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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.5 Lens
  • 24-480mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 0.74x 2.36m-Dot OLED Live View EVF
If there was ever a point-and-shoot that could do anything, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera comes close with an incredible mix of advanced photographic capabilities thanks to a 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and outstanding video specs which include DCI 4K format video at a true 24.00 fps. Benefitting all of these functions is a versatile Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.5 lens with a far-reaching 20x optical zoom. This optic uses numerous specialized elements to guarantee sharp images and offers an outstanding 24-480mm equivalent zoom range. On top of this, the camera features a DSLR-like body design that is very ergonomic, including manual control rings, a 0.74x 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD.
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Panasonic DMC-FZ2500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 3Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 20x Optical Zoom f/2.8-4.5 Lens
  • 4DCI 4K Video Recording
  • 54K PHOTO Capabilities
  • 6Post Focus and Focus Stacking
  • 75-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization+
  • 8Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 9Other Camera Features

If there was ever a point-and-shoot that could do anything, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera comes close with an incredible mix of advanced photographic capabilities thanks to a 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and outstanding video specs which include DCI 4K format video at a true 24.00 fps. Benefitting all of these functions is a versatile Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.5 lens with a far-reaching 20x optical zoom. This optic uses numerous specialized elements to guarantee sharp images and offers an outstanding 24-480mm equivalent zoom range. On top of this, the camera features a DSLR-like body design that is very ergonomic, including manual control rings, a 0.74x 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD.

Interestingly for a normally stills-focused camera, the FZ2500 boasts incredible video features, most notably DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) recording at 24.00 fps in addition to more conventional UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) and Full HD options. This capable camera also offers Panasonic's CINELIKE D and CINELIKE V picture profiles for professional grading capabilities, and it can gain V-Log L through an optional upgrade. Along with this the camera has high bit rates of up to 200 Mbps using MP4 and MOV formats and it can output video over HDMI with a professional-quality 4:2:2 10-bit signal. Additionally, the FZ2500 has a built-in ND filter for selectable levels as well as no recording duration limit.

For stills, the FZ2500 is a very capable system thanks to the high-resolution 1" sensor. This enables sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and continuous shooting rates of up to 50 fps with an electronic shutter and 12 fps with a mechanical shutter. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to control and transfer photos to your mobile devices and a variety of 4K PHOTO modes leverage the power of 4K video to provide another method to capture fast action.

20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
The large 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor enables high-resolution still image and 4K video recording with native sensitivity to ISO 12800, which can be further expanded to ISO 25600. The sensor also avails notable speed throughout the camera, including the ability to record up to 50 fps using an electronic shutter or 12 fps with a mechanical shutter. Benefitting a hybrid workflow, users can switch between recording 4K movies and still imagery instantly and there is also the ability to make in-camera 8MP screen grabs from 4K movies.
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 20x Optical Zoom f/2.8-4.5 Lens
Taking the FZ2500 into the bridge camera realm is the far-reaching Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 20x optical zoom lens. This optic features a wide-angle to super telephoto 24-480mm equivalent zoom range, which makes it easy to capture both wide landscapes and distant subjects with equal ease. A variable f/2.8-4.5 maximum aperture keeps the camera's size to a minimum while a 9-blade diaphragm helps create smooth bokeh. Also, the 16 element in 11 group construction uses five aspherical lenses with a total of eight aspherical surfaces, four ED elements, and one UHR lens to minimize aberrations and maximize both sharpness and contrast.
DCI 4K Video Recording
Of the list of standout features packed into the FZ2500, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording sits at the top of the heap. The FZ2500 is a capable tool for videographers and hybrid shooters providing DCI 4K and UHD 4K options with frame rates of 29.97p, 23.98p, and true 24.00p as well as 25p with a high bit rate of 100 Mbps. Full HD also gets a huge bump in performance with added frame rate options of 59.94p and 50p and the ability to shoot at a highly detailed 200 Mbps. Users will also have access to a Creative Video Mode for Full HD recordings that offers selections for a variety of frame rates ranging from 2 fps for speeding up your shot to 120 fps for super slow motion.

