|Panasonic FZ-1000 with the swivel LCD facing forward and up a little.|
From the day it was announced, I found the Panasonic FZ-1000 to be one of the most interesting cameras in many years. It is very much the camera I hoped for but didn’t think could be built today. Prior to its announcement I was looking at the Sony RX10 as a possible future purchase but not quite satisfied with its 200mm limit or its high $1300 price. The Panasonic FZ-1000 however meets my minimum desired telephoto needs while at the same time introducing some very nice features that I liked in the Panasonic GH4 and some earlier FZ series cameras. But more then that the FZ-1000 introduces some amazing video capabilities at an excellent pricepoint.
Now before I proceed, let me state clearly that I have not had a chance to see or handle the FZ-1000 directly so this article is based solely on information I have gathered from multiple sources, my prior photographic experience with many different cameras and my personal preferences and opinion. It is not necessary for anyone to agree with me or my thoughts. The process of writing is every bit part of my attempt to organize and clarify my thoughts and to evaluate them as I go along, for myself.
The more I look at the Panasonic FZ-1000, it compares well against the Sony RX10 and at lower ISO's does very well against equivalent resolution m4/3, APSC and even some full frame. It won't be a high ISO champ in my mind however. It is excellent at 125-200, very good at 400, good at 800, acceptable (to me) at 1600 but 3200 and above you will be better off with larger sensor cameras if detail and low noise are important to you.
PHOTO-STYLES AND CUSTOMIZATION
I do like that once again (from what I can determine) like most FZ and other Panasonic cameras, the FZ-1000 allows you to tweak all the JPEG profiles to a high degree for contrast, sharpness, saturation and Noise Reduction. You're not locked in to Panasonic’s idea of what the style should be and can change or modify most of them easily. You can even create your own “custom” style to some degree if you like. This means that while Panasonic provides a point and shoot solution for the casual photographer, they also allow more experienced and enthusiast photographers to not only have full manual control but also to tweak the cameras defaults quite easily. This is a significant consideration for me, as I generally like to shoot RAW+JPEG. RAW so that I have maximum detail and JPEG as a reference. However since I don't always like Panasonic's default JPEG look I like that I can customize any Photostyle for my preference.