Panasonic has concluded its Photokina 2016 product launch event with the introduction of the Lumix FZ2500 bridge camera that replaces the FZ1000.
You might remember that Panasonic was the first to launch a 4K mirrorless camera in the body of the Lumix GH4. The manufacturer continued the 4K trend and launched a bunch of shooters that are aimed at videographers.
It seems like the company really loves video, as the new Panasonic FZ2500 is the latest device which appears to have been specifically designed for this market. It replaces the FZ1000 and will also be named FZ2000 in some markets. Without much further ado, here is what you can expect from this shooter!
Panasonic FZ2500 / FZ2000 announced with professional-like inner zoom lens
The new bridge camera is here with a 20-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor and a Venus Engine, the latter which is present in the G85 and LX10 cameras, too. Just like its siblings, Panasonic FZ2500 records 4K videos at 30fps, offers Depth from Defocus technology, supports 4K Photo mode, and comes packed with Focus Stacking.
Compared to its predecessor, the new camera features a new 20x optical zoom lens. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit optic offers a full-frame equivalent of 24-480mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5.
What is quite interesting at the lens is that it has internal zoom and focusing. This leads to stable, smooth, and silent zooming, just like what you would get if you were to use a dedicated camcorder.
The electronic viewfinder is bigger and has a 0.74x magnification rate. Additionally, you can compose shots through the 3-inch articulated touchscreen on the back. Regardless of what you choose to frame your images, you will be able to take advantage of a built-in ND (neutral density) filter in -2EV, -4EV, and -6EV steps.
This bridge camera is clearly aimed at videographers
Although the company says that the Panasonic FZ2500 can be used by both photographers and videographers, the camera is definitely aimed at video-centric users. It supports high-quality video recording and many other features that are needed in professional videography.
Both Cinema 4K and Ultra HD 4K are supported, while MOV, MP4, AVCHD, and AVCHD Progressive comprise the list of supported formats. Full HD videos can be captured at a bitrate of up to 200 Mbps for ALL-Intra and up to 100Mbps for IPB.
One could also output 4:2:2 10-bit video to external monitors via HDMI. As for internal recording, there is 4:2:2 8-bit video support. Moreover, there are microphone and headphone ports higher-quality audio.
In video mode, users have an optical image stabilization technology at their disposal. As seen in the other cameras, the 5-axis system is hybrid and will keep things steady. WiFi and an electronic shutter are also available and you will be able to put them to good use this November for $1,199.99.