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Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000

Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II-vs.-Panasonic-LUMIX-DMC-FZ1000-1Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000 – Both camera features same resolution and same size however the sensor architecture both the camera completely different, take a look at the specification comparison review below for more details

Features/ Models Sony RX10 III Panasonic FZ1000
Megapixel 20 megapixels 20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Low pass filter No No
Optical Zoom 25X 16X
Aperture Range F2.8 – 4.0 F2.8 – 4.0
Macro Range 3 cm 3 Cm
Image processor Bionz X  Venus Engine
Image Stabilization Optical IS 5-axis
AF system Contrast Detect Contrast Detect / DFD
AF Points 25 AF points 49 AF points
ISO Auto, 125 – 12800 (expands to 64-25600) Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/32000 30-1/16000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 12fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K @ 30fps
Display 3.0″ 1.228m-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine LCD 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Electronic (100%)  Electronic (100%)
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi and NFC WiFi and NFC
Battery life  420 shots 360 shots
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127 mm 137 x 99 x 131 mm
Weight 1051 g g 831 g

The newly announced Sony RX100 features unique stacked structure with a back-illuminated design for superior low-light performance, the newly designed sensor also incorporates a dedicated DRAM chip on the back of the sensor and this results super fast processng speed as well as enhanced signal capacity for faster readouts.

The Lumix FZ1000 camera doesn’t carry stacked CMOS design or DRAM chip on the back of sensor, but even after that the FZ1000 is capable to give excellent ISO range as well as shooting speed.

Best Low light performer – Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000

The ISO speed of both the camera is same and as well as the aperture range of both the camera is excatly same, so based on specification sheet we are unable to tell you the truth until we see a High ISO test between these two big sensor superzoom camera.

Best Zoom Camera?

Sony RX10 III is undoubtedly is better if we compare the lens of both the camera. The Sony RX10 III offers 25X optical zoom lens on the other side the Panasonic FZ1000 remains limited to 16X only. Despite of having more zoom lens the Sony RX10 III camera features same Aperture range compared to FZ1000 camera (F2.8 – F4.0).

Both camera features excellent image stabilization inside them, Sony claims that RX10 III helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake up to 4.5 stops on the other side we have Hybrid O.I.S that also very effective while shooting handheld telephoto images.

Auto-Focus

Sony RX10 III features 25 AF points and FZ1000 features 49 AF points, Panasonic claims that FZ1000 camera features DFD AF system same as of pro Mirrorless series camera. It’s very clear from the specification of the camera that FZ1000 carry a dedicated hardware system for AutoFocusing and does fast AF compared to traditional contrast based AF systems of the camera. Panasonic FZ1000 covers more AF screen and features fast auto-focusing system compared to RX10 III. Although the RX10 III features fast continuous shooting speed compared to FZ1000.

Video – Sony is better

Both camera offers 4K video recording at 30 fps. 

Sony utilizes full-pixel readout while capturing 4K or Full HD video. No such deatils available form Panasonic about the FZ1000 camera.

Sony RX10 III offers 4K at 30 fps and Full HD at 120 fps. The Sony RX10 III also offers recording in XAVC S format, which is contained within an MP4 wrapper. Gamma controls are also available to increase the dynamic range of the sensor, the camera also offers to use  S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range.

Panasonic FZ1000 also features 4K video recording at 30fps but the Full HD recording remains limited to 60fps only. The camera does offer 4K video recording MP4 format and Full HD in AVCHD format.

Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000 – HIGH ISO TEST

Take a look between the High ISO test of both the camera

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestBoth camera showing excellent amount of details at base ISO

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestISO 3200 images from both the camera is useless

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestThe ISO 12800 can be only used for test purpose, however Panasonic FZ1000 showing wired images with color bleeding problem.

Verdict:

Sony RX10 III offers Better + More zoom lens compared to FZ1000 as well as bit better video mode, from the ISO test we don’t see any big difference in the image quality of both the camera, however Sony RX10 III is performing bit better.

But price difference too big and you can buy two FZ1000 in price of one RX10 III camera.

Buy Sony RX10 III if you want more zoom lens and bit better video mode otherwise we recommend you to but FZ1000 @ 697 only, Panasonic FZ1000 a prefect balance of price and features.

