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Wednesday 18 June 2014

GADGET: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000: 4K video powers in your (large) pocket

The cameras on smartphones may be getting better, but they’re still not a patch on standalone shooters. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 shoots 4K video, which is a first for a bridge camera. So what else does it have to offer?

Bridge cameras are great all-rounders, offering DSLR-style quality but in a much smaller package. And the FZ100 is no different: as well as 4K video (that’s four times as many pixels as regular HD), it takes 20-megapixel stills that should pack bags of detail, thanks to the one-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. That’s bigger than that found in a lot of rival cameras, letting in more light, and adding detail to your snaps.

Other features include a 16x optical zoom, and an f2.8-f4.0 aperture. Granted, the zoom isn’t as large as on some bridge cameras – like the Samsung WB100 with its 26x zoom – but it’s enough to get you up close to the action.

The three-inch LCD screen is fully articulated, making it easy to shoot video and stills from unconventional angles. There’s also an OLED electronic viewfinder if you prefer to get up close and personal.

The FZ100 will hit shops in July, and cost £749.99.

Would you pay that much for a bridge camera? Or would you want a full DSLR for that sort of money?

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