Panasonic announces new Lumix FZ1000 II camera
A bridge (camera) to another world
As well as the TVs, soundbars and UHD players being announced at Panasonic’s press conference in Frankfurt, we also have news of a new Lumix. So let’s have a look at their latest bridge camera for photo enthusiasts - the Lumix FZ1000 II.Boasting a large 1-inch sensor, a 16x optical LEICA certified zoom lens, a free angle rear screen and a high resolution Live View Finder, the Lumix FZ1000 II is capable of taking high-quality 4K photographs and video in a wide range of different conditions.The FZ1000 II is based around a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor able to capture clear images, even in low light conditions. The 16x optical LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT zoom lens gives you a 35mm camera equivalent of 25-400mm, making it adept for everything from scenic photography to distant subjects. The newly added Zoom Compose Assist ensures that you do not lose your subject when it suddenly leaves the frame.
Shallow depth of field shots for creating blurred backgrounds are possible with an aperture range of f/2.8-4.0, while a new minimum aperture of f/11 is useful for highly detailed landscape shots.
Additional specifications include the following:
Complimenting the high sensitivity sensor, is a quick start-up time and an ultrafast autofocus of approximately 0.09 seconds. There’s a burst rate of 12fps (AFS) plus a high-speed (electronic) shutter sporting 1/16000 seconds.
- 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate for handshake and achieve blur-free images at every focal length.
- Photo Styles, including the newly added L.Monochrome D mode for enhanced monochrome images.
- Bluetooth Low Energy (4.2) and Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE802.11b/g/n) for instant sharing via Panasonic Image App.
- Long-Life Battery with AC or USB Power Charging on the Go.
To help capture a tricky or unpredictable shot, Lumix’s 4K Photo capabilities can capture images at 30 frames per second, giving you the option to choose the best frame later. A newly added Auto Marking feature helps you to find the right shot quickly and easily.
Other Photo functions include Post Focus, Focus Stacking and the ability to combine multiple images for a “stromotion” effect. Video enthusiasts can record smooth, high-resolution QFHD in 3840x2160 pixel resolution at 30/25/24p.
Handling is hugely important for many photographers and the ergonomics of the FZ1000 II have been designed to make it a comfortable shooting experience.
There are two options to help view, compose and frame your shots, firstly the high-speed and high-precision 0.39-inch OLED Live View Finder which has a 2,360k-dot resolution and 0.74x magnification. The eyepoint of 20mm allows for high visibility – even for photographers wearing glasses. Secondly, the 3.0-inch, 1,250k-dot free-angle rear monitor includes touch-control and can rotate 180 degrees to the side and 270 degrees up and down for shooting from every conceivable angle.
Finally, intuitive controls, including a front/rear dual dial system and 13 function buttons puts everything you need well within reach.
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II has a recommended retail price of £769.99 (UK) / €849.99 (Ireland) and will be available from the end of March 2019.
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