Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Full Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Exposure is generally reliable, and we rarely felt the need to adjust this using exposure compensation. Dynamic range captured is good, with further options to expand this, using iDynamic will help with shadows. You can also adjust highlight and shadow settings. If there's still not enough, then you can use the HDR shooting mode (JPEG only) or process the raw images. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Lens test images

Lens Performance - The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II captures images with a good amount of detail, accurate colours and good levels of contrast. Although, shooting photos with a high level of contrast does cause purple fringing, particularly in shots with trees against a bright sky - this is more noticeable towards the corners of the image. Vignetting did not appear to be an issue. 

The 35mm equivalent zoom range of 25mm-400mm is useful and most images, throughout the zoom range, remain sharp. However, the top of the church, which was captured at the 400mm end of the zoom, is a little soft but it's the only image out of the few we captured that is. 

Selfies aren't the easiest thing to capture with a bridge camera but skin colour is accurate and the image is sharp as too are the portraits with flash removing shadows and adding catchlights to eyes. 

Close-focusing is admirable with lovely bokeh in the background of the macro shots and the shot of the worm has plenty of detail, too. 

The addition of a new minimum aperture of f/11 gives you more scope for creativity as do the digital filters with the black & white filters producing some of the best results. 


The aperture available on the lens changes as you zoom, so at 25mm equivalent the brightest aperture available is f/2.8. As you zoom this is reduced, so at 30mm the aperture is f/3.0, and this continues as you zoom further towards the telephoto end of the lens:

f/2.8 at 25mm-26mm equivalent
f/2.9 at 26mm to 28mm 
f/3.0 at 29mm to 33mm 
f/3.1 at 34mm to 40mm 
f/3.2 at 41mm to 46mm
f/3.3 at 47mm to 51mm
f/3.4 at 51mm to 55mm
f/3.5 at 57mm to 62mm
f/3.6 at 64mm to 69mm
f/3.7 at 70mm to 82mm
f/3.8 at 84mm to 104mm
f/3.9 at 105mm to 164mm
f/4.0 at 170mm onwards


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II ISO test images

Noise Performance - For the best results, stick to the lowest ISO number possible as fine detail starts to fall off at ISO400 / ISO800, with ISO6400-12800 really showing a loss of detail. You can extend the ISO range in the custom settings, and this lets you go down to ISO80, and up to ISO25600, although ISO25600 shows high levels of noise, and ISO80 shows lower levels of dynamic range. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The Auto White Balance (AWB) result is a little on the warm side under tungsten light. AWB under Fluorescent lighting gives a result with good colour accuracy. The FZ1000 II doesn't have a Fluorescent preset but the Tungsten preset does a slightly better job than AWB. AWB performs well under mixed lighting, but if you're not happy with the results custom white balance may be required. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Digital filters

As you can see, there are plenty of digital filters to choose from but, we think, the black & white options are particularly impressive. There's an automatic panoramic shooting mode, where you simply pan the camera from one side to the other, with the camera automatically stitching the photo as you go. Stitching is good, and the image produced is around 14mp. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Sample Videos

Video can be captured in 4K (3840x2160 pixel resolution at 30/25/24p) at up to 100mbps, and you can also extract 8.3MP frames from your 4K video footage with the 4K Photo options. Video quality is very good, with plenty of detail, although care needs to be taken to avoid wind noise. Some noise is picked up from the lens when using optical zoom. You can record FullHD video at frame rates up to 60fps, or you can record high-speed video at up to 120fps.

There are numerous options, including colour profiles, with Cinelike D (flat) and Cinelike V available. ISO6400 is the highest available ISO speed. There's also a 3.5mm microphone socket on the side, but no headphone socket. Video can be recorded for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds, if you wanted to record for longer then you could look at the FZ2000 with unlimited video recording. When recording 4K video, the focal range changes to 37mm to 592mm equivalent due to the crop factor.

*5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. compensation works in video recording, and is a combination of optical and electronic image stabilisation. This isn't available for 4K video or high-speed video recording, where standard optical image stabilisation is still active. Using just optical zoom, the camera can struggle to keep video stable when using the telephoto end of lens, so a tripod or stable surface is recommended. 

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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

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pablophotographer 8 1.2k 351
6 Mar 2019 5:13PM
All bells and whistles.
But at double the price of the 24 zoom DCM-FZ45 when new, I will hold on my old girl.

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geekaytee 7 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 12:07PM
Does this retain the digital zoom of the original FZ1000?
The various reviews make no mention of it.
BobEH 13 14 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 12:38PM
I have the older version and find it great for almost everything. You don't need to use high ISO as the stabilisation and wide aperture help enormously. The long zoom allows you to frame the shot precisely therefore no deterioration of image quality results from having to crop. What's more you don't need lots of heavy lenses.
joshwa Plus
8 885 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 12:49PM

Quote: Does this retain the digital zoom of the original FZ1000?
The various reviews make no mention of it.


Yes there are options for i.Zoom and Digital Zoom in the menus on the camera.

Natureale 5 73 Slovenia
13 Mar 2019 2:23PM
For the Josh:

There are some infos on web, that FZ1000 MkII uses different sensor to the original Year 2014 one. Most notable mention was published in Digital Trends. Now, have you heard anything relevant to this matter, be it from Panasonic or elsewhere?

Or the Panasonic claims on better low-light ability for the MkII are based only on improved Venus image processor.

joshwa Plus
8 885 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 2:36PM
Hi Natureale, I'll check with Panasonic and get back to you. Thanks, Josh
Natureale 5 73 Slovenia
23 Mar 2019 11:26AM
Looks like the Panasonic people aren't prone to give real info in normal time. Wink
One just doesn't get why hiding info on the MkII sensor (and some other things too). Wink
joshwa Plus
8 885 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2019 8:28AM
Hi Natureale, I'll contact them again, thanks Josh
joshwa Plus
8 885 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2019 8:59AM
Hi Natureale,

Panasonic has confirmed that it is the same sensor in the FZ1000 II, as used in the FZ1000.

Natureale 5 73 Slovenia
26 Mar 2019 8:59PM
HI Josh,

Thank you for your feedback.

However, I'm just wondering why Hillary Grigonis of Sigital Trends wrote about different sensor in MkII.

Either Grigonis got and published untrue spec or Panasonic is hiding something. Blush Wink

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