Making this more of a professional tool is the inclusion of numerous high-end video recording features, such as flat CINELIKE D and CINELIKE V profiles for color grading. Also, shooters can purchase and optional upgrade to add V-Log L to the FZ2500. Along with all of this video shooters can output footage over HDMI with a 4:2:2 10-bit signal and time code for maximum quality and malleability in post. A custom video GUI makes shooting much more intuitive while 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks enable the use of external microphones and real-time monitoring. Furthermore, the FZ2500 does not have any time recording limits and it is equipped with a built-in ND filter for quickly managing your exposure.
4K PHOTO Capabilities
Besides video, the 4K capabilities also permit recording 8MP stills at 30 fps in a trio of ways:
  • 4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8MP images at 30 fps for up to 15 minutes, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • 4K Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • 4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame.
  • Post Focus and Focus Stacking
    Another attribute of the 4K capabilities is a unique focusing method called Post Focus. This function records imagery as a 4K MP4 file at 30 fps and shifts the specific point of focus throughout the burst shooting in order to offer a range of distinct focusing ranges to choose from. During playback, via the camera's touchscreen, you can then tap the specific region of the image you wish to be in focus and an 8MP JPEG file will be created. Multiple individual files with different points of focus can be created from the original burst, and focusing assist functions can also be used to gain even more precise control over the specific in-focus region.

    A built-in focus stacking feature lets you program the capture of a sequence of photos with shifting focus. This technique allows you to utilize the highest performing aperture as well as increase the depth of field in your final image.
    5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization+
    Helping to compensate for camera shake when recording HD movies, 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ is an advanced image stabilization system that minimizes the appearance of blur when shooting one-handed video. It corrects for five types of camera shake that commonly affect more dynamic movement types that occur while moving when recording.
    Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • The 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear touchscreen LCD has a free-angle design, allowing you to pull it out, rotate it, tilt it, and more to ensure you always have a clear view.
  • A 0.74x 2.36m-dot Live View EVF is available for more natural shooting at eye level.
  • Physical lens control rings provides tactile control over some commonly used settings.
  • Three programmable function buttons are present on the lens barrel.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to pair the FZ2500 with smartphones or tablets running the Panasonic Image App for wireless image transferring and remote camera control.
  • Other Camera Features
  • A mechanical shutter enables a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and an electronic shutter function avails a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.
  • Creative Panorama mode allows you to create seamless panoramic imagery by simply panning about the scene to capture wide-field views.
  • A built-in pop-up flash can be used to provide additional illumination to scenes.
  • Creative Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
  • Photo Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom.
  • Picture Adjustment settings: Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation, Color Tone, and Filter Effect.
  • Exposure, aperture, focus, and white balance bracketing.
  • Supported languages: English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Chinese (Traditional).
  • UPC: 885170290945

    Panasonic DMC-FZ2500 Specs

    Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.9 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
    Sensor Type1"-Type MOS
    Image StabilizationDigital
    Optical in Integrated Lens, 5-Axis
    Focal Length8.8 to 176mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 480mm)
    Optical Zoom20x
    Digital Zoom4x Maximum (80x Combined Zoom)
    2x Optimized (40x Combined Zoom)
    Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4.5
    Minimum Aperturef/11
    Focus RangeNormal
    11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Wide)
    39.37" to Infinity / 100 cm to Infinity (Telephoto)
    1.18" to Infinity / 3 cm to Infinity (Wide)
    Optical Design16 Elements in 11 Groups
    Filter Size67 mm (Front)
    Exposure Control
    Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
    1/4000 to 60 Seconds
    Up to 120 Seconds in Bulb Mode
    Electronic Shutter
    1/16000 to 1 Second
    Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
    ISO Sensitivity125 to 12,800 in Auto Mode (Extended: 80 to 25,600)
    Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
    Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
    White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
    Continuous ShootingUp to 50 fps at 20 MP
    Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
    Still Image Capture
    Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording ModesAVCHD/MOV/MP4
    DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00 fps
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    1280 x 720 at 25/29.97 fps
    Recording LimitNone
    Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio Recording AAC LC Audio
    2-Channel AC-3 Audio
    2-Channel LPCM Audio
    Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
    Audio I/ONone
    Other I/O1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
    Resolution1,040,000 Dot
    Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
    TypeBuilt-In Electronic
    Resolution2,360,000 Dot
    Diopter Adjustment-4 to +4
    Built-In FlashYes
    Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, First-Curtain Sync, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Off, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Effective Flash RangeISO Auto
    1.6 to 43.3' / 0.5 to 13.2 m (Wide)
    3.3 to 25.9' / 1 to 7.9 m (Telephoto)
    External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity10 to 80%
    Battery Type1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D)5.4 x 4 x 5.3" / 137.6 x 101.9 x 134.7 mm
    Weight34.08 oz / 966 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight3.295 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 6.6 x 6.05"

