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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Review

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

For many amateur photographers when they talk about high quality bridge cameras it means they are talking about Panasonic. For years, the FZ series has become a favorite among users looking for a superzoom device which’s size merit its price. The key of the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the qualitative leap in its sensor, now converts it to an authentic all-terrain camera in photography.

The debate between about the bridge and the low-end SLR is hot and do not lack people who are for or against the manufacturers who decide to occupy this "no man’s land." In its day, we published a special to help users decide whether it is worth to buy a bridge or jump directly to SLR, but innovations like the protagonist of our analysis can change our minds.

A couple of years ago, the remarkable Lumix DMC-FZ200 convinced even the most critical of the bridge, a sure bet that is still accepted among the general public for the attractive possibility of getting a long zoom for an adjusted price. The new FZ1000 retains the excellent inch sensor and 20 megapixels, with the zoom being 25-400 mm along f2.8-8.4, and offer spectacular results.

As with other cameras in its class, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 simply appears to play at being a compact SLR. Beyond commercial and aesthetic quibbles, this is not bad news; the ergonomics of the camera is perfect and necessary to control a superzoom lens, it has excellent distribution of buttons and, in general, the construction and assembly denote that we it is high quality.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

On the rear panel there is a magnificent OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.4 million points, a 3-inch screen and a classic button-arranged diagonally to allow holding the camera with comfort and easy access to controls.

Technically we are speaking of a camera with a CMOS 1 "(13.2 x 8.8 mm) 20-megapixel sensor, coupled to the image processor Venus Engine, which allow you to shoot up to 5,472 x 3,648 frames and record video in 4K at 30 frames per second. The optical LEICA DC Vario-Elmarit offers 16x optical zoom equivalent to 25-400 mm and a F2.8-4 aperture.

From the first shots, it has a surprisingly fast and agile focusing system DFD (Depth from Defocus), inherited directly from the GH4; the camera uses 49 points to analyze the image in record time (0.09 and 0.17 in wide angle telephoto lens, 275% better than its predecessor), a technology that results in perfectly focused pictures under any circumstances. By the way, the camera is ready to work in less than one second.

The FZ1000 is loved from the first minute and it’s hard to embarrass its stabilizer. The optics are high quality and lack classical defects from the fixed systems, which are negligible for most people. We liked the automatic extension when in manual focus, vital to avoid having to adjust the software in each take.

Regarding performance under difficult lighting, the Panasonic offers remarkable performance up to ISO 1600. The limitations of the optics are clear and it costs the focusing system much more do his job. In any case, we speak of a much higher quality, than most bridge available commercially, largely due to the new sensor.

Following you have a gallery of photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, the best example we can give him this camera:

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Conclusions

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is part of a new generation of bridge cameras, thanks to the addition of larger sensors; it offers a brutal leap in quality and positions it among other high-end compact SLR. We are in front of an ideal camera for travelers looking for a practical device with a versatile optic that works great in automatic but also offers scope camera for those who want to delve into semi modes, creative or fully manual

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