Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 might have you ditching your dSLR
The label bridge camera often gets used for any fixed-lens camera that has the look of a digital SLR.
This however, this is a true bridge camera.
I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and this is the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
It's a camera that has a lot of the control, high-end performance, and advanced features.
Someone considering an SLR might want, but with a high quality fixed lens with a flexible zoom range.
The combination its 16 X F28 to F four, 24 to 400 millimeter lens.
A one inch, 20 megapixel image center and a powerful image processor deliver excellent photo and video quality.
Its sensor size is about four times larger than what you'd find in your typical long zoom camera.
The bigger sensor gets you better images, but it also requires a larger body and lens.
The camera is still smaller and lighter than even an entry-level SLR with anything close to an equivalent zoom range.
But there's enough room for direct controls to important settings, a big high-res electronic viewfinder, a flip-out LCD, and a hot shoe for a flash.
You also get things like a zoom or focus ring around the lens.
Solid image stabilization for photos and video.
Clean HDMI output and a mic jack.
Shooting options run the gamut from full auto to full manual and the settings menus are so deep that there's just too much to mention here.
And even after a lot of testing, I'm still finding things.
You can read the full review on CNet.com.
But at it's current $800 price, you're getting a great camera that does double duty for stills and movies.
Unless you really want or need digital SLR photo quality, this is the next best thing, given it's size, performance, and price.
I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a very quick look at the Editors' Choice winning, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
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