Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 marries 4K video and superzoom lens with compact form factor

If the size and shape of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 seems a little off-key to you let us put things in perspective. This one here is a compact camera but that isn’t stopping it from grabbing a superzoom lens and 4K video shooting capabilities, apart from a hefty (yet quite reasonable for the attributes it’s offering) price tag of $899.99.

It comes equipped with a 20.1MP sensor which is distinguished by the fact that it’s 1 inch in size and is a High Sensitivity MOS unit. What this means in non-technical tongue is that low-light performance will be assisted in. Aiding it in this cause is Panasonic’s very own Venus Engine.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

That long piece of machinery strutting out of the Lumix FZ1000’s body is a 16x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens which offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-400mm, its maximum aperture range being f/2.8-4.

4K video is captured by the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 at 30fps. It’s at 1080p full HD however, where you can vary the frame-rate to 60fps, 30fps or 24fps and experience the benefits of five-axis optical image stabilization which is sadly absent in 4K mode. According to The Verge, this camera also houses a creative video mode which offers 120fps recording, time lapse shooting and stop-motion animation.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Panasonic has infused into the device a 2,359k-dot OLED viewfinder and a Free-Angle 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD monitor. Apart from a hot shoe for external flash units, there’s a built-in pop-up flash as well.

The Wi-Fi and NFC-equipped Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 will be out in July this year at the above mentioned price of $899.99.