Panasonic FZ1000 II Complete Review

Panasonic FZ1000 II Review

With the Panasonic FZ1000 II, Panasonic is bringing its bridge camera with the large 1″ sensor and 16x zoom ranging from 25-400 mm to the latest technical standard. This is the successor of the FZ1000 that we have extensively reviewed. For example, there is a larger viewfinder, a higher resolution screen with touch function, Bluetooth and the 4K video function has been upgraded to 30p.

In 2019, Panasonic introduced the FZ1000 II, the successor to the almost five-year-old Lumix DMC-FZ1000. Despite new and revised features, such as the touch screen, old “acquaintances” such as the 20 megapixels 1″ recording sensor and the bright 16x zoom lens are also on board.

We have extensively tested the Panasonic FZ1000 II for this test in practice and with the test software.

panasonic fz1000 IIAt a superficial glance, the Panasonic FZ1000 II could also be considered a small system camera.

With the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, the PAL and NTSC versions offered different 4K video frame rates, which Panasonic hasn’t done for several years after much criticism. However, the FZ1000 is very old, from 2014, so it was high time to let it benefit from the latest technical developments.

Pros And Cons Of The Panasonic FZ1000 II

Pros

  • Large, clear viewfinder
  • Large zoom range
  • Good internal raw converter
  • Extensive video mode
  • Very good operation and configurability

Cons

  • Very soft JPEG recordings
  • Tripod thread Outside the optical axis
  • Simple plastic housing

The new Panasonic FZ1000 II offers the same F2.8-4 high-intensity 16x zoom with an equivalent focal length of 25-400 mm. The 1″ sensor also continues to resolve 20 megapixels.

In addition to automatic subject recognition and face recognition, as well as an image stabilizer, it also offers semi-automatic and manual recording functions, including the option of saving raw data images.

There is one improvement in the 2.36 million pixels OLED viewfinder: Panasonic has raised the magnification factor from 0.7x to 0.74x in 35mm equivalent. A diopter correction and a proximity sensor for automatic activation are still available.

There have also been some changes to the screen: Panasonic has finally installed a practical touch screen that not only offers a touch AF but also additional function keys. In addition, the resolution of the 7.5-centimeter LCD is growing from 0.92 to 1.24 million pixels. As usual, it can be swiveled sideways and rotated about its axis, thus allowing shots to be taken from all possible perspectives.

The continuous shooting function remains at a maximum of twelve frames per second, but the buffer has grown so that 20 raw images can now be taken at a time. With AF-C and Live-View, however, the continuous shooting rate drops to a maximum of seven frames per second. By the way, the DFD autofocus should be able to focus within 0.09 seconds.

The video function now also allows a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second in the PAL region (i.e. dollarsope and South America). In Full HD, even 60 frames per second are possible, or 120 frames per second in the high-speed video function.

In addition, the Panasonic FZ1000 II offers a 3.5mm microphone connection. The 4K photo functions also achieve 30 frames per second and offer a resolution of 8.4 megapixels. The function records either image series, optionally before pressing the shutter button or focus series in which the optimally focused photo can be selected afterwards (post-focus) or the photos can be merged by stacking to form an image with greater depth of field.

The replaceable lithium-ion battery is sufficient for 440 CIPA-standard shots and can be recharged via micro-USB connection. The Panasonic FZ1000 II also features a TTL system flash shoe and a 2.5mm remote release connector.

In addition to WLAN, Bluetooth is now also available for wireless connection to smartphones, tablets, and PCs, enabling a permanent, energy-saving connection to a smartphone or tablet. This allows GPS data from the smartphone to be transmitted to the camera in real-time for geotagging. In addition, the Panasonic FZ1000 II can be remotely controlled via an app from an Android or iOS device including live image transmission.

Ergonomics And Workmanship

Panasonic places the Panasonic FZ1000 II in exactly the same price segment as its predecessor. With about 850 dollars in his pockets, a photographer can buy the improved Panasonic FZ1000 II.

This is unusual in that successor cameras are usually more expensive and do not stagnate in price.

The case makes a solid impression with clear lines and elegant design. In terms of dimensions, the Panasonic FZ1000 II can compete with interchangeable lens cameras, as it is really not small with its 13.7 x 9.7 x 13.1 centimeters (width x height x depth).

