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Product Announcement: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, 4K Under $900

Caleb Ward

Shooting 4K footage with a Leica designed lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 might be a great entry level camera.

Cameras and Equipment

If you’re a filmmaker or a photographer I’m sure this happens to you all the time…

You’re at a social gathering, typically a wedding, and people see you with your big fancy camera. Which prompts them to ask you something like “I was looking to get a new camera, do you know of any good ones?“. In reality this question makes about as much sense as saying “I was looking for a new car, do you know of any good ones?” Even so, we might have found the perfect go-to camera for individuals looking to buy their first “serious” camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.

FZ1000 Quick Look

The FZ1000 is what’s known as a “bridge camera” meaning it is a step up from a point and shoot and one step below a DSLM/R camera like the GH4. Definitely the most incredible feature included in the FZ1000 is the ability to capture 4K footage. The footage isn’t RAW but that shouldn’t be a problem for someone just entering the filmmaking world. The camera also comes with a Leica designed 25-200mm f/2.8-4 lens, which is a pretty decent kit lens for the price.

The FZ1000 features a 1″-type MOS sensor. The unit also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for users to offload their photographs without connecting their camera to a computer. An OLED viewfinder enables users to see 100% of the image frame.

Pricing and Availability

The FZ1000 is is going for $897.99 on the B&H website, which includes the camera body, built-in lens, rechargeable battery with charger, lens hood, & a one year warranty. The FZ1000 is expected to be available by July 31, 2014.

FZ1000 Technical Specs

Sensor 20.9 MP MOS Sensor
Crop Factor N/A
Sensitivity Range ISO 125-12,800 (Extended Mode to 25,600)
Burst Shooting Up to 50fps
View Finder TFT LCD 2,359k-dot w/ diopter; 100% coverage
Autofocus 49 focus areas
Shutter Speed 60 Sec – 1/16,000
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash Yes – Built-In
Wireless Flash Yes
Image Stabilization Hybrid I.O.S.
Video MOV: 3840×2160: 30 fps, 1920×1080: 30fps & 24fps, 1280×720: 30fps, 640×480: 30fps
LCD Size 3 inch touch screen; 921,000 dots
Battery DMW-BLC 12 Battery Pack

What do you think of the Panasonic FZ1000? Would you recommend it to someone just starting out in the photography/video world?  Share in the comments below.