The Panasonic FZ1000 is indeed a Great Camera !
It's design is from 2014 already, but it still has little competition.
The only comparable camera (that is fractional better) has about a double as high pricetag.
I am an absolute fan of the so called all-in-one, point-and-shoot or superzoom cameras. They always bring you maximum usability and quality but for a very acceptable price. A long time ago, back in 2002, I bought the Olympus C2100UZ (Ultra Zoom) and ever since I have had no doubts or wishes anymore with this type of cameras.
Over the years I owned that Olympus C2100UZ, a Panasonic FZ50, a Olympus Stylus 1 and now the Panasonic FZ1000. I've used them all excessively and never ever had any problem. They all did/do a Great Job and I should have bought each of them earlier !
SLR cameras look impressive but fact is they are expensive, bulky, heavy and slow to handle. You always (!) have the wrong lens mounted for the situation for which you shoud have reacted fast(er). This year, having been photographing many ,many days, I've seen exactly 1 SLR camera "on the road".
With the FZ1000 you are ready to shoot within 1 second ! It weighs just under 1 kilo which mainly is caused by the superior Leica lens, but that's all you have to carry. I never use a strap and have no problem to handle weight and size all day.
The best camera is the one you have with you !
It has a 1 inch sensor with 20 Mega pixels, a Leica f/2,8 - f/8 lens with 25 - 400 mm zoom, a EVF with 2,36 Mb pixels and a rotatable screen with 0,92 Mb pixels. Also it can film in 4K quality. After which you can extract high quality pictures out of the film. You could film only instead of photographing and then later select the pictures you like.
This is indeeed a all-in-one camera.
Below you find several sets of small pictures which will link you to the fullsize versions. All these pictues were taken by hand, so without the use of a tripod. They also are per set taken from the same point of view, they are not cropped but ("only") the zoom was used. The appartment building at the beach is even 6 kilometers away, in the next village. Which means the OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) sytem is also doing it's job.
Need we say more ?!
It has all features you would like :
- several settings in the menu that would cause the camera to react superfast to your wishes. Like starting autofocusing already when your eye comes close to the EFV.
- (very) highspeed burst,
- 10 seconds timer with 3 pictures taken,
- fully adjustable interval system, with adjustable starting moment,
- fast zoom,
- fixed plus zoomable macro from 1 centimer on,
- shootingmodes selectable ultrafast via the knob at the left,
- a very good battery life,
- a focus setting of the lens that is correct ! When positioned exactly at the border between the white and the red line at the screen (so in manual focus mode) you will find the stars focused correct. For me this is the first time that infinity is really infinity concerning focussing.
- a noice reduction system that can be turned off, something indispensable for your startrails,
- controleable by an app from your phone and tablet,
- scene mode for taking nightly pictures without tripod. You can take pictures always and everywhere ! Even in the dark, and ie inside a cave during an excursion, or in a church with low light. Love this ! (*1)
- in nightmode (*1) it uses a way of focusing that is non controllable. Which means it focuses on everything but in the middle. You have to tric it somehow (per picture) to get this solved.
- the tripod connection is not in lign with the lens,
- it is not possible to zoom after you've activated the AEL (aperture exposure lock) since AEL is then turned off. This makes it impossible to re-adjust the picture.
- the lens moves in and out when zooming. You therefore can (while zooming) not assist the camera at the end of the lens (at the lens hood). You first have to zoom and then can support it.
- the lens hood is larger then the camera so the camera rests (via the hood) on the lens. You have to wait for the lens to be fully distracted before you can lay aside the camera.
- some menu options are related to or depending on others. This is hard to find out and understand while these dependencies are not mentioned in any manual.
- regular mp4 filming is available in all modes (A, S, P, M, etc) just by pushing the red button. So you can easily switch between filming and taking pictures. but not so the 4k filming option. Therefore you must switch the right dial to the separate video mode. In which mode you can not take pictures.
- however you can extract hq pictures from 4k films. But only afterwards and by using the camera, and so its screen. In practice this is to difficult to do since you can not control and watch the film decently on the (therefore far to small) screen. Connecting the camera to a hdmi terminal will help somewhat.
- you can not carry the camera with your left hand since the body there is very small and short.