It seems paradoxical that 4K video is available in the majority of brand name televisions, but if we look for cameras with this, we find that there are more smart phones capable of 4K video than cameras. Perhaps this is why Panasonic has launched the Lumix FZ1000, a photographic camera that records in 4K video, and is priced around 899 dollars.
While other manufacturers of consumer photography and video are still warming up Panasonic already has the GH4 in the stores, and has just launched the FZ1000, and it seems that in the future we may see the LX8 with 4K video recording. But let’s concentrate on the new FZ1000 which we have managed to try for several days. This is a superzoom camera with a 25-400 mm lens, a relatively moderate 16x zoom, but with a Leica Vario Elmarit design and a f/2.0-4.0.
The interior comes with a one inch 20 Megapixel MOS sensor, a Venus Engine processor capable of generating 4K video on MP4 format for limited sequences of 30 minutes. Still, it is a bit rate less than more a professional model. The video quality can be anywhere from 4K, 25 fps, or 100 fps full HD. This is noticeable and partly the fault of optical stabilization in the hybrid OIS with 5 axis correction in the lens.
It inherits some of the best speed and accuracy in its auto-focus technology. With its own DFD with 49 points of auto-focus, 12 fps speed, and the best signal to noise when you raise the ISO sensitivity. It also doesn’t miss out on Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC to connect with Android mobile phones or tablets. Finally the OLED viewfinder 2.4 M and the articulated 3-inch LCD screen with 921K offer better frame display and the same interface as the previous FZ200 which, it must be said, is more compact and manageable than the FZ1000.
So the path opened by Sony’s superzoom camera the RX10 with video graphics, will have a new competitor starting August, which is when the new FZ1000 with 4K video recording will be sold at approximately 899 dollars.
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