4K in a Superzoom: The Panasonic FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic has just announced the FZ1000, a superzoom camera with a 1″ sensor that can also record 4K video. It looks pretty amazing, I have to say. Starting with the sensor, it outputs 20 megapixels, which makes it similar to the other 1″ superzoom, the Sony RX10. The Panasonic does appear to have a few tricks that lets it do 4K video at 100 Mbps bit rate, similar to that of the GH4. Unfortunately the frame rate seems to be locked to 30 FPS. The camera can also do 1080p at 60p and 24p, and there is a 3.5mm microphone input for an external mic.

The other main feature is the zoom lens, a Leica-branded 25-400mm equivalent f/2.8-4.0 lens, which is stabilised. While not a constant f/2.8 like the Sony, it goes to twice the focal length of the Sony, which is a plus in some ways. What is not known is how fast the lens drops to f/4.0 when zooming in; sadly I have a feeling it will hit that by 70mm equivalent.

The control layout has some commonalities compared with the GH3/GH4, and that is welcome news, though it drops the dedicated direction pad for a shared one, so direct AF-point control will be a little trickier.

Other highlights include an articulating VGA LCD, an XGA OLED EVF, up to 12 FPS in continuous shooting mode, a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000, WiFi with NFC, and perhaps the best part, a list price of US$900. That is quite a bit cheaper than the Sony RX10! Panasonic says the camera will be released sometime in July.

Holy cow, I just realised: Panasonic are announcing a camera with pricing and ship dates in the same announcement! I am not dreaming, am I?

(Image credits: Panasonic UK Press Images)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Top View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Rear View

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