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A next-gen superzoom

Panasonic has announced the Lumix FZ1000. It’s the first compact camera to deliver 4k video capture. We got our hands on a pre-production model ahead of its UK launch.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - 4k and Features

Earlier in the year Panasonic broke new ground with the launch of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 - the first CSC to deliver the new ultra HD 4k video capture format.

Today Panasonic once again leads the way in digital camera development with the launch of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - the world's first compact camera to feature 4k video capture.

The model sits firmly in the bridge camera sector, featuring an impressive 16x optical zoom along with a newly-designed 20.1MP 1-inch CMOS sensor.

We got our hands on a pre-production model ahead of its launch and were able to take a closer look at this new bridge camera.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - Image Quality

There's no doubting that the headline feature of the Lumix FZ1000 is the model's 4k video capture. This is partnered by a range of advanced video tools first seen on the GH4, including 100fps full-HD video capture, Cinelike Gamma and focus peaking.

While 4k video capture might currently be considered the domain of professional videographers, Panasonic is keen to highlight its usefulness for pros and consumers alike. For example, the manufacturer has made it possible to capture 8MP stills during 4k video capture at the touch of a button.

This 4k video capture is made possible by the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 all-new 1-inch CMOS sensor, a chip that is sure to benefit image quality for those shooting stills as well as video. The FZ1000 is certainly capable in this area, providing both Raw and JPEG capture as well as benefiting from Panasonic's latest Venus Engine technology.

True to its bridge camera roots, the FZ1000 features an ample 16x optical zoom covering a 25-400mm equivalent focal range. The lens also benefits from a 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilisation system that will surely benefit image sharpness in both stills and video capture.

In terms of the build and feel of the camera in the hand, at around 800g it certainly feels lightweight considering the high level of video capture performance it delivers. With the reasonably large lens barrel and hand grip, the FZ1000 feels solid and stable in the hand.

The rear of the camera features a 3-inch, 921k-dot vari-angle LCD screen that, while not the highest specified of screens on the market, delivers impressive image reproduction.

It's also helpfully accompanied by a 2.3-million-dot OLED viewfinder which delivers a 100 per cent field of view. This delivers a clear view of the scene as well as a live indication of exposures before capture.

First Impressions

When you consider the offering of 4k video capture in such a relatively compact body, it's safe to say that the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 currently sits alone in the market.

If you're looking for primarily a still camera then there are potentially more suitable bridge cameras on the market. However, if video is your priority then you'll no doubt welcome the FZ1000's arrival and be looking forward to our full review in the near future.

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pezman726

June 12, 2014, 5:57 pm

I have a question. You say, "

While 4k video capture might currently be
considered the domain of professional videographers, Panasonic is keen
to highlight its usefulness for pros and consumers alike. For example,
the manufacturer has made it possible to capture 8MP stills during 4k
video capture at the touch of a button."

Does that mean that WHILE you are recording a 4k video, you can simply press the shutter button and you now have that still? In the webcast today, they were playing back video and pausing and capturing the .jpg there.

So, are you able to capture the 8mp jpg while you are simultaneously recording the 4k video?

Also, in the 1080p video modes, is there still the 29m59s limit, or is that removed (for the non euro models)

Cliff Wolfstenhammer

June 14, 2014, 5:04 am

"So, are you able to capture the 8mp jpg while you are simultaneously recording the 4k video?"

Each individual frame of the 30 frames per second 4K video is in essence an 8mb still image. Therefore shooting 4K video isn't much different to shooting a 30 fps photo burst mode.

You then just replay the 4K footage in-camera, allowing you can pause and "capture" your 8mp still image at any point desired.

pezman726

June 14, 2014, 7:34 am

I get that. But in their other cameras you can just press the shutter WHILE RECORDING the video. Eliminating the need to play back in camera just to get the picture. For example, my child is opening presents, I want a pic of her opening it. While recording, I just snap. Now I have an 8mp image without having to replay her opening up everything. In the fz200 you could do that. In the g6/gx7 it does it. In g6 it'll be 2mp though.

Cliff Wolfstenhammer

June 15, 2014, 4:37 am

Well I suspect it can. I'm not sure why they'd remove that ability when it's already in their other cameras.

I have to say I'm a little confused by your point though. It's kind of like buying a premium PC and asking "yes but can it play Solitaire? My previous PC was able to play Solitaire."

We're talking about a 30 frames per second burst mode of 8mp stills with no buffer limitations. The whole point of the exercise is that you will never again miss that "special" moment no matter what. Put the camera on a tripod and go help your daughter with the unwrapping. Your photos will be waiting for you.

Steve McDonald

June 15, 2014, 7:47 am

The camera takes 3.5-MP stills at 16:9, while shooting video uninterrupted. Later, you can capture 8-MP stills from the video playback, either in-camera or on a computer.

pezman726

June 20, 2014, 7:51 pm

fully aware of that!! But it still allows you to take A picture while recording video, and that was my point. It takes a screen grab of whatever you are recording...a 1080p recording will net you a 2mp image (I said that at the end of the last post, the g6 will give you a 2mp image)...thus, this screen grab should net you an 8mp image, from the 4k source. :)

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