SHOOTING STOCK - The 'problem' with the Panasonic FZ1000




Warwick Town Centre, UK


Stratford Canal, Preston Bagot, Warwickshire UK


The 'problem' with the Panasonic FZ1000 is that I take far too many pictures with it!


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The zoom range of the FZ1000 (25-40mm 35mm 'equivalent') means that I have lots more opportunities for pictures. A nice bit of light on a building in the distance, no problem, I'll just zoom in. Consequently, I have even more images waiting to be edited. Not a bad thing, but with my backlog a bit of a problem, particularly as I'm concentrating on this blog at the moment.

Incidentally I now only have the FZ1000 as I've sold my Sony RX10. There was a lot of duplication between the two and though I liked the RX10 a lot, there are other things that I want to buy. I've gone with the FZ1000 because of the 4K video. The upcoming firmware should be interesting and there is a piece on it at 43Rumors


The FZ1000 really has a lot going for it for outdoor stock photography. The 1" sensor and the high ISO performance is OK, but no more than that. So really it's a daylight camera suitable for travel / landscape / location work. There is also the incredibly fast AF, OLED viewfinder and the totally silent electronic shutter, which makes it a very useful camera for shooting towns and cities and / or any situation with lots of people about. I haven't really tried it, but I imagine it would be a great action / sports camera as well.

And then of course there is the video.

The 4K option on the camera is great, but since I can't edit the footage currently, I'm only using it for shooting action and selecting a frame from that. So yesterday I shot some footage using the HD settings at 50fps. As you can see the footage is really good. 

So, further evidence that the FZ1000 is a real outdoor all-rounder. And it's difficult to think of anything that has it's combination of stills and video options. There is of course the fact that it's also tremendous value for money. You get an awful lot of camera for your money. And if you can't produce high quality stills and video footage with this camera, then don't blame the FZ1000, it will do it's part. The rest is up to whoever is operating it.


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David Taylor-Hughes