Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Sensor : 20 megapixel 1: CMOS
  • ISO : 80 - 25600
  • Shutter Speed : 60 - 1/4000 (1/16000 electronic shutter)
  • Aperture : F/2.8-4.5
  • Zoom : 20x optical
  • Burst Speed : 7 fps (12 fps with focus locked on first frame, 50 fps electronic shutter only)
  • Autofocus Points : 49
  • Autofocus System : Dual Pixel Contrast Detection
  • Image Stabilization : 5-axis hybrid
  • RAW : Yes
  • Video : Cinema 4K at 30 fps, Up to 60 minutes continuous recording
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • GPS : No
  • Screen : Tilting LCD
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 350 images
  • Weight : 2.13 lbs.
  • Other Features : Electronic viewfinder, built-in neutral density filters, HDMI, mic and headphone ports
  • Release Date: 2016-11-28
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended


Panasonic's FZ2500 is a 4K beast with zoom
The Panasonic FZ2500 could have the best video quality for compacts -- but at a price.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/27/2016

All 4Ks are not created equal -- and the Panasonic FZ2500 sports a true cinema quality 4K video mode.

4K is technically 4,000 pixels, but most manufacturers will classify 3800 as 4K. While Panasonic’s bump up to 4096 pixels is a less noticeable step up than switching from HD to 4K, there’s still a slight quality improvement. That resolution is also paired with a 24 fps frame rate.

The FZ2500 looks to be versatile though with a 20 megapixel one inch sensor for shooting stills. The 4K capability introduces a few different still photo modes, including a new focus stacking feature as well as the post focus Panasonic unveiled last year.

But another key feature of the FZ2500 is the lens. With a 20x zoom and 3 cm macro mode, it covers a versatile range that’s tough to find in an advanced compact. The Leica lens is also fairly bright considering the zoom range, with a f/2.8-4.5. The lens is also designed with video in mind — Panasonic says the iris helps catch up with sudden changes in brightness quickly.

Speed looks to be on track as well with a 7 fps burst, 12 with the focus locked on the first frame. Panasonic also improved the autofocus speed over earlier models.

While the FZ2500 is a fixed lens camera, the design more closely resembles a DSLR or super zoom than a compact. Perhaps because it’s a bit larger, the camera features several controls, including a few on the lens barrel like the adjustment for the built-in neutral density filter. The camera also has an HDMI port and mic and headphone jacks.

While the Panasonic FZ2500 looks to be a flexible, powerful camera, it comes at a price — $1,199. Paying four figures for a fixed lens camera is a tough justification to make for many, but for what it’s worth, the FZ2500 is still $300 less than the very similar Sony RX10 Mark III. And with a few extra video features like the built-in neutral density filters, the FZ2500 could be a very versatile tool for both photos and video.


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