Panasonic FZ1000 Review

vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000

Overall Rating:




x 16 Optical Zoom
3 inch Manual Display

Camera Overview

The Panasonic FZ1000 (full name Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000) is a super simple, easy-to-use vlogging camera perfect for newbies and more adept vloggers alike. The Panasonic FZ1000 is the ideal example of a vlogging camera that does it all and it's priced extremely competitively.  The FZ1000 is ideal for on-the-go vloggers who prefer their equipment to be travel ready: light, portable, yet incredibly sophisticated.  


vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000
vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000
vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000
vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000
vlogging camera Panasonic FZ1000


Around $800


  • Super-zoom cam good for both photo and video
  • Wi-Fi remote control zoom and shoot so you can Vlog from a distance
  • 4k video recording!!
  • Super comfortable and easy to handle


  • No touch screen capability
  • Lacks a headphone jack


​We are a fan of the Panasonic FZ1000. It is the ideal choice for amateur vloggers looking to produce top-quality videos (can't overlook the 4k recording, film for the future) and it's equipped with incredible functionality, customization and Wi-Fi control right from your smartphone.  

Continue reading for the complete Panasonic FZ1000 review...



​Lots of cool functionality built into the FZ1000.  Some have even dubbed this as one of the greatest bridge cameras available on the market, especially for those operating on a budget.   

All of the features make this camera incredibly versatile, "future" proof, and "fool" proof. Anyone can pick it up and start using it straight away without any prior camera or vlogging experience. From pro to newbie, this camera will surely satisfy.

Enough with the background. Let's dive into the nitty-gritty now and talk features.


The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens was uniquely made for the Panazonic FZ1000. The attached zoom lens (which can be manually adjusted) comes with incredible versatility ranging from a wide 25mm to an impressive 400mm zoom.

The aperture range is between F2.8 and 4.0.  While the aperture does drop ever so slightly when you start to zoom, you'll hardly notice. The quality remains quite high. 


The main draw for vloggers considering the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000 is the 4k recording capability.  For those of you who might not know what that means, 4k recording means you'll get record video at 4x the resolution of regular HD recording - unbeatable.

With 4k recording (3840 x 1260) you can record at 30 frames per second (fps).  You'll also enjoy the incredibly cinematic 24 fps when recording in regular HD (1920 x 1080).

For any interested, this vlogging camera allows you to out 8MP stills from your recording - another really cool bonus.

For vloggers on the move, your stabilisation concerns are put to rest with the FZ1000. Activate stablisation with a simple flick of a switch, and feel free to move around with the camera in hand.  You'll still get great quality film.

Below is a video recorded in 4k on the Panasonic FZ1000.


Complete with a lithium-ion battery, you'll be able to reach a full charge in up to 140 minutes.  The battery is removable and can be charged with the external charger. 

While the battery life is strong, we still suggest packing an extra battery, or two, just for safe measure.


​Make sure you get a 64gb UHS-3 card (says Panasonic) if you plan to take advantage of the 4k recording, which of course you should. This card will support the minimum write (and read) speed so you won't be sacrificing any quality in film.  We suggest carrying an extra storage card handy just in case you need the space.

Common Accessories

We are fans of the minimalist approach for vlogging.  Take as few things as possible so you can stay on the go.  However, there are a few items that you wouldn't be able to vlog without, especially if you're vlogging with the Panasonic FZ1000. Take a look at some commonly purchased accessories vloggers use with this camera.  

Storage Case

Panasonic FZ1000 carrying case


panasonic fz1000 tripod

4k UHS-3 Memory card

canon vloggng camera memory card

Screen protector

panasonic fz1000 vlogging camera lens

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are three of the most common questions we found about this Lumix camera.  Here they are: 

Q:   Do you need a special SD card to record 4k?
A:   You need a UHS-11 (aka UHS-3)

Q:   Can you switch out the lens for another?
A:   Nope - this is a bridge camera meaning the lens built in does everything you need it to do.  Great thing, too, for travelers who prefer not to lug around additional lenses. 

Q:   What's the best way to capture clear audio with the Panasonic FZ1000?
A:   There's a jack on the side of the camera for you to plugin an external microphone. 

Q:   What's included in the box when I purchase a new Lumix FZ1000?
A:   2 batteries, a strap, one external battery charger, and the camera itself 🙂 


Overall, the Panasonic FZ1000 deserves some praise.  You'll certainly get your bang for your buck if you choose to purchase the FZ1000.  Packed full of incredible features and great quality video and imagery, this camera will be sure to produce video high quality enough to "woo" your viewers, no matter where you are in your vlogging journey.

We highly recommend this vlogging camera for amateurs who might not have previous camera operational experience.  This cam can be used immediately without any trouble an it's also perfectly sized pack on board a plane in carry-on luggage, so you'll be sure to travel equipped for vlogging without the hassle.

​Whether this is the start of your adventures in the vlogging world, or you're simply graduating to a more compact, easy to operate vlogging camera, you'll be sure to be satisfied by the Panasonic FZ1000.   We recommend you click below for more information and to read additional customer reviews.  Happy vlogging!

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