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Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
  • 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Live View Finder
Combining a long-reaching zoom with versatile imaging capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is a well-rounded camera, also characterized by its ergonomic design and intuitive handling. Sporting a large 20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, the FZ1000 II is capable of producing high-resolution stills and video with impressively low noise levels and high clarity within the ISO 125-12800 sensitivity range. The sensor and processor also enable shooting continuously at up to 12 fps with single-shot AF, 30 fps at 8MP in 4K PHOTO modes, and UHD 4K video recording at 30p. Additionally, the 4K PHOTO modes allow you to produce stromotion images, which combine sequential exposures into a single frame for a dynamic finished look.
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Panasonic DC-FZ1000 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 3Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
  • 44K Video and 4K PHOTO Modes
  • 5Post Focus and Focus Stacking
  • 6Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 7Other Camera Features

Combining a long-reaching zoom with versatile imaging capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is a well-rounded camera, also characterized by its ergonomic design and intuitive handling. Sporting a large 20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, the FZ1000 II is capable of producing high-resolution stills and video with impressively low noise levels and high clarity within the ISO 125-12800 sensitivity range. The sensor and processor also enable shooting continuously at up to 12 fps with single-shot AF, 30 fps at 8MP in 4K PHOTO modes, and UHD 4K video recording at 30p. Additionally, the 4K PHOTO modes allow you to produce stromotion images, which combine sequential exposures into a single frame for a dynamic finished look.

Beyond the imaging, the FZ1000 II is mainly characterized by its physical design and expansive Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x zoom lens, which covers a 25-400mm equivalent focal length range, as well as a 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Also notable is the camera's ergonomic design, which resembles an interchangeable lens camera, and incorporates both a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.0" 1.24m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly share imagery or remotely control the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet.

20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
A large 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS sensor helps to realize rich image quality with reduced noise and high sensitivity to an expanded ISO 25600. The imaging and processing capabilities also avail continuous shooting rates up to 12 fps in single-shot AF mode, 7 fps with continuous AF, or 30 fps at 8MP in the 4K PHOTO modes.
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
An impressive 16x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom offers a 25-400mm equivalent focal length range along with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-4 to suit working in available light conditions. The lens construction incorporates five aspherical elements to minimize spherical aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range and four extra-low dispersion elements help to eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing.

Benefitting the long reach of the lens is a 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer that compensates for a variety of camera movements for sharper handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions. This image stabilization system also enables a unique Level Shot function that automatically detects the horizontal line of the recording image and keeps it level during shooting, regardless of camera tilt, helping to achieve greater shooting stability.
4K Video and 4K PHOTO Modes
The sensor and processor combination also enables 4K video recording at 30p in the MP4 format at 100 Mb/s. Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording is also possible, as well as high-speed Full HD recording with 120-fps slow-motion playback.

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.

An Auto Marking function makes it easy to sift through the hundreds of frames captured with 4K PHOTO modes, and lets you jump to the nearest frame where differences are more pronounced between consecutive frames in order to minimize the time spent reviewing images.

Additionally, Sequence Composition mode can be used to synthesize sequentially recorded images taken with 4K PHOTO modes and composite them into a single dynamic image (a stromotion) that clearly shows subject movement while retaining a single static background.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking
Another attribute of the 4K capabilities is a unique focusing method called Post Focus. Working in conjunction with the contrast-detection focusing system and the intelligent Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology, Post Focus 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.

This technology also allows for producing focus stacked images in-camera to realize a greater depth of field, especially when photographing close-up subjects. In this mode, images are recorded and saved with varying points of focus and then blended together to gain an extended depth of field.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A Live View Finder (LVF) is integrated into the body design to permit comfortable eye-level monitoring. This 0.39", 0.74x-magnification electronic viewfinder has a 2.36m-dot resolution and covers 100% of the image frame while shooting.
  • Alternatively, a rear 3.0" 1.24m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is also available for live view shooting, image review, and intuitive menu navigation. The screen features a free-angle design that flips out 180° to the side and then tilts 270° to permit working from high, low, and front-facing angles.
  • A host of manual controls offer simple, direct control over a variety of oft-used camera settings, including 13 assignable Fn buttons.
  • The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides you with 440 shots per charge when working with the rear LCD, 290 shots per charge with the electronic viewfinder, or 430 shots per charge when working with the electronic viewfinder in the eco 30-fps setting.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly share photos and movies to linked smartphones and tablets for direct sharing online. This connectivity also allows you to remotely control the camera from a mobile device.
Other Camera Features
  • Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology affords impressively fast and precise autofocus performance to suit photographing moving subjects.
  • Focus peaking is available for easier, more accurate manual focusing control.
  • 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.
  • Still Image Scene Guide modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, and Monochrome.
  • Photo Style modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, L.Monochrome, L.Monochrome D, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, Cinelike V.
  • Picture Adjustment settings: Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, and Saturation.
UPC: 885170360143

