Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

July 3, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Conclusion

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a premium bridge camera for a premium price. And yet, for anyone who requires 4K-video shooting without the need to change lenses, the FZ1000 is a so far unique product within its bridge camera class. But it’s not just about video; as that one-inch sensor and broad focal range equivalent to 24-400mm in 35mm film terms further attests: as it stands Panasonic’s latest bridge camera is arguably its most ‘future proofed’ yet.

Whilst it does most – if not all – of what we would want, those looking for an unobtrusive travel camera may want to widen their search however, or plump for the popular TZ60. This is not a pocket model by any stretch of the imagination, nor one we were able to secrete in even the roomiest of our jacket pockets; helpfully Panasonic provides an attachable neck strap in the box to really show the FZ1000 off. The fact that it does do almost anything you ask of it however meant that the FZ1000 was the camera we most found ourselves reaching for during the two week test period we had it, which speaks for itself. Capable of shooting everything from a child’s piano recital when you’re stuck at the back of the hall, to sunbathers on the riverbank as you’re cruising past on a ferry, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 only feels limited by your own imagination.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4