• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 400.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic FZ1000 advantages over Pentax K-3 II

  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 8.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.0 fps vs 8.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax K-3 II advantages over Panasonic FZ1000

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.91 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,106 vs 517 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.6 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 720 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    77 mm vs 130 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.4 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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

  • Top-notch image quality; Spectacular detail from Pixel Shift Resolution; Better performance than K-3; Geotag images with no accessories; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Clever on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright viewfinder for an APS-C camera; Dual card slots

  • No built-in flash strobe; No wireless flash support out of the box; AstroTracer function can be finicky; AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a prosumer DSLR; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors

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
Pentax K-3 II
Sony RX10
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

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
Pentax K-3 II
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon T6i

Panasonic FZ1000
Canon T6i
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-3 II
Canon T6i
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A68

Panasonic FZ1000
Sony A68
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-3 II
Sony A68
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • High resolution composite
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic FZ2500

Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax K-3 II
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
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