In relation to the dimensions, the weight of almost exactly 800 grams is quite low. The housing is mainly made of plastic. Only the lens barrel has a large metal veneer. Thanks to its dimensions, the camera can also be grasped comfortably by larger hands and even offers enough space on the handle to accommodate the little finger halfway.

The grip surface is provided with a grained rubber coating, which is soft and handy. The rubber coating can also be found on the back of the well-formed thumb tray, which offers the photographer a good grip. However, the Panasonic FZ1000 II is only conditionally suitable for one-hand operation. The weight is too unevenly distributed: the 1/4-inch tripod thread lies outside the optical axis and thus unfortunately very close to the battery memory card compartment.

When arranging the operating elements, the principle of “design follows function” was taken into consideration. For example, the on/off lever with the mode dial has been positioned so that the photographer can operate both with his thumb. Other operating elements, such as the mode switch for the autofocus and the rear rotary knob, are also within reach of the thumb.

Controls that are less important for recordings, such as the control pad or the playback switch, are located further away, but can also be operated with the right hand. The right index finger also has its “own” keys.

In addition to the tight zoom lever and the sensitive shutter release, there are two function keys, a dedicated video shutter release and a rotary knob. So that the second hand, which usually lies on the lens barrel, doesn’t get bored, there are also some control elements here, such as the rotary knob for the picture sequence mode. And finally, there are three more function keys and a large rotating lens ring on the lens barrel.

Like their predecessor, the swivel wheels are made of plastic so that they do not feel particularly noble. Nevertheless, at no time does the feeling arise that they are spongy or inaccurate. While the selector wheels for the operating mode and the image sequence are nicely tight and difficult to adjust accidentally, the two rotating wheels for the thumb and index finger are smoother, and that’s a good thing.

Thanks to these two wheels, it was possible to dispense with the switchable rotary wheel of the predecessor, making the Panasonic FZ1000 II much easier to handle.

But Panasonic was not only generous with the number of swivels. A total of seven programmable function keys are available on the Panasonic FZ1000 II, 40 percent more than its predecessor. These keys can be freely assigned thanks to a clear graphic menu for the photo and video mode.

Useful functions have already been assigned to these function keys in the factory. For example, in the case of the Fn6 key, which calls up the Quick Menu and often saves you having to go to the main menu. The lens ring is not a function key in the actual sense, but should also be mentioned, since various functions can be placed on the ring, such as zoom, focusing, exposure compensation and much more.

In the test of the predecessor model, that we have reviewed here, we still criticized the lack of a touch screen function, but with the Panasonic FZ1000 II, this is a thing of the past.

In addition, the resolution of the 7.5-centimeter display was increased to 1.24 million pixels. The display reaches a maximum brightness of about 717 candelas per square meter. This value and the resolution increased by 1/3 allow the conclusion that it is an RGBW panel. Thus, not only red, green and blue subpixels are used, but also a white subpixel in order to represent particularly pure bright white. In addition, the display can be tilted 180 degrees and rotated about 225°.

Panasonic hasn’t changed much about the electronic viewfinder. Why should they change? The OLED panel with a resolution of 2.36 megapixels has good contrast and is pleasant to look at with 60 frames per second. The magnification of the viewfinder was increased from 0.7x in 35mm equivalent to 0.74x in the case of the FZ1000, which is already a considerable magnification factor. This is noticeable in the pleasantly large view and the clarity, it can also be used without hesitation by spectacle wearers.

The menu structure of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is very clear and logical, which was not to be expected differently. Panasonic has also successfully integrated the touch screen. Gestures such as wiping work just as well for changing pictures in playback mode as for scrolling in menus. Thanks to the high precision, typing is also very smooth.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIIn the top view, it can be seen that there would have been enough space on the left wheel for further functions.

The connections of the camera are distributed on the left and right sides. While on the left side there is only the 3.5 mm jack socket for an external microphone under a rubber plug, on the right side there is a lot more going on in the handle.

