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Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV

Portability
55
Imaging
56
Features
82
Overall
66
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV front
Portability
52
Imaging
55
Features
82
Overall
65

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 808g - 136 x 97 x 132mm
  • Introduced February 2019
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ1000
Sony RX10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1095g - 133 x 94 x 145mm
  • Announced September 2017
  • Superseded the Sony RX10 III
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Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Panasonic FZ1000 II versus Sony RX10 IV, both Large Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. The sensor resolution of the FZ1000 II (20MP) and the RX10 IV (20MP) is fairly well matched and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1").

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The FZ1000 II was unveiled 18 months later than the RX10 IV making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the FZ1000 II scores against the RX10 IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 II over the Sony RX10 IV

 FZ1000 II RX10 IV 
AnnouncedFebruary 2019September 2017Fresher by 18 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 IV over the Panasonic FZ1000 II

 RX10 IV FZ1000 II 
Display resolution1440k1240kClearer display (+200k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 II and Sony RX10 IV

 FZ1000 II RX10 IV 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera often, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ1000 II offers exterior measurements of 136mm x 97mm x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") and a weight of 808 grams (1.78 lbs) while the Sony RX10 IV has sizing of 133mm x 94mm x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7") with a weight of 1095 grams (2.41 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FZ1000 II versus Sony RX10 IV in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with during that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the FZ1000 II and the RX10 IV.

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the FZ1000 II and RX10 IV is 55 and 52 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizing purely by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ1000 II and RX10 IV.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP and you can expect similar quality of photographs although you will need to consider the age of the products into consideration. The more modern FZ1000 II is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX10 IV as a Portrait photography camera
73
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features face detect focus
exports RAW files
73
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ1000 II
Street photography with Sony RX10 IV
71
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
offers touch to focus
65
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
offers touch focus
environment proofing
heavier than competition in class (1,095g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II Sports photography details
Sony RX10 IV Sports photography details
70
long zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
has no phase detect auto focus
77
amazing zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (24.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II Travel photography info
Sony RX10 IV Travel photography info
68
connects via bluetooth
offers touch to focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (400mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
57
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
good resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (1,095 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II Landscape photography features
Sony RX10 IV Landscape photography features
66
you can focus manually
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
63
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 II Vlogging features
Sony RX10 IV Vlogging features
68
really wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone port
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
29
relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic socket
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (1,095 grams)
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Panasonic FZ1000 II vs Sony RX10 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 II and Sony RX10 IV
 Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 IISony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2019-02-18 2017-09-12
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW data
Lowest boosted ISO 80 64
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 315
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-400mm (16.0x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.0 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,240k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 24.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, 1st / 2nd Slow Sync. Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 808 grams (1.78 lb) 1095 grams (2.41 lb)
Dimensions 136 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 133 x 94 x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 400 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLC12PP NP-FW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $898 $1,698