The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a digital superzoom bridge camera by Panasonic. It went on sale in June 2014. It has a 20 megapixel 3:2 BSI-CMOS sensor and Leica-branded 25–400 mm equivalent focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to f/4 (f/4 at about 170 mm and higher). It has a 1-inch CMOS sensor and supports ISO film speeds from 80 to 25600, shutter speeds from 1/16000 s (electronic shutter) to 60 s and RAW capture, while the lowest physical shutter speed is 1/4000 s. The unit is equipped with five "Fn" function buttons which can be allocated to custom shortcuts.
|Type||Digital superzoom bridge|
|Released||June 12, 2014|
|Lens||Leica DC Vario Elmarit f/2.8 – 4.0 9.1–146 mm Asph.|
(25 – 400 mm equivalent)
|F-numbers||f/2.8-4.0 at the widest|
|Sensor size||13.2 × 8.8 mm|
(1 inch type, 2.7x crop factor)
|Maximum resolution||5472 × 3648 (20.1 megapixels, 3:2)|
|Film speed||125-12800, expandable to 80-25600|
|Recording medium||SD/SDXC/SDHC cards|
|Storage media||SD card|
|Flash||Very Bright, up to 10 metres|
|Frame rate||120 fps at 1080p (without sound)] and 25 (PAL variant) or 30 fps (NTSC variant) at 2160p 4K|
|Shutter speed range||minimum: 1/16 000 s (electronic), 1/8000 s (mechanical)|
maximum: 60 s
|Continuous shooting||12 fps at full resolution and|
50fps at 5 MP
|Viewfinder||Electronic, OLED, 2.359.000 dots|
|Image processor||Venus Engine|
|Video recording||4K (100 Mbps) (MP4)|
AVCHD, MP4, slow-motion video at 1080p at 100 FPS
|LCD screen||3 inch display, 921 000 dots, articulated|
|Optional battery packs||Original: DMW-BW7|
|Dimensions||137 × 99 × 131 mm (5.39 × 3.9 × 5.16 inches)|
|Weight||831 g with battery|
It is considered the world's first bridge camera that can record in 4K (2160p) video resolution, compared to other compact cameras as of 2014 filming at full HD (1080p) resolution. What sets it apart the most is the introduction of 4K Ultra HD video with a price lower than $900. The frame rate at that resolution is 25p on units sold in PAL regions and 30p in NTSC regions, and can not be changed. 8 megapixel still photographs in the JPEG format can be extracted from any video frame from 4K videos in playback mode. However, the 4K (2160p) video resolution is only accessible in the manual camera mode, is not optically stabilized, and the field of view is restricted because only a cropped area of 3840 by 2160 pixels is read out from the image sensor instead of downsampled from a wider area of the image sensor..
Along with its main competitor, the 2013 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, it is part of a new class of superzoom cameras that use larger sensors, better displays and electronic viewfinders. They easily provide much narrower depth of field when desired, compared to previous more compact superzoom/ultrazoom cameras. Out of the two, the FZ1000 has a much larger zoom range (16×); the exact video mode and whether OIS is used determines the crop factor, here expressed as 35 mm equivalent focal length for the inbuilt lens:
While the RX10 has a macro focus spot of 5 cm, the FZ1000 is able to record clear-focused photos and videos. The optical zoom is also usable while recording videos in any video recording mode, including the highest resolution with 3840 × 2160 pixels. It is possible to record HDR photos, but not HDR videoclips.
In their review of the FZ1000, DPReview wrote "the FZ1000 has an advantage over ILCs, as any lens you add to one of those cameras will be larger, heavier and pricier" and gave it a Gold Award. While cameras.reviewed.com wrote "it is better than 100% of the point & shoot cameras we have tested under $900".
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) Edit
The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) is based on and nearly identical to the FZ1000 with differences only in exterior design elements, warranty, bundled software, and price.
