Panasonic’s Most Powerful FZ Camera: Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic launched a new camera today in its FZ series called FZ1000. It is said to be the most impressive FZ series super-zoom camera to date. The camera also boast of being the first fixed lens camera to have 4K video recording ability. (3840 x 2160, up to 30fps in MP4 format)The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is described as a premium bridge camera that pushes boundaries –clearly a new-age product.
Unlike the usual 1/2.3-inch sensor, the FZ1000 features a one-inch CMOS chip which offers 20.1 valuable megapixels. The focal range on the camera stretches from an ultra wide 24mm to 400mm in 35mm terms. As has been with Panasonic, the lens here is a Leica branded 16x optical zoom with an aperture of f/2.8-4.0, supported by a five-axis hybrid Optical Image Stabalization(OIB) systems. This will
Comprising Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocus technology, the DMC-FZ1000 gives you an ultra high-speed auto-focus of approximately 0.09 seconds at the wide end and approximately 0.17 seconds at the telephoto (Zoom) end, now that is fast. This will help you get the best image with the sharpest of focus, instantly.
High speed burst shooting is available at up to 12 frames per second using the full 20.1-megapixel resolution. The new camera also boasts a short release time lag and quick start-up time of approximately 0.66 seconds.
The DMC-FZ1000 also includes a stunning 2,359,000 pixel OLED Live View Finder and a 3-inch free-angle LCD rear monitor with 921,000 pixel resolution. The camera is incorporated with a new zoom lever, zoom ring and drive mode dial which provides a spontaneous control interface. Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology provides users with a more supple shooting experience and the capability to share images right away.
A new addition to the FZ series is a 3.5mm jack for connecting an external microphone for video recording. The device also features remote shooting via downloadable Panasonic ‘app’ which includes a photo collage function. Images can also be Geo-tagged. Convience is a prime objective of this camera and it achieves it spectacularly.
Panasonic has promised a mid-July release for the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 at a suggested retail price of £749.99 in UK i.e. around INR 75,000. Hefty yes but its truly worth it.