Here you will find the 2.5 mm jack socket for the optional cable release DMW-RS2 as well as the micro HDMI interface (type D) and the micro USB interface (USB-2.0). The Bluetooth and WLAN interfaces are not visible from the outside. The “power plant” of the camera is a lithium-ion battery (DMW-BLC12E) that shares its location with the memory card behind a flap on the bottom of the camera.

The battery has a range of 440 images according to the CIPA standard test procedure. The battery can be charged via the USB interface in the camera, an external charging cradle is not necessary and is not included with the camera.

The memory cards used are SD form factor cards and support the SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 standards. The 4K video function makes it useful to use fast memory cards with a write speed of at least 30 megabytes per second.

The memory card speed class U3 is supported. This ensures that video data streams with 100 Mbit can easily find their way onto the memory. But a high memory card speed is also always an advantage for the continuous-advance function.

 

Equipment And Features

The large program selection wheel offers enough space to accommodate ten settings. Here, for example, you can find the automatic subject control (iA), which decides which photographic and bid editing settings are made based on the programmed parameters. The only thing the subject auto can’t control is the use of the built-in flash. The photographer has to unfold this manually.

Unfortunately, the digital zoom is also activated in the automatic subject mode, but a zoom indicator in the display makes it clear when the photographer is moving into the digital zoom range. Even in iA+ mode, where time and aperture values can be changed, the digital zoom cannot be disabled.

If the photographer does not want the Panasonic FZ1000 II to take control of the scene, he can select one of the 24 scene mode programs. These include classics for portraits, landscapes, backlighting, night shots, and much more. For fans of fast photo filters, there is also good news in the form of your own creative filter setting. The photographer then has 22 filter options at his disposal.

If you don’t feel like letting the camera take care of everything and prefer to go back to the creative side, you can use the automatic timer and aperture control as well as the manual mode and carry out any effects later in the external image processing. In these recording modes, the two rotating wheels on the right side of the camera are also used to the full.

In contrast to the FZ1000, the Panasonic FZ1000 II has only one memory slot for an individual camera configuration. Instead, a panorama function can now be found that can make life easier for the photographer when creating impressive panorama shots. The last position on the mode dial occupies the video function, which will be discussed in more detail below.

Although the camera has an easy-to-reach video shutter release, which makes it possible to record videos in photo mode, the photographer only recognizes how the image section changes when the shutter release is pressed.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIAnnoyingly, the tripod thread of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is not in the optical axis.

Like its predecessor, the wheel on the left side of the camera is quite understaffed with six positions. It would certainly have been easy to include functions for the interval, bracketing, or HDR functions here. Instead, the photographer only finds the options for single and continuous shooting, self-timer, 4K focus stacking, and 4K continuous shooting. It is important to know that the 4K shooting modes reduce the cropping of the image and thus the photographer has less wide-angle available.

The Panasonic FZ1000 II offers the ability to spontaneously record video in photo mode, but the full functionality of the video function is only revealed when the mode dial is turned to the video function.

In addition to a program automatic, the photographer can also expect time and aperture automatic as well as a manual mode. The Panasonic FZ1000 II offers two video containers. This allows the highly efficient AVCHD format to be filled with video files in maximum FullHD (1,920 x 1,080) at 60 frames per second. However, if the camera is to record the maximum resolution of 4K (3,840 x 2,160), this is only possible with the MP4 container format. The camera then achieves a maximum of 30 frames per second and generates a maximum data stream of 100 Mbit per second.

The camera also has a slow-motion shot. It achieves 120 frames per second in FullHD, which allows smooth slow-motion shots to be realized. The Panasonic FZ1000 II records the sound via a built-in stereo microphone.

Unfortunately, like almost every built-in microphone, this also picks up the zoom and operating noises from the photographer. During a running recording, it is better to hold back with zoom movements and big changes of settings.

If you don’t want this, you can use an external microphone, which is simply plugged into the 3.5 mm jack socket. Quiet, on the other hand, is the autofocus during video recording.

Anyway, the camera offers some options regarding the sound. For example, this can be controlled and limited manually. There is also an electronic zoom function and a wind noise filter for the internal microphone.

The Panasonic FZ1000 II cuts a pretty good figure with the series pictures and is able to take ten raw data shots per second. The camera then holds out for about three seconds.

