Panasonic FZ1000 II

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II front
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 808g - 136 x 97 x 132mm
  • Released February 2019
  • Succeeded the Panasonic FZ1000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FZ1000 II summary

Panasonic FZ1000 II is Panasonic's Large Sensor Superzoom camera initially launched on February of 2019. It has a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Panasonic launched this camera as a way to update the previous Panasonic FZ1000 (Read Full Comparison)

The FZ1000 II is placed #2 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #227 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FZ1000 II family

The Panasonic FZ1000 II is part of a family of products. You can read the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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FZ1000 II vs FZ2500
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FZ1000 II vs FZ1000

Panasonic FZ1000 II Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic FZ1000 II based on factors which are oftentimes considered important in a camera.

boasts focus by touch
fairly wide (25mm)
flash built-in
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
great aperture at full zoom (f4.0)
has face detect focus
has manual focus
has tracking focus
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
includes microphone support
incredible zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
long zoom (400mm)
megapixel count good (20MP)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
screen articulates
screen has good resolution (1,240 thousand dots)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is good (1")
supports bluetooth
supports RAW files
touchscreen enabled
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of headphone support
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Panasonic FZ1000 II Sensor details

The Panasonic FZ1000 II is powered by the Venus Engine processor. The sensor measurement on the Panasonic FZ1000 II is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and has a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. This ISO can also be extended digitally to 80 to 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the FZ1000 II's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The FZ1000 II sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is displayed in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ1000 II dimensions

Panasonic FZ1000 II is 1.78 lb (808 gr / 28.50 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 136mm x 97mm x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Superzoom camera is 874 gr and the Panasonic FZ1000 II is very much the same compared with its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Panasonic FZ1000 II with a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the FZ1000 II.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ1000 II Lens specs

The FZ1000 II is equipped with a fixed lens providing a focal range of 25-400mm making it a 16.0 x zoom which is great and would allow you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 and that's very slow and not very good in low light circumstances and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You could also need to up the ISO which causes noisy photographs. On the tele end, 400mm is outstanding zoom and comes with f4.0 making it pretty decent and will help you maintain high shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ1000 II Connectivity

The FZ1000 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy photos and usually alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

Photography Glossary

Panasonic FZ1000 II Video specs

The max video resolution on the Panasonic FZ1000 II is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p gives a superb resolution for video recording. You will be able to crop to 1080p to get cleaner results. Beware of the substantial file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. Even though the camera includes a microphone jack, it is missing a headphone jack which means you won't be able to monitor your audio levels.

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Panasonic FZ1000 II Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ1000 II does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.

Panasonic FZ1000 II Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ1000 II has a 3 inch fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 1,240 thousand dots.

The display is selfie friendly to get self portraits and group photos if required. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to set focus points and adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder details regarding Panasonic FZ1000 II are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.74x

Viewfinders are quite useful in sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Panasonic FZ1000 II Shutter specs

Panasonic FZ1000 II has the ability to shoot continuously at 12.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could result in "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.

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Panasonic FZ1000 II Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic FZ1000 II includes both integrated flash and external flash support.

Panasonic FZ1000 II Autofocus specs

Panasonic FZ1000 II includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be helpful for people photography.

The AF system has 49 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FZ1000 II has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic FZ1000 II includes manual focus when required in low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Panasonic FZ1000 II Battery life

The battery pack (DMW-BLC12PP) for the Panasonic FZ1000 II is fashioned to last for 350 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as its rivals. The usual Large Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 373. Sony RX10 III has got the maximum (420) battery life in this group of cameras.

Here is a number of Large Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FZ1000 II for specific styles of photography

The following diagram displays a summary of the Panasonic FZ1000 II for specific styles of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Panasonic FZ1000 II Portrait photography information

The Panasonic FZ1000 II gets a rating of 72 which is above average, meaning that it is a fine choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files along with the potential to work with external flash.

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focusing manually
MP count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats

Panasonic FZ1000 II as a Street photography camera

Getting a very good rating of 71, the Panasonic FZ1000 II is a good pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
features focus by touch

Panasonic FZ1000 II Sports photography info

A nice sports photography rating of 69 indicates the Panasonic FZ1000 II is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers tracking focus
lack of phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FZ1000 II as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very crucial when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic FZ1000 II gets a nice 67 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to purchase for your journeys.

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connects via bluetooth
supports touch focus
good MP (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (400mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ1000 II Landscape photography advice

For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FZ1000 II with it's nice grade of 65 as a landscape camera is a respectable fit amongst it's competition.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ1000 II Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic FZ1000 II is a very decent option as a vlog camera as it gets a very good score of 67.

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relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ1000 II Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the FZ1000 II, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Large Sensor Superzoom.

The chart just below shows you an overview of the FZ1000 II versus it's highest ranked rivals shown earlier.

These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II
Large Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-400mm (16.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
1,240 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Max quiet shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
13.50 m (with 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.
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
808 grams (1.78 lb)
Physical dimensions
136 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2")
Battery life
350 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots
Price at release