Lumix FZ1000: Is It The Only Camera You Need?

Posted Nov. 29th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Question from John Ohnemus. In view of the of the new ( P.) FZ1000: 1. Discuss the sensor size. Is this a step away from the the present (P.) 4/5th sensor size? There is no reference to how the 1 in. sensor relates to the full frame sensor size. With this new bridge camera, is that kind of reference forever dead? 2. Is the lens 25mm to 400mm size truly the answer to a maidens prayer? In the land of interchangeable lenses, can one lens pretty much solve all of our lens problems, or is this new lens a compromise? On the wide end is it a little shy of the possible need such as the lemon grove shot in Sorrento? On the telephoto end it seems great. 3. Will it meld into all the portrait equipment needs? 4. Is it time to divest ourselves of all the interchangeable lens stuff? Is this the camera that will enable all of that? 5. Will it work with our present strobes, or must they be replaced? 6. What does it cost?

John,

Not sure what you are referring to when you ask about “the present (P.) 4/5th sensor size?” Are you thinking about 4:3 proportions? The 1 inch sensor in the FZ100o is considerably smaller than the Lumix sensor in the Lumix Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras. Image below is for comparison. You can read more about sensor sizes on DPReview

Comparison of different sensor sizes all the way up to Full Frame 35mm

Comparison of different sensor sizes all the way up to Full Frame 35mm

Regarding the question about the lens of 25-400mm being the end all-be-all of lenses or as you say, “the answer to a maiden’s prayer?” I have to say that this range would cover 90% of everything I would want in a camera. I would miss having something a bit wider, as you would also by your remarks regarding our lemon grove shots in Sorrento on our Italy tour,  since I love super wide angle images. But for most people this lens would cover almost everything anyone would want. Additionally, this lens is relatively fast. F/2.8-F/4 which gives it superb light gathering qualities. That combined with the Lumix Depth From Defocus technology and the fact this lens is customized for a this specific body gives this camera fast, accurate focusing and superb image quality.

In regards to your other questions:

3) Yes, I think it will be an awesome portrait camera based on the excellent lens range.

4) For some I think this IS the camera that will lead to selling the other cameras travelers are using with interchangeable lens options. Many, many people we travel with are tired of all the gear they have to carry. I personally won’t be getting rid of the interchangeable lens systems since I have a wide variety of projects and assignments I need to have a deeper locker of equipment for. But for the general tourist, this camera can just about do it all.

5) As far as strobes go, the FZ1000 takes all of Panasonic’s professional flash offerings. I’ve used FZ1000 with the FL360 and FL500  flash units that are built for the Lumix camera line. If you are referring to other manufacturers, yes, you can still use a Nikon strobe on a Lumix FZ1000 but you will be giving up the TTL features each camera has for their own particular line of strobes.

6) Current cost of the FZ1000 on Amazon is $851.77. The cost on B&H is $897.00.

Hope that helps. Sorry for the length of time it took me to answer this. Let me know if I can you have any further questions.

 

 

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  1. Doug BrayOn Dec. 2nd, 2014

    I would recommend David Busch’s book. It has a lot of good tips for the set up and use of the camera. You can download it from Amazon as a Kindel book.

    • Jeff TOn Dec. 10th, 2015

      What David Busch book for the LUmix fz1000

  2. Doug BrayOn Nov. 30th, 2014

    HI Dan,

    I agree that the EM-1 presents a challenge to set up. The menus are confusing to say the least. Setting it up is as the Beatles said is a ” long and winding road”. I wish it was as easy to set up as my Nikon D 810.

    I recently discovered that if you set up the back button focus option, which it took a long time figure out how to do, it only works with continuous auto focus and not with single auto focus. In single auto focus the shutter button controls the focus.

    One of the interesting features is the ability to actually watch a long exposure develop in live view and end the exposure when it gets to the preferred exposure. It works well with night shots and water when you want the “creamy” effect.

    I have used a combination of the user manual, David Busch’s book and the internet to set up and use it.

    I am still waiting for the 40-150. I guess I did not pre-order it soon enough.

    Doug

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2014

      Thanks for the info Doug. I’m testing the EM-1 again myself and for the life of me I can’t figure out the back button AF. I’ll give your suggestion a try and check in to David Busch’s book. I was wondering if there was something out there like a third party book. It’s just such a shame Olympus can’t get there menus and ergonomics figured out. It’s the main reason I’m such a fan of what Panasoinc is doing. They’re cameras are so well thought out and so easy to use, BUT they are not doing what Olympus is in the long lens category. If only Panasoinc would add IS to the body we would have the best of both worlds. I’m hoping. Thanks for stopping by to add your voice and I’m hoping your 40-150mm my get to you sooner rather than later. It’s a beautiful lens.

