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Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) Expert Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 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.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.1secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.3secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.1secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
12fps (100 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 10-11fps (34 shots)

The camera can shoot at 12fps when using the mechanical shutter, for more than 45 raw shots, or more than 300 JPEGs when using a fast memory card. You can also shoot 30fps in the 4K Photo mode, although this does reduce the image size down to 8 megapixels. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 has reliable exposure and good colour. For better results you can shoot raw and process the files yourself, if you have access to a program like Adobe Photoshop CC, particularly if you prefer warmer skin tones. There are also options in the camera to improve dynamic range, using the iDynamic option or the HDR shooting mode. The built-in pop-up flash is useful for fill-in flash and there are no signs of red-eye in the photos we took using flash. The camera has face and eye-detection, so that when you're taking photos of people, you can be sure that the camera is focused on the subjects eye(s). 


Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) Lens test images

Lens Performance - As you use the zoom, you quite quickly lose the bright f/2.8 aperture, with the lens stopping down to f/4.0 when you reach 80mm equivalent. The camera gives good levels of detail, particularly at the wider end of the lens. The lens is softer at the telephoto end, but photos are still quite good, and the camera controls purple fringing and chromatic aberrations well. The lens is resistant to flare, even without the provided square lens hood fitted to the front of the lens. There is minimal distortion visible, with the camera automatically correcting this in-camera. When shooting close-ups you can get close to the subject and produce pleasing background blur (bokeh). Focus was excellent, with 99% of shots in focus, and image stabilisation helps ensure shots were sharp and free from blur. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The camera gives good noise performance from ISO80 up to ISO800, with some noise becoming visible at ISO1600. Detail is still good at ISO1600, and drops at ISO3200, as noise increases. Images taken at ISO6400 may still be useful for use on the web or resized, but are quite soft. Images taken at ISO12800 or above show high levels of noise and these ISO speeds are best avoided. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Under tungsten lighting auto white balance (AWB) gives a warm result. The camera gives slightly better results using the Tungsten preset. The camera gives quite good results under fluorescent lighting, and there is no fluorescent preset available. For more accurate results, you can use manual white balance. 


Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous creative effects available, as shown above. 


Panoramic | 1/200 sec | f/4.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125
Panoramic | 1/200 sec | f/4.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good, with a fairly high-resolution image produced, with good stitching. 


Video - Designed to meet the needs of professional videographers, the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 offers unlimited video recording, in resolutions up to CINE 4K (4096x2160 at 24fps with a fast SD U:3 card). The crop factor, or amount of sensor used when recording video depends on whether you're recording FullHD video or 4K video, as well as what options you have selected. When recording using FullHD video, you get almost the full zoom range of 25-500mm equivalent, and when recording 4K video you get a much less wide-angle view, with the lens giving a 36mm equivalent (roughly 1.44-1.5x crop). 

Lens range in video modes: 

  • 25 - 500mm equivalent when recording FullHD - OIS Off
  • 27 - 540mm equivalent when recording FullHD - OIS On
  • 30 - 600mm equivalent when recording FullHD - OIS On, Level shot on
  • 36 - 720mm equivalent when recording 4K

MOV or MP4:

  • Records CINE 4K at 24fps (4096x2160, 100mbps)
  • Records 4K (UHD) at 30/25/24fps (3840x2160, 100mbps)
  • FullHD at 60/50/30/25/24 (up to 200mbps)

You can also select up to 120fps at FullHD resolution if you select from the slow-motion variable bit-rate option. The maximum ISO speed available for video is ISO6400, and using this high ISO speed resulted in quite soft video results.

There are numerous video options including: Master pedestal level (31 steps), Luminance level, Synchro scan, Time code, SS/gain operation, Colour bars / 1khz test tone, Cinelike D / V gamma, V-Log L (with optional upgrade software key DMW-SFU1), Zebra pattern, Mic level and more. The camera can also output 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video via HDMI to an external recorder if you don't need to record to the internal SD card. 

5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), works in all videos modes except for 4K video, variable frame rate or dolly zoom video recording. In 4K video mode you have to rely on the standard optical image stabilisation, which still does a good job. The zoom lens is very smooth when zooming, as well as being quiet, and the camera has good audio quality.

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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500)

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pablophotographer 9 1.8k 396
19 Sep 2016 12:26PM
Hello Panasonic, your customer here. Is it too difficult to add the focal lengths on the lens barrel?
£1100? A similar review today on Tech Radar says £600!!!
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2017 11:20PM

Quote:£1100? A similar review today on Tech Radar says £600!!!

If you check any of the retailers such as Amazon, Wex, Park Cameras, etc, the price is definitely around £1099 for the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000. Thanks.
ChrisV Plus
14 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2017 1:23PM

Quote:£1100? A similar review today on Tech Radar says £600!!!

If you go to the any of the commercial links on that site they take you [as I suspected] to offers on the FZ1000 - which is still on the market and considerably cheaper.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
23 Mar 2017 6:53PM
I still feel my FZ1000 was, and still is, a bargain, at $540 shortly after it was initially released. I really tried to find something that would entice me to upgrade to the FZ2000, but honestly I can't. I would buy the FZ1000 again today at the price I got it for. However, that said, it seems a great tool for anybody who is serious about video, and even though it isn't weather resistant, and comes up a bit short in focal length to the Sony, I think the much lower price makes it the obvious first choice for anyone wanting to have an all-in-one kit for convenience. For anyone considering, who hasn't used a camera with a 1-inch sensor, you will be pleasantly surprised at how very close to M4/3 the quality is, and how deep you can crop without noise becoming a problem. The built-in ND filter seems it might be a good idea for video buffs, however, I can't remember using, or having to use, the vari-nd filter I bought with the FZ1000. There are few accessories required with these cameras; I have left the hood on the lens the entire time I've had the camera, and I purchased 2 spare batteries from third party suppliers, and I've been using a Lexar Professional 64gb 633x U3 the entire time I've had the camera. You will need a card designated U3 for 4K video. I have a leather wrist strap, very comfortable, and have never used a neck strap on it. The stills taken from 4K video are 8mp and are good quality, also very easy to scroll through video on the camera and extract and save the stills. The FZ2000 seems to put this class of camera in a very useable category for hobbyists and enthusiasts, like myself, and for anyone else who wants the convenience of an all-in-one tool like a Swiss Army Knife. Good review Joshwa, and a great camera.
aitchess3 6 6 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2017 12:52PM

Quote:Hello Panasonic, your customer here. Is it too difficult to add the focal lengths on the lens barrel?

The FZ1000 did do this; the reason the FZ2000/2500 doesn't is that the lens barrel DOESN'T MOVE whilst the camera is turned on - it is always fixed at this extension, so there's no way they could put the focal lengths on it as they'd mean nothing (obviously it retracts into the housing when the camera is powered off, however). It has internal zoom, in other words. This is good as it's very quick (when required) and quiet and the camera doesn't alter its balance as you zoom, either. The extension of the barrel is less than the competing cameras at full zoom.

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