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The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K Review

My Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K review

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My Early Days in Photography

I have spent years in the Canadian wilderness, and its Natural beauty never ceases to inspire and amaze me. Every forest, plain, river and mountain that I visit or travel through is more beautiful than the last.

I am easily captivated by the colors, the landscapes and the awesomeness of this natural world.

I have always wanted to capture these scenes of beauty, but as a young boy, and of modest means, I was limited to simple, inexpensive cameras. These humble tools of photography, while not very professional in their results, produced photographs that I cherish to this very day.

In time, I began to slowly upgrade the cameras that I used and the quality of the photographs that I was able to take. Disposable Cameras, Point and Shoot Cameras, and, of course, the ubiquitous Cell-Phone Camera.

These cameras all produce photographs of various quality and the memories that last a lifetime. There is little doubt, however, that superior quality photographs can only be produced with high-quality equipment and by better-trained individuals.

Aspiring to this level of professionalism is the semi-professional. People like myself that are limited by their equipment, training and time that they spend on photography. We all have to start somewhere, and this is usually not at the top.

The quality of our work is, in part, the result of our equipment, training, and dedication to the craft.

The equipment we use and its ease of operation are always a factor in the final result.

The Product Review

Name: Panasonic DMC – FZ1000 4K

Website: Panasonic. com

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Manufacturer: Panasonic

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Panasonic’s Latest Offering, a very user-friendly Bridge Camera

This is Panasonic’s major launch since the FZ50. This new replacement model is intended for stills and video shooting.

It confirms Panasonic’s belief that there is a niche for a camera that can do stills and video photography in one neat package at an affordable price.

The larger sensor, longer zoom, and the articulated screen all go back to the FZ50, which offered a similar zoom and aperture range despite having a much smaller 1/1.8″- type sensor.

The FZ1000 is similar in size to the FZ50, however, eight years of development in their camera technology has permitted Panasonic to offer a higher resolution viewfinder, rear screen, pixel count, and video output.

The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is often compared to Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX10. While both cameras have similar features, the big difference is in the price.

The FZ1000 was launched at almost 1/3 lower than when Sony first offered its RX10. The FZ1000’s only real competition is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10.

The Product Features of this camera

Its main Features:
  • 20.1 megapixel 1″-type MOS sensor
  • 25-400mm equivalent F2.8-4 Leica lens
  • 4K (3840 x 2160) video at 30p, 100 Mbps MP4
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36 M dots
  • 120fps quarter-speed 1080p
  • 5-axis Power Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3-inch fully articulated LCD with 920K dots
  • 1080p at up to 60p 28Mbps MP4
  • 3.5mm microphone socket

The Mode Dials

There are 2 Mode Dials on my Panasonic DMC-FZ 1000 4K camera.

The Drive Mode Dial and the Recording Mode Dial. 

If you are new to Digital Photography, do not let all these technical terms confuse you and scare you. I will break them down individually, into their separate components, and this will begin to make more sense to you.

Once you have selected a Recording Mode, you can now turn your attention to the Drive Mode Dial.

The Drive Mode Dial

The Drive Mode Dial has the following 5 settings.

  1. Single … In this setting, when the shutter button is pressed, only one picture is recorded.
  2. Burst … When the camera Drive Mode is in ” Burst “, recordings are made in succession while the shutter button is pressed.
  3. Auto Bracket … Here, each time the shutter button is pressed, recordings are made with different exposure settings according to the Exposure Compensation range.
  4. Self-Timer … When the shutter button is pressed, recording takes place after the set time has elapsed.
  5. Time Lapse/Animation … Here, pictures are recorded with time Lapse Shot or Stop Motion Animation.

The Recording Mode Dial

Now that you are familiar with the Recording Mode Dial and the Drive Mode Dial you are well on your way to taking great pictures that will soon impress your family and friends.

Carry your camera with you, when you are free to pursue this challenging and rewarding hobby.

Practice with it constantly, using your new found knowledge of the Recording Mode and the Drive Mode.

Lots of practice and ” time at the wheel ” you help you will gain the confidence that comes from manipulating a fine piece of technological machinery.

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My Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K package

After reading pages of reviews and interviewing 3 Camera Shop salespersons, I finally decided to purchase the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K.