After that, the buffer memory is full and the cameras stutter about 1.7 frames per second onto the memory card during an irregular continuous run.

It writes slightly more than 38 megabytes of data per second to the memory card. For JPEG recordings it looks a bit different. Here the camera achieves about 11.1 frames per second for about 13.7 seconds.

Thus, about 152 JPEG images are written into the buffer before it is full and the Panasonic FZ1000 II starts its irregular continuous run at an average of 5.2 frames per second. In the bracketing mode, the Panasonic FZ1000 II offers a maximum of seven shots with 1/3 to 1 f-stop exposure distance.

An automatic HDR function can also be activated by the photographer on request.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIMost of the camera connections are hidden under the grained handle.

During the subsequent image processing, the camera has really little to offer for JPEG shots, namely nothing at all. When shooting in raw data format, however, the whole thing looks different, because the built-in raw data converter is extensive and very easy to use. In addition to white balance, dynamic optimization, brightness, sharpness, and more can be applied.

In terms of wireless connectivity, the Panasonic FZ1000 II has made a lot of progress compared to its predecessor. It now dispenses with NFC coupling and instead relies on the popular combination of a power-saving Bluetooth connection and a less economical but high-throughput WLAN connection. A free app is required to connect the camera to a smart device. This is available for iOS or Android devices in the respective app stores and installed in no time at all.

The connection between the app and camera can be established either manually or via QR code. However, both approaches are simple.

In our case, we went the manual way and after less than a minute the WLAN connection was established. The first Bluetooth connection took a similarly short time to set up. If the Bluetooth function is to be used to transfer position data from the smart device to the camera, this function must first be activated in the camera.

In addition, the Bluetooth function can transform the smart device into a simple remote trigger with a zoom function. The WLAN connection makes fast image transmission no problem and the camera can also be integrated into an existing network via WLAN.

Another function that benefits from the camera’s fast WLAN is the remote control function with Liveview and extensive function and parameter settings.

So far we haven’t been able to talk about the admittedly voluminous 16x zoom lens in the test, and that’s exactly what we’re catching up on now. Like its predecessor, the Panasonic FZ1000 II is based on the combination of a focal length of 9.12 to 146 millimeters and a 1-inch CMOS sensor measuring 13.2 x 8.8 millimeters with a resolution of 20.1 megapixels.

Due to the diagonal of the sensor, the focal length of the lens corresponds to a 35 mm lens with 24 to 400 mm. The equivalent focal length is shown in the display and viewfinder.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIThe function keys on the lens barrel are optimally positioned and can also be operated blind thanks to a small nose on Fn2.

The adjustment of the focal length is purely electronic and can be controlled by various means. The most obvious option is the zoom rocker on the shutter release button.

However, the focal length can also be adjusted on the zoom ring if the photographer has placed this function on the ring. Another possibility is to adjust the focal length via the touch screen. With all these possibilities, the zoom can be controlled at two speeds. In addition, the photographer has the option of controlling the zoom in steps or steplessly. All you have to do is change a menu setting.

This also makes it possible to place the stepless zoom on the lens ring, for example, and the stepless zoom control on the ring rocker on the shutter release.

In terms of noise, the camera is good, at least in photo mode, when the photographer deactivates the mechanical shutter and the electronic shutter is used exclusively. You can hear the zoom, but the sound is neither shrill nor too loud.

Only in video mode do the zoom noises become annoying, especially when the environment itself is quiet. Since the Panasonic FZ1000 II has an optical image stabilizer, an engine is always audible during operation, even if the stabilizer is deactivated. The reason for this is that the moving lens element could move uncontrolled in the lens without this motor.

 

Flash Of The Panasonic FZ1000 II

The built-in flash unit on the upper side of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is opened with a mechanical switch, as already mentioned.

The light output of the built-in flash unit is 10.9, which is sufficient to illuminate up to about 3.9 meters at ISO 100 with the aperture open. That’s quite a performance. But the flash can do even more.

In addition to synchronizing to the second shutter curtain, the photographer can also set the flash output manually (1/128 to 1/1). The wireless control of external flash units is a function that is rarely suspected in bridge cameras and often such a function can only be used with an attached system flash unit.