Panasonic DC-FZ1000 II Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (4864 x 3648)
Sensor Type1"-Type MOS
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens, 5-Axis
Lens
Focal Length9.1 to 146mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 to 400mm)
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (64x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (32x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/11
Focus Range0.98' to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Wide)
3.28' to Infinity / 1 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
1.18" to Infinity / 3 cm to Infinity (Wide)
Optical Design15 Elements in 11 Groups
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 1 Second
Up to 120 Seconds in Bulb Mode
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 12 fps at 20.1 MP
Up to 7 fps at 20.3 MP
Up to 30 fps at 8 MP
Interval RecordingYes
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 ModesMP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps [100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 29.97/59.94 fps [20 to 28 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 29.97 fps [10 Mb/s]
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p at fps
1920 x 1080p at 24.00/29.97/59.94 fps [24 to 28 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps [17 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 29.97 fps
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC LC Audio
2-Channel AC-3 Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Power I/O1 x Micro-USB Input
Other I/O1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,240,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Coverage100%
Diopter AdjustmentYes
Flash
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
0.98 to 44.29' / 0.3 to 13.5 m (Wide)
3.28 to 31.17' / 1 to 9.5 m (Telephoto)
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
General
Battery Type1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh (Approx. 290 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.4 x 3.8 x 5.2" / 136.2 x 97.2 x 131.5 mm
Weight1.78 lb / 810 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.09 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 6.6 x 5.8"

Panasonic DC-FZ1000 II Reviews

Excellent Replacement

By Charles
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-04

Replacement for a first-generation Sony Alpha with multiple lenses that had been repaired twice - now failed again. Versatile, light weight; compact. Primary use travel documentation. Accessory Kit except for the memory card is worthless - Photo DVD outdated (The 'free' Lumix manual enclosed PHOTOfunSTUDIO adequate); case inadequate; memory card only worthwhile kit item. Buy the Camera absolutely - NOT with the Kit.

My first Bridge camera...

By Alan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

This is my first super-zoom bridge camera, having come from DSLR's like my Nikon D7100. I wanted to travel light & simple without carrying multiple lenses. So far I really like it. It takes some getting used to the electronic view finder, being my first mirrorless camera as well. I find the focusing fast enough for what I do. I don't shoot high speed sports. I also find the zooming to be different than what I'm used to. It's electronic and a little sluggish, if that makes sense. It's not as precise and responsive as a normal Nikkor zoom but it works. For some weird reason it's getting better with time. Initially, it was really sluggish but it's gotten better with use. Strange. Exposures are great, both with and without flash. Consistent too. The big surprise for me has been macro photography. Wow. This lens gets really close and the manual zoom option makes it easy. At 2.8 at the wide end and only 4.0 at the long end, this all-in-one zoom really shines. It replaces thousands of dollars worth of detachable lenses, which is what I wanted when I bought it. I'm not a pro, but a serious amateur. It works for me. My only real gripe is weather sealing. It has none. Keep it dry and away from blowing sand. Come on Panasonic. You market this as a serious camera. Give us something. All-in-all I'm happy.

Great camera.

By Hershy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

I purchased this camera for my teen son who is an avid birdwatcher. This is his first "bird" camera and he loves it great 400 zoom range and he loves the picture quality. Great camera.

A delight

By RUTH
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-09

This is my second Panasonic Lumix digital camera. My first was the Lumix DMC - ZS100, which us still an important travel camera for me. Travel being, riding my bike. What I enjoy is taking photos of flowers, birds, and landscapes especially with clouds. I purchased the DC - FZ1000 II 8 months ago as I wanted a greater lens range. To date I absolutely love this camera. What I use predominately is the auto focus mode. I need to spend more time learning the camera's features, which for a novice can feel overwhelming. I really like the weight and feel of the camera. It is not very heavy and the right handed grip is solid. The neck strap works well along with lacing my right arm through the strap and then having the camera fit right under my right arm. I use the live view finder exclusively. It is a wonderful size, comfortable on my face, and easy to adjust the sharpness with the diopter. There is a camera noise when the camera is turned on. This is not any distraction for me. I am looking forward to expanding my camera knowledge and language to branch out with unique settings. For my current comfort level and a ready shoot, I am stuck on auto focus. Compared to the DMC - ZS100, the battery requires more frequent charging.

Great camera, but....

By Rick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-22

I absolutely love this camera. The 1 sensor is so much better than the 1/2.3 on my FZ 200 & FZ300. The images are so much sharper and easy to crop. The camera feels substantial and solid. Still learning about it and what the capabilities are and am very impressed.I do have two complaints, however. So far I have been unable to upload pix from camera onto my MacBook Pro by using the cable. Have to remove memory card and do it thru the card reader. I wish someone could help me with that. The other thing is that Panasonic's costumer service should take lessons from Apple and B&H on how to help customers. They are terrible.

Was Good for the first year not so much after that

By Malik
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

I bought this camera in 2019 to aid in my launching my videography business. However, in 2020 I started noticing blue/purple lens flare (or glare ) in the middle of my shots with a lot of direct sunlight. Me thinking the lens was dirty I used a rocket launcher blower and even lens cleaning solution on a lens cleaning rag to Clean it off. To no avail, none of that worked. I do not know whats wrong but I attempted to send to panasonic warranty and they informed me if their were ANY signs of physical damage on the camera that-that would void the warranty. Seeing as I shoot outside @ football games I did not want to chance some surprise charges for my cam. All in all, do your research before buying this camera. I also had a problem with a 'Zoom Error' populating when shooting which makes the camera unserviceable while the message has populated. Check a good number of reviews and forums for known problems with this cam before purchasing.

Good but.......

By Kelly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-06

The only gripe I have is we were told we could add other lenses to it but that's not accurate. Oh well. Not the end of the world. Customer service is excellent.

Not For Me

By Rocco
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-28

I wanted to like it if not love it but I hated it. Felt inexpensive. Toy Like. Couldn't bring myself to shoot a concert with it or take with me to Morocco. It must be right for some, just not me. I have a Canon G5X II, great build quality, shortish zoom 120mm and I have an old Olympus Stylus One which would be perfect if that model was newer and not 15 years old already. Great Reach with 2.8 300mm lens but needs a larger sensor.

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