• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 400.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic FZ1000 advantages over Olympus E-M5 II

  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    73 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus E-M5 II advantages over Panasonic FZ1000

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    908 vs 517 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 130 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    469g vs 833g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.4 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact compared to interchangeable-lens camera with similar lenses; Comfortable grip and controls; Bright, far-reaching 16x zoom lens; Excellent electronic viewfinder; Versatile tilt/swivel LCD; Excellent performance; Great image quality

  • Body materials feel a bit plasticky; Connector compartment door is fiddly; Limited raw buffer depth; Battery life below average for class; No built-in neutral density filter

  • Excellent handling in a compact, weather-sealed body; Crisp, roomy electronic viewfinder; Image quality that can take the fight to APS-C DSLRs; Unique high-res mode lets it bat far above its weight for static scenes; Extremely fast 10 fps burst shooting, Excellent video feature set

  • Control dials are easily bumped; Below-average battery life at default settings; Buffer depths for raw shooters are a bit limited; 16-megapixel sensor resolution feels dated; Weak bundled flash strobe

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX10

Panasonic FZ1000
Sony RX10
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Top deck display
  • Integrated ND filter
Olympus E-M5 II
Sony RX10
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Panasonic FZ1000
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Olympus E-M5 II
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Panasonic FZ1000
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic GX85
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Panasonic FZ2500

Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-M5 II
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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