Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Review

Overall 43
Imaging 18
Features 78
Size 68
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 80 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 136 x 97 x 132 mm
  • Weight: 808 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic FZ1000.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DC-FZ1000 II that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Feb 18, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Panasonic released to replace their older product FZ1000.

In Large Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #79 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #639 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 350 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II has the following external dimensions 136 x 136 x 132 mm (53.54 x 38.19 x 51.97″) with the weight of 808 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 882g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 132mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II — 350 shots
Min: 300 shots
Average: 375 shots
Max: 420 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II — 132 mm
Min: 102 mm
Average: 122 mm
Max: 145 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II — 808 g
Min: 733 g
Average: 882 g
Max: 1095 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,240k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DC-FZ1000 II comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DC-FZ1000 II features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DC-FZ1000 II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DC-FZ1000 II.

In addition, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DC-FZ1000 II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 375 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DC-FZ1000 II to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (136 x 97 x 132 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • Big size (136 x 97 x 132 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (808 g)
  • Big size (136 x 97 x 132 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DC-FZ1000 II
Announced Feb 18, 2018
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,240k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.74
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 13.5
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, 1st / 2nd Slow Sync.
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores n/a
DxO Color Depth n/a
DxO Dynamic Range n/a
DxO Low Light ISO n/a
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 808 g
Physical Dimensions 136 x 97 x 132 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model DMW-BLC12PP
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage Slots 1

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