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New Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 — Would Appear To Still Fall Behind Sony RX10 III Bar Touchscreen.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for ‘The New Camera‘ original.

Click these images to ENLARGE and study here.

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I could be wrong BUT the only ‘biggie’ I see in this purported specification is the “touch panel”, i.e., touch screen. I guess that will support touch screen AF. So that would be good.

But that would appear to be it.

The increase in zoom from 400 to 480 is decent, i.e., a 20% increase, but it is a long ways short of the 600mm (at f/4) offered by Sony.

Yes, most likely the FZ2000 will have better video quality.

And it probably will be cheaper than the (overpriced) Sony RX10 III.

But in my experience, when it comes to bridge cameras, the MAIN thing you are looking for is the reach. IF I was into a 1″ Bridge I would not get the FZ2000. I would go with the Sony, despite the price. 120mm of zoom, at one stop larger aperature, at the high end, cannot be sneezed at.


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Sony RX10 III — “Engadget” Contends (Provocatively) That It Is too Expensive.

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Click image to access “engadget” post.


One of the ‘engadhetSony RX10 III sample pictures.

I like it. My quality. Now I don’t feel as shaky as I did when I saw these 2 from a RX10 III.

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Click to ENLARGE study & admire. From ‘engadget’.


Interesting. Of course this has crossed my mind.

In the end it all BOILS down to the 1″ sensor. I, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which also has a 1″ sensor, fully understand the pros and cons of this compromise sensor size.

Unlike Nathan Ingraham, the ‘engadget’ reviewer, I do use and like long zoom. So that is the trade-off. Yes, my plan is/was to get a Fuji X-T2 with the APS-C sensor. But I am not going to be able to get a 600mm zoom for that — not for the money I am willing to spend.

So that is the choice.


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Sony RX10 III — Autofocus ‘Spatial Object Detection’ Still Based On Contrast AF.

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From Sony’s announcement of the Sony RX10 III. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click to read original Sony Press Release for the Sony RX10 III.


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Click to ENLARGE. From Sony’s product page for the RX10 II at Sony.com.


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Click to access DPReview ‘First Impressions’ video at Amazon (who own DPReview). At the 1.50 minute mark (show) there is a discussion on CONTRAST-based autofocus.


DPReviews ‘criticism’ of the Sony RX10 II, though  got a DPReview 82% rating Gold rating, mainly centered around its Auto Focus (AF) capability.

From what I can see the new RX10 III still uses the same Contrast-Detect AF, as in the RX10 II, rather than having Phase-Detect. The above video highlights this.

Appears that the ‘Spatial Object Detection’ touted in the RX10 III Press Release works with Contrast (and is really an enhancement to Contrast-Detect).

This worries me. Though I use Manual Focus more than most, I can only do so on still objects. This is the one RX10 III ‘issue’ that gives me serious pause.


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How Many Of The Sony RX10 II Cons Are Still In The New Sony RX10 III?

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Though the Sony RX10 II got a DPReview 82% rating Gold rating, DPReview found the following Cons in their in-depth review.

How many are still inherent in the new Sony RX10 III? The auto-focus (AF) issues are of particular concern since the longer zoom might exacerbate them.

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Extracted from DPReview. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original review.


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Two Sony RX10 III Sample Images, Untouched JPEGs, Gives Me Pause.

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These two ‘Out of the Camera’ (OCC) JPEGs, by famous U.S. photographer Steve Huff, using a pre-release Sony RX10 III, at the U.S. announcement on March 30, 2016, in San Francisco, gave me pause for thought. There were, of course, other images in the set, by Steve Huff, that were very good.


A crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

This is at 600mm zoom and the seal looks OK. Just not impressed with how the rocks in the background look. Not, in my opinion, a depth of field (DOF) issue. A tad to fuzzy for my liking. That would bother me.


Another crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

Yes, I am sure that it could have been easily fixed with Exposure Compensation, but I don’t like amount of shadow on her face.  I would have deleted this image!


In the case of the Sony RX10 III I have to always compare it to my own Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 given that I know it so well. Some of Steve Huff’s pictures are superb and way beyond my capabilities. But I am just looking at the camera, the senor and the optics. I will keep on looking. Just wanted to share.


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Was Panasonic Badly Blindsided By Sony With The RX10 III — The FZ1000 Detractor?

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Very strange that there were NO rumors of any kind about the Sony RX10 III — and as we know there are at least 3 credible Websites that do nothing but scour the world looking for new camera rumors.

Now it is also possible, given Sony’s clout and drive, that they PAID OFF sources and Websites NOT to talk about the RX10 III before it was announced.

The BIG question for I, as a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 owner (and the owner also of a Panasonic Lumix LX100), is whether Panasonic was totally oblivious to the possibility of a RX10 III.

Notice that I used ‘detractor’ vs. ‘killer’ in my title. The FZ1000, as I have found, is one heck of a camera and it is going to 1/2 the price of the RX10 III — and for many that would be more of an incentive than the added 200mm (though it is a 50% increase).

I am sure Panasonic could match the RX10 III with a 600mm zoom FZ2000. BUT, I am not sure that would be enough.

What would REALLY make a difference is IF Panasonic came up with a Micro Four Thirds FZ with a 500mm or 600mm zoom. I guess all of the lens dynamics will make it a big camera. BUT that would be the ULTIMATE Bridge Camera.

And is this what the so called LX200 is … a Micro Four Thirds with a BIG ZOOM?


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4K Videos Shot With The Just Announced Sony RX10 III On YouTube — By Sony.

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Click to access YouTube video.


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Click image to access YouTube video.


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You know the drill. Click away.


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The JUST Announced Sony RX10 III With 600mm Zoom Is Pretty Darn Impressive.

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DPReview side-by-side of the Sony RX10 II, the BRAND NEW Sony RX10 III and my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Click to ENLARGE and view here. From DPReview.com.


How ‘snapsort.com’ ranked my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 II
last September.


How I ended up getting the ill-fated Sony a77 II instead of a Sony RX10 II.


In August 2015 I was nearly convinced that the then newly announced Sony RX10 II would be my next camera — my step up from my refurbished Canon T3i. Two things bothered me, the 200mm max. zoom and the 1″ sensor — especially at the then $1,298 price. I think I might have overlooked the 1″ sensor if it had at least a 400mm zoom. I ended up getting a Sony a77 II and that did not work out too well and I ended up returning it within the month. I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, with its 1″ sensor, as a (max.) 1-year compromise until I had more time to work out what next? The Lumix FZ1000 has served me well.

And now the RX10 III. I don’t need 600mm zoom BUT it would be nice. SMILE. Comparing the specs. the 600mm zoom is the one overriding advantage of the RX10 III over the FZ1000. Yes, the RX10 III being two younger will have better technology all around. But $1,500 is a lot for a fixed-lens 1″ sensor camera. BUT I will have to give it some serious thought. Did anybody notice that the lens is NO LONGER constant f/2.8 and instead stops down to f/4.0 at zoom (which is not half bad at 600m)?

Panasonic could counter with a 600mm zoom with a Micro Four-Thirds. I would get that in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the rumored Lumix LX200. Things are getting interesting.

Stay tuned. My current plan, of course, is to get the Fuji X-T2 when it is available.


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by Anura Guruge