June 12th 2014 7:53 am

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Pocket-Lint says:

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The Panasonic is less premium in appearance than its nearest competitor, the Sony RX10, but it's also more affordable and has a considerably more versatile zoom lens and a more up-to-date sensor on board. It's the lenses that see the two products sit in different sections of this niche market, as closely aligned as they otherwise seem. It's just a shame there's no physical aperture ring on board the Panasonic.

When a normal superzoom won't cut it, the FZ1000 really does shine on the image quality front too. We've been using it as an out-and-out replacement for our usual DSLR over the course of this week, including for taking work-related shots, and haven't found ourselves pining for our more familiar camera. So if you're looking for a DSLR alternative with a long lens then, all things considered, the FZ1000 is an affordable and viable solution. quote


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Digital Photography Review Jul 20, 2014

All things considered, the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has a lot going for it, and little to complain about. It makes a compelling alternative to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, especially for those who want more zoom power and next generation video.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 20, 2014

We've been using it as an out-and-out replacement for our usual DSLR over the course of this week (it's just as large though), including for taking work-related shots, and haven't found ourselves pining for our more familiar camera.

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Photography Blog Jul 3, 2014

Capable of shooting everything from a child’s piano recital when you’re stuck at the back of the hall, to sunbathers on the riverbank as you’re cruising past on a ferry, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 only feels limited by your own imagination.

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PC Mag Jun 12, 2014

Like other cameras in this class, the FZ1000 is by no means small. It feels a lot like a small D-SLR or a Micro Four Thirds camera like the GH3 in terms of size and handling, but its big lens doesn't detach.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 12, 2014

We were shooting a rocking horse in a dark room at ISO 6400 with no issues, while the interior of the Abbey was also no problem. Despite fast focus we did find some moving subjects, such as rotating placards in a tree, were a little tricky for the system to attain focus.

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TechRadar Jun 12, 2014

The FZ1000 marks the start of a new line for Panasonic and the early signs are good. It has plenty of features to allow those who want to take control over their images to do so, while providing automatic options for less experienced users.

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T3 Jun 12, 2014

Our first impressions of the Panasonic FZ1000 were good. The 4K recording may seem like overkill, especially for those without a 4K TV, but the ability to take stills from any 4K footage has incredible potential for shooting moving subjects.

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Forbes Jun 16, 2014

In all, Sony looks to be delivering an extremely compelling product in PlayStation TV. Achieving parity with it's streaming competitors should not be a challenge, and it has them far outclassed when it comes to gaming. In addition, it could be attractive as a gaming-only proposition.

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Camera Labs Jun 1, 2014

The Lumix FZ1000 is Panasonic's classiest bridge camera to date and while undoubtedly inspired by Sony's RX10, it takes the concept of a high-end option even further. The use of a 1in sensor allows the FZ1000 to enjoy better quality to the company's 1/2.3in super-zooms.

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TrustedReviews Jun 12, 2014

When you consider the offering of 4k video capture in such a relatively compact body, it's safe to say that the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 currently sits alone in the market.

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ePHOTOzine Jun 12, 2014

Image quality from the pre-production model appeared to be very good, and Panasonic's attempt to develop clean bokeh appears to be very much apparent in the photos we took with the camera.

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Expert Reviews Jun 12, 2014

When we tried out the camera for ourselves, most of our photos looked very sharp and crisp and showed an impressive amount of detail, but we did have a few issues with the auto-focus. While most shots were clean and largely noise-free, a good handful of shots were still quite blurry.

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I bought a Sony DSCRX10 the day before the DMC-FZ1000 was announced. I loved the Sony but I preordered the Panansonic. While waiting for the FZ1000 for a month or so I used the Sony quite a bit. It was great and I had no real complaints. I used the camera primarily for video with stills a...

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