This is what I received in the basic package; Included in the box was; 1) the Camera, 2) the Battery, 3) the Charger, 4) the Lens Hood, 5) the Lens Cap, 6) a USB Connection Cable, 7) the Owner’s Manual (1 English and 1 French, Canadian version), 8) 1 DVD  – Software, use it to install the software on your PC – Owner’s Manual for advanced features: Use it to install to your PC,  9) the Shoulder Strap and 10) the Hot Shoe Cover – this is attached to the camera at the time of purchase.

A Few Extras That Were Required

Not included but necessary was an SD Memory Card and a Protective Carrying Case to ensure the well-being of my investment.

I did own a tripod and this is always a good addition to any camera of this quality. This camera has Image Stabilization so while a tripod isn’t always required, it is very nice to have.

These accessories are also not included in the basic camera package, but are a great addition and will contribute greatly to the quality of your photographs.

These items are;

  • 1) Various Filters,
  • 2) Stereo Shotgun Microphone,
  • 3) Flash,
  • 4) Shutter Remote Control,
  • 5) AC Adapter and
  • 6) a DC Coupler

As I gain more experience with my Panasonic Camera, I will add these new additions to my equipment package so that I can produce better quality photographs.

I want to mention that Panasonic has included an excellent Manual and DVD that very clearly describe the functions and capabilities of this excellent camera.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Camera’s Outstanding Qualities, … the Good

  • the large grip makes it very easy to hold
  • a high-resolution viewfinder
  • 1″-type sensor producing superior image quality
  • zoom/focus ring around the lens
  • future-proof 4K video recording with 100 Mbps
  • 8MP high-quality stills can be extracted from 4K video
  • 12fps continuous shooting
  • bright F2.8-4 lens covers the 25-400 equivalent range
  • in-camera Raw conversion
  • electronic shutter allows for quiet shooting
  • very responsive
  • easy and pleasant to operate
  • the new package includes many accessories at a slightly reduced price

This Camera’s Drawbacks, … the Bad and the Ugly

  • rear dial use can be picked up by the microphone during video recording
  • no auto ISO in video mode
  • no built-in ND filter
  • easy to accidentally rotate zoom/focus ring
  • the camera bag in the new accessory package has “cheap zippers” that have broken on some customers. this does not affect this excellent product
  • there are many bags on the market to solve this problem

A Link To My Photographs

The Panasonic DMC ZX1000 4K

taken with my new camera

My Google + account contains many photographs that I have taken with my new camera. I am self-taught and have no formal photography training other than the information in the manual and a few sessions at my place of purchase by the kind people who were involved in the sale.

I post my Photographs at Google +, Facebook, and Twitter.

I also use this camera for most of my website photos.

This camera is very forgiving and very user-friendly and I have to admit that sometimes I get lucky and bring a photograph home that I am quite proud of!

Final Thoughts

This Panasonic FZ1000 hit the market with a quiet shutter click, however, it was quickly praised, in high fashion, by seasoned professional photographers, as an excellent bridge camera.

This camera takes superior quality still photos and great video in 4K. It is very user-friendly and if you are new to Photography or your only experience is with smartphones and point and shoot cameras, give this model a try.

You won’t regret it, and you will soon be quite impressed with the quality of your shots.

I will continue to expand on the technology and specifics of this great camera in this blog. I want to thank the many people that visit my sites and comment on my work.

Comments, Questions, and Suggestions

Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always appreciated and very encouraging. You can Contact Me for further details and assistance with this excellent product.

 

 

Paul

I am an avid outdoors enthusiast, and I spend most of my free time in the great outdoors. The mountains and rivers, ... and everything in between ... is always calling me. Nature is my sanctuary.

2 Comments

  1. This is a very informative post mate. While, I am not a ‘serious’ photographer, I really admire it as an art. I have so many friends who are photography enthusiasts. I shall pass this on to them.
    Btw, I never knew Panasonic has this kind of quality products in terms of photography! So, thanks for this new knowledge!

    • Good Day, Ravihansa.

      I was not very serious about “true photography” either, until a friend of mine introduced me to this camera. 

      I did not have the time to spend on a long course to properly learn this art and I was always frustrated by the inferior photographs that I was bringing home. 

      Good thing that he introduced me to this camera. The “intelligent auto” setting literally does all the heavy work and I was very impressed with the results. 

      I’m sure your friend will like it. 

      Thanks for the kind comments.

      Paul

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