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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera

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12.1MP 24x MOS Apr 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
A Super-Zoom Digital Camera Featuring Full Range F2.8, 24x Optical Zoom Lens and High Speed Response The DMC-FZ200 is equipped with the world's first* 25-600mm (35mm camera equiv.) LEICA DC lens... More
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Nineteen Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most highly awarded by camera experts of all the cameras of a similar age and spec.

This bridge camera digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, 3dnews.ru, Reviewed.com and Firstpost.com all of whom decided that this camera was marvellous.

This Panasonic digital camera received a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews, Techradar and Akam.no all of whom thought that this bridge camera digital camera was good.

The writers at two other expert review sites both thought that this bridge camera digital camera was very good. This digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs.

Furthermore, this digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from Expert Reviews and the reviewer at What Digital Camera wrote that it was excellent and gave it a "Gold" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews this digital camera has an average expert rating of 84%. This puts this bridge camera digital camera in the top 11% of all the cameras of a comparable spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this bridge camera digital camera rated this camera as brilliant on average. That puts this camera in the top 8% of all the cameras of a comparable age and type.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The eye level viewfinder is electronicand is amazingly sharp compared to the previous models”. Antoine scored it 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “I personally do not mind that, particularly because I use the lovely viewfinder most of the time, which in turn extends the battery life further”. Dave Ensor said “The reason I bought this particular camera, is the viewfinder”.

Nine Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The fully adjustable rear screen”. Happyshopper mentioned two years ago “The swivel screen is really useful” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Ms. Rebecca J. Mason mentioned in November “I also bought a Hoya screen protector lens which works well on it”.

Some customers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Mark F. Lipscombe said on Amazon “I like the EVF although it is a little slower than a DSLR (i.e” and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 5 stars. Nf_oz mentioned “Very easy to handle> Excellent video capture> Very good EVF> RAW option is good> Good flash”. Photographyblog.com mentioned “A high-resolution LCD and EVF, fast auto-fo” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who bought the product thought it was able to produce good images. Alan said in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “Now have a nice bright sharp image”. Last year Allan said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “Normal pics are fine and hardly noticeable up to ISO 800” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer rated it as very good and mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “The pictures are really sharp and look good when printed”.

Several customers who bought the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The high resolution viewfinder, multi-angle screen”. Davet said on Amazon “It has a higher resolution viewfinder (not screen)” in their review. Librarylass 68 gave the product a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon three years ago “The multi shot options at full resolution are invaluable - as is the ability to use the F2.8 option all the way through the zoom range” in their review.

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Three years ago Andy W wrote “Sure if your after super low light performance and low noise at high iso's then you pay for what you get.”. Gordon Shumway wrote on Amazon “As you will appreciate, low light levels can be a problem when you take your camera to a gig, as can the zoom range”. Mr. P. M. Tasker said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “Having become more interested in low light i bought compact system camera”.

Ten people reckoned that the product had a good image sensor. M. Fagan rated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 80 out of 100 and mentioned “It has a good sensor and I am impressed with the picture quality” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Mike B gave it an excellent review score and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “The FZ200 has a small sensor (1/2.3" on the FZ200 ).”. Mr. N. Moffatt said three years ago “A small sensor has two enormous benefits over larger sensors, especially the full frame sensor in cameras like my Canon 5D, which I used professionally to photograph weddings”.

A few people concluded that it had a good ISO range. Dave Ensor rated this digital camera 4 stars and he said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “Having twice now taken the same shot at each supported ISO speed I found noticeable degradation even at 200 ASA”. Mr. P. M. Tasker scored the product very highly and wrote in their review two years ago “Indoors too I got great handheld at Iso 800”. Mr. P. M. Tasker also wrote “The quick lens does mean at lower iso you get quicker shutter speed than some cameras as lens let's in more light”.

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Good Video Capture

Some people concluded that it was good for video recording. Andy W rated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 as excellent and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “"one upmanship" on forums, this camera produces fantastic photos and fantastic video all in one, you don't have to carry numerous lenses everywhere” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Chris Harrison mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “It takes magnificent, high quality picture and records wonderful 1080p video and everything about it feels great” and rated it 80 out of 100. Davet mentioned on Amazon “This is one of the best bridge cameras with Full HD video recording (1080p/50) and the option to connect an external microphone for much improved sound recording” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

Sixty-nine Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers agreed that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 had a good zoom. Amazon Customer wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “I use the maximum aperture through the full zoom range often”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Always felt the long zoom was of limited use, mainly due to the f5.2 aperture”. Amazon Customer also said “The constant f2.8 lens of the FZ-200 has transformed zoom performance, remarkably so”.

