Yesterday, I posted about how the then rumored and “all but announced” Panasonic FZ1000 looked and was similar in almost every way to the Sony RX10, just with 25-400mm F/2.8-4 lens and 4K video. And last night, Panasonic officially announced the new superzoom FZ1000, and the price makes it a very attractive camera…
Panasonic FZ1000 Specs
- 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
- Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
- 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent)
- 4K QFHD Video Recording at 30 fps
- 0.39″ 2,359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder
- 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- HYBRID O.I.S. 5-Axis Image Stabilization
- Light Speed AF with LUMIX DFD Focus
- ISO 25600 and 50 fps Continuous Shooting
My initial take on this Panasonic FZ1000 is that it is a pretty big step up over the Sony RX10, not only is it shooting in 4K, but its lens is a 25-400mm rather than a 25-200mm. The only advantage of the RX10 is that the lens is a constant F/2.8 where the FZ1000 is a variable F/2.8-f4. But what puts the cherry on it for the FZ1000 is the price.
The Sony RX10 is priced at $1300, making it very expensive and putting it up against some very good APS-C mirrorless and DSLR cameras. The FZ1000 not only blows it away on specs, but comes in significantly cheaper at only $900, putting it more in competition with lower end consumer DSLRs and mirrorless options – a battle much more easily won.
Overall, as I said in my previous post, I am very impressed and I will be putting in a request for this one to review. I loved the RX10 as a run and gun video option, and this seems to expand on that in every way except the codec. Can’t wait to get my hands on one.
What are your thoughts on the Panasonic FZ1000 in comparison to the RX10? How does Sony respond to this (if at all)? Leave a comment below!