The Panasonic FZ1000 II is a bridge camera designed for enthusiasts. Its super-sharp F3.5-5.6 aperture lens is vivid and gives a zoom up to 16x, and is lightweight and small. It also will record in 4K resolution.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Price
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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Key specifications
- 20.1 Megapixel, 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor
- ISO range of 125-12,800, expandable to 80-25,600
- Leica-branded 16x optical zoom lens, 25-400mm equivalent with a bright F2.8-4 maximum aperture
- Five-axis image stabilization
- 49-point autofocus with face/eye detection
- Shoots continuously at 12 frames per second without autofocus, 7 fps with continuous AF, or 30 fps in ‘4K Photo’ mode
- High-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder and tilt/swivel touchscreen LCD
- Capable of UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/60p video
- Battery rated for 440 shots per charge on LCD or 290 shots thru viewfinder (CIPA)
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Features
Panasonic’s FZ1000 II refresh may seem small with the same sensor and lens, but on board, there are quite a few new useful features. Panasonic’s useful 4K Shot, Post Focus and Focus Stacking modes are first and foremost. Now we’ve seen these Lumix cameras over many centuries, and it’s good to have them introduced here. They do bring a lot of artistic potential, really.
At frame rates of 30/25/24p, 4K video is now available, or you can film full HD footage at up to 60p. The inclusion of a microphone jack, 5-axis Hybrid OIS+, and the completely articulated touchscreen of the 3-inch, the 1240K-dot sensor also makes the FZ1000 II a pretty cool vlogging camera.
There’s also a new Auto Labeling feature that lets you highlight from your video footage your favorite still frames.
It is very wise to get a new Zoom Write Assist app. With this allowed, even when zooming in, the FZ1000 II can watch your subjects when they leave the picture. What it does is turn back to a broader view of the scene so that the subject can be re-composed and zoomed in.
Burst firing sits at an incredible 12fps, and by using the electronic shutter, the FZ1000 II can achieve a shutter speed of 1/16,000sec. In the meantime, there is a new f/11 minimum aperture
The new Bluetooth and WiFi allow you to remotely exchange pictures or monitor the FZ1000 II, and the OLED Live View Finder has a resolution and magnification bump of up to 2,360K dots and 0.74x, respectively.
The body style has also been tweaked by Panasonic, introducing additional custom feature buttons (bringing the total to 13) and a new metal order dial.
In addition to a slew of other filters, Panasonic’s cool L.Monochrome D mode has been introduced to the FZ1000 II.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Build Quality
The Panasonic FZ1000 II is a bit smaller than its brother, the FZ200, and can be held very easily. The body is made of silicone, but a premium look and feel are retained.
The dual mode dials and big, bright EVF dominating the top plate of the camera endorse this.
The Panasonic FZ1000 II boasts a deep, rubberized hand grip on the front and an elevated thumb grip on the back of the frame, as you would expect from a bridge camera. The camera really sets well in the side, and without any complications, I held it for long distances this way.
This may be a little niggle, but from the hand grip on over to the back of the camera, the FZ1000 II has a good textured, rubberised gip on the right side. Although in comparison to many other Panasonic cameras, it’s missing from the left side of the sensor. Obviously, with the hand grip, you hold it from the right foot, so its absence on the left really does not impact its handling. Although if the textured rubber goes all over, the camera body would have a much more premium feel.
In terms of customisation, on the left side of the FZ1000 II lens barrel, there are three new Fn buttons (Fn1, Fn2, Fn3). These come together on the top plate with Fn4 and Fn5 and on the back of the frame with Fn6 through 8. Even, the video record button is on the top plate now.
The redesigned 3-inch touchscreen LCD is one of the main improvements to the FZ1000 II, and the screen is really cool. They’re tall, they’re bright, they’re very sensitive to your touch. I was also able to see my subjects clearly in the warm sunshine. I’m a huge fan of the articulated touchscreen of the GH5, since it’s too easy for our YouTube channel to shoot videos. The LCD of the FZ1000 II has the same efficiency and versatility. Really, it is a delight to use.
Similarly, in Panasonic parlance, the EVF or Live Viewfinder oozes quality. The bump from 0.7x magnification to 0.74x does not sound like much, but the scenes on the FZ1000 II inside the LVF are wide and light.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Main Features
- 20MP – 1″ BSI-CMOS Sensor
- ISO 125 – 12800( expands to 80-25600)
- 25-400 mm F2.8-4.0 Zoom Lens
- 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization
- 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
- 2360k dot Electronic viewfinder
- 12.0 fps continuous shooting
- 4K (UHD) – 3840 x 2160 video
- 120 fps High-Speed Video
- Built-in Wireless
- 808g. 136 x 97 x 132 mm
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II: Conclusions
A comparatively gentle upgrade to the superzoom original is the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Mark II. But that’s not to take away what’s right: if you want a flexible zoom lens with pictures of decent quality, it’s probably worth placing on your shortlist.
No, the image quality has not moved past its 2014 original, but it is a very diverse zoom camera with a fantastic multi-angle touchscreen and high-quality electronic viewfinder. Plus, which adds to its points of appeal, it is more economical than its closest Sony rival.