD size media, as well as cards with a capacity up to 2gb.  “SDHC” denotes cards of the SD size format with capacities from 4gb up to 32gb.  “SDXC” denotes memory cards with a capacity starting at 64gb and going up (currently the highest capacity in SDXC is 256gb.  There currently is not any max capacity which SDXC cards can be made up to.  At some point the industry will have a cap on that and then a newly named format will then be introduced).  No other formats of cards such as “micro SD” are listed as they are neither applicable nor compatible.

Sounds great. Pity my pansonic Lumix 1.7x tele converter wont work on it. but all the same 400 is enough for a lot of work and there is a nice wide. One camera, good quality, excellent lens. Wonder when it will be available in India.

Hi, gh4 video is switchable NTSC/PAL.  Is that camera both NTSC and PAL.  I'm thinking of buying in USA for use in Europe.

Hi George -

This camera offers both NTSC and PAL recording frame rates.

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

is the Monitor tough?

The LCD screen (and camera overall) have a very durable design, however no special precautions or designs have been implemented to make this  LCD screen stronger or better than others used in other camera models. 

is reflex?.- I want see the back

Impressed by the claim of 4K video shooting ability of the camera. What's the type & capacity of the memory card suitable for shooting 4 K 2K & HD in FZ1000?

If you plan on shooting any 4K video, you will want one of the new U3 class cards.  This type of video also takes up a lot of space.  You might look at the 64GB U3 cards from Panasonic and SanDisk.  Click Here

I am trying to find how this camera does with noise at the higher ISO settings---1200 plus. Any info? Thanks!

Unfortunately, as the camera has yet to be released, it would be impossible to say how well the camera will perform at high ISO.  That being said, I don’t know that any camera with a 1” sensor is going to be stellar at ISO 1200.

Thanks Christina!!!!!

You're Welcome Carl :)

This CAM sounds real good. ^^^ clean hdmi-out for all frame rates? Better have. If not I will just continue to use my existing DSLR's and wiat to see 7DMK2 specs and/or sit back and wait for other FF cameras come down in price. I would buy this camera. And no, I am not buying a GH4 so this "is" Panasonics chance to snag a new buyer. Agree with @lars and @starwars. 24p with "clean" out is cruicial at ANY pricepoint.

Hello! I am very interested in this camera. I would like to have some help with information about the HDMI connection, if there is a clean signal that can be recorded on a digital recorder type. Atomos? What is the HDMI resolution 4:2:2? 
Generating the camera time code? When the camera starts to be sold? 
Grateful for answers! 
Lars Andersson

@LARS- agree. I too am interested and wish they would answer your question. Does FZ-1000 support CLEAN hdmi OUT @24P? That way at least we can use (external ATOMOS, BMCC devices) for huge MPBS's 4:2:2. Since they don't want us (for whatever dumb reason) to have 24P/4K at least we would have the highest possible 1080.

The HDMI output is a clean 4:2:2 signal for recording. Frame rate has not been specified by Panasonic.

The HDMI is a clean 4:2:2 signal. Frame rate is not stated by Panasonic.

There is no dedicated timecode output.

It will be released at the end of July.

What is the buffer size/burst limit when shooting at 12fps?  At 5fps?

For JPEG:

For RAW:

Does this camers autofocus in video mode?

The FZ1000 can autofocus during video, yes.

Three questions:

1. Does it have a AA filter in front of the sensor?

2. How fast does it become F/4, the max detail please?

3. When can you use the electronic sutter and mechanical vs electriconic sutter?

The FZ1000 does have an optical low pass filter, yes.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Panasonic lists where in the focal range the max aperture becomes f/4, and as we don’t have the camera yet, this is something we wouldn’t be able to test at this time.  Typically, a camera will use the mechanical shutter for stills, and the electronic for video.  If there is a silent mode, it would typically also be electronic.

Regarding f/ stop, here's a thread on dpreview that may answer the question:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53874882

Regarding f/ stop:

Can't figure out how to edit previous comment to add this, hence a new post.  Here's what Imaging Resource says:

At the 25mm-equivalent wide angle, the lens boasts an f/2.8 maximum aperture, the same as that of the RX10 across the zoom range. It does fall behind (if only slightly) quite soon, though, closing down to f/2.9 at 26mm, f/3.0 at 30mm, and f/3.5 by around 57-58mm. From there, it remains constant until 180mm, at which point it finally drops to f/4.0 for the remainder of the zoom range.

I am pre-ordering this camera next week. My last camera was a point and shoot G1X (canon) which I still use all the time and love. This camera looks better. I never use 30P and would give up every frame rate on fz-1000 for 24p/4k. Is there going to be a fix (download) in the future for this huge oversite? What do you even use 30P for? (home movies-stagnant interviews?) I shoot music videos, indy films...I want that Cinematic look you can only get from 24/25P. My DSLR's already give me 24p/1080 (for 3 years now). So the video aspect of this camera outside 60P is very UN-exciting. The zoom huge range, great quality lens with hardly any aperture change is exciting. Please firmware upgrade the 24p to 4k so I can avoid stress which leads to bad health. It's 2015!! not 2008. 24p/4k got it?! (were all going to be dead in 100 years, just do it!)

Unfortunately, B&H wouldn’t be able to offer any insight into the reasons behind Panasonic’s FZ1000 not shooting 24P in 4K, nor would we know what might be addressed in future firmware upgrades from Panasonic.  This would really need to be directed toward the manufacturer.  That being said, if you aren’t shooting extremely fast moving subjects you can get good results converting 30p to 24p in Final Cut Pro, and this is a relatively easy process.  So if 24P is a necessity for your music videos, and you have your heart set on the FZ1000, you can easily achieve this while you do your other post process work.

@Christina S - yes, great suggestion. (30p to 24p in edit) thanks!!, I will. How do I contact manufacturer? I know I will love this camera. I had to change addresses on CCard. But 100% am pre-ordering tomorrow and keeping fingers crossed 24p/4k will be soon. I am crazy and although it's like digging a ditch with a spoon...but I will shoot large segments of small indy feature film on this. lol. I also HATE changing lenses, especially in the elements. I feel this cam is the beginning of the next wave...do all camera. ENG/WEDDING/FILM/DOCU/Stealth/General use...all in one. :)

The FZ1000 definitely looks to be an exciting addition to the point and shoot market.  As for contacting Panasonic, here is their contact information:

Panasonic

Tel: 800-211-7262

Website: http://www.panasonic.com/

Does Video allow you to fully control exposure and focus, manually?

For example...

1) Can you dial-in the exposure beforehand and then hit record? (or is it something like Nikon where you have to exposure-lock from the auto exposure range)

2) Can you change focus on the zoom lens ring during recording? (ie. do a focus-pull)

3) Okay, it has 30fps (at 4k, for instance), but can you dial-in different shutter speeds for video record? 

I was not able to get this info from Panasonic yet as the final firmware is not yet complete. Check back once the camera is released and we can confirm this for you.

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