    • Doug BrayOn Dec. 1st, 2014

      Dan,

      To set up the back focus (AEL/AFL button) go to the custom menu, AF/MF, AEL/AFL, C-AF, mode4. As far as I have been able to determine the back focus only works in CF focus.

      I makes me long for the days of my OM-1 and OM-2.

      Doug

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 2nd, 2014

      Thanks for the info Doug. I’m not doing well again with getting the EM-1 configured properly. I guess I’m just impatient and expect a camera to be much easier to use. I have shot the 40-150mm with it and the 5 Axis IS is impressive to say the least. Why the clear has to be such a bear to configure is beyond me. Still trying.

  3. John DoyleOn Nov. 30th, 2014

    Carol says you are very smart and observant.:+)
    I agree with your observations about the OMD-1. It is too bad that the companys do not get on the same page and either: put the stabilization in the body or in the lenses. For me, it was an important criteria for selection of the system. I had an Olympus E-620 a few years back. I liked the camera except it had very poor low light capabilities. I sold it and swore I would never buy Olympus again. Well, here I am and hope this experience is superior than the last. Again, keep in mind, your uses may differ from mine as I do not expect to need all the functions you require. Thanks and look forward to Costa Rico.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2014

      It’s all good John. The Olympus is a very capable camera and you’ll love the quality of pictures and it’s weight and compact size are easy on your shoulders.

  4. John DoyleOn Nov. 30th, 2014

    Dan, you have convinced us the 4:3 camera systems are the way to go. Carol decided we needed to sell her nikon d3300 and lens. We have purchased for her the FZ1000. So far, I find it to be a sharp and excellent camera for her needs. It is slightly bulky. She will be using it on our next trip to Costa Rica.
    I have sold almost all of my nikon system including the D7100, 18-300mm, 80-400mm, 10-24 and some other smaller items. I have my sony A6000 with 2 Zeiss lens.
    I purchased the Olympus OMD-1, with the 12-40 2.8 and have on order the 40-150 2.8mm.
    I read your review of the OMD-1 after I bought the system. I know you did not favor it very much. My decision was based on the 2 lenses I wanted and wanted the stabilization which I would not have if I purchased the panasonic. So far, I really like the OMD-1 with the 12-40. Much sharper pics than with my D7100. I agree the menu is not the most user friendly and there is a learning curve. I do like the feel of the camera and so far happy with it. As an amatuer who primarily uses program mode and if I can change the ISO, I am happy. I considered the OMD-10, but wanted the magnesium body and the 5 point stabilization. I am bringing it to Costa Rico and also my A6000. Should be interesting to shoot the macaws with the 40-150.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2014

      Interesting news John. I think you will love the 40-150mm. I’m hopeful you have a better experience with the OM-D EM-1 than I did. I’m actually trying the EM-1 again myself and not having any better luck than when I had it in Cuba. But seeing the incredible stabilization, while looking through the viewfinder with the 40-150mm attached, is impressive to say the least. I think Olympus has done a superb job in developing the 5 Axis IS. I certainly would love to see something similar in the Lumix system. I will admit that Panasonic is going to be missing sales to the type of photographer, like yourself, that wants to shoot wildlife and nature and need that longer, high quality glass. I’m still hopeful we’re going to see an updated 100-300mm zoom. Just think, when that does happen you’ll be able to add this lens to your kit and get the equivalent of a 600mm lens even though you’re shooting an Olympus camera. Crossing my fingers on this.

      I think Carol is going to love the FZ1000. Yes, it’a bit bulky but not when you consider you have the equivalent of 3-4 lenses built in to the body. Gone is the need to change lenses and the need for a substantial camera bag to carry them all around in. Carol is the exact type of person this camera is designed for. She likes photography but doesn’t want all the trappings that come with interchangeable lenses as well as being smart and beautiful:)

      All good choices based on what is currently available. I would have loved to see you move to the GH4 but I understand why you choose to go the Olympus route right now. Either Olympus or Panasonic, it all helps drive this awesome new category of cameras known as Micro Four Thirds. In the end we all win.

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