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Panasonic FZ-1000 II poses serious challenge to Sony’s RX10

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Panasonic has given a much-needed update to its 2014 FZ-1000 in the form of FZ-1000 II. It packs in a larger 1-inch 20.1-megapixel “high-sensitivity” CMOS sensor and a 16x optical LEICA zoom lens.

Panasonic says the sensor boasts a high signal to noise ratio, making it perfect for “capturing clear images, even in low light conditions”.

The new Zoom Compose Assist feature makes sure that you do not lose your subject when it suddenly leaves the frame. Other features include f/2.8-4.0 aperture range, 12 fps shooting speeds, 5-axis hybrid optical stabilization, a 2.36 million dot EVF, dual-control wheels, 4K photo and video, and five-axis hybrid optical stabilization.

It also has WiFi and Bluetooth for instant sharing via Panasonic Image App.

If you are a multimedia journalist who wants an inexpensive run and gun camera, this one is an ideal candidate.

The Lumix FZ1000 II will hit the stores next month at a price tag of $899.

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