Panasonic FZ2500

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 front
 
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 24-480mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 915g - 138 x 102 x 135mm
  • Released September 2016
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FZ2000
  • Old Model is Panasonic FZ1000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
53
Imaging
55
Features
81
Overall
65

Panasonic FZ2500 summary

Panasonic FZ2500 is Panasonic's Large Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on September of 2016. The camera houses a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5472 x 3648. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-FZ2000" in certain regions.

Panasonic introduced this model as a way to replace the older Panasonic FZ1000 (Read Full Comparison)

The FZ2500 comes in at #4 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #210 out of 1418 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FZ2500 history

The Panasonic FZ2500 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-FZ1000-II front thumbnailPanasonic FZ1000 II
FZ2500 vs FZ1000 II
25-400mm
F2.8-4.0
20MP1"2019808g
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ2500 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ250024-480mm
F2.8-4.5
20MP1"2016915g
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ1000 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ1000
FZ2500 vs FZ1000
25-400mm
F2.8-4.0
20MP1"2014831g

Panasonic FZ2500 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Panasonic FZ2500 based on things which are often regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with external mic socket
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
features touch focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
long zoom (480mm)
long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
MP count decent (20MP)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
pretty wide (24mm)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
screen articulates
selfie friendly display
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
touch screen
very good screen resolution (1,040 k dots)
video res high (4096 x 2160 resolution)
you can focus manually
doesn't have phase detect AF
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.5)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

Panasonic FZ2500 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic FZ2500 features the Venus Engine chip. The sensor spec on the Panasonic FZ2500 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor can capture 5472 x 3648 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 125 to 12800. This ISO can also be increased electronically to 80 to 25600. RAW files are supported so the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the FZ2500's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The FZ2500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is shown in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ2500 dimensions

Panasonic FZ2500 weighs in at 2.02 lb (915g or 32.28 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 138mm x 102mm x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3"). The weight of average Large Sensor Superzoom camera is 874g and the Panasonic FZ2500 is similar in comparison with various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic FZ2500 besides a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 dimensions scale

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ2500 Lens specifications

The FZ2500 has got an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-480mm giving it a 20.0 x zoom which is amazing and is going to enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat slow and not ideal in low light occasions and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to raise the ISO giving you noisy images. On the tele end, 480mm is excellent zoom and comes with f4.5 which is really slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ2500 Connectivity

The FZ2500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy images and usually alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic FZ2500 Video specifications

The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic FZ2500 is 4096 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 2160p will provide an excellent quality for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p to get improved results. Be wary of the massive file sizes and ensure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does come with both headphone and mic socket making it very valuable while recording audio.

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Panasonic FZ2500 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ2500 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

Panasonic FZ2500 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ2500 is equipped with a 3" fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and group shots if necessary. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can easily adjust focus points and change settings with your fingers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic FZ2500 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.74x

Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FZ2500 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FZ2500 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Beware that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Panasonic FZ2500 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FZ2500 boasts both in-built flash and external flash support.

Panasonic FZ2500 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic FZ2500 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for portrait photography.

The AF system supports 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FZ2500 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to change focus points. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Panasonic FZ2500 includes manual focus if needed for low light or you want to have more precise focus control.

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Panasonic FZ2500 Battery life

The battery life (DMW-BLC12) in the Panasonic FZ2500 is built to last for 350 shots as per the CIPA specifications making it about average when compared to its competition. The average Large Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 373. Sony RX10 III has got the best (420) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Large Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-III front thumbnailSony RX10 III
FZ2500 vs RX10 III
3840 x 2160420 yesyesno
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10 front thumbnailSony RX10
FZ2500 vs RX10
1920 x 1080420 yesyesno
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-IV front thumbnailSony RX10 IV
FZ2500 vs RX10 IV
3840 x 2160400 yesyesyes
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II front thumbnailSony RX10 II
FZ2500 vs RX10 II
3840 x 2160400 yesyesno
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ1000 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ1000
FZ2500 vs FZ1000
3840 x 2160360 yesyesno

Panasonic FZ2500 for various categories of photography

The following chart displays a outline of the Panasonic FZ2500 for various categories of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FZ2500 Portrait photography information

The Panasonic FZ2500 has a score of 73 which is above average, and means the camera is a good pick for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support and option to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files

Panasonic FZ2500 Street photography highlights

With a above average points tally of 70, the Panasonic FZ2500 is a fine fit for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
offers focus by touch

Panasonic FZ2500 Sports photography highlights

A very good sports photography points tally of 70 suggests the Panasonic FZ2500 is a respectable choice for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
provides tracking focus
lacks phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ2500

Portability is really crucial when getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Panasonic FZ2500 gets a very good 66 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to purchase for your travels.

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has focus by touch
decent MP (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
rather wide (24mm)
very long reach (480mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ2500 Landscape photography features

When you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FZ2500 at it's very good rating of 66 as a landscape camera is a very decent option among it's competition.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ2500 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Panasonic FZ2500 is a good fit for vlogging as it comes to a nice score of 67.

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decently wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ2500 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the FZ2500, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the family of Large Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram followed below gives you an overview of the FZ2500 vs it's top scored rivals suggested previously.

Here are a few more cameras you might look at as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
Also called
Lumix DMC-FZ2000
Type
Large Sensor Superzoom
Released
2016-09-19
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
1"
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
12800
Highest enhanced ISO
25600
Min native ISO
125
Min enhanced ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
49
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-480mm (20.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-4.5
Macro focus distance
3cm
Focal length multiplier
2.7
Screen
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.74x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
70
DXO Color Depth score
23.0
DXO Dynamic range score
12.6
DXO Low light score
538
Features
Minimum shutter speed
60s
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000s
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate
12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
13.20 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
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
4096x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
915g (2.02 lbs)
Physical dimensions
138 x 102 x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3")
Other
Battery life
350 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
DMW-BLC12
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
1
Pricing at release
$998