Jogger: Im surprised that DPR is impressed with the 4k video. The reviews that ive read have not been impressed with it at all. I guess its another checkbox to check off.. but, it would have been better to provide higher bit rate 1080p.
I would argue that the GH4 out resolves all but the more expensive monitors on the market today. Yes the GH4 has the best video performance. However, my bet is that you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and the FZ1000 in most cases.
Could everyone stop calling these cameras “Point and Shoot” cameras. This camera is capable of being used as a point and shoot but it is not limited to only that functionality like the category name suggests. Even professional cameras have a full auto mode like this camera does.
This is a Compact Mirrorless Fixed Lens Super Zoom camera. Nothing more. Nothing Less.
Todd3608: How many consumers actually want 4K quality. I am the geek in our family and have zero desire for 4K. 1080P is good enough for me.
You have 1080p @ 60 FPS and the option to use 4K should you feel the need to.
4K offers very high resolution still frames at 30 FPS. That is great even for average people that don't want to miss a single moment.
One essential thing that the GH4 is missing is a lower shutter speed limit in the Program Priority mode. The LX7 has it. Does the FZ1000 have that as well? That is almost a deal breaker for me with the GH4.
Does it not have Auto ISO in “ANY” video mode or just no Auto ISO in manual movie mode. The GH4 doesn’t have auto ISO in manual movie mode but it does for stills. However, it most definitely has it in all other P.A.S modes. Is this not the case for the FZ1000?
No video review section?
I see that it is the Shooting Experience section now.
For the average consumer the FZ1000 will make GH4 owners wish they had waited a few months.
Did you look at the Dpreview 4K samples? They look too close to my GH4 4K videos considering it is about half the price. Maybe the other sites aren’t as familiar with rating video on a stills camera as Dpreview is. In my opinion the FZ1000 4K video is outstanding.
This is a great camera for someone who doesn't know what a great camera is.
mpgxsvcd: The Sony RX100 MKIII and upcoming Panasonic LX8 will finally kill the 1-series line and I don't think Nikon will shed a tear. They never wanted this line to succeed. They simply wanted everyone to say "Mirror-less cameras are inferior so I will keep my DSLR".
In reality the other manufactures proved that mirror-less can be better, smaller, less expensive, and more versatile. Now Canon and Nikon just look like they have missed the boat. DSLR and mirror-less sales are beginning to decline. However, some mirrorless cameras are not declining as fast as most DSLRs.
With a 1" sensor and higher focal ratios you really don't have that shallow of depth of field. Of course AF is going to be fast with a small sensor and a higher focal ratio.
Let's see them get fast AF with a larger sensor and an F1.8 lens.
A DSLR can operate as a mirrorless camera if you raise the mirror. However, a true mirrorless camera cannot be a DSLR. I think Nikon is perfecting their mirrorless technology on the 1-series so that they can apply it to a DSLR.
They should make a fullframe DSLR that can run with smaller sensor sizes. It would operate as a mirrorless camera in A-PSC and 1” modes and get the AF, quietness, and shot to shot performance that mirrorless cameras offer. Then in full frame mode it would have wider angles and shallow depth of field.
Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic have proven that a true mirrorless camera is all 90% of the population needs to get great images and videos.
If Nikon wants to sell new cameras they need to adapt to market changes. Mid-range DSLRs with hybrid optical/electronic viewfinders is the only viable market I see for them. Put 1-series technology in the smallest possible full frame camera and give it a hybrid viewfinder and they will regain the ground they have lost.
The Sony RX100 MKIII and upcoming Panasonic LX8 will finally kill the 1-series line and I don't think Nikon will shed a tear. They never wanted this line to succeed. They simply wanted everyone to say "Mirror-less cameras are inferior so I will keep my DSLR".
Why do you want a telescope this small? My 800mm telescope does just fine and costs a little less than this camera. However, it is much bigger and let's a ton more light in.
This is not SLR-Like. It does not have a mirror, it is not an interchangeable lens camera, it does not have a large sensor, it does not have good ISO performance.
This is simply a super zoom fixed lens camera.
Panasonic and Sony have realized that customers are smart enough not to fall into the megapixel and super zoom trap anymore. Everyone else is still living in fantasy land that a small sensor, high megapixel, super zoom is the way to go.
Is it 2008 all over again?
I think this camera is going to be a real winner but it won't sell well because Panasonic won't advertise for it.
Does anyone hate this camera?
"I hate it" says no one.
Take note Canon. You put out the same camera over and over again with a different name and no one can tell the difference between it and the previous model.
Sony keeps telling us that it is just an updated version of the existing model and everyone can instantly tell how much it has actually improved even though the name hasn't.
Canon and Nikon have nothing that can directly compete with this camera. And no the G1 X MII doesn't compete with it. It's lens is not fast enough. It is too big. And it sensor size really isn't that much bigger.
It sounds a lot like a Panasonic LX7 with wifi and a bigger and better sensor. That is a very good thing.