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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 II announced: same 20.1MP, 4K video, 16x zoom as FZ1000

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 II has been officially unveiled at the Panasonic European Convention 2019 in Frankfurt. 

As with the Panasonic Lumix TZ95, specs had been released earlier in the week by reliable Japanese site Nokishita (via 43 Rumors). 

The new version of the versatile bridge camera looks surprisingly similar to the old version, which ranks as one of our best bridge cameras, though Panasonic is clearly trying to carve a reputation for the best 4K cameras too.

See also: Best Panasonic cameras in 2019

Aside from a minor cosmetic refresh, namely the repositioning of a few buttons, the two cameras seem almost identical in specs and dimensions, with a touchscreen and Bluetooth providing the main big difference between the Mark II and the four-year-old original. 

Here's the full line-up of specs:

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

• 1-inch, 20.1 million pixel sensor
• 16x optical zoom with equivalent 25-400mm focal range, f/2.8-11
• 4K30p video
• 4K Photo functions including Focus Select, Focus Stacking
• 12 frames per second burst rate
• Electronic shutter speeds up to 1/16000
• 0.39-inch, 2.36 million dots, 0.74x organic Live View Finder
• 3-inch, 1.25 million dots fully articulating LCD touchscreen
• 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer)
• Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
• Photo Styles [filters] including L. Monochrome D
• Size: 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7mm
• Weight: 831g

While it seems like fairly modest refresh, there is a bit of clever stuff going on under the hood. In particular, the newly added Zoom Compose Assist feature "assures, that you do not lose your subject when it suddenly leaves the frame," which if it delivers will be a bit of a coup for a camera with this focal range.

The original FZ1000 was so successful and well regarded that it may be a case of not fixing what ain't broke. It may also be a reflection of Panasonic's reduced R&D remit, given the focus on the full-frame technology and lenses behind the new Panasonic Lumix S1 and Panasonic Lumix S1R

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 II will be available from the end of March at a price of £769 / £899.

Read more:

The 10 best bridge cameras in 2019

What next for Panasonic? Read our Q&A with Mr Yosuke Yamane

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Phot0: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.