Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Design and Controls (Part 2 of FZ1000 Review)

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review (Part 2)

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Design and Controls


The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is more like a DSLR than a standard super zoom. The only similarity to a super zoom is the fixed lens. I did consider the Sony RX10 or RX100 instead as they are smaller form factors and both have the criteria I wanted.


The FZ1000 measures 137x99x131 mm and weighs 831 g with battery and SD card. It is quite hefty; an entry level DSLR such as the Nikon D3300 with a 18-55mm kit lens actually weighs 20% less than a FZ1000.


The size makes it comfortable to hold and also allows ample room for the FZ1000's numerous physical controls.


The FZ1000's large lens barrel diameter provides good support for your left hand and allows comfortable operation on the dual purpose zoom/focus ring. The zoom ring is smooth but slow, so small adjustments are better with the rocker switch around the shutter.


There's a mode dial on the top left, and the main mode dial on the upper right side. A rear thumb dial is only control wheel. The dial is pushed in to switch function between aperture and shutter in manual mode.


The FZ1000 has five programmable function buttons. Fn1 is slightly larger and protrudes slightly, making it easy to differentiate from the smaller, flush mounted Fn2 behind it. Fn5 to the back left of the viewfinder toggles the display between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD screen. In default mode this happens automatically via an eye sensor below the eyepiece, but it's good to have the override when shooting from the waist using the articulated screen. Fn3, the button, is on the right side of the viewfinder close to Fn4 which is the four-way controller. Also on the back right are a three-way switch for selecting AF modes, the playback button, and display overlay toggle button.


There's a mini HDMI port, USB / A/V out port, and a socket for the DMW-RSL1 wired remote on the right side of the body. On the other side there's a port for an external stereo microphone, but no headphone socket.


From a full charge you can get 360 shots from the FZ1000's DMW-BLC12E battery, so spare batteries are essential. I bought an extra three and so far haven't needed more.


The FZ1000 has a pop-up flash which is raised by sliding a switch on the right of the viewfinder. It has a maximum range of 13.5 meters and has forced on, forced on red-eye, slow sync and slow sync red-eye modes. The standard hot shoe allows you to fit an external flash. I've tested it with a few Yongnous and it works fine.

Read Part 3 of Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Review

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