Lumix FZ1000 camera offers 4K video for $899

This bridge camera brings 4K video within reach of many more photographers

Panasonic's Lumix FZ-1000 packs 4K video recording capability for only US$900.

Panasonic's Lumix FZ-1000 packs 4K video recording capability for only US$900.

If the eye-popping visuals of 4K video appeal but the price is putting you off, Panasonic is offering the recording resolution in a camera with a suggested price of US$899.

The Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is being billed by Panasonic as the world's first digital compact camera that can record 4K video. It can shoot at 3840 x 2160 pixel video in MP4 format at 30 frames per second.

"Compact," however, is probably not a term most users would associate with the FZ1000: At 137 millimeters by 99 mm, and 131 mm deep with the zoom closed, it's about the size of a small digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera.

Like many other bridge cameras, it spans the divide between point-and-shoot cameras and more robust DSLRs. It has a long zoom lens and weighs 831 grams including the battery and memory card.

But at about half the price of Panasonic's high-end 4K shooter, the Lumix GH4, the FZ1000 may open up availability for the resolution format.

The camera also follows Sony's 4K-capable Alpha 7S mirrorless camera, of which the body alone is expected to go on sale for about $2,500 in July.

"We expect to expand the 4K photo users with this compact camera," a spokeswoman for Panasonic wrote in an email. "With the FZ1000, users can cut out 8-megapixel high-resolution photos from 4K video."

The FZ1000's 16x 25-400 mm Leica optical zoom lens cannot be detached, and is relatively small compared to very long zoom lenses on other bridge cameras.

The latest Lumix has a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch rotating LCD screen and Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity. It can also record videos at lower resolution such as Full HD.

It will be available from Panasonic's online shop and retailers in late July.

Tags Digital camcordersconsumer electronicsPanasonicdigital cameras

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Tim Hornyak

IDG News Service

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