Price

Sony RX10 III – $ 1498 available at Amazon | B&H

Sony FZ1000 – $697 available  Amazon | B&H

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Thoughts on The forthcoming canon 4k compact camera

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A big and hot question that is fair and sensible to arise in everyone’s mind that what’re the reasons that pulled Canon towards building of the 4k compact camera with a weak specification like that?  A strange camera that’s in the pipeline for NAB April 2015 along with the features like external viewfinder, 10x optical zoom, aperture is f/2.8-5.6 4k video lens. The camera must be announced way back on 2014 or 13 to gain market share… the rumored specification look outdated when we already have cameras Panasonic FZ100 and Lumix LX100.

Take a look at the specification sheet below

Canon-4K-camera-comparison

Obviously, the question is reasonable because when Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera in the market is possessing a far better specs with 16x Zoom Lens and large 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor while the canon forthcoming camera will be limited with 10x zoom lens.

And if you prefer image quality more than LX100 is also available with bigger M4/3 sensor, compact 3X zoom lens and 4K recording.

However,we can say that 4k isn’t everything to a camera now a days, a camera needs superior specifications that can win the heart of the users by satisfying them in all the ways.

So by comparing all the cameras one can faithfully say that the steps of canon towards building this unnamed camera might be proved one mistake to them.

The solution of this question would be how much this canon camera can make a business in the end?

share your thoughts with us….

Panasonic FZ1000 at DxO Mark Lab

Panasonic-FZ1000-imageDXO Mark Lab just published the score the 1 inch sensor based Panasonic FZ1000 camera, you should know that all the three camera tested by the DXO Mark Lab are using the same sensor developed by Sony, so the difference in data may be due to the type of lens system and image processor used inside the camera.,

Panasonic-FZ100-at-Dxo-mark-imageBuy Panasonic FZ1000 from Amazon | B&H | Adorama |

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Sony RX10

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After the announcement of Panasonic FZ1000 we have started the analysis of core specification of both the camera, take a look at the specification comparison table below and High ISO test images…

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The Panasonic FZ1000 look too good on specification sheet, now let’s talk in details.

Sensor: The sensor size and megapixel of both the camera is same, but the ISO range of Panasonic FZ1000 is more compared to Sony RX10, according to theoretical rules more ISO range do help to get cleaner low-light images.

Lens: The RX10 features a constant aperture F2.8 zoom lens, the RX10 lens is composed of 14 elements in 11 groups 7 Aspherical elements on the other hand the Panasonic FZ1000 comes with a variable aperture zoom lens F2.8-F4.0 that covers more range (16X compared to 8.3X optical zoom of Sony RX10), the lens is composed of 5 elements in 11 groups 5 Aspherical, 4 ED. At the end the Panasonic offers more optical zoom than Sony with bit loss of light, the High ISO test added at the end will clear all your doubts.

AF System: The AF system of Panasonic is bit advance compared to Sony RX10, the FZ1000 uses DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, high speed focusing system shortens  focusing time and the FZ1000 lock its AF in 0.09 sec and 0.17 sec at the telephoto-end. on the other hand Sony RX10 takes 0.22sec AF time at wide and tele-end.

Shutter: The Panasonic uses HYBRID shutter system, the mechanical shutter range is 60 – 1/4000 sec and electronic shutter range is 1 – 16,000 sec, the RX10 uses mechanical shutter system only, range 30-1/3200.

Video: Panasonic FZ1000 can record 4K QFHD (3840 x 2160) video at 30p mode @ 100Mbps in the MP4 file format. Full HD 1080 video can be recorded at 60p, 30p, 24p, or 60i-in the AVCHD format, as well in the MP4 format. Sony RX10 is limited to Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording @ 60p, 60i, and 24p. Full HD video can be recorded on AVCHD and MP4 format.

Weather-sealed construction – The Sony RX10 features Magnesium alloy top and front casings and weather sealed design helps you to shoot in any condition, no such weather sealed available in FZ1000.

High ISO Test

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Image captured at base ISO, the Sony RX10 is showing bit more details in both the images (red leaf pattern is bit cearly visible in RX10).

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At ISO 3200 both image look similar.

Verdict: Panasonic FZ1000 does have excellent core specification at a lower price tag you get advance AF system, 4K recording option, 5 axis based IS system and 3cm macro mode… Sony offers a fast lens with limited zoom and rugged body.

