Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Compact Camera with 4K Video Recording

Large sensor, affordable 4K
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The Panasonic FZ1000 4K camera has a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor.

NEWARK, NJ — Panasonic recently announced the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (FZ1000) — the world’s first digital compact camera to offer 4K video recording capability. The FZ1000 boasts a one-inch, high-sensitivity MOS sensor and 4K video recording capability. The latest member of the popular Lumix FZ series, the FZ1000 will be available at and select channel partners in late July with an MSRP of $899.99.

The integration of a newly developed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x optical zoom lens achieves high resolution edge to edge. With the camera’s large sensor, the lens can achieve a beautiful defocus effect coveted by photographers and videographers.

The one-inch 20.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor improves the camera’s S/N (signal to noise) ratio, making it possible to capture a clear image with minimum noise even when it is shot at a high ISO. The Venus Engine is also upgraded to feature multiple noise reduction systems, to help the camera achieve precise reproduction and high image quality with a natural look.

The FZ1000 incorporates 4K (QFHD 4K: 3840x2160, up to 30 fps in MP4) video recording capability for the first time with a digital compact camera. Videos can also be recorded in full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 60p in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4/H.264) format or MP4 at 60p. A 16x optical zoom with five-step speed control enables smooth zoom adjustment even while video recording. The five-axis hybrid optical image stabilizer effectively compensates for vibration. Creative video mode, high-speed video in full-HD at 120fps, time-lapse shot and stop-motion animation are all available for a variety of video effects.

The FZ1000 also features “Depth From Defocus” technology, for its focusing accuracy and improved focus speed. High-speed burst shooting can be shot at 12 fps in 20.1-megapixel full resolution. It also offers a maximum1/4,000 (mechanical) and 1/16,000 (electronic) shutter speed.

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The FZ1000 boasts a high-speed OLED live viewfinder. With 0.39-inch 2,359k-dot high resolution in 4:3 aspect ratio, the new LVF boasts approx.1.88x/0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100 percent field of view. The 3.0-inch 921k-dot free-angle LCD with its wide-viewing angle rotates 180 degrees to the side and tilts 270 degrees up and down. There is a both a zoom lever and a zoom ring to support different modes of operation. For more creative freedom, a variety of shooting modes are available.

The FZ1000 integrates WiFi connectivity with near-field communication to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with a simple operation. The FZ1000 also comes with a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone connection. In addition, RAW data can be processed in camera.

1. Leica f2.8-4.0 25-400mm Zoom Lens

Panasonic’s newly developed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens system (f2.8-F4.0) with 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-400mm).

2. One-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS Sensor

The DMC-FZ1000 incorporates a one-inch high-sensitivity MOS sensor with 20.1-megapixel resolution. The new sensor is four times larger than conventional 1/2.3-inch sensors used in most compact digital cameras. This larger size improves the camera’s S/N ratio, resulting in a reduction of noise even when shooting at ISO 12,800.

The Venus Engine image processor was developed for the DMC-FZ1000 to boost its performance with a new quad-core CPU and provide high-speed signal processing for 4K video recording. The Venus Engine applies noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, the newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended naturally into the image.

3. Recording High-Quality Video in 4K

The Lumix FZ1000 is not only for capturing still images but also high-quality video in 4K. It features 4K video recording capability (QFHD 4K: 3840x2160, up to 30 fps (NTSC) in MP4) with data rate of 100 Mbps. Users can enjoy recording video in ultra high definition and even grab an 8-megapixel frame from a still image. The FZ1000 should be used with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) SDXC memory cards. The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video.

4. Super-fast Lumix DFD Focusing Technology

For even faster response and higher mobility, the FZ1000 integrates a dedicated motor into the focus system to achieve extremely fast focusing. In addition, the camera has “Depth From Defocus” technology that shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images. As a result, the DMC-FZ1000 achieves auto focus speeds up to approx.0.09 sec at wide end and even approx.0.17 sec at telephoto end.

5. Integrated Smartphone/Tablet WiFi for Remote Imaging Control

The FZ1000 integrates WiFi connectivity with near-field communication technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing. With the Panasonic “Image App,” remote shooting of both stills and video is possible by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor. You can release the shutter, zoom, focus and set shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation with a smartphone/tablet.

Other features include 3 cm macro shooting, highlight/shadow control and RAW data development in the camera.