The New Panasonic FZ2000 Bridge Camera – 10bit 4K DCI External in Vlog for $1200


We get hands on with the Panasonic FZ2000, a compact bridge camera with great video functions. It’s the first of its kind with a 1 inch sensor, built in ND filters and 4K DCI recording on a super zoom lens. We talked to Mark Baber from Panasonic, who explained a little more about the camera. Also, make sure to check out the footage we recorded directly on the Panasonic FZ2000.

The Panasonic FZ2000 was one of the many announcements by the Japanese manufacturer at Photokina 2016. It has a 20MP 1 inch CMOS sensor with a zoom range of 28-480mm at f/2.8 – 4.5. It shoots 4K video internally in both DCI and UHD resolutions, which is a feature many filmmakers will be pleased about. Although it has a fixed lens, the FZ2000 has built-in ND filters (a feature usually exclusive to video and cinema cameras) which means a shallow depth of field at wide apertures can be used even in bright sunlight.


It can also output 4K 24p in 10bit 4:2:2 via HDMI to external recorders like the Atomos Shogun Inferno, giving greater colour depth. The inclusion of 10bit in both this camera and the GH5 is pushing the boundaries of mirrorless and DSLR technology, meaning other camera manufacturers will now need to keep up. Both CINELIKE D and CINELIKE V picture profiles are included in camera, with the V-Log L picture profile to be available as a paid upgrade, ideal for grading in post production.

At wider angles, the 5-way optical and digital stabilization works very well to compensate shake and movement. This of course struggles to keep up at the telephoto end.


For many video shooters using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, this combination of features in a small camera body is a very good reason for not buying a video or cinema camera. The fixed lens can be seen as a downside, but the zoom range and wide aperture (even at f/4.5) gives a shallow depth of fiend on the larger 1 inch sensor.

Here are the detailed specs of the Panasonic FZ2000:

  • 1 inch 20MP sensor
  • 4K DCI at 24p @ 100mbps
  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24/25/29.97p @ 100mbps.
  • HD recording in 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94p @ 200mbps (All-I), 100mbps (IPB).
  • 1.7x crop in 4K
  • 10bit 4:2:2 4K via HDMI output.
  • 8bit 4:2:0 4K internal recording to SD card.
  • High bitrates of 200mpbs in MP4 and MOV formats.
  • Flat profiles (CINELIKE D/CINELIKE V) included.
  • V-Log L profile to be available as a paid upgrade.
  • ND filter stops – 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 and auto.
  • 5-way optical and digital stabilization
  • Fixed 24-480mm f/2.8 – 4.5 lens
  • Internal focus and zoom lens elements.
  • ISO sensitivity of 125 to 12800, expandable to 25600.
  • Mini-jack microphone input.
  • EVF and touchscreen display like the GH4.

The Panasonic FZ2000 is available to pre-order from B&H now. What do you think of this camera? Could it be the next addition to your kit bag?

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Guillaume Bourrelly Reply
Guillaume Bourrelly September 23, 2016

It was a exciting reading until “1.7x Crop in 4K”.

Andrew Millist Reply
Andrew Millist September 23, 2016

So it does 8 bit 4:2:2 in camera?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 23, 2016

Andrew Millist,

no, it doesn’t. There was a mistake about this, I’ve updated the article. It’s 8bit 4:2:0 internally (we have to wait for the GH5 for 4:2:2, I believe)..


Uda Uda Reply
Uda Uda September 24, 2016

No 8bit 4:2:0 … bullshit cam

thrower thrower September 23, 2016

Wow, wow, wow… Where’s canon faPboys? XC10-15 looks quite overpriced now, although i can supose that internally XC will be on par or better.

But 10 bit 422 prores 4k package for around 2K (with atomos) sounds goood. Good times are coming!

Definitely can be my new B cam.

thrower thrower September 23, 2016

…although 1,7 сrop makes me quieter…

the SUBVERSIVE September 23, 2016

Where did you guys get this info?
4K DCI at 24p @ 200mbps
4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24/25/29.97p @ 200mbps.
HD recording in 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94p @ 100mbps.

On the product’s page it says the same specs as the GH4, C4K, UHD is 100mbps and 1080p All-I is 200mbps.

[4K] 3840×2160:23.98p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
[C4K] 4096×2160:24.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
[Full HD] 1920×1080:59.94p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)

Also, I couldn’t find anything about 8-bit 422 internal recording. It only says 8-bit 422 and 10-bit 422 output – also just like the GH4.

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss September 23, 2016


thanks for the heads up! You’re totally right, some mistakes have slipped in, accidentally. I’ve updated the relevant information.

– It’s 8bit 4:2:0 internally.
– 4K DCI & UHD @ 100mbps
– HD @ 200mbps (All-I) or 100mbps (IPB)

Thank you!

Luke Wen September 23, 2016

A 1inch sensor is already 2.7x crop relative to full frame, 4K mode further crops to 4.6x (likely a 1:1 sensor readout).

Rob First Reply
Rob First September 23, 2016

Not excited on this one

 Beebee Lestr Reply
Beebee Lestr September 23, 2016

It’s a great price for what it is.

But surely it wouldn’t cost much more to make a similar interchangeable lens verson.

Give it an EF mount. Make the sensor just marginally bigger at 36mm across. Voilà! A usable camera!

Philip Lipetz Reply
Philip Lipetz September 24, 2016

36 – 720mm in 35mm equiv. in 4K video recording

David McCormick September 24, 2016

“Flat profiles (CINELIKE D/CINELIKE V) included.” Those are not flat profiles.

I liked this camera as it has built in NDs which to my knowledge no other DSLR/DSLM has and 10-bit 4:2:2 output, but then I read it has a 20MP 1″ sensor. That is a bit small, especially for 20MP and I doubt V-Log L would be useful in this cameras with a sensor like that, but still looks like a good camera for what it is.

Pablo Grok September 26, 2016

I’ve read “unlimited continuos recording” in many other sites (all European, that’s key here). That’s extremely important for event recording, putting this camera at the forefront of the list for this type of task.