Megazoom 4K Camera from Panasonic Fires off 12 shots per second
by Stephan Jukic – July 22nd, 2014
Panasonic is a well-known manufacturer in the 4K camera market and their products to date have not for the most part disappointed happy users. However, with their latest offering, the Lumix DMC-FZ1000, they’ve really outdone themselves in the 4K digital SLR camera race.
The FZ1000 may look like many other cameras released by Panasonic in the last few years but looks can be deceiving. This powerful DSLR 4K UHD camera is crammed with heavy duty film and photo shooting goodies and packs a real professional punch especially for photographers who want to create images that deeply impress those who view them.
In essence, the Lumix FZ1000 takes most of the features you’d find in other 4K DSLRs and combines them into one superb specs set.
Let’s start with the massive 1-inch-type 20.1 megapixel sensor. Though matched by the sensor on Sony’s RX100 M3 camera, the Panasonic FZ1000 version is a much larger sensor than what you’d find in the overwhelming majority of fixed lens high-zoom DSLR cameras.
Furthermore, thanks the FZ1000’s 4k video mode that’s designed to record 3,840 x 2,160 pixels at a very decent 30 fps in MP4 formatting, the sensor gives you even more bang for its buck and lets you should some truly fantastic film under even less than stellar conditions.
Best of all, the 4K video capacity of the Panasonic FZ1000, while being comparable to the abilities of the also excellent Sony FDR-AX1000 Handycam camcorder, comes to consumers at a much cheaper price tag of less than half the $2000 dollars you’d need to fork over for Sony’s compact 4K filming machine.
In addition to its 4K video specs, the FZ1000 will also film 1080p conventional HD at 60fps and 720p resolution at a powerful 120 fps.
Finally, moving on to this fine DSLR’s photo shooting capacity, you get an enormous amount for the relatively low price its retailing for.
Imitating the best qualities in the Olympus PEN class mirrorless cameras, the FZ1000 offers a five-axis optical stabilization system for keeping its powerful 25 to 400mm F2.8 to F4.0 16X optical zoom completely tremor free when shooting magnified targets. And according to Panasonic, the camera’s boot time is lightning fast, giving you the ability to turn the camera on, point it at a fast moving object or scene, focus in and shoot multiple shots in just a single second. In fact, in continuous shooting mode, the camera is designed to capture a hefty 12 shots per second.
Interesting as well, the LUMIX FZ1000 from Panasonic also includes RAW modes for video and photo stills, NFC and WiFi connectivity and the ability to remotely control the cameras zoom, shutter and exposure controls.
Coming out for sale to the mass market in the end of July, the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 will retail for an astoundingly low 4k DSLR price tag of just $900 USD.
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