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Gear Reviews

First Look at the New Panasonic FZ1000

By Anthony Thurston on June 21st 2014

Panasonic made waves with the announcement of the new FZ1000, a DSLR-sized bridge camera with a long lens and 4K video capture. But what really makes this a camera worth looking into is the relatively low price of only ~$900.

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But how does it stack up to its GH4 sibling, or its direct competition in the Sony RX10? Chris Nicholls and the team over at The Camera Store TV just got an early hands on look at a production FZ1000, and put it through its paces. Here is what they came up with…

It looks like the FZ1000 isn’t quite the RX10 Clone/Killer that I initially thought it would be. That said, it is significantly cheaper than both the RX10 and the GH4. The 4K footage looked good, even if it’s limited to 30p.

[REWIND: Sony RX10 Initial Impressions]

Overall, the FZ1000 looks like it could be a great sub-$1000 camera, and for the right user, it could be a great tool. It’s probably not something most pros will look at, but for the amateur videographer or photographer, it’s definitely a good option to consider.

The FZ1000 is currently scheduled to start shipping on July 31st, and can be pre-ordered right now over on B&H.

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What are your thoughts on the FZ1000 vs the rX10? Which product do you think is the better choice?

[via Camera Store TV on Youtube]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    For me personally I would still go RX10. It’s just a very nice camera.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It is very much a toss up for me. The 4K video and extra range would be awesome, but with the RX10 you get the ND filters and a headphone jack…. Just a matter of what your personal priorities are…

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      I agree on the 4K, but for that I might be tempted to go the GH4 route. I don’t know what it is, Panasonics bridge cameras have never really struck a cord with me.

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  2. Ido Scharf

    The price difference alone makes this a much better value, in my opinion. Though the RX10 does seem like a fantastic camera.

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