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Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jun 23, 2021 at 10:33 am
Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II Picture
7.2
Travel Photography
7.3
Landscape Photography
7.4
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.4
Vlogging
7.6
Studio Video
4.2
Action Video
Body Type
Bridge
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is a bridge camera with a fairly long zoom lens. It delivers solid all-around performance, and its long zoom lens gives you the versatility to shoot far-off subjects and wildlife, capture everyday moments, or zoom in for close-ups. Image quality is great, with very little noise at higher ISO levels, making it well-suited to shooting indoors or in low light. However, sharpness declines as you raise the ISO, although that's typical of a bridge camera due to the smaller sensor size. It can shoot video in 4k or FHD, although it's best suited to shooting FHD video, as its autofocus and stabilization features perform significantly worse in 4k. While it isn't too portable, it feels well-built and comfortable to use.

Our Verdict

7.2 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is decent for travel photography. It's on the bulkier side, but it's still fairly portable as the built-in lens means you don't have to carry extra lenses with you. While you may lose a bit of sharpness at higher ISO levels, it delivers great image quality overall, with very little visual noise even as you raise the ISO. Unfortunately, its autofocus does a poor job of tracking faces, but it's very good at tracking objects. The advertised battery life in photos is good, although we don't currently test this, and it may vary with settings and usage.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Good object tracking.
  • Very good battery life, depending on usage habits.
Cons
  • Poor face tracking.
  • Fairly bulky.
  • Decline in sharpness at higher ISO levels.
7.3 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is good for landscape photography. It has a long focal length that gives you a lot of flexibility to frame the shot the way you want. It also has great image quality, and its dynamic range is particularly amazing, meaning it can bring out a lot of detail in both highlights and shadows. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, as well. However, it's rather bulky, so it may not be convenient to take to remote shooting locations.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Long focal length.
  • Fantastic dynamic range.
  • Well-built and very comfortable to use.
Cons
  • Fairly bulky.
  • Decline in sharpness at higher ISO levels.
7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is great for sport and wildlife photography. It has a long focal length that's great for capturing far-off subjects. It also has great image quality that's well-suited to low light conditions, as there's little visual noise at higher ISO levels, although you may lose some sharpness as you raise the ISO. It has a quick continuous shooting speed, especially in its silent shooting mode, which is great when you don't want to scare away wildlife. Its autofocus system is good for tracking moving objects, but unfortunately, it does a poor job of tracking faces.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Long focal length.
  • Fast continuous shooting speed.
  • Good object tracking.
Cons
  • Poor face tracking.
  • Decline in sharpness at higher ISO levels.
7.4 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is decent for vlogging. It has a fully articulated touchscreen, which is great for those who do self-vlogging. It also does a great job of stabilizing camera shake in FHD while walking at a moderate pace, although stabilization isn't as good in 4k. Similarly, face tracking performance in FHD is superb, but it struggles to focus on faces when shooting in 4k. Video quality is great in 4k, but there may be some visual noise in darker conditions. However, it's on the bulky side, so it's not particularly easy to carry around on the go while vlogging. On the upside, it has incredible battery life, although this may vary depending on usage and settings.

Pros
  • Decent video quality.
  • Good autofocus in FHD.
  • Great FHD video stabilization.
Cons
  • Poor autofocus in 4k.
  • Poor 4k video stabilization.
  • Fairly bulky.
7.6 Studio Video

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is decent for studio video. It has a good number of inputs and outputs, including a microphone jack, a remote control input, and an HDMI port. It supports clean HDMI output, so you can connect an external recorder without overlays. Unfortunately, you can't adjust the bit rate output in 4k, but video quality is decent overall. It has great autofocus performance in FHD, but sadly, autofocus performs poorly in 4k.

Pros
  • Decent video quality.
  • Good autofocus in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor autofocus in 4k.
  • Can't adjust 4k bit rate.
4.2 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II isn't meant for action video. It isn't rugged and isn't designed to be mounted on a helmet or action cam mount. It isn't rated as being water-resistant either, although we don't currently test for this. The frame rates are also limited, so it's not well suited to capturing fast action or high-speed video to generate smooth slow-motion footage.

Pros
  • Decent video quality.
  • Great FHD video stabilization.
Cons
  • Poor 4k video stabilization.
  • Not water resistant.
  • Not designed to be helmet-mounted.
  • Fairly bulky.
  • 7.2 Travel Photography
  • 7.3 Landscape Photography
  • 7.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.4 Vlogging
  • 7.6 Studio Video
  • 4.2 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Jun 23, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jun 18, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
3.7
Design
Portability
Height
3.8" (9.7 cm)
Width
5.5" (14.1 cm)
Depth
5.4" (13.8 cm)
Volume
114.9 in³ (1,883.3 cm³)
Weight
1.82 lbs (0.82 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.82 lbs (0.82 kg)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

  • The body is made of plastic
  • Inputs and ouputs are covered by rubber flaps
  • Lens ring turns smoothly but offers nice resistance
  • Top back dial is difficult to turn and feels slightly uncomfortable to use
  • Zoom toggle is sensitive to make use easy, but not so much so that you can't control it
  • The screen and hinge mechanism feel very sturdy
  • The flash mechanism feels somewhat flimsy
  • Has a directional pad to navigate the menu as opposed to a dial, which may make it more difficult to navigate depending on personal preference

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
3
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes

Note: Despite being advertised as weather-sealed in the specs on Panasonic's website, this camera is not actually weather-sealed, as stated in the user manual.

Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap string
  • Lens hood
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • 1x Panasonic DMW-BLC12PP battery
  • Owner's manual

8.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • The grip is large, with rubberized thumb rest and front grip, and holding the camera feels secure
  • Three command dials, including lens ring, make it easy to adjust exposure parameters
  • Buttons are easy to reach, for the most part
  • Rubberized eye cup around viewfinder feels comfortable, with a lot of space between the viewfinder and the body
  • Screen is fully articulated
  • In AF mode, the lens ring is used to adjust zoom, and it does so in increments, making it easy to reach your desired focal length
  • Shutter speed dial feels stiff and somewhat uncomfortable to use
  • Can't change SD card while mounted on a tripod due to placement of slot

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
N/A
9.5
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
919 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.24 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Panasonic Image

  • Menu system is easy to navigate using the directional pad or touchscreen
  • Quick menu gives you access to commonly used settings like ISO, drive mode, and exposure compensation
  • You can customize up to eight buttons to suit your preferences, along with five customizable tabs on the screen
  • Display option allows you to check shooting mode, aperture, shooting speed, ISO, exposure bias, white balance, flash setting, drive mode, autofocus mode, focus mode, file format, Wi-Fi, and more all at once, though you can't see through the viewfinder or screen while looking at this display
  • Guide mode can explain certain features and functions to novice users and is easily toggled by pressing the 'Display' button

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Photo & Video
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
7.0
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.8 - 4.0
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/7.6
Minimum Focal Length
9.1 mm
Maximum Focal Length
146 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
400 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
77.9%
Light Falloff
65.5%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.1 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
80
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
125
Native ISO Maximum
12,800
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0
7.8
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Panasonic DMW-BLC12PP
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
440 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
134 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
60 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: When using the mechanical shutter, the shutter speed ranges from 60s to 1/4000s. When using the electronic shutter, the shutter speed ranges from 1s to 1/6000s.

6.7
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
2 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
11 fps
Raw Buffer Size
31 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
104 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
21 s

Note: When shooting in RAW format, the buffer empty time is 21s.

7.4
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
79%
Face Tracking Success Rate
44%
Face Detection Distance
79" (200 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
49

Note: This camera can capture images using all of its focus points at once, allowing for its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features. These features, respectively, let you change the focus point of an image after it's already been taken or combine all the images taken using different focus points, resulting in an expanded focus range. However, we don't currently test these functions.

8.0
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/10 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
7.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
26.64 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
10.7 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
9.5 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
8.1 f-stops
5.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
3.679 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
4.0158 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
4.796 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
5.768 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
5.699 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
5.752 pixels
6.8
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
11.39
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
10.75
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
10.54
9.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.68 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
38.92 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
36.29 dB
6.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.7 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
37.46 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
35.02 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
32.35 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
29.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
26.61 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
23.64 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
20.5 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
All-I Compression
Yes

Note: All-I compression is only available using the AVCHD format in FHD at 60i.

4k Video
5.8
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.45 x

Note: This camera has a longer equivalent focal length when recording in 4k compared to FHD, as a result of the 4k crop factor.

7.7
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
95 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
95 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0

Note: This camera doesn't have any adjustable bit rate settings. It only outputs 4k video at approximately 100 mbps.

5.6
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
4.3
Face Tracking In 4k
5.4
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

Note: We tested autofocus performance using settings that deviate from our usual methodology to account for this camera's focal length. As such, the results may not be fully comparable to other cameras we've tested.

7.3
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
11.67 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
31.64 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1 x

Note: This camera's digital stabilization feature is not available in 4k.

7.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.0
6.6
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
5.0°
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
27 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
20 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
8.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
6.7
Face Tracking In FHD
9.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

Note: We tested autofocus performance using settings that deviate from our usual methodology to account for this camera's focal length. As such, the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

8.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
5.17 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
8.34 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.13 x
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.0
6.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.0°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.8
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Note: This camera also has an input to connect a remote. Note also that the microphone jack is located on the other side of the camera (not pictured above).

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is only available in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see our unit's label here.

If you come across another variant, or your FZ1000 II doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update it.

Compared To Other Cameras

Panasonic LUMIX FZ80

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is a better overall camera than the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80. Both are bridge cameras with long built-in zoom lenses, but the FZ1000 II uses a slightly larger sensor, giving it better image and video quality. It also has a longer battery life, a larger, higher-resolution viewfinder, and a fully articulated screen. It feels more comfortable to shoot with, but it isn't as portable as the FZ80, and because of its sensor size, it has a shorter focal reach.

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