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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: When shooting in RAW format, the buffer empty time is 21s.
Note: All-I compression is only available using the AVCHD format in FHD at 60i.
Note: This camera has a longer equivalent focal length when recording in 4k compared to FHD, as a result of the 4k crop factor.
Note: This camera doesn't have any adjustable bit rate settings. It only outputs 4k video at approximately 100 mbps.
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.
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.
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).