Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


I decided this camera is so good it deserves its own blog post.

  • 20MP 1″-type BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens
  • Depth from Defocus AF
  • Large electronic viewfinder
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • Built-in variable ND filter
  • 4K video capture (DCI/UHD)
  • 10-bit, 4:2:2 output over HDMI
  • Headphone socket


Just noticed the new position for the SD card slot…a lot better.

A host of other exciting features 

  • 3.5mm Microphone Jack / 3.5mm Headphone Jack

The 3.5mm microphone jack is for high-quality audio recording using an external microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack enables monitoring recording audio while shooting video real-time.

  • Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi with Smartphones

The LUMIX FZ2000 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.


While offering several new stills-related features (such as focus stacking), the FZ2500 is really all about video. It shoots both Cinema and UHD 4K, can output 4:2:2 10-bit video over its HDMI port, supports V-Log L recording (for an extra $99) and much, much more. In essence, the FZ2500 is the little brother to the DMC-GH4 ILC, which is one of the most capable video capture cameras on the market.


Finally looks like Panasonic have taken advice from end users by positioning the tripod mount further along the camera.


  • Optional Accessories

A variety of optional professional accessories including External Flash (DMW-FL580L, DMW-FL360L, DMW-FL200L), Stereo Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2), LED Video Light (VW-LED1), Remote Shutter (DMW-RSL1), 67mm PL Filter (DMW-LPL67) and MC Protector (DMW-LMCH67) are also offered for more creative freedom.

Sadly it seems Panasonic have missed a trick as most people at the show can’t tell us if the newly designed XLR unit will indeed work with the FZ2000.


First official picture of the new headphone socket thanks to Charles Woods who was at the show.

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Just over a year ago I found myself on a film set filming the Spirit of Edradour, I had to have a camera that was almost point and shoot for behind the scenes so plumbed for the Panasonic FZ1000 and what a great choice I had made.

Edradour…behind the scenes from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

4 thoughts on “Photokina 2016… Panasonics FZ2000

  1. I think a lot of documentary, event and narrative film makers will get a lot out of this camera. You don’t need FF to achieve good OOF backgrounds. 1″ sensors are perfectly adequate and often preferable for most purposes. This camera is cracking value at £1K
    I don’t have any Panasonic shares (in case you were wondering)

    HDW : I wish I had !

  2. Panasonic playing catch up with Sony (RX10MK2 etc) but still way ahead of Canon. Good to see this product!

  3. I have the FZ1000 and will probably get the FZ2000. Glad to see the sd card and tripod issues being addressed.One big bugbear i have with the FZ1000 if you mount a shotgun mic on it it picks up the noise from the gyro which does does not switch off even with the stabiliser switched off. Most annoying. Have they sorted this do you know?

  4. one problem with the fz 2000 i have, you can not give the photo in the camera a photo number that you can see in windows explorer.
    just a title you can give and view this in panasonic photofunstudio..verry dissapointing

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