Enter Panasonic’s Lumix FZ1000 at around half the cost of current 4K cameras like its GH4 – it even has the same Venus Engine image processor.
At 137 (W) x 99 (H) and 131 mm deep (with the zoom closed) and weighing 831g it is about the size of a small digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera.
I have not seen the camera yet – it will be in Australia in late July but overseas previews are extremely encouraging. The recurrent theme is that it bridges the gap between point and shoot and DSLRs with many high end features like Wi-Fi, NFC, OLED live view finder, 3” LCD monitor, and saves in RAW and JPEG formats.
One is the ability to shoot 4K video and extract still 8MP shots.
At the price, its built-in lens provides far more zoom and flexibility than you could get without spending a fortune on multiple lenses for DSLRs. The 1” sensor image and video quality is good enough to display content online and print stunning A3 images.
Question is do you want to record 4K or would you be happier with the world’s best travel camera – the 30x zoom TZ60.