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Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Zoosnake » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:33 pm

I'm a newbie, so I'm not sure if this is a strange comparison since they are different types of cameras. I need to shoot stills and video, and I'm looking at a cap of $1500. I will be mostly be shooting wildlife under conditions of good daylight, in the shade, or indoors under fluorescent lighting with captive animals. Outdoor wildlife also means zoom. The video quality on the 70D (which I've used first hand on a borrowed camera) and FZ1000 are why I'm looking at those two. My understanding of the advantages of DSLR are the lenses, but I'm not sure that I would ever go beyond the 55-200mm STM with the 70D. The LZ1000 goes up to 400mm equivalent, which is an advantage if the quality is good. The LZ1000 will save money, and I guess what I'm wondering about is how the image quality compares since I have not seen any direct comparisons. The comparisons tend to be bridge vs. bridge and DSLR vs. DSLR, but not bridge vs. DSLR. Any advice on which I should go with?


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Re: Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Maestro » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:40 am

Well, first off, the EF 55-200mm isn't an STM lens, nor is it stabilized. (There is an EF-M mount version that is, but it won't work on the EF-S 70D.) So if you really meant the non-STM and non-IS EF 55-200mm, then I would say the FZ1000 is clearly the better buy.

However, if you switch to the EF-S 55-250mm which has both IS and STM as well as a full frame equivalent focal range of 400mm, things get a lot closer. Although, I would still give the edge to the FZ1000 for 4k video at a lower price point.

Also note that both cameras will struggle "indoors under fluorescent lighting". Obviously, the 70D could do better with a brighter lens, though, whereas the FZ1000 cannot change lenses. But now you're looking at more money; probably a lot more since bright telephoto zooms aren't cheap.

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Re: Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Zoosnake » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:52 pm

Mark,

Thanks for the feedback! I did mean the EF-S 55-250 STM lens. With current deals, there's about a $400 difference between the FZ1000 and the 70D with the 18-55 and 55-250 STM lenses. That's the crux of it. If the stills quality is comparable between the two (without buying a brighter lens for the 70D), then it sounds like the FZ1000 wins out on video and price.


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Re: Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Maestro » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:34 am

Yes, based on my experience with my 70D and Panasonic GH2 substituting for the FZ1000, I don't think there would be a noticeable difference in image quality when both are used in good light. The most noticeable difference would probably be in the jpeg processing engines (DIGIC vs Venus), but a) the default settings can be tweaked, if desired, and/or b) you can shoot RAW and bypass the built-in jpeg engine altogether.

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Re: Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Zoosnake » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Since the new iMac's mean I'll really be able to see the video quality, I think I'm going to go with the FZ1000. Thanks for the help! I wonder how long it will be before 4K enters the consumer DSLR cameras. Next update?


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Re: Canon 70D or Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Postby Maestro » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:52 am

While it isn't technically a DSLR, the reason the FZ1000 has 4k is because the feature "trickled down" from the GH4. And personally, for someone who shoots both stills and video, I can't see a reason to prefer a midrange crop frame DSLR (Canon 70D, Nikon D7100, etc) over the GH4. Maybe if you already have a bunch of glass for another system, but even then, with the plethora of adapters available, one might still be better off with the GH4.

Long way of saying, 4k is already available in a consumer interchangeable lens hybrid photo/video camera, if not technically in a DSLR.

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