Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

There has been significant body changes to the Panasonic FZ2000. Panasonic have really thought about this major update to the camera. Sadly it appears in the wake of the GH5 so once again its going to be a “Cinderella” camera. (One whose attributes were unrecognised).

The addition of three ND filters is brilliant as is the headphone socket. The ND really gives you a head start while filming HD in daylight, no longer do you need to compensate using 50 fps with the addition of either more f stops or adding extra shutter speed.

I was not aware till I got my hands on the FZ2000 that Panasonic had changed the top of the camera adding a much needed extra thumb wheel (front of the Fn4 button) very useful in manual mode. The FZ1000 needed a painful double click on the thumb wheel to change from f stop to shutter speed.

Bringing the SD card slot to the side of the camera makes swapping out the SD card a breeze. In the FZ1000 its badly positioned in the battery compartment.

Underneath has also been changed with the tripod screw in the centre of the lens away from the battery compartment. I bought a third party plate from Alzo Video which did the same trick on the FZ1000.

The LCD on the FZ2000 looks bigger but they are both 61mm x 41mm the FZ2000 is cleaner without a plastic frame.

Its inside that the FZ2000 has been significantly changed with the addition of MP4 LPCM and MOV. The MOV serving gives you 1920 x 1080 50p at 200Mbps ALL-INTRA LPCM a major upgrade in quality from the 1920 x 1080 50p at 28Mbps ACC in the FZ1000.

Other welcome additions are a 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S which works a treat, this gives you an insight for the GH5s 5 Axis OIS. Amazingly it also has a 120fps VFR slow motion mode and no 29m time record restriction.

I have the camera for a month and plan to produce all my reviews with it so there will be a lot of footage from the FZ2000 by the time it comes to edit the review.


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.

3 thoughts on “Panasonic FZ2000…First Thoughts

  1. I have been shooting with this camera since last December, mostly Cinema 4K, and I am totally delighted. All the shortcomings of the otherwise excellent FZ1000 have been addressed. Add the small but impressive Rode Micro and you have a very able camera channel.

  2. Hi Philip

    I have been fortunate to have had this camera from launch, only two slight niggles,
    1.- the 4K crop, however moving from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, crop has always been an issue.
    2,- No 5 axis O.I.S in 4K, would be a nice to have..
    Overall very pleased with the results.
    Two recommended accessories.
    Panasonic DMW-MS2 Microphone, just brilliant.
    Zacuto Z-Finder for GH4/4, turns the brilliant touch screen monitor into a “7 inch field monitor” Set to 60hz and enjoy.

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