Buy Panasonic FZ1000 from Amazon | B&H | Adorama || Sony RX10 Available at Amazon |

Panasonic FZ1000 Sample Images and Zoom Demo

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Many sample images of recently announced Panasonic FZ1000 camera surfaced over the web, click on the link below to visit the sample gallery.

First take a look at the zoom demo, Panasonic does a impressive 16X optical zoom.

Panasonic FZ1000 Zoom Demo

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As you can clearly see how much zoom is possible with the newly announced FZ1000.

Image gallery:
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Also see – Panasonic FZ1000 Announced – Price, Press Release, Full Specification and Videos

Buy Panasonic FZ1000 from Amazon | B&H | Adorama

 

Panasonic FZ1000 More Sample Videos

Few more sample videos surfaced over the web just after the announcement of Panasonic FZ1000 camera, the camera features 1 inch sensor and 16X Optical zoom lens, 4K recording at 30fps for more details and intro and sample 4K video  see the announcement page

More 4K Sample Video is here

Demo Video


Hands on

Panasonic FZ1000 Announced - Price, Press Release, Full Specification and Videos

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Buy Panasonic FZ1000 from Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Panasonic FZ1000 finally announced bu Panasonic today the camera features large 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, a 18X optical zoom lens has aperture range of 25-400mm f/2.8-4 and also features HYBRID O.I.S. 5-Axis Image Stabilization, the camera have standard ISO range of 125-12800 and expandable ISO range of 80-25600. The FZ1000 comes with electronic and mechanical shutter, the mechanical shutter range is 60 – 1/4000 sec and electronic shutter range is 1 – 16,000 sec, that clealry means you can also shoot your images with the help of electronic shutter in a complete silence mode.

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The common problem of large sensor compact camera is the AF speed, I have used Sony RX10 camera and it takes few seconds when the environment light is low, but the recently announced comes with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, the FZ1000 take only AF  0.09 only to lock AF on subject, the camera comes with a 49-area focus system, you also get flexible, single area and Pinpoint AF.  During manual focus mode the Focus Peaking is also available (highlighting sharp edges of contrast).

The FZ100 can also record 4K QFHD Video Recording at 30 fps p with a high bit rate of 100Mbps in the MP4 file format, Full HD videos with 60p, 30p, 24p, or 60i-in frame rates can be recorded in the AVCHD and MP4 format (both), The FZ100 also comes with built-in stereo zoom microphone that clearly records sound with Auto Wind Cut function in AAC or Dolby formats.

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on the rear side of the camera we have a 0.39″ 2,359k-dot OLED Live View Finder provides 100% frame coverage and 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD monitor features a tilting design that helps photographer while composing the shot. You also get built-in WiFi to share your image with the smart devices.

Press Release

Panasonic Announces LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 – The World’s First Digital Compact Camera with 4K Video Recording Capability

One-Inch, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 16x Optical Zoom for the Ultimate Picture Quality

NEWARK, NJ (June 12, 2014) – Panasonic announced today the new LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 (FZ1000) — the world’s first digital compact camera to offer 4K video recording capability*.  The FZ1000 boasts a one-inch, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 4K video recording capability. The latest member of the popular LUMIX FZ series, the FZ1000 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and select channel partners in late July with an MSRP of $899.99.
*For a digital compact camera as of June 12, 2014

The integration of a newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x optical zoom lens achieves high resolution edge to edge. It also produces stunningly beautiful defocus together with the large-sized MOS Sensor.

The 1-inch large 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor dramatically improves S/N (signal to noise) ratio, making it possible to capture a clear image with minimum noise even when it is shot at a high ISO. The Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter, to achieve high color reproduction and high image quality with a natural look.

The FZ1000 incorporates 4K (QFHD 4K: 3840×2160, up to 30 fps in MP4) video recording capability for the first time with a digital compact camera*1. Panasonic is also proposing a new solution to capture 3840×2160 8-megapixel equivalent images from the 4K video footage which is normally difficult to photograph. Also, videos can be recorded in full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or MP4 at 60p. A powerful 16x optical zoom with 5-step speed control enables smooth zoom adjustment even while video recording. The 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)+ with Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration.  Creative Video mode, High Speed video in full-HD at 120fps, Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation are all available for a variety of video effects..