Fourty-three people said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Antoine rated it 5 stars and he said “Add a bright f2.8 Leica lens to that” in his review of this digital camera. Colin said two years ago “Wide aperture lens worthy of particular applause” and rated it as very good. Also two years ago Dave Ensor wrote on Amazon “This Panasonic gives me a wide focal range with a fast lens even at the highest zoom setting” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Gary, Stockport wrote in their review on Amazon “One thing I've found less useful is the manual focus in some situations”. K. Wilson wrote “Many images had pin sharp focus” in their review. Larry Daniels said in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “The focusing is so much better than my”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers reckoned that the product had a good image stabiliser. Four years ago Peter Piper said “Has the bonus of excellent optical image stabilisation which means your pictures at full stretch will have the very best chance of being pin-sharp” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. R Young mentioned on Amazon “The very good image stabilization and deliberately subtle auto-focus in video mode is just right” in their review. R. Hancock mentioned on Amazon four years ago “It is probably as much as is practical for quickly taken hand-held shots, helped by Panasonic's good image stabiliser for those inevitable times when your hand wobbles”.

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Easy to Use

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Andratx Peter wrote on Amazon three years ago “Great images and so intuitive to use” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and rated it as very good. Andratx Peter also wrote “Each day it has become an even better camera to use”. Antoine scored this digital camera very highly and he wrote three years ago “The brilliant EVF, which is a joy to use”.

Some customers said that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was comfortable and easy to hold. Happyshopper gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote “The camera is light to hold and has an amazing zoom although at full zoom a tripod is useful”. Mark F. Lipscombe gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “A delight to hold and it has more tricks up its sleeve than you can shake a stick at -” in his review of this digital camera. This month Ms. Rebecca J. Mason mentioned in her Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “The centre neck strap protector feels comfortable”.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Barb55 rated it as excellent and said on Amazon “For anyone who doesn't want to use the other settings AI (auto) takes great photos”. Happyshopper gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Also has some great manual settings”. Happyshopper also mentioned “You can opt for the quick scene settings or get more involved with the manual settings”.

Several customers thought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was easy to handle. Mi mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “In terms of handling, I like the flexible LCD screen which can be tilted”. Mi also mentioned “My Nikon J1 is superb, amazing image quality, handling, superb prime lenses”. Mr. P. M. Tasker said “Handling - Good” in their review and rated this digital camera 5 stars.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owner considered that the product was easy to setup. Two years ago Michael Bevington gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “It seems easy to set up and use - the instructions which come in the box are easy to read”.

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Good Battery Life

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Antoine wrote in his review on Amazon “After waiting impatiently for the battery to fully charge, I fired a few shots” and rated the product as excellent. Kelido wrote on Amazon in November last year “The hand grip is just the right size and the battery life is excellent” in their review. A few weeks ago M. Davies mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “Battery life is good too even though you will end up using the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder more often than not”.

Good Technical Features

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who bought it thought it had good features. Doc Pic said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “The stunning range of features combine to provide functionality only available from a number of different DSLR's combined” and scored the product very highly. Dr Chris wrote “Have tried most the impressive feature set” and scored the product 5 stars. Two years ago Mike B said “The FZ200 has a huge range of functions and features”.

Robust

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners considered that it was well made. Chris Harrison rated it 4 stars and he said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon this month “The built in studio microphone”. Four years ago Honeybee wrote “It also has 18 pre set scene modes (SCN) including Sunset option! Plus it has 14 built in filter options called Creative Control modes including star-burst”. K. J. Southern mentioned three years ago “It has and transformed my walking hobby to allow me to get shots from 28mm-600mm as well as panoramas using the built in scene function” in their review of this digital camera.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners mentioned that the product was reliable. Alan mentioned in his review of this digital camera “I wanted an upgrade to my trusty FZ100 so, after reading the (mostly) very positive” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Peter Piper mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Focussing is fast and reliable and there are plenty of focussing options to ensure that the camera meets your needs”. Three years ago R Young said “* Very reliable and high standard auto-focus in nearly all lighting conditions* Manual focus” and rated this digital camera 4 stars.

Three Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 concluded that it was strong and durable. Chris Harrison wrote on Amazon in November this year “It is sturdy, quite heavy” in his review. Honeybee said four years ago “All the extras! Then as family life became busy my gear gathered dust and I found compact, "tough" cameras perfect for family life” in their review and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 very highly. Ms. Rebecca J. Mason scored it 4 stars and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on Amazon in November this year “The camera strap feels strong and sturdy and I always wear it around my neck when I'm out with the camera”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Andy W said in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “So overall i'm glad i broke the habbit”. One person who purchased this digital camera thought it was good at resisting water ingress.

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Good Support

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “There is a quick start guide”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The full manual is supplied on CD”. Don C gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “A full suite of manual / auto controls”.

One person concluded that this digital camera had good customer support. Doc Pic mentioned “However, if there are any problems, customers can be sure that Panasonic's professional customer support will be ready, willing & able to provide a solution” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Nice Design

A few customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking. Chris Harrison wrote on Amazon “Other than these main issues, again the camera is pretty high quality” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Glorybee rated the product as excellent and wrote on Amazon “Fits beautifully in my hand (small hands)” in their review. Honeybee wrote “Starting a facebook group called Cloud Watching & Beautiful Sky-scapes has really rekindled my interest in photography again, so I decided to check out an upgrade” in their review and rated this digital camera as very good.

A number of people who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic. Mi wrote on Amazon two years ago “Hardware - incredible lens, good ergonomics, well built” in her review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Tony B wrote “The ergonomics are first rate and it has a lovely deep grip which I really like” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product 5 stars.

