Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 review

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I’m not sure what could be said for the end that I have not covered in the previous pages and two videos. This is probably the most elaborate review I’ve published and still probably omitted something; that’s  how capable and equipped Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is.

It is easier to say what is not perfect: it still falls back in low light compared to APS-C sensors but not by much; DSLR and mirrorless cameras have 1 – 2 EV better performance. Battery life is low compared to DSLR and that’s it. Everything else works like charm.

Auto focus simply flies, lens quality is superb, video is superb, image quality in good and moderately low light is superb, camera is full packed with advanced options and is relatively light for this combination of sensor size, zoom range and aperture.

Go and buy it, FZ1000 gets my full recommendations.


  • Image quality (RAW especially)
  • Lens range and aperture range
  • Lens sharpness and overall quality
  • Relatively large image sensor
  • Ergonomics
  • Extensive customization options
  • 4K video
  • HD video quality
  • Auto focus speed
  • Fast overall operations
  • Articulated LCD
  • Electronic viewfinder quality
  • Silent electronic shutter
  • In-camera RAW conversion


  • Battery life (compared to DSLR)
  • High ISO not at APS-C quality level
  • Very complicated for non-experienced users (but you can leave it in AUTO)
  • Light metering a bit  dark
  • Zoom control is motorised, not mechanical


Full res samples, all from RAW, setting up to personal taste:

 ISO 125, F/4, 1/250

 ISO 125, F/3.7, 1/1000

 ISO 125, F/5, 1/2000

 ISO 125, F/4, 1/250

 ISO 125, F/6.3, 1/2000

 ISO 125, F/2.8, 1/5000

 ISO 125, F/4, 1/1250

 ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/2000

 ISO 125, F/3.7, 1/1600

 ISO 125, F/4, 1/2000

 ISO 125, F/3.2, 1/5000

 ISO 160, F/3.9, 1/5000

 ISO 160, F/4, 1/1250

 ISO 3200, F/2.8, 1/25

 ISO 12800, F/5.6, 1/50

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4 thoughts on “Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 review

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  2. Ok thank you i have the fz 1000 but i don t have the same results in low light video l have much noise

    • This is staight out of the camera, no post processing. But I cant remember what setting were in the camera or even ISO used, simply forgot to write it down.

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