Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Review

April 1, 2019 | Amy Davies |

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 9Mb.

Unsurprisingly, given that the sensor and lens combination has not changed from the original FZ1000, there is no obvious differences that we can see in image quality between the older model and the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II.

Colours are bright and punchy directly from the camera, demonstrating a good degree of realism while still being pleasing to look at. The overall impression of detail is great when shooting at lower ISOs, and while there is some image smoothing present at higher ISOs, such as ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 when shooting in low light, the overall impression at normal sizes remains high.

The telephoto zoom lens available on the FZ1000 II is not the longest on the market, but keeping it relatively restricted frees up the body to include a larger one-inch sensor. This represents a good compromise, giving you a fairly extensive zoom while keeping all the benefits of a bigger sensor. Images taken at the telephoto end of the zoom are not quite as sharp as those taken at the wide-angle end, but it’s great to be able to get very usable images when shooting handheld.

Overall, when left to its own devices, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II’s all-purpose metering system does a pretty good job of producing well-balanced exposures, with only high contrast situations requiring some exposure compensation adjustment. Under artificial light, the automatic white balance system does a good job to reproduce accurate colours, without erring too far towards yellow or orange tones.

4K Photo is something that is found on all current Lumix cameras, and as such we sometimes tend to take it for granted. Here on the FZ1000 II, it’s a really useful option for photographers trying to catch the action of certain subjects such as wildlife and pets. The 8 megapixel extracted photo you’re able to obtain when shooting in this mode is not the same kind of high quality you can expect from the full resolution 20 megapixel files, but are perfectly fine again for sharing and printing at relatively small sizes.

Noise

There are 8 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

JPG RAW

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II's 16x zoom lens provides a focal length of 25-400mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

25mm

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400mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review. There's some slight purple fringing between areas of high contrast, but it's only noticeable on close inspection, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle.

Macro

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Flash

The flash settings on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II are Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, and Flash Synchro. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

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Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (400mm)

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Flash On - Telephoto (400mm)

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And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced On setting or the Auto/Red-eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Off

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Forced On

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Auto/Red-eye Reduction

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II's maximum shutter speed is 120 seconds in the Bulb shooting mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

Night

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