400mm wide aperture Panasonic FZ1000 II camera review

   In April this year, Panasonic released the telephoto camera FZ1000 II. This camera inherited the design of a generation, but the overall performance has been greatly improved. As a professional telephoto video model, the price of 5000+ is still very worth starting. Generally speaking, telephoto models have a good name, and one mirror will go all over the world. Today I will test whether this FZ1000 II has the ability to go all over the world with one lens.

Panasonic FZ1000 II cameraPanasonic FZ1000 II camera

  Panasonic FZ1000 II is equipped with a new 1-inch 20.1 million pixel large high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with a native sensitivity of ISO 125-12800, equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens equivalent to 25-400mm f/2.8-4, which can achieve 16 times optical zoom. It adopts DFD technology and contrast focus system, supports 4K photo shooting and 30p 4K video shooting, which greatly improves the practicality of FZ1000 II.

FZ1000 II has been added to the touch screen to facilitate direct operation on the screenFZ1000 II adds a touch screen to facilitate direct operation on the screen

  In terms of appearance, the FZ1000 II body has not changed much from the previous generation FZ1000, but the performance is not small. The biggest change is the addition of a touch screen, and the screen pixels have been increased from 920,000 to 2.36 million, making the operation more convenient.

Panasonic FZ1000 II with non-replaceable lens Panasonic FZ1000 II cannot be used with Changing the lens

   Although the Panasonic FZ1000 II camera is a one-inch bottom model, it is obviously not portable and compact from the specifications, but is positioned as a professional telephoto video camera. Improved its very powerful video shooting performance. The biggest upgrade of the new machine is that the focal length of the lens has been expanded to 25-400mm, and at the same time it has a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.0. This specification can be said to be very attractive. Next, we will bring detailed evaluation content.

   Since it talks about its telephoto capability, first of all, let’s feel the FZ1000 II telephoto lens.

FZ1000 II zoom displayFZ1000 II zoom displayVideo screenshot 25mm wide angle end, wide screen, bright colors Video screenshot 25mm wide angle end, picture Broad and bright colorsHere is a 100% enlarged screenshot, you can see the 400mm telephoto end The imaging is clearerHere is a 100% zoomed screenshot. It can be seen that the 400mm telephoto end has a clearer image

   From the animation and 100% zoomed area screenshots, the zoom capability of the Panasonic FZ1000 II is really good. The image is clear, but the wind on the shooting day is relatively strong, I recommend friends to use a telephoto lens to shoot videos, it is best to match a tripod.

   I have seen zoom, let’s test the noise control ability. The native sensitivity of the Panasonic FZ1000 II camera is ISO 125-12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25600. The author tested its native sensitivity under the same exposure conditions, and turned off the camera’s in-camera noise reduction function. Let’s take a look at its performance.

Panasonic FZ1000 II camera noise control ability test resultPanasonic FZ1000 II Camera noise control ability test results

   Through the test, we can see that this Panasonic FZ1000 II camera still has a good performance in noise control. The image quality performance is very good at ISO 400-800, and some noise starts to appear at ISO 400-800. The noise is more obvious after ISO 1600, and large area noise appears after 3200. However, as a one-inch bottom camera, this noise control performance is quite satisfactory.

   I have seen the noise control ability, and then we will test the focus and continuous shooting performance of this camera.

Video screenshot: the focus point is on the building on the left side of the screen Video screenshot: the focus point is located on the left side of the screen Video screenshot: focus point The close pine tree at the upper right of the screenScreenshot of the video screen: the focus is on the close pine tree at the top right of the screen

   As you can see from the video, the FZ1000 II has a very fast focusing speed. Focusing, there is no delay in actual operation, and the whole process is accurate and fast. From the video screenshots, when the focus point is on the far building, the closer pine leaves are blurred very well. When the focus point is on the leaves, the background is also well blurred, and the focal plane is very clear.

   Next is the focus tracking continuous shooting test.

FZ1000 II's continuous focus tracking performance is very impressiveFZ1000 II The continuous shooting performance of the focus tracking is very impressive. 100% zoom in continuous shooting screenshotContinuous Take a 100% enlarged screenshot of the picture

   The Panasonic FZ1000 II camera supports high-definition continuous shooting up to 12 frames per second. This performance combined with its 400mm telephoto end allows this camera to shoot sports scenes or record birds The moment of flight. In the actual test, it can be seen that the high-speed continuous shooting can clearly record the driving process of the vehicle, and it also has a good performance in the details of the picture.

  The following is the most critical item-video test.

Panasonic FZ1000 II supports 9 video shooting qualitiesPanasonic FZ1000 II Support 9 kinds of video shooting quality

   Panasonic FZ1000 II supports 9 kinds of different video quality shooting, up to 3840*2160 30p/100Mbps bit rate specification. Let’s take a look at the real 4K video shots.

   Panasonic FZ1000 II 4K video real shot display

FZ1000 II real shot video screenshotFZ1000 II real shot video screenshotFZ1000 II real Take a video screenshotFZ1000 II real-time video screenshot

   Whether it is viewed from the video or the video screenshot, the details of the pigeon, such as the eyes and feathers, are captured very clearly, and the telephoto end handheld shooting with anti-shake intervention The effect is not outstanding. It is recommended to equip a tripod for daily use; but at the wide-angle end, the image stabilization effect is very good. The smoothness of 30p can satisfy live broadcast and Vlog shooting.

   Next, let’s take a look at the real shot proofs of FZ1000 II.

not fully opened lotusnot fully opened lotusThe very splendid little yellow flowerThe very splendid little yellow flowerThe pigeon is strolling in the garden The pigeon is strolling in the garden while shoppingfull blooming lotusfull blooming lotus25mm wide-angle end has a wide field of view and rich details 25mm wide-angle end has a wide field of view and rich detailsUsing 400mm telephoto end to shoot leaves, the effect of large aperture bokeh is very good Using 400mm telephoto end to shoot leaves, the large aperture bokeh effect Very goodTwo pigeons on the tree are restingTwo pigeons on the tree are resting 25mm wide-angle shot: cruise ship wandering in the lotus pond25mm wide-angle shot: The boat is wandering in the lotus pondLarge aperture has strong bokeh ability, and flowers have bright colors Large aperture has strong bokeh ability and flowers have bright colorsA completely open white lotusA completely open white lotus

   Evaluation summary: With the continuous development of the times, more and more users are interested in 4K video There is a high demand for telephoto capabilities, and the shooting performance of smart phones currently cannot meet these shooting needs, and the zoom lens of SLR cameras has lost portability. The Panasonic FZ1000 II camera, with its lightweight body and comfortable grip, coupled with excellent shooting performance, is enough to achieve a world in one lens. One-inch 20.1 million pixel sensor, with Panasonic’s own excellent video tuning, as a bridge camera, easy to operate, the price of 5498 is quite cost-effective. In general, the Panasonic FZ1000 II is a telephoto camera and video camera that is worth starting with and very easy to use.


  Excellent video performance

  Excellent lens quality

  The control is simple and easy to use

  The body is lightweight , Comfortable to hold

   moderate price, high cost performance

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