The hotly anticipated LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is in stores now and considering what a splash this superzoom camera has made with reviewers and camera judges, we’re predicting these little babies won’t stay on any shelf for very long.
The groundbreaking FZ1000 is the world’s first compact camera with 4K recording capability* and the ability to record video in 4K means you can shoot beautiful home movies at four times the resolution of Full HD. This feature isn’t just limited to video capture; it’s also possible to cut out a single frame of the 4K video and save it as an eight-megapixel image, providing enough detail to create an A3 poster print.
The FZ1000 is the latest addition to our superzoom family, so you know that 4K recording isn’t even close to being the only remarkable feature this camera offers. A newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens system with 16x optical zoom (the 35mm equivalent of 25-400mm) has also been incorporated and is already earning its fair share of accolades.
“You can do things with this camera such as focus on a spider’s web from a good few metres away. We did just that in our tests and were blown away at how quickly the lens picked up the faint outline of a web among a backdrop of leaves and twigs.”
Good Gear Guide 4.5 out of 5 Stars
“This is a camera for those of you who want a shooter than can perform well for both still shots and video recordings. It has a long zoom, plenty of speed, and can capture pictures with great clarity. It’s a great alternative to a digital SLR, and a good option if you want an affordable camera that can shoot 4K video.”
The Age (and syndicated in Sydney Morning Herald)
“That zoom range is excellent, it gives plenty of scope for framing subjects in a wide range of situations. The camera also feels comfortable in the hand, with a nice chunky grip and responsive controls within easy reach.”
Tech Radar 4.5 out of 5 Stars
“Cameras like the… FZ1000 fill a niche between the smaller compact digicam and comparatively large-bodied DSLRs. While providing most (if not all) of the controls and capabilities of a DSLR, they have the convenience of a fixed lens and relatively low price.”
Photo Review – First Look
“The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is one of the cheapest 4K video recording devices available, and offers an array of impressive video features. However, if you don’t want to record 4K video, and just want a camera capable of taking excellent photos, with a good zoom lens, then the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 certainly delivers here as well.”
E Photo Zine 4.5 out of 5 Stars
*For a digital compact camera as of 12 June 2014