The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Oozes Quality

$800

Lumix FZ1000 frontShould this camera even be here? Well, by default, I guess. Panasonic have made a reasonable bridge camera in the Lumix FZ1000. The x16 optical zoom is lower than typical bridge cameras, but that is because of the sizeable 1-inch sensor that delivers a huge boost in image quality. The Leica lens, with a large f/2.8 maximum wide-angle aperture that narrows to a still-respectable f/4 at full zoom, is a superb bit of glass too. This makes the Lumix FZ1000 an excellent camera in low light without having to push to high ISO sensitivities, whilst the Hybrid 5-axis Optical Image Stabilisation minimises camera shake. The advanced autofocus is splendid and the HiRes viewfinder is a great help. So a pretty good stills camera, but actually an amazing video camera. The 4K (Ultra HD) 3840 x 2160 video recording function literally puts this camera into a class of its own. Combined with that one-inch sensor and broad focal range equivalent to 24-400mm (in 35mm film terms), this is Panasonic’s most ‘future proofed’ camera to date. It is bigger than most other bridge cameras, but that is a small price to pay for such a good stills and video camera.

The quality of the 1 inch sensor is the stand out selling point for this camera, for both stills and video.

The Lumix Fz1000 is remarkably versatile

panasonic Lumix fz1000 screenA switch on the lens ring allows you to alternate between the focus and zoom duties. However, some of the switches are vulnerable to being knocked while the camera is in use, so the photographer needs to be careful. Apart from that, the controls are very neatly presented, with plenty of labelled buttons for the most commonly required functions. There is also a manual focus switch on the back of the camera, and a command dial. The Lumix FZ1000’s screen is hinged at the side. This articulated screen is a tremendous advantage, which allows for a greater range of shooting angles. The camera’s screen is not touch-sensitive, Which is a shame considering that Panasonic are experts in the field. However, whether touchscreens are really necessary on bridge cameras is still an unanswered question.

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