Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Review

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II features a 16x optical LEICA certified zoom lens that has a 35mm equivalent of 25mm-400mm, combined with a 20mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor and 4K video, could this be the all-in-one camera that has it all?


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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Review The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II features a 16x optical LEICA certified zoom lens that has a 35mm equivalent of 25mm-400mm, combined with a 20mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor and 4K video, could this be the all-in-one camera that has it all? 4.5 5


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
 

Quick Verdict 

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II offers the same great 16x optical zoom lens and 20mp sensor as the FZ1000, but updates the camera to include an improved touch-screen, a better electronic viewfinder, and improved controls. Photo and video quality is good, and the camera offers good value for money. 

+ Pros

  • Leica 16x optical zoom lens
  • 3inch Touch-screen adds to usability
  • Improved electronic viewfinder
  • Customisable function buttons
  • Improved battery life
  • 3cm macro focus
  • USB charging

- Cons

  • Purple fringing can be an issue
  • Not USB-C - MicroUSB instead
 

 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
 

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is the recent upgrade to the FZ1000 and with it comes a few minor tweaks / improvements but are the changes enough to make those who originally owned the FZ1000 upgrade? We'll be answering this question, and more, in our full review of this new ultrazoom camera.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is Panasonic's premium ultra-zoom bridge camera, with a 16x optical zoom lens, a 20mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, and 4K video recording. The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II will be available from the end of March 2019 for £769.99.

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Features

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
 

The Leica certified 16x optical zoom lens and the 20.1MP sensor is the same as you find in the original FZ1000 but Bluetooth is now built-in along with a 3.0-inch, 1,240k-dot 180-degree rear monitor which is now touch-control so you can set focus quickly and also configure 5 on-screen buttons for quick access to controls. 

As well as a 180-degree tilt, the screen on the Lumix FZ1000 II has a +/- 270-degree swivel range so you can spin it around so you can see yourself if you need to shoot a piece to camera or want to try out a selfie. You can also turn the screen around so it faces the camera body which will protect it from scratches when in your camera bag. 

If you don't want to use the rear monitor, there is a 0.39-inch OLED Live View Finder which has a 2,360k-dot resolution and 0.74x magnification, up from 0.7X on the FZ1000.

There's a 4K photo option, along with 4K video (3840x2160 pixel resolution at 30/25/24p), and you can use various 4K photo functions which include Post Focus, Focus Stacking and the ability to combine multiple images. There's also a new 'Auto Marking' feature that helps you choose the best image from footage you've shot at 30fps. 

Other interesting, and useful, features include 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+, high-speed burst shooting, Wi-Fi, various photo filters and a new minimum aperture of f/11. There's also a new Zoom Compose Assist feature that Panasonic says will help you keep track of subjects when they suddenly leave the frame and for the most part, it's a useful feature; quickly switching to a wide-angle view so you can see more in the frame before returning to the zoom point you had set previously. 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
 

Panasonic also says that the FZ1000 II has a quick start-up time and autofocus speeds of approximately 0.09 seconds, a burst rate of 12fps (AFS), plus a high-speed (electronic) shutter sporting 1/16000 seconds and we'll let you know if all of these statements are true later in this review. 

As for the overall design, it is similar to the FZ1000 with the addition of a few more function buttons, and some buttons are moved around. There are two control dials instead of just one, and a new red ring around the lens to add a more premium look. There are 13 customisable function buttons so you shouldn't run out of ways you can make the camera's functions unique to your shooting style. It also has the familiar 'bulky with big grip' design bridge cameras have.

 

Key Features

  • 20.1mp 1inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • 16x optical LEICA certified zoom lens, f/2.8-4.0
  • 35mm equivalent of 25mm-400mm
  • 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+
  • 3inch touch-screen, 1240K dots 
  • 0.39-inch OLED Live View Finder, 2360K dots
  • 4K Photo
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • New minimum aperture of f/11
  • Autofocus speeds of approximately 0.09 seconds
  • Burst rate of 12fps
  • High-speed (electronic) shutter - 1/16000 seconds
  • Various creative modes including photo filters (incl a new L.Monochrome D mode), Post Focus & Focus Stacking

 

Video Features

  • 4K UHD Video 
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • 30/25/24p
  • Auto Marking
  • Microphone socket

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Handling

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II looks very similar to the orginal FZ1000, on first glance, however there are a number of subtle, but worthwhile improvements, including the addition of a new top command dial behind the shutter button. You'll also notice there are now three (new) function buttons on the left-hand side of the lens (Fn1, Fn2, Fn3), two function buttons on the top (Fn4 - defaults to exposure compensation, and Fn5), and on the back three more function buttons, Fn6 (Q. Menu), and Fn7 (delete, back) and Fn8 (LVF). The video record button has also been moved.

The drive mode dial on the top left of the camera has been updated to include the 4K focus stacking mode, which joins the other drive modes of self-timer, continuous shooting, interval shooting, 4K photo, and single shot. 

The handgrip feels deep, and the rubber texture gives a good grip. If you've got small hands, then you may find the camera grip quite large. This rubber grip continues around to the back of the camera, and there is a protruding section for your thumb to grip on to. Unfortunately, there is no longer a rubber grip on the left-hand side of the camera, however as the lens should be the main area held on to this shouldn't be of too much concern. 

The camera body is constructed using plastic, however, this feels solid, and tough, with no immediately visible signs of flex. No doubt, this also keeps the cost down, in comparison to making the camera out of metal. The tripod socket is near the middle of the camera and is made of metal. The battery compartment is also where you'll find the memory card slot, and has a locking mechanism, as well as a spring-loaded latch to hold the battery in. 

The focal lengths are marked on the (plastic) lens barrel. The control ring around the lens, as well as the exterior of the lens are made of metal.

The FZ1000 II weighs 810g, making it lighter than the FZ2000 at 966g (including battery and memory card).

The FZ1000 II features an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which Panasonic likes to call the LVF (Live Viewfinder). The EVF in the FZ1000 II has had an upgrade and now gives 0.74x magnification, compared to 0.7x on the FZ1000. The resolution remains the same at 2360K dots, and the view looks good, with a good size, as well as dioptre adjustment. 

There are a number of different focus options, including continuous, and manual focus. You can set the focus point using the touch screen, or use the 4-way controller. There is face and eye-detection which works well, and AF tracking is available. The 3inch screen looks great, with a clear view, and excellent viewing angles. 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic menus are clearly laid out, and easy to navigate, with each section colour coded. There's a "MyMenu" section where you can add your most commonly used settings for quicker access. The Q. (Quick) Menu gives quick access to common settings on the rear screen so that you don't need to go into the menus all the time, and the large number of external controls and buttons helps with this. You can use the touch-screen in all parts of the menu system rather than using the 4-way controller if you want. 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 400 shots according to Panasonic / CIPA test results, which is good, and an improvement over the FZ1000. The camera now also supports USB charging, using a MicroUSB cable, unfortunately it's not been updated to USB Type C. The battery used is the same as the FZ1000, so if you are upgrading, you will be able to use any spare batteries you have. 

 



Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

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Comments


pablophotographer 7 1.1k 343
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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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
8 874 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.



Hi,

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

Thanks
Josh
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.

Cheers.
joshwa Plus
8 874 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 2:36PM
Hi Natureale, I'll check with Panasonic and get back to you. Thanks, Josh
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
8 874 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2019 8:28AM
Hi Natureale, I'll contact them again, thanks Josh
joshwa Plus
8 874 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.

Thanks,
Josh
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. https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/panasonic-lumiz-fz1000-ii-zs80/

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

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