But the Panasonic FZ1000 II is an exception and offers the photographer a true wireless master function that allows three flash groups to be controlled via four channels. The camera offers extensive exposure control options for the different groups and the internal flash can also be deactivated so that it is only used as a control unit for the light pulse.

If this is not enough, you can attach a separately available system flash unit to the system flash shoe on top of the camera.

Autofocus Performance

The autofocus performance hasn’t changed much compared to its predecessor. This is due to the fact that an autofocus system with DFD technology and fast direct drive is also used in the Panasonic FZ1000 II. With Depth from Defocus or DFD technology for short, the camera incorporates the blur characteristics of the lens into the determination of the shooting distance.

So the AF system “knows” whether the focus distance has to be increased or decreased and the problem of “pumping” is almost completely eliminated. In practice, the camera achieved a fast focusing speed of 0.17 seconds in wide-angle and about 0.23 seconds in telephoto. The pure release delay was 0.04 and 0.06 seconds, respectively, which is also quite fast.

The movable touch screen is precise and has high luminous power.

Also noteworthy are the AF functions. In addition to face and eye recognition, the photographer also has automatic and manual focus field selection. Since the Panasonic FZ1000 II has a touch screen, this was intended as a control option for the autofocus point. So the photographer can move the AF field with his finger and the camera measures the focus exactly there. The whole thing also works when the electronic viewfinder is activated.

A variable focus magnifier and focus peaking function are then available for manual focusing.

Picture Quality Of The Panasonic FZ1000 II

Like the DMC-FZ1000, the tested successor Panasonic FZ1000 II also uses a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. We have extensively tested the Panasonic FZ1000 II in practice and utilizing test software to retrieve exact measurements.

The 16x zoom makes a good impression. On the one hand, on prints 20 x 30 centimeters in size there is only a slight drop in sharpness in the wide-angle. At medium and long focal lengths, this increases slightly when the aperture is closed.

It also becomes clear that the image processor is “messing around” in the image data. There is no other explanation for the fact that the center of the picture sometimes has a slightly lower sharpness than the edge of the picture. However, this effect is so small that it is not noticeable on a 20 x 30-centimeter print.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIMaximum zoom out of the already big camera becomes a real bolide. Practically speaking, the focal length equivalent to a small picture can be read off the tube.

In the case of vignetting, on the other hand, there is only positive news to report. As expected, there is a slight to almost invisible edge darkening in the wide-angle. In the other two measured focal lengths, it decreases to 0.4 to 0.1 f-stops.

Also with the distortion, there are no big problems. There is only a minimal barrel distortion at the edge of the picture in the wide-angle, but almost no distortion in the telephoto range. The good impression then continues with the non-existent chromatic aberrations.

At 50 percent contrast resolution, the Panasonic FZ1000 II lags behind other 1″ sensor cameras due to a few factors. For some time now, Panasonic has been taking a different approach to image processing, which is reflected in the very restrained resharpening by the image processor. The advantage is the low sharpness artifacts away by the bank.

The disadvantage, however, is that this reduces the visible resolution (many edges have less than 50 percent contrast and are therefore not defined as sufficient resolution). The Panasonic FZ1000 II achieves the highest wide-angle resolution with a good 48 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in 35mm equivalent and 30 lp/mm at the edge of the image with the same aperture.

This corresponds to a 40 percent reduction of the resolution to the edge of the picture. At aperture F3.8 and medium focal length, the Panasonic FZ1000 II has the least loss of resolution to the edge.

The rather low sharpness artifacts, which are removed by the bank, are confirmed by the measurement of the texture sharpness, which is rather low and decreases with increasing ISO sensitivity.

The latter is normal behavior due to the increasing noise suppression. Photographers who prefer a more crisp image and don’t want to use external image processing should increase the internal sharpness in the camera until they are satisfied with the result.

The signal-to-noise ratio is pleasingly high and decreases linearly with increasing ISO sensitivity. The critical limit between picture signal and the interference signal is undercut at just over ISO 3,200, which is a good result.

The other results relevant to image noise are also convincing. The grain size is quite small, but increases as expected with increasing ISO sensitivity. There are no abnormalities in the anatomy of the image noise. The luminance noise is hardly visible up to ISO 6.400 and the more disturbing color noise is only slightly visible at ISO 12.800.

