Panasonic introduces its flagship hybrid bridge camera LUMIX FZ2000
Panasonic today announces the new LUMIX bridge camera DMC FZ2000, incorporating a 20x optical zoom lens, a 1.0 inch MOS sensor and unlimited 4K video recording in MOV/MP4.
These features elevate the LUMIX FZ2000 far beyond the limitations of a conventional compact camera with high-performance photography and outstanding video recording. The LUMIX FZ2000 is the perfect device for both semi-professional videographers and photography enthusiasts wishing to experience professional shooting capabilities in a compact device.
Featuring the new LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT photo/video hybrid lens
The LUMIX FZ2000 features the newly-developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMART lens system which has a 20x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm) and F2.8-4.5. Comprising of 16 lenses in 11 groups, the lens system boasts high optical performance with minimum ghost and flaring and a guide-pole mechanism commonly used in professional video cameras.
Together with the inner zoom structure, the guide-pole realises exceptional barycentric stability for smooth, stable zooming, where image shift is dramatically suppressed by approximately 80% compared with its predecessor, the LUMIX FZ1000.
The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMART lens also incorporates a nine aperture diaphragm to realise soft, rounded defocus, which effortlessly matches sudden changes of brightness thanks to the adoption of a galvanometer also used in professional video cameras.
High-quality video capability elevates the compact camera to professional standards
The LUMIX FZ2000 boasts exceptional video recording performance which has never been seen in a bridge camera. It is capable of unlimited 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4 and Full HD video at an ultra-high bitrate of 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB).
Users can freely choose from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. For professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selected between59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. The LUMIX FZ2000 is alsocapable of real-time image output to an external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. In addition, for more unique video expression, the LUMIX FZ2000 comes with further professional features such as VFR (Variable Frame Rate), Dolly Zoom, Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation.
In further response to film production market demands, Panasonic offers an optional paid software upgrade for the LUMIX FZ2000 to comply with V-Log L video recording.
Capture unmissable moments in high picture quality
The LUMIX FZ2000 incorporates a 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel high resolution. This large MOS Sensor improves S/N ratio, resulting in dramatic reduction of noise – even when shooting at ISO 12800.
The LUMIX FZ2000 also achieves ultra-high speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec and high-speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) / 7 fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in-focus up to 100 (JPEG) / 30 (RAW) images.
An additional 4K PHOTO feature captures unmissable photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the most photogenic frame from the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Users can save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution, which is suitable for printing up to A3 size.
The integrated Post Focus function enables the selection of the in-focus area of a single frame even after shooting, whilst Panasonic’s new Focus Stacking function enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different areas in focus, then combine all or selected focus areas into one image. Focus Stacking is particularly beneficial for shooting macro images.
The LUMIX FZ2000 offers sleek design and intuitive control
The LUMIX FZ2000 integrates an OLED Live View Finder (LVF) with a 2360K-dot equivalent high resolution in approx. 2.18x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3) magnification capability. Adoption of OLED for the LVF achieves a high-speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast for exceptional visibility. With an eye-point of approximately 20 mm, it also offers high visibility with comfort for users wearing glasses.
The LUMIX FZ2000 also features a well-defined grip for a stable hold and minimum fatigue when consistently using the camera over a longer period of time. The front/rear dual dial system enables direct setting over shutter speed and aperture, and an optimum layout of dials, buttons, lever and switch offers intuitive control with comfort for both photo and video shooting.
For further intuitive control, the 3.0-inch large, approx.1040K-dot rear vary-angle touchscreen with approximately 100% of field of view enables shooting in either high or low angle easier.
A host of other exciting features
- 3.5mm Microphone Jack / 3.5mm Headphone Jack
The 3.5mm microphone jack is for high-quality audio recording using an external microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack enables monitoring recording audio while shooting video real-time.
- Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi with Smartphones
The LUMIX FZ2000 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
- Optional Accessories
A variety of optional professional accessories including External Flash (DMW-FL580L, DMW-FL360L, DMW-FL200L), Stereo Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2), LED Video Light (VW-LED1), Remote Shutter (DMW-RSL1), 67mm PL Filter (DMW-LPL67) and MC Protector (DMW-LMCH67) are also offered for more creative freedom.
 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS-1 Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater
 Setting the HDMI output picture quality:
[4:2:2 10bit]: Users can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices.
[4:2:2 8bit]: Users can record the image while outputting it through the HDMI connection. Ideal for recording while checking the motion picture on an external monitor. When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card.
 AVCHD is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation
 With a purchase of Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1
 Based on the CIPA standard.
 Some accessories are not available in some countries.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global