Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 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
  • 3" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • DCI 4K Recording at 24.00 fps & 100 Mbps
  • CINELIKE Profiles; 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI Out
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity; 4K PHOTO
  • ISO 25600 and 12 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Manual Control Ring & Built-In ND Filter
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  • 1Description

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).
  • In the Box
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap String
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
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    Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1" MOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MOV, MP4
    Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 5472 x 3648
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital, 5-Way
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Optics
    Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, 16 elements in 11 groups
    5 Aspherical, 4 ED
    EFL: 8.8-176mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-480mm)
    Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 4.5 (T) to f/11
    Filter Thread 67mm
    Zoom Optical: 20x
    Digital: 4x
    Intelligent Zoom: 40x
    Focus Range Normal: 11.81" (30 cm) to Infinity
    Telephoto: 39.370" (100 cm) to Infinity
    Wide: 1.18" (3.00 cm) to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-12800 (Extended Mode: Auto, 80-25600)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 1/4000 Second 
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1 - 1/16000 Second 
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 120 Seconds in Bulb Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1/2 - 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Creative Control, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Panorama Shot, Program, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 50 fps at 20 MP
    Up to 12 fps at 20 MP
    Self-Timer 2, 10 Seconds
    Remote Control DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    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
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 43.31'; (0.5 - 13.2 m)
    Telephoto: 3.28 - 25.92'; (1.0 - 7.9 m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory
    Built-In Memory None
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Resolution 4096 x 2160p: 24 fps
    3840 x 2160p: 29.97 fps, 24 fps, 23.98 fps, 25 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 59.94 fps, 29.97 fps, 24 fps, 23.98 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 50 fps, 25 fps
    1920 x 1080i: 59.94 fps, 50 fps
    1280 x 720p: 29.97 fps, 25 fps
    Video
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Screen 3" LCD Rear Touch Screen Swivel (1,040,000 pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 built-in
    GPS No
    Environmental
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 80%
    Power
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.4 x 4.0 x 5.3" / 137.6 x 101.9 x 134.7 mm
    Weight 34.08 oz / 966 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Digital Camera is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It didn't take me long to know this camera was exceptional. I love this camera. It fits perfectly in my hands, it starts up and focuses super fast, the rotating LCD is perfect, the pictures it produces are exceptional, and I absolutely love the zoom range. It is the first non-SLR I have ever owned that I have full confidence in when taking sports/action shots. I have the camera set to take seven frames per second in continuous shooting and at that setting it has full live view. At that setting there is zero LCD lag. This is by far the most versatile camera I have ever owned. It is not a small, light camera that will slip in a pocket, but it is the ultimate vacation camera.
    Date published: 2017-01-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from There is indeed thread on the lens for a 67mm filter. I don't know why so many sites say that there is no thread on the lens to accept a filter. I just screwed one onto my FZ2500 lens (67mm). Regarding the camera itself, I just shot several test shots at a local park--all at maximum telephoto and maximum aperture. overall I was a bit disappointed. I also have a sony rx10 III and the shots at 600mm seem sharper than those of the fz2500. But keep in mind that lighting conditions may have been a factor. I plan to do some more testing. Also at iso 400 there seems to be more noise with this camera. I'll be interested to see what others have to say including dpreview, which will hopefully review this camera soon.
    Date published: 2016-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bridge camera for the money? I’ve only had this a couple of weeks however it has already impressed me with its quality, menu options, screen definition, and ease of handling. I downloaded the advanced manual to my kindle (a must) and working through it page by page ( page 70’of 300). I can’t comment on photo quality but the ability to manually influence everything suggests any poor results are more likely to be operator error than camera performance. Anyone considering this camera watch the Camerastoretv you tube review with Chris. It’s possibky the best review I’ve seen, honest, accurate and on point. $100 rebate voucher??!!!!!!!! Enjoy and at this price I couldn’t justify the additional $400 for the Sony.
    Date published: 2017-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swiss Army Knifer Excellent image quality considering the 1 sensor. Lens is fast and sharp; good at 480mm (FF equiv.) in the center and acceptable at the edges. For what it is it's a terrific travel camera. Is it great at high ISO's? No, but not awful up to 1600. The video is amazing and the 4K stills capture is something as in post focus and stacking. Controls are exceptional, and, while it's not little it's not a beast either. I pair it with a Leica Type 109 (OK, a Panasonic LX100 with a red dot) and for around 3 pounds I have it all.
    Date published: 2016-12-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Watch the Battery This is an add-on to my June review. I have found my FZ2500 to be highly sensitive to battery charge. Images turn blue as the charge goes down, then the camera starts doing unpredictable things. I can only get a reliable 50 shots from a battery before it's best to swap it out: I carry two spares. Far worst, IMHO, the Panasonic charger goes dark when it deems the battery is charged, which, I've learned, is not always the case. I bought a Wasable charger and two Wasabi batteries online: the Wasabi charger gives a nice green light when the battery's charged, and the Wasabi batteries seem to hold a better charge. None this makes me feel good about Panasonic, for sure.
    Date published: 2017-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breaks the Paradigm of Bridge Cameras I purchased this to replace my finally worn-out FZ150, which gave me many years of lightweight travel and service over several continents and hours of training video production. This fixed-lens wonder excels at and surpasses every function of the FZ150 EXCEPT ... it's a freakin' beast. It is bigger than my E-M1 II, and heavier as well, so it is no longer an ideal travel camera, in terms of weight. It also extends to the length of a zoom (the Leica zoom barrel does everything within the extended on length, until turned off) and takes on the look of a pro video camera with the hood properly attached. However, the design and quality of this thing deserves the five stars, and makes it worth its cost.
    Date published: 2017-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from An experiment with a bright future I am primarily a nature/landscape photographer. I bought this camera to take on trips, hoping it will replace my large, heavy, and complex DSLR and be lighter, more manageable, easier to take on airplanes, and will take great photographs easily. I'm getting old and just can't lug all that stuff all the time. I haven't traveled with it yet but I have taken driving photo trips and it has done well. I am trying to get used to the Panasonic menus and the controls but it is coming along. I note that the photo quality is not as high as my DSLR but I expected that. I have 2/3 of the pixels here and this camera is not aimed at the same demographic. I can fix up the photos pretty quickly in Photoshop so it is working out in the end. I am very optimistic about this camera and look forward to a major photo trip in two weeks.
    Date published: 2017-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transitioning from stills to video this hits the mark Yes it's a bridge camera, but I am using it as my bridge from taking stills to recording video. Video functions galore. It's much like the GH4 (without interchangeable lens), including installing the v-Log profile DMW-SFU1-VLOG. I just installed this upgrade today and will be testing it tomorrow. Built-in ND filters and the ability to set shutter speed from secs to degrees are welcome bonuses for me.
    Date published: 2016-12-29
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