Panasonic Releases the World’s First 4K Compact

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Looks like Panasonic is gunning for a fight in the superzoom and bridge camera categories. Its latest the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 superzoom camera, uses a 1-inch high sensitivity 20MP Live MOS sensor. It is amongst the first superzooms to feature a large sensor. And if you needed more, the camera can shoot 4k videos at 30fps, making it the first compact camera in the world to do so!

Clearly, targetting Sony, the Panasonic FZ1000 seems to be doing everything the RX10 does. But perhaps, better. The camera offers a wider 16x zoom range (equivalent to 25–400mm) as opposed to the 8.3x zoom (24–200mm) offered by the RX10.  If rumours are to be believed, the Panasonic is using the same 20MP Live MOS sensor of the RX10.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Unlike the Sony that offers a f/2.8 aperture through out the zoom range, the FZ1000 drops to f/4. At 200mm you will probably have a 2/3rd stop advantage if you were using the RX10.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilisation which is great for shooting both stills and video. The built-in stereo mic and the option of using an external mic will please video enthusiasts. The ISO range of the camera is 125–25600. Viewers can also grab 8MP photographs from the 4k video clip.

The camera also has a 921k dot LCD and a high resolution OLED viewfinder.

Panasonic uses its  Depth from Defocus technology to boost the AF speed. First introduced in Panasonic’s GH4,  the technology makes focusing faster by calculating the distance between the subject and the camera to improve the AF speed. Its a feature commonly used by DSLRs that is now available in a compact camera.

Given all the features, you would assume that the FZ1000 would be priced close to or more than RX10. Wrong again.

Globally, the Panasonic is priced at USD 899 (approx. Rs. 54,000), a good 400 dollars cheaper than the Sony. The Indian prices are yet to be announced, though.



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