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Edit
The Lumix DMC-FZ1000 was first succeeded by the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 in November 2016. Afterwards, Panasonic also released the Lumix DC-FZ1000 II in March 2019. The original Lumix DMC-FZ1000 was discontinued in the spring of 2021.
Leica V-Lux 5 Edit
The Leica V-Lux 5 is based on and nearly identical to the FZ1000 II with differences only in exterior design elements, warranty, bundled software, and price.
Focal Length Edit
- 25 – 400 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 3:2 for stills (Full Sensor and Full Zooming Range)
- 26 – 416 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 for stills
- 26 – 416 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording, O.I.S. Off
- 28 – 448 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording, O.I.S. On
- 37 – 592 mm in 35 mm equiv. in 4K video recording (using the center of the sensor with 3840 × 2160 pixels.)
Optical image stabilization Edit
Burst Shot Edit
The FZ1000's burstshot mode can record up to 12 JPEG pictures per second with full resolution at highest selected burst speed. There are four different burst speeds to choose from. The second-highest speed can capture photos continuously, but if the burst memory is full and the memory card cannot keep up, it will slow down automatically.
High-speed video Edit
Prior to official release, the Lumix FZ1000 was originally announced as being able to record slow-motion in the following resolutions and framerates: 
- Full HD 1920×1080: 100 or 120 fps
- HD 720p 1280×720: 200 or 240 fps
- 640×360: 300 or 360 fps
But the firmware currently only allows to record FullHD at 120 fps.
Another caveat to be aware of is that the device records slow motion (“high speed”) videos using the menial method, i.e. the output of Slow-Motion recording is not saved as being the original duration but is instead "stretched": for example, a one-second recording at 120 fps will be saved as being 4 seconds at 30 fps. While this is easily corrected for the video track without the need for reencoding, one consequence is that audio is not recorded.
Zoom Levels Edit
- 25 mm – f/2.8
- 200 mm – f/4.0
- 400 mm – f/4.0
The FZ1000 also has a feature for Lossless Digital Zooming, which is interpreted as iƵoom, and will be used, if the highest image resolution is not selected. This is also available for Videos up to FullHD-Resolution.
Light sensitivity Edit
According to test images from a Polish review, the level of detail remains high until ISO 6400 and acceptable at ISO 12800. The level of detail plunges at peak ISO 25600.
See also Edit
- "Panasonic Announces LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 – The World's First Digital Compact Camera with 4K Video Recording Capability". prnewswire.com (Press release). June 12, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- Chip.de/.eu Test
- Fisher, Jim (2014-09-26). "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review". PCMAG. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
- Savvides, Lexy (2014-09-08). "Shooting 4K video with the Panasonic FZ1000". CNET. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
- DKamera: FZ1000 http://www.dkamera.de/testbericht/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000/beispielaufnahmen.html
- "Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Review". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "How to program the Function (FN) keys. – DMC-FZ1000 – Panasonic North America". eng-ca.faq.panasonic.com. 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
- "Meet the World's First 4K Compact Camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000". No Film School. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- "Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Digital Camera Review". Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "DMC-FZ1000 Point and Shoot Camera, Black". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- "Panasonic FZ1000 Gets Gold Award from Dpreview". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
- "LUMIX FZ2500 Digital Camera". Retrieved February 14, 2021.
- How to use the Optical Image Stabilizer. – DMC-FZ1000 – Official guide by Panasonic
- Welch, Chris (12 June 2014). "Panasonic announces a 4K-recording superzoom camera". The Verge. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
- "Spezifikationen - DMC-FZ1000 LUMIX Kompaktkameras -". Panasonic Schweiz (in German). Retrieved 10 November 2022.
- Fƶ1000 – What?
- Real Slow Motion and HFR-Video Recording
- "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 [zdjęcia testowe]". DigitalCameraPolska.pl (in Polish). 2014-07-09.
- Jeff Keller; Richard Butler (July 21, 2014). "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review". DPReview.