Panasonic Unveils the Lumix FZ1000, a 4K Superzoom Camera
Panasonic has announced their first digital compact camera capable of recording 4K video – the Lumix FZ1000.
The Lumix FZ1000 features a new LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25-400mm F2.8-F4.0 16x optical zoom lens that’s composed of 15 elements in 11 groups (including 4 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces), a 1-inch type 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Venus Engine image processor with a new quad-core CPU.
The Lumix FZ1000 is capable of capturing videos in 4K resolution (QFHD 4K: 3840×2160, up to 30 fps (NTSC) / in MP4). The FZ1000 is able to record up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of 4K video and Panasonic recommends that a UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) memory card be used when capturing videos in high bitrate 4K. When recording in 4K, users may also take 8-megapixel stills and, after recording, can even choose a single frame to produce a 3,840 x 2,160-pixel still image. Other video capture modes include full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or MP4 at 60p.
To complement the FZ1000’s video capturing capabilities, the camera’s 16x optical zoom is equipped with a 5-step speed control for smooth zoom adjustment as well as a 5-axis HYBRID OIS+ (optical image stabilizer). The FZ1000 also features a dedicated motor into the focus system as well as DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology which gives the camera a Light Speed AF of 0.09 seconds at wide end and around 0.17 seconds at the tele-end.
Other features of the FZ1000 include a maximum shutter speed of ¼,000 (mechanical) or 1/16,000 (electronic), an ISO range of 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600), continuous shooting of 12fps, and a 3-inch 921,000-dot fully articulated LCD screen. Connectivity-wise, the FZ1000 is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with NFC. It also has a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone, a USB.20 port, and a micro HDMI port.
The Lumix FZ1000 will be available at the Panasonic online store as well as select channel partners sometime in late July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.99.