 

panasonic fz1000 IIIn familiar unity, the memory card and battery share a common cover.

In terms of input dynamics, the camera shows slightly more than twelve f-stops at ISO 200, an excellent value.

In addition, it decreases as the ISO setting increases but remains high in all sensitivity settings. The camera shows from “very good” to “good” results with the output tonal range. Up to ISO 400, it is over 224 brightness levels. Only from ISO 6.400 on does the range drop below 7-bit (128 brightness levels) and thus into the only acceptable range.

The color fidelity of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is good, there are only minor color deviations. The largest deviation in the measurement was in the cyan range, where the strongest shift in the direction of magenta occurs.

Also, a yellow-green area was moved more towards green. The average color deviation is however small the maximum deviation is tolerable up to ISO 800, all higher ISO values show increasing maximum deviations. The color depth remains good up to ISO 6,400.

All in all, the Panasonic FZ1000 II shows an image processing that is actually typical for images that should be used immediately, if it weren’t for the very restrained sharpness. Photographers who want more differentiated results can adapt the image processor according to their own ideas using the image styles or use the raw data format and process the images externally on the computer. This gives you much more control over your images – but also more effort when editing them.

Conclusions: Is The Panasonic FZ1000 II Worth It?

With the Panasonic FZ1000 II, Panasonic has brought a worthy successor model to the FZ1000 onto the market that continues to combine extensive features in an affordable and relatively small plastic housing.

Although the Panasonic FZ1000 II does not stand out due to extensive innovations, the detail improvements have been made in a meaningful way.

The precise and bright touch screen of the camera is extremely good for this. Even though the viewfinder magnification was “only” increased by 0.04 points to 0.74 times, the quality has been significantly improved – even for spectacle wearers.

The operation of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is simple and intuitive despite the large variety of functions. The image quality is good up to ISO 800. ISO 1.600 can also still be used.

The rather soft adjustment of the sharpness is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, here you have to determine your own preference and adjust it in the camera, which is also no problem thanks to the possibilities offered.

Like its predecessor, the Panasonic FZ1000 II can also be described with similar concepts, with which everyday photography can be mastered in almost any situation. This makes the Panasonic FZ1000 II a good bridge camera with sophisticated features, good image quality, and comprehensive features.

Specifications For The Panasonic FZ 1000 II

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Panasonic FZ1000 II
Sensor CMOS 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (crop factor 2.7) 20.9 megapixels (physical)
20.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 2.4 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.472 x 3.648 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens F2,8-4,0/25-400mm
Filter threads 62 mm built-in
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,360,000 pixels resolution, 2.00x magnification (sensor-related), 0.74x magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-3.0 to 3.0 DPT), -3.0 to 3.0 DPT)
Display 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 1.240,000 pixels
tiltable
rotatable yes
swiveling yes
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic objective control yes
Scene modes 22 scene modes are available
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Multi-field, Centre-weighted Integral, Spot
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in
Synchronous time 1/4.000 s
Flash connection Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact flash shoe
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-12.800
manually ISO 80-25.600
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields
Speed 0.17 to 0.23 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 137 x 97 x 131 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 800 g
Tripod socket outside the optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment Lens ring (motorized), ring rocker (motorized)
Battery life 440 images according to CIPA standard
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Large, clear viewfinder
  • Large zoom range
  • Good internal raw converter
  • Extensive video mode
  • Very good operation and configurability

Cons

  • Very soft JPEG recordings
  • Tripod thread Outside the optical axis
  • Simple plastic housing

Panasonic FZ1000 II Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (crop factor 2.7) 20.9 megapixels (physical), 20.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 2.4 µm
Photo resolution
5.472 x 3.648 pixels (3:2)
5.472 x 3.080 Pixel (16:9)
4.864 x 3.648 pixels (4:3)
3.888 x 2.592 pixels (3:2)
3.840 x 2.160 pixels (16:9)
3.648 x 3.648 pixels (1:1)
3.456 x 2.592 pixels (4:3)
2.736 x 1.824 Pixel (3:2)
2.592 x 2.592 pixels (1:1)
2.432 x 1.824 Pixel (4:3)
1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (16:9)
1.824 x 1.824 Pixel (1:1)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 48 bit (16 bit per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.31), DCF standard
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p 29 min
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p 29 min
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p 29 min
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p 29 min
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p 29 min
Maximum recording time 130 min
Video format
MP4 (Codec H.264)
AVCHD (codec MPEG-4)

