The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II might not be the most talked about camera on the market, but it is one of the best superzoom "bridge" cameras available. If you want an all-in-one imaging solution instead of a pricey DSLR or mirrorless camera and a whole bunch of expensive lenses to carry around, the FZ1000 is the way to go. With an excellent Leica-branded 16x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to a 25-400mm range, effective 5-axis optical image stabilization for keeping those long shots sharp, and a decent 1-inch image sensor, plus the ability to shoot 4K video, the FZ1000 II offers the full package. Yes, there are superzoom cameras out there with longer zooms and all-in-one models with better image quality, but this Lumix is the best do-everything model you can buy, reviewers agreed. It's not cheap though and doesn't offer any huge upgrades over its predecessor, but most of the criticisms of the FZ1000 II are relatively minor quibbles. This superzoomer is a super choice.
"The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II bridge camera keeps the same excellent lens and sensor as its predecessor. It's an excellent performer, but we wish it had some level of weather protection." - PCMag, read the full review here.
"Overall, although the Lumix FZ1000 II may not mark a hugely exciting new entry into Panasonic’s line-up, it’s a great choice for those looking for flexibility and high image quality and comes recommended, particularly for traveling photographers." - Photography Blog, read the full review here.
"There’s a lot to like about the FZ1000 II. It has a large 1-inch sensor, great options for video and nice image quality. And its price tag is cheaper than a lot of the competition." - Camera Jabber, read the full review here.
"Although the Mark II is a relatively soft update to the superzoom original, it gets a lot right: there's a big and versatile zoom, good quality images and flexibility from both screen and electronic viewfinder. It's less premium than its Sony competitor, but it is also more affordable." - Pocket Lint, read the full review here.
"The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II offers the same great 16x optical zoom lens and 20mp sensor as the FZ1000, but updates the camera to include an improved touch-screen, a better electronic viewfinder, and improved controls. Photo and video quality is good, and the camera offers good value for money." - ePHOTOzine, read the full review here.