First Impressions of the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 digital “bridge” camera.

1057135Panasonic DMC-FZ1000

I’m going to try and shorten today’s blog a little bit.  There has been a lot of buzz about this “little” camera and even I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to test it out.  Well my friends…I have my hands on one!  I went out for about an hour today just to get a feel for it and I’ll share a few of those images with you.  But my first impression is that many of the other reviews I have read were nearly spot on and others I can’t help but wonder if they were written by “point and shoot” camera users.  I’m saying this because some of the reviews talk about how surprised at how heavy it is.  If you shoot with a DSLR and have been looking for the “second” camera, one that could double as the travel camera then you will find it to be on the lighter side.

P1000013RAW converted to jpeg only.  Shot at ISO 125, 1/1000 sec and f/2.8

I was very surprised at how well it handled the lighting and it’s very snappy auto focus.  I do mean snappy fast.  Many reviews also talked about it’s abundance of settings and how there needed to be a slightly better way of getting to those options.  I skimmed through the manual and then went out side.  I was able to pretty much learn how to quickly make adjustments (except turning the on camera flash to test it…had to read the manual for that…I’ll explain later…maybe) to settings as needed.  As every camera out there, there are some things that could be better but all in all not a bad start.

P1000026RAW converted to jpeg only. Shot at ISO 400, 1/320 sec and f/4.

The pictures I’m sharing today were shot with the FZ1000’s “standard” camera setting.  The “standard” or “neutral” setting in camera’s are often the preferred settings when shooting RAW.  These settings gives you better control in post production for your colors without loss (or very little loss) to detail.  Tomorrow I will be spending the day out putting it through it’s paces.  You won’t find charts and graphs in my reviews.  Why should I go through that kind of trouble to test a camera out when enough people are doing that already?  Besides, to me, the best test is the real world test.  I will be testing it’s many different settings and scene files as well as the still grab from shooting 4k video.  That review will be either next Friday or the following Friday.

P1000049RAW converted to jpeg only.  Shot at ISO 800, 1/60th sec and f/5/6

To finish off what my first impressions of this camera are, I have to harp on the body and construction of the camera.  I find it very strange that you would make a camera where the lens feels as if it was never meant for this camera body.  You this great glass that is incased inside a very solid feeling tube housing to to be coupled to a camera that feels cheap.  I know it doesn’t matter how if feels but rather how it holds up.  It’s here that I am like so many of my fellow DSLR users that we WANT that feeling of ruggedness.  I’m still scratching my head as to why the tripod mounting hole isn’t lined up with the lens.  I use a rapid sling strap (instead of the standard camera strap) which screws into the bottom of the camera and guess what…I had to take it off to be able to open the battery compartment door.  That is shameful Panasonic.  It’s bad enough that the SD card goes where the battery goes but that would be no big deal if the battery was easy to get to.  Speaking of battery doors.  This was another ball dropped by Panasonic.  The door has this little slide that you have to slide back to open it and when you close it you have to slide it back.  I haven’t used a camera  (heck not sure if ever) since who knows when that didn’t self lock with you closed it.  We’ll see if they make up for those short comings once I’m done testing it out.

Until the next time ~ R

Best ~ R

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