It’s been over a year since I last wrote about using the FZ1000 as a landscape camera. And I’m happy to report that my opinion hasn’t changed, the FZ1000 is a great landscape camera!
This year, we spent 3 weeks in the Eastern Sierra. In addition to fishing, photography and golf were on our list of activities. I brought my Panasonic GX8 (with various lenses) and FZ1000. One of the advantages of this camera combination is that they share the same battery. I carry 4 batteries and 2 chargers and have had no problem running out of power with either camera.
Almost all of my photos begin as RAW files. Sometimes I shoot both RAW and jpeg at the same time, especially when I want to use the FZ1000’s in camera black & white function. The reason I shoot RAW is because I post process my photos. This is my personal choice, and is something I enjoy doing, but I understand that it’s not for everyone. If you’re one that doesn’t want to do post processing, or very limited processing, the jpegs from both the GX8 and FZ1000 are quite nice once you tweak some of the setting to your particular style.
Another benefit of using the Panasonic gear is I can get away with a much smaller/lighter tripod. Both cameras are equipped with image stabilizers, but when the light is low, or for using long shutter speeds a tripod is necessary.
And now for the photos:
I’ve had my FZ1000 for almost 2 years now. It has been without a doubt one of the most versatile cameras I have ever owned. There are times when I have to remember that I have a GX8 and need to use it because I will always reach for the FZ1000 automatically. Panasonic has recently release an updated version, the FZ2000/2500, but from some reports I have seen it isn’t a huge leap forward in image quality. It seems that it’s got additional features better suited for video, but the FZ1000 is still a match for it in the still photo department. That’s good to know because I don’t have any plans to move on. The FZ1000 is not only my go-to camera, but also my favorite!