Review of the Panasonic FZ2000

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Finally I have finished my review of the Panasonic FZ2000, I already own an FZ1000 so why buy the 2000.

I soon discovered with the FZ1000 that it was an exceptional HD video camera but with a lot missing. Panasonic took on board the criticisms of the 1000 and produced the FZ2000 with some surprises.

First surprise was the addition of ND filters which is a major bonus when filming at a shutter speed of a 50th.

Thankfully they also included the long overdue headphone socket, I do not like the micro HDMI socket so lets hope the FZ3000 includes a full size HDMI  the same as the GH5.The other major update was a properly positioned tripod screw hole, my FZ1000 has an adapter seen above, moving the screw hole to where it now is on the FZ2000.


The SD card slot was also in the battery compartments on the 1000 while its been moved to a more accessible place at the side of the camera.

Panasonic even added a new thumbwheel on top of the FZ1000 making manual adjustments a lot easier.

Thoughts for the FZ3000…4K 50p, 4K 25p 10 bit 422, FHD 10bit 422, full size HDMI socket, higher resolution EVF and dual card slots and the addition of the XLR unit as seen on the GH5.

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6 comments on this post

  1. David Doré says:

    Many thanks Phil. I have been using the FZ2000 for a few months now….. and I just love it. I am currently trying to persuade Rick Young to buy one as a B-Cam.

    I would suggest the Vello LCD sunshade as the best addition to this great camera. It fits like a Saville Row suit!

  2. IAN CHAPMAN says:

    Hi, could you indicate what software you use for titling your videos please? Also the red arrow?

    I have this camera and when I plug in a sennheiser radio mic I cannot get two channel stereo, but it works fine when I use the rode shotgun mic as you do? Any thoughts on this please?

    Thanks

    HDW : I use Apple Motion, the red arrow is a plugin from Ripple Training called “Callouts”

  3. Paul Russell says:

    Like the review, a guid Scots voice from my favourite place on this earth, I love, isle of, Arran.

    One question, can you tell me a bit more about MOV vs MP4? Is it just container or is there better bit-rates or depth to be had? Any pitfalls?

    HDW : I use MOV as I edit in FCPX, because of their almost identical nature, the MPEG-4 format can be used by both the MOV and MP4 container formats. In spite of the fact that MOV was intended for QuickTime player and MP4 uses the same lossy compression standards, they are mostly interchangeable in a QuickTime-only environment.

  4. Richard says:

    Thats very interesting, thanks Philip. I noticed you referred to the FZ1000 as a fine HD camera and also spoke about the FZ2000 HD performance. Do you generally not use 4K?
    One more thing: I bought FZ1000 recently and the Black Magic 4k video assist. I hadn’t realised that once you start recording on the camera the Monitor stops taking a feed. You can of course record on the Black magic but not both at the same time. Has that been dealt with on the FZ2000?

    HDW : I do find 4K a bit heavy on drive space so I avoid it plus I do prefer a 50p rather than 25p.

  5. Angel says:

    Nice camera, pitty of the brutal crop in 4K.

    HDW : It loses 6mm on the wide going from 30mm to 36mm

  6. Duncan Craig says:

    I’m using the Panasonic G80 as a second camera to my LS300. MFT of course, very similar handling to the FZ2000 but I can use my cine lenses with it. No headphone jack , but I only use it for pictures. Here’s an example: https://www.facebook.com/TheGrandYork/videos/1520612331294722/

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