Panasonic has officially announced a new bridge camera with a superzoom lens and 4K video recording capability. It’s called Lumix DMC-FZ1000 and it is here to take on the Sony RX10.
Amid rumors that Panasonic is preparing a competitor for the Sony RX100 III, the company has revealed its answer to the Sony RX10. The Panasonic FZ1000 is a bridge camera that features a powerful lens, although the show has been stolen by its ability to capture videos at 4K resolution.
Panasonic FZ1000 announced with 20.1-megapixel sensor and 24-400mm f/2.8-4 lens
The new camera from Panasonic features a 1-inch-type image sensor that captures photos at 20.1-megapixel, similar to its aforementioned competitor. The FZ1000 sports an ISO sensitivity range between 125 and 12,800, which can be extended between 80 and 25,600.
The bridge shooter is powered by a quad-core Venus Engine and it offers built-in 5-axis image stabilization technology that should reduce the effects of camera shakes and reduce blur.
The new Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-400mm, which accounts for 16x optical zoom. The lens features a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4, which is quite bright and should allow users to capture out-of-focus backgrounds.
Panasonic’s FZ1000 sports Depth from Defocus technology which allows the camera to autofocus in as little as 0.09 seconds. Additionally, the camera sports a mechanical shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second as well as an electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000th of a second.
Panasonic takes its rivals by surprise with its 4K video recording superzoom bridge camera
Panasonic FZ1000 is touted as the world’s first compact camera that records 4K videos. It can do so at up to 30fps with a bitrate of 100Mbps, while capturing 8-megapixel stills.
In order to capture movies at this resolution, users will need an UHS Speed Class 3 SD card that supports 30MB/s minimum writing speeds.
When capturing 4K videos, the bridge camera will lose the image stabilization support. This feature will only be available when taking photos or recording full HD videos (or at lower resolution) at 60fps (or lower frame rate).
The bridge camera comes packed with Creative Video mode, so that users can capture movies will cool effects. High-speed videos at 120fps can be recorded along with time-lapse and stop-motion animations.
WiFi, NFC, in-camera RAW conversion, EVF, and more are available in the Panasonic FZ1000
The specs list of the Panasonic FZ1000 includes built-in WiFi and NFC. Users can connect to the camera and control it remotely using a smartphone or tablet.
An articulated 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen sits on the back along with a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder that should be enough to compose your photos and videos.
This shooter supports RAW photos and comes with in-camera RAW conversion. The minimum focusing distance stands at 30cm, however, the FZ1000 sports a macro mode that will allow photographers to focus on subjects located at a distance of only 3cm / 1.18-inches.
A continuous shooting mode will also be available and users will be able to capture up to 12fps.
Panasonic FZ1000 price and release date set around $900 and July 2014
It is worth noting that, although a stereo microphone is built-in, users can attach an external microphone for professional audio recording via a 3.5mm port. The microphone port is joined by a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI one.
Panasonic FZ1000 measures 137 x 99 x 131mm / 5.39 x 3.9 x 5.15-inches and weighs 831 grams / 1.83lbs.
The company has set the camera’s price at $899.99 and its release date for late July 2014. Amazon is already listing it for pre-order at the aforementioned price with an estimated shipping date of July 27.
Its main rival, the Sony RX10, is available right now at Amazon for a hefty price around $1,300.