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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Bridge Camera and ZS80 Compact Announced

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Bridge Camera and ZS80 Compact Announced

Today, Panasonic released details about their upcoming fixed-lens cameras, the DC-FZ1000 II bridge camera with 16x zoom and DC-ZS80 compact with 30x zoom (24-720mm!).

Lumix DC-FZ1000 II

The FZ1000 II is a 20.1-megapixel bridge-style camera. It sports a 1-inch "high sensitivity" MOS sensor and can perform at ISO levels of 125–12,800. There's a hybrid five-axis optical image stabilization and one of the more interesting features is the "Level Shot" function which aims to keep the frame level with the horizon, regardless of camera tilt.

The fixed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 25-400mm and an aperture of f/2.8-4. There are five aspherical elements and four extra-low dispersion elements to control distortion, aberrations, and color fringing.

The body of the camera uses a 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF and a 3-inch 1.24-million-dot touchscreen LCD that flips out horizontally. There are a total of 13 assignable custom function buttons on the camera. Connectivity options include a microphone and remote input, as well as HDMI and USB. With a battery and memory card, the total weight hangs at 1.78 pounds.

For video, the FZ1000 II can record UHD 4K30 in mp4 format as well as 100 Mb/s Full HD 1080p up to 120 fps. There is a 30 minute record limit per video clip.

The FZ1000 II comes with a 1,200 mAh battery and its life is rated at 440 shots per charge when using the touchscreen LCD screen, 430 shots per charge when using the EVF in 30 fps "eco" mode, and 290 shots with the EVF at the full refresh rate.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II is priced at $897.99 and available to preorder now. Shipping is expected to begin at the end of March 2019.

Lumix DC-ZS80

The compact-sized ZS80 features a 20.3-megapixel 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor and Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x zoom lens that is the equivalent of 24-720mm f/3.3-6.4. The long zoom lens benefits from the camera's POWER optical image stabilization. Also featured in the ZS80 is the Level Shot function just as in the FZ1000 II. The ISO capabilities range from 80–6,400.

The camera has a 2.33-million-dot EVF and 3-inch 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD that can tilt 180 degrees for front-facing selfies or be utilized for low and high-angle shots.

The ZS80 is capable of up to 10 fps continous shooting and can record video in UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is priced at $447.99 and available to preorder now. Cameras will begin shipping at the end of April 2019.

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Can we now get a FZ300 II please!


I truly don't know why this has not happened yet? The 2.8 25-600mm lens is so unique, they can slap that same lense onto different variances of cameras and even their new DSLR.

Its the perfect budget wildlife lens for beginners. Better yet, it’s my main wildlife video camera.

Yes I would like to know if there is any rumors on a successor to the fz2500..

ZS80 = TZ95 outside of North America

What are the differences between the FZ1000 II and the FZ1000? The old model is going for $500 versus $900 for the new one, somehow I suspect the II may not be worth the extra $400. ;-) The lens on the FZ1000 was much better than the FZ2500 that followed it. The old FZ is actually quite a good deal at $500.

I too had trouble finding any difference between FZ1000 and FZ1000 II. What the hell has changed? nothing?

I don't see the reason to go for the more bulky FZ1000 II over the DC-TZ220 which offers about the same features in a smaller, more elegant and portable package..