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Panasonic Officially Unveils 4K FZ1000 for $900

By Anthony Thurston on June 12th 2014

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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  1. Kayode Olorunfemi

    Panasonic and Black Magic are intent on turning the world of DSLR video upside-down… nice for users.

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