A lovely piece of equipment
This is my first bridge camera, having previously owned medium format equipment and all the associated lenses needed to catch the photo's I wanted which I found to be a pain carting them wherever I went.
The FZ 2500 I have found easy to use without having to carry extra bits and pieces with me. After market publications simplified learning process and I can still capture 99% of the photos that I want. For me the lumix FZ 2500 has been one of my better decisions regarding cameras.
Purchased in October 2017 for A$1,700.00.
Absolutely brilliant camera - perfect!
This camera is in a word 'awesome' it fulfills many different roles very well from family camera to travel camera and excellent video camera too.
One of the many advantages of this model is the large one inch sensor which affords much better image quality and low light performance but not satisfied with this higher quality Panasonic have also incorporated a big, beautiful Leica 24-480mm lens into the camera thus affording a massive focal range in a compact package - incredible!.
Panasonic have included the ability to extend the range of the l...
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I really like this camera
Delivered on time at a great price. I decided to write a few reviews as I have been helped in making the right decisions by all the other reviews that other people are writing. The FZ2500 is a replacement for cumbersome dslrs and multiple lenses for me. I have sold off my collection of Nikon and Panasonic cameras and lenses and replaced them with all-in-ones and my Galaxy S9 mobile phone for photography. Some of my work is professional and some just for interest. The Panasonic FZ2500 has a number of strengths for me being ease of use, vers...atility of the lens, simple workarounds to get an ultra wide angle of view with a Zomei wide angle lens adapter and the fully articulating screen. It also opens up a new world of possibilities with its integrated 24-480mm lens that doubles in length to 960mm. It was a test buy as I later bought a Sony RX10iv which was my real target purchase. But the FZ2500 was half price by comparison to the Sony and it has some features that the Sony doesn’t, that are important to me. I was going to sell the FZ2500 after purchasing the RX10iv but I’ve thought the better of it. I took the time to get to learn how to use it for optimal results. For what I want it produces excellent results. I have a good example of the camera with a lens that just works well, so I’m going to hang onto it. The FZ2500 is a marvellous tool and Panasonic make cameras that offer great value for money. For the price you get multiple video modes, an autofocus system that works for what I want in most situations, surprisingly good low light performance, nice images, some lovely video output and good colours straight from the camera. I don’t like the crop factor in 4K video but this has been overcome with the wide angle adapter without loss of quaIity. The built-in ND filters are really useful for video and something that I value. It is a bridge camera which doesn’t normally equate to usage for serious work. But this can virtually do it all when you take the time to learn how to use it. It is a camera that I can’t help but want to hang onto.
The perfect B camera
I purchased this little (but big) beauty 12 months ago to replace my FZ1000.
The FZ2500 is the little brother to the DMC-GH4, which is one of the most capable video capture cameras on the market at that time of 2017. Full featured superzoom hybrid / bridge camera.
Just some specs: 20MP 1"-type BSI-CMOS sensor.
Leica lens 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens
Depth from Defocus AF.
Large electronic viewfinder.
Fully articulating LCD.
Built-in variable ND filter.
4K video capture (DCI/UHD)
10-bit, 4:2:2 output over HDMI. ...
A good balance of size & performance.
My regular camera of choice is a Canon EOS 7D Mkll. I am very happy with the image quality & general performance of the camera & associated lenses. My favourite photographic subjects are macro & wildlife. The combination of camera body & multiple lenses (10-22mm, 100-400mm L series 2, 100mm L IS macro & 18-135mm STM) makes for a heavy & bulky camera bag! There is an old saying that 'the best camera is the one that you have with you!'. So I have been looking for a good 'compromise' camera that I could carry around/holiday without too many compro...mises in image quality, focal length range & focus speed/accuracy. I tried an Olympus E-10M & associated lenses, but in the end, while lighter & smaller than the Canon outfit, it still needed a large backpack & lens changes for differing subjects. Panasonic had just released the Lumix FZ-2500 & after reading reviews & a hands on test, I decided that this would suit my needs well. There are smaller Point & Shoot cameras, but while offering a bigger range of focal length, they use very small sensors which reduce the image quality & noise perfomance to unacceptable (for me) levels. The FZ-2500 uses a 1" sensor & offers a focal length range of 24-480mm (35mm equivalent). The image quality is excellent & the focal length range covers about 95% of my needs. The ability to extract 'focus stacked' macro images from 4k video yields 'depth of field' which is amazing! Of course, the FZ-2500 does not perform at the same level as my Canon 7D mkll, but I can carry it in a small camera bag & as such it is 'the camera that I have with me' when a photo opportunity occurs. Bear in mind that this is not a pocket sized camera, in fact is not much smaller than a DSLR with a standard zoom lense. However, you won't have to carry all those extra lenses or change lenses when you need a different focal length. I have missed a lot of shots while changing lenses! I would recommend the FZ-2500 to anyone looking for a second camera to go with their DSLR or for someone looking for better image quality in a reasonably sized package. Make sure that you buy a spare battery, as this should get your through a full days photography. Update: A Good Compromise
Questions & Answers
Has this got the same zoom length as the FZ80-thanks
Less zoom than the FZ80 but a much larger sensor, the FZ80 achieves 60x zoom by using a small sensor meaning the image quality is much lower than the FZ2500, (depth of field is enhanced greatly with the larger sensor in the FZ2500 too) and in low light the FZ80 renders images very grainy/noisy especially when using full zoom in low light.
480mm zoom onto a 1inch sensor is crazy good and makes the FZ2500 a far more capable camera than the FZ80.
The zoom can be extended while maintaining image quality on the FZ2500 by selecting intelligent zoom ( i-zoom ) rather than digital zoom - this doubles the zoom range without compromising quality too much especially when switching i-resolution to high in the main menu.
You get 960mm zoom in this 'i-zoom' mode with a 1 inch sensor rendering good low noise image quailty - incredible!!.
This model represents "quality over quantity" compared to the FZ80 in my opinion having used both.
Does this have the same zoom length as the FZ80-thanks
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