Lens

Focal length 25 to 400 mm (35mm equivalent) 16x zoom 9.1 to 146 mm (physical)
4x digital zoom
Focus range 30 cm to infinity (wide-angle) – 100 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Macro sector 3 cm (wide-angle) 100 cm (telephoto)
Apertures F2.8 to F8 (wide-angle) F4 to F8 (telephoto)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus mode Contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (6x)
Focus control Depth of field control, Live View
Filter threads 62 mm

Viewfinder and Display

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,240,000 pixels, touch screen, brightness adjustable, color adjustable, swivels 180°, rotates 270
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,360,000 pixels, magnification factor 2.00x (0.74x KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-3.0 to 3.0 DPT)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 60 s (Auto) 1/4,000 to 60 s (Manual) – Bulb with maximum 120 s exposure time 1/16,000 to 1 s (Electronic)
Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic (with program shift), Aperture priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Scene automatic
Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with maximum 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with a step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 12.800 (automatic) ISO 80 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
Remote access Cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Scene modes Backlight, Skin, Night scene, Portrait, 18 other scene modes
Picture effects Cross development, High Key, Low Key, Miniature effect, Monochrome, Retro, Sepia, Toy camera, Star grid, Soft focus, Cross development, Expressionistic, High/Low Key, 12 more image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine-tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent lamp, Kelvin input, Manual 4 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting 12 frames/s at the highest resolution, 4K burst 30 frames/s max 29 Min 59 Sek
Self-timer Self-timer with a distance of 2 s, special features: Self-timer with 10 seconds forward and 3 consecutive shots, and only 10 seconds.
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 9,999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun Of The Panasonic FZ1000 II

Flash built-in flash (hinged) Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
Flash range 0.3 to 13.5 m at wide-angle 1.0 to 9.5 m at a telephoto flash range
at ISO auto guide number 10 (ISO 100) – Flash sync time 1/4,000 s
Flash number
Guide number 10 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High-speed sync, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Manual flash output (21 levels), Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Master function (4 channels and 3 groups), Flash exposure compensation from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer electronic image stabilizer, optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Panorama Swivel panorama
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply no power supply connection USB charging function
Power supply 1 x Panasonic DMW-BLC12E (lithium-ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 1,200 mAh) 440 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Video editing, cropping images, image rotation, image protection, highlight/shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slideshow function with music and fade effects, reduce size
Face recognition Face Recognition, Face Recognition (6 faces)
Picture parameters Sharpness, contrast, color saturation
The grid can be faded in during the recording Yes, it can be faded during the recording
Special functions Electronic spirit level, orientation sensor, zebra function, live view, user profiles with 1 user profiles
Ports availability Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USB USB type: USB 2.0 High-Speed WLAN: available (type: B, G, N) – NFC: available – audio output: no Audio input
: yes (3.5 mm stereo microphone jack) – Video output: yes (HDMI output Micro (type D))
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ not located in the optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous scalable AF Field 5-Axis Image StabilizerFocus Stacking Post Focus Time-lapse Video Aperture Bracket

2, 5 or 7 shots 1 EV Distance Focus Bracket
1-999 shotsVideo Shutter Speed
1/16,000 to 1 second slow Speed
1.

0

80p with 120 and 100 fps video
and 4K photo exposure correction +/- 3 EV video image styles
vivid, monochrome, landscape, portrait, custom variant, cinema look D and electronic
windscreen RAW editingMono-speakerStop motion recording

Size and weight

Weight 800 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 137 x 97 x 131 mm

Other

included accessories Panasonic DMW-BLC12E Special batteryLithium-ion battery charger Backlight hood, lens cap, flash shoe
cover Photofun Studio 9.5 Premium Edition
image editing software
for Windows or later and for Macintosh system or later image editing software Silkypix Developer Studio
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed (Micro-USB)
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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.