Combining a long-reaching zoom with versatile imaging capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is a well-rounded camera, also characterized by its ergonomic design and intuitive handling. Sporting a large 20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, the FZ1000 II is capable of producing high-resolution stills and video with impressively low noise levels and high clarity within the ISO 125-12800 sensitivity range. The sensor and processor also enable shooting continuously at up to 12 fps with single-shot AF, 30 fps at 8MP in 4K PHOTO modes, and UHD 4K video recording at 30p. Additionally, the 4K PHOTO modes allow you to produce stop-motion images, which combine sequential exposures into a single frame for a dynamic finished look.
Beyond the imaging, the FZ1000 II is mainly characterized by its physical design and expansive Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x zoom lens, which covers a 25-400mm equivalent focal length range, as well as a 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Also notable is the camera's ergonomic design, which resembles an interchangeable lens camera, and incorporates both a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.0" 1.24m-dot free-angle touchscreen LCD. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly share imagery or remotely control the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet.
An impressive 16x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom offers a 25-400mm equivalent focal length range along with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-4 to suit working in available light conditions. The lens construction incorporates five aspherical elements to minimize spherical aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range and four extra-low dispersion elements help to eliminate chromatic aberrations and colour fringing.
Benefitting the long reach of the lens is a 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer that compensates for a variety of camera movements for sharper handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions. This image stabilization system also enables a unique Level Shot function that automatically detects the horizontal line of the recording image and keeps it level during shooting, regardless of camera tilt, helping to achieve greater shooting stability.
The sensor and processor combination also enables 4K video recording at 30p in the MP4 format at 100 Mb/s. Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording are also possible, as well as high-speed Full HD recording with 120-fps slow-motion playback.
Besides video, the 4K capabilities also permit recording 8MP stills at 30 fps in a trio of ways:
An Auto Marking function makes it easy to sift through the hundreds of frames captured with 4K PHOTO modes, and lets you jump to the nearest frame where differences are more pronounced between consecutive frames to minimize the time spent reviewing images.
Additionally, Sequence Composition mode can be used to synthesize sequentially recorded images taken with 4K PHOTO modes and composite them into a single dynamic image (a stromotion) that clearly shows subject movement while retaining a single static background.
Another attribute of the 4K capabilities is a unique focusing method called Post Focus. Working in conjunction with the contrast-detection focusing system and the intelligent Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology, Post Focus records imagery as a 4K MP4 file at 30 fps and shifts the specific point of focus throughout the burst shooting to offer a range of distinct focusing ranges to choose from. During playback, via the camera's touchscreen, you can then tap the specific region of the image you wish to be in focus and an 8MP JPEG file will be created. Multiple individual files with different points of focus can be created from the original burst, and focusing assist functions can also be used to gain even more precise control over the specific in-focus region.
This technology also allows for producing focus stacked images in-camera to realize a greater depth of field, especially when photographing close-up subjects. In this mode, images are recorded and saved with varying points of focus and then blended to gain an extended depth of field.
A large 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS sensor helps to realize rich image quality with reduced noise and high sensitivity to an expanded ISO 25600. The imaging and processing capabilities also avail continuous shooting rates up to 12 fps in single-shot AF mode, 7 fps with continuous AF, or 30 fps at 8MP in the 4K PHOTO modes.
|File Formats||Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
|Max Resolution||4864 x 3648|
|Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9|
|Image Stabilization||Optical, 5-Way|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 125 to 12800 (Extended Mode:80 to 25600)|
|Shutter Speeds||Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 to 1/4000 Second
Speed: 1 to 1/16000 Second
120 to 0 Second in Bulb Mode
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot|
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||Up to 12 fps at 20.1 MP
Up to 7 fps at 20.3 MP
Up to 2 fps at 20.3 MP
Up to 30 fps at 8 MP
Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
|Memory Card Type||SD
|Connectivity||HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Built In|
|Battery||Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||136.2 x 97.2 x 131.5 mm|
|Weight||810 g with battery and memory card|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
|Video Clip Length||Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds|
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority|
|Exposure Compensation||-5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)|
|Focal Length||9.1 to 146mm (35 mm Equivalent: 27 to 432mm)|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2.8 (W) to f/4 (T) to f/11 (T)|
|Focusing Range||Wide: 30 m to Infinity
Telephoto: 1 m to Infinity
Wide Macro: 3 cm to Infinity
|Total Pixels||Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
|Image Sensor Type||1" MOS|
|Flash Range||Wide:0.3 to 13.5 m
Telephoto:1 to 9.5 m
|Self-Timer||2, 10 Sec|