Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 preview: A 4K video feast, the end of the camcorder as we know it?

In the middle of 2014 Panasonic dipped its oar into the premium superzoom market with the Lumix FZ1000. As a do-it-all DSLR alternative with a 1-inch sensor size it ticked a lot of boxes.

Its update for 2016, the Lumix FZ2000, is an even more standout product that, with a huge focus on 4K video capabilities, might be the kind of camera to spell the end of the camcorder as we know it. Here’s why.

Often updated cameras will tweak the sensor or add a new feature here and there, but the FZ2000 is a total rework over the original FZ1000. The FZ2000’s new lens, for example, provides a 20x optical zoom, ranging from a wide-angle 24mm through to a 480mm equivalent. That’s a notable amount of extra zoom, ensuring the FZ2000 keeps the “super” in “superzoom”. Plus it can focus just 3cms from the lens front glass at its widest-angle, which is rather impressive.

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