    Panasonic DMC-FZ2500 Reviews

    Almost 'Perfect' camera

    By Jeff
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-12

    I bought this camera as an upgrade for the FZ 1000. This camera has so many versatile features with 7 external function buttons plus 6 more on the screen to access conveniently a plethora of features. I primarily use this on my wilderness wanderings since it also takes does nice video. The lens has a variable and smooth zoom feature that can be controlled with the rotation switch by the shutter or on the base of the lens. It has built in ND with 3 different levels which I have found useful for those extra highlight situations when a slow shutter is desired. 4K of course, but it does crop to 36mm. Also a useful 4K crop where you can set on your screen a beginning and end point for the video recording to pan across the field of view for 20 or up to 40 seconds- this does however crop to 1080 and not 4K as far as I understand. This allows for some FHD level smooth panning videos. I love the versatility of the lens. About 480mm equivalent optical zoom and a good macro ability with minimal distance to subject about 2cm! Built in flash is decent; hot shoe mount; external mic and headphones; the battery placement allows changing batteries while mounted. Time lapse timer and built in video builder. Burst mode; multiple bracket modes; multi-image mode, variable frame rate video from 2- 120 fps (in high resolution MOV format)..... Compact to carry without extra lenses. And I think the best value. How to make this camera perfect: Lens sharpness- I agree the lens is not super sharp with photos but still sharp. Interestingly, I damaged the lens barrel and had to send it in for repair. It came back with noticeably improved sharpness. That leads me to believe a minor tweak might improve that issue. Sensor: I wish it had a larger sensor. Could it be engineered with a 4/3? That would be a welcome kick up. Focus: Panasonic just put on a different focus system on the S5M2. Generally, this camera suffers from the same deficiencies of staying focused on the prime object particularly with continuous. It does a decent job staying focused during much of the zoom range, better when zooming out than in, but it is unreliable and just when you think you have a nice, smooth video zoom, it might suddenly lose focus. Better stabilization, particularly for video. Better external control of recording with phone app that would allow slow zoom so as to have completely hands off. This camera is largely ignored in discussions with influencers. No camera can be the best at everything. If I could get Panasonic to make those improvements, this would I believe come very close to the ideal versatile and affordable hybrid camera.

    Video Production Use Camera

    By Robert
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-04-02

    This is a fabulous video camera with exceptional image quality. I own 2 units and a Lumix G85 for my interview studio and the images are as good as any broadcast camera 3 times the price. The camera has ND filters, a servo port for hooking up an ext zoom controller, 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI output and optional vlog for super high quality production when paired with an Atomos Ninja, clean video output and unlimited video record time. Also the camera will record 4K in camera while outputting 1080 for live stream applications so a high quality 4k output is possible. Highly recommended for most video applications. Not a run & gun camera, not weather sealed and photos are just adequate, this camera is more suited for video use. Lots of after market add on's available like ext power supply. Also the position of the tripod mount is in the centre of the body allowing for the battery door to be open for ext power usage. A small but important consideration for studio use. The audio record quality is actually very good. I was recording on an external recorder but have found the in camera audio record quality for studio talking head is excellent . I have used these cameras in very demanding, long day, long week, shoot situations and they have exceeded my expectations and are rock solid. Would I use this for run & gun news or photos, no, but for studio HDMI output or high end doc use with an ext recorder, absolutely as it is possible to accomplish the shallow depth by moving the camera back and using the zoom, all in a bridge camera for around $1000US. Great image, expectational versatility in a very robust package for studio video, corporate, live stream, doc production.


