Panasonic announced a new superzoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which is characterized by a 1"-type CMOS sensor and a 9.1-146mm (equivalent: 25-400mm) f/2.8-4.0 lens. Not only is the sensor of the same size as the one on the model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, but also its resolution is completely identical - 20.1MP. The lens on the DMC-FZ1000 has not got a constant aperture as it is the case with its counterpart on the aforesaid Sony's model, yet, on the other hand, its reach is twice as large - in particular, 146mm in comparison to 73.3mm on the DSC-RX10. Furthermore, this lens utilizes Panasonic's new technology Depth from Defocus, which results in faster focusing.
The FZ1000 also sports a fully articulated LCD with 921,000 dots, as well as an OLED viewfinder of high resolution (2,360,000 dots). As far as the ring around the lens barrel is concerned, one can make use of it when zooming or manually focusing. The FZ1000 provides a whole set of manual controls, such as for instance the highlight/shadow correction and the internal RAW conversion.
What truly distinguishes the FZ1000 from the sea of other models is its ability to record video in the 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at 30fps, with a bit rate of 100Mbps. What is more, the high video resolution allows for 8MP still photographs to be 'extracted' from a video recording. Indubitably, the FZ1000 has got the capability of video recording in the Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), as well as in the HD resolution 1280 x 720 (30p).
As for the additional equipment, there is a built-in stereo microphone; however, experienced videographers can attach an external microphone by virtue of a standard 3.5mm port. As it is the case with the majority of Panasonic's models of the higher class, the FZ1000 features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. In addition, the camera can be controlled by means of a smartphone, while sharing images is highly practical as well.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 will step on the market this summer at a price of $899 / £749.
The news was taken from PANASONIC.