Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 / FZ2000 review

Launched back in 2016, this venerable bridge camera is still a good buy if you need a big built-in zoom. Philippa Grafton tested it out

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is is a sizable camera, once it is turned on at the lens is extended - but in return you get a bridge camera with a very useful 20x zoom lens, that allows you to get detailed close-ups of birds, wildlife and the moon. The camera when launched was essentially a minor update on its predecessor - but today is one of the few cameras of its type available, and it is increasingly look like a well-price camera for those wanting a compact with a large telephoto lens built in.


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    Big 24-480mm built-in zoom

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    Image stabilization

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    Rugged feel that feels stable in the hand

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    Built-in ND filters

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    Mic & headphone sockets


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    Small Type 1 (12.7 x 9.5mm) sensor

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    Colors lack real punch and images lack contrast

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When Panasonic launched the Z1000 premium bridge camera back in 2014, it provided a near­ perfect specification - an ultra-wide zoom range from a fast lens, a quality processor, 4K video capture, and quality results. Just two years later the FZ2000 was announced. new and improved for one very specific market: videographers. Aimed very clearly at filmmakers, what exactly is it about this release that makes it so appealing? 

Well, for starters. the zoom range has increased on both sides from 25-400mm to 24-480mm. The payoff here is that the aperture too has expanded on the narrower side to f/2.8-4.5 from f/2.8-4. The body itself has had a slight redesign to accommodate for on-the-fly shooters. and a host of new features provide more shooting freedom and creativity. 

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