    By richard
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2021-03-30


    A great upgrade to my FZ1000.

    By Gregg
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-03-16

    I bought this camera for the extra reach compared to my FZ1000 and still have the low light ability of the 1000. Temperamental I found compared with the older tool, but it has provided me with some very nice photographs of birds as I learn more every day.

    Better than the Canon M50

    By Patrick
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-11-05

    Bought a Canon M50 and the Fz2500. Back to back tested them. The Fz2500 video is far and above better. So much so.. I bought three of these Fz2500s to use for video shoots.

    Great pics

    By Willie
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-09-30

    I didn't think that having a 1 sensor camera would be so great, however, I was wrong. Having used only aps sensor cameras, I am really impressed with the high quality pictures and the myriad of settings that can be set and used. This will be used as my every day camera and I will not be disappointed about the picture quality.

    So Easy

    By Frank
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-08-22

    Great camera, easy to use camera

    By Oscar
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-06-09

    I'll keep this short and sweet. The video on this is perfect. I would not purchase this if you want to use it for pictures. I got this because of what I saw what it could do for video on YouTube. I own the Sony a7r3, so yeah, that's why I say that about taking pictures with this. I use it the fact that it shoots 4k and an zoom to 720mm without loss of quality is great. You lose the stabilization, but I use it for filming wildlife, which are normally not moving much. Throw a raynox 250 on this, and you have fun to last. The built in ND filters is a great addition that I utilize often. That's very helpful. The flip out screen is a plus and the ability to connect an external monitor is another plus. I have no complaints about this for video. I use it when I don't want to lug my main camera with the 1.4x tc plus 100-400 g. So much for short and sweet. =)

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    1) 4k video recording crop?2) plastic body or metal?
    Asked by: Anthony K.
    The FZ2500 will have a metal composite body.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this camera capable to record video in both NTSC and PAL?
    Asked by: Felix D.
    It features frame rate options for both formats.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2020-02-29


    The FZ2500 has no filter threads, but you do sell filter holders on your site, could one of those work on the Lumix?
    Asked by: Dan K.
    The FZ2500 does have a filter thread. You can use 67mm filters on it. I use the Hoya UV Protector on this camera.
    Answered by: Victor F.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this camera accept sdxc II (U3) memory as well as sdxc I (U3)?
    Asked by: Donald H.
    The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera is compatible with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) cards. The UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30 MB/s typically required when recording 4K video, and is recommended when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater. The camera would be compatible for use with UHS-I U3 cards, but does not indicate it support UHS-II cards. While a UHS-II card may be used in the camera, you would not obtain UHS-II transfer speeds.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    Does body has metal frame like FZ-2500?

    Does body has metal frame like FZ-2500?
    Asked by: Adam
    The body is a combination of metal and poly carbonate.
    Answered by: Rob
    Date published: 2021-01-21


    Is it manufactured in Japan?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Mine said on the box, Made in China .
    Answered by: Arthur D.
    Date published: 2020-08-25


    Is there continuous 120fps recording in full 1080? Continuous as in hit the record button for instanious slo mo with no buffering ala the Sony RX series and no limit in clip/file length.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    AVCHD/ MP4 (FHD or HD) will clip the file at 30 min or 4gb, but will allow you to record continuously. MP4 4k or LPCM or MOV will allow continuous recording and with using SDXC cards will allow up to 3 hours or 96gb before clipping.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What size filter does the lens take
    Asked by: jerome h
    It does have filter threads. In order to protect my lens I got a filter lens when I bought the camera and put it on.
    Answered by: Rosanna M.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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