The FZ1000 also features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, for its focusing accuracy and improved Light Speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec*2. Together with the quick start-up time of approx.0.66 sec, the DMC-FZ1000 never misses a  shooting opportunity.   High speed burst shooting can be shot at 12 fps in 20.1-megapixel full resolution. It also offers a max.1/4,000 (mechanical) and 1/16,000 (electronic) shutter speed.

The FZ1000 boasts a high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder). With 0.39-inch 2,359k-dot high resolution in 4:3 aspect ratio, the new LVF boasts approx.1.88x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. The 3.0-inch 921k-dot free-angle LCD with its wide-viewing angle rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down. Operability is also improved with a newly added zoom lever, zoom ring and drive mode dial for more intuitive operation.  For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style are available.

The FZ1000 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with a simple operation. The FZ1000 also comes with a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone connection. In addition, RAW data can be processed in camera.

*1 As of June 12, 2014
*2 Based on the CIPA standard, when using Live View Finder.

1. Bright Leica DC Lens 25-400mm F2.8-4.0
Panasonic newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens system (F2.8-F4.0) with 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-400mm). Comprised of 15 elements in 11 groups, including 4 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit achieves high MTF value.

2. Large 1-inch 20.1MP MOS Sensor for Amazing Defocus Control
The DMC-FZ1000 incorporates a 1-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel high resolution. The new 1-inch sensor is 4x larger than conventional 1/2.3-inch sensor in size. This new large MOS Sensor improves S/N ratio, resulting in dramatic reduction of noise even when shooting at ISO 12,800.

The Venus Engine image processor was developed for the DMC-FZ1000 to dramatically boost its performance with a new quad-core CPU providing high speed signal processing required for rich 4K video recording . The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally.

3. The World’s First Digital Compact Camera Recording High Quality Video in 4K
The LUMIX FZ1000 is not only for capturing still images but also high quality video in 4K. It features outstanding 4K video recording capability (QFHD 4K: 3840×2160, up to 30 fps (NTSC) / in MP4*1. Users can enjoy recording video in ultra high definition and even grab an 8-megapixel frame as still image. After recording video in 4K, users can cut out a single frame to choose the best still image in rich resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.  The FZ1000 should be used with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).  The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video.

*1 4K video can be recorded up to 29 minutes 59second. Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater.

4. Super-fast LUMIX DFD Focusing Technology
For even faster response and higher mobility, the FZ1000 newly integrates a dedicated motor into the focus system to achieve extremely fast focusing. In addition, the Light Speed AF is further enhanced with an adoption of DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the DMC-FZ1000 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.09 sec*2 at wide end and even approx. 0.17 sec at tele-end.*3 Together with the quick start-up of approx.0.66 sec and short release time lag, the DMC-FZ1000 never lets photographers miss fleeting shooting opportunities.
*2 Based on the CIPA standard, when using Live View Finder.
*3 Panasonic in-house examination (infinity to 2m shooting time lag)

5. Integrated Smartphone/Tablet Wi-Fi® for Remote Imaging Control
The FZ1000 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing. With the Panasonic “Image App”, remote shooting of both stills and video is possible by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor. You can release the shutter, zoom, focus and set shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation with a smartphone / tablet.

6. Other Features

3cm Macro Shooting
Stunning macro shots can be shot with minimum focusing distance of 3cm.

Highlight/Shadow Control
The Live View function is also advanced digitally making it possible to adjust highlight / shadow separately with the front/rear dial. 3 patterns of settings can be customized in addition to 3 patterns of preset.

RAW data development in Camera
The FZ1000 is capable of processing RAW images in camera.

Level Gauge
The DMC-FZ1000 is equipped with Level Gauge to detect the horizontal / vertical angle of view.

iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) Mode for Photo and Video
For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports taking beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control and Food Recognition.

Optional Accessories
A GN58 powerful External Flash (DMW-FL580L) is newly added to the LUMIX optional accessories which allow high speed charging of approx.1.7 sec. Not only wireless control but also LED video light functions are available. The Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) which enables stereo/shotgun switch. The 62mm diameter of ND Filter (DMW-LND62), PL Filter (DMW-LPL62) and MC Protector (DMW-LMCH62) are also offered for more creative freedom.

 Panasonic FZ1000 Full Specification 

Click here to download the full specification

Panasonic FZ1000 Sample Videos

Panasonic FZ1000 4K Sample Video