Some customers who reviewed it thought it was a good design. Techreviewsource.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 four years ago “Good design and handling, easy to use, customisable features” and scored it 5 stars.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers thought this digital camera was well designed. P. Martin gave the product an excellent review and wrote on Amazon last year “Is ergonomically well designed” in their review. Tony B said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 two years ago “Always found them to be well designed and built as well as reliable” .

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Good Size

Twenty-eight Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers reckoned that it was compact. Antoine scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 very highly and he wrote “The FZ200 utilises the same proprietary `Light Speed AF' technology that is found on the more advanced `G-series' compact system camera range, such as the Panasonic G5” in his review. Three years ago Bbaghwala mentioned “A very good jump from compact camera” in their review. Four years ago Davet wrote in their review on Amazon “It is cheaper and more compact than an equivalent DSLR” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

A number of customers agreed that the product was heavy and bulky. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in November last year “Not too heavy and easy to use”. Kelido mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera is nicely balanced, not heavy” and rated this digital camera as excellent. Martyn Anderson wrote on Amazon “Fast focussing, fast lens, high definition, easy handling, not heavy or large, can use at different heights” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

Several people said in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy. Three years ago Barry H gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and he wrote “I am not particularly nerdy and have so far tended to rely heavily on the intelligent auto exposure setting”. M. Rubin said “The second camera has been used heavily for 18 months now” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Some customers who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Three years ago Beaconridge said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Lightweight, easy to use, great results especially in low light”. Michael John Ratcliffe wrote in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon “The zoom in such a lightweight camera is just fantastic”. Neilw wrote on Amazon four years ago “Lightweight and versatile, i am really happy with this camera”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was a good weight. It Crowd mentioned three years ago “With smaller size, lower weight, huge zoom range without changing lenses, better movie capabilities” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. R Young said on Amazon “For me the answer is weight and functionality plus excellent quality for those with a patient”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners concluded that the product was good quality. Alan scored this digital camera very highly and he mentioned in his review “The consistently good quality of the photos is amazing even on the iA (point”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “It's well made and the camera is just brilliant at what it does” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Antoine scored this digital camera 5 stars and he said on Amazon “I was honestly blown away by the outstanding photo quality! Now I do own a Canon 7D (with an f 2.8 70-200 L” in his review.

Good Flash

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good flash. Davet mentioned on Amazon “There's a new HDR mode and better flash range” and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 80 out of 100. Doc Pic wrote on Amazon “It is always worthwhile to obtain accessories like polariser, UV & graduated filters plus an independent flash gun & remote shutter release”. Kelido mentioned in their review on Amazon “This allowed me to switch between each setting with a simple flick of the dial and to quickly flip the flash on for fill in” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Exposure Control

A few people who purchased it thought it had good exposure controls. Bigbuff mentioned on Amazon four years ago “My only little thing I have found is the exposure compensation dial is a bit fiddly” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago R Young wrote on Amazon “* Excellent white balance and exposure controls, coupled with very reliable auto-exposure/balance” in their review of this digital camera.

Top Seller

Across all digital cameras, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is one the fastest selling products currently available for purchase.

Panasonic Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 7,428 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its bridge cameras compared to other manufacturers.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do not support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

Alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a built-in flash. Most of the other bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser to this camera and we think the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Very Wide Field of View

The field of view of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 range from 95% to 100%, and the average field of view is 98%. At 100 percent, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a very wide field of view compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 2s, the longest is 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 20s. When compared to other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum camera shutter speed of the Lumix DMC-FZ200 of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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540 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a digital camera that takes 540 shots shots per battery charge.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 8, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a quite small maximum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200. Digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 20.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Panasonic camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This digital camera also have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 640 x 480, 1536 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 1840, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the bigger battery capacities (1,200 milliampere * hour) amongst bridge cameras of this age. The average battery capacity of similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 1,100mAh.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a wider light exposure correction than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction across all cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst light exposure correction amongst comparable types of camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most bridge cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Panasonic camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.8, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a quite small minimum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The smallest minimum aperture of bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 2.5 and the largest is 19.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Six Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was not noisy. Three years ago Harry wrote “Down side is the sensor is small (that's how they get the huge zoom) so images are a bit noisy and you can't crop too much” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review although he gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Mike B mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Software - also its 12MPx sensor is less noisy than if say 16MPx had been used because the size of individual pixels is bigger with 12MPx”. Mr. P. M. Tasker said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “The Panasonic pictures were slightly more noisy.” yet they gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Poor Connectivity

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owner mentioned in their reviews that it did not have gps. Expert Reviews said “It doesn't have builtin GPS or WiFi, or a proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF”.

Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to consider including the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also do not have a GPS.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years have megapixel counts of between 12MP and 21MP. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of this spec and age is 24fps and the highest is 60fps. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 12.8 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 22MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution across all cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

A 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-FZ200 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly standard weight (537 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (755g), or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (637g).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 24 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of this age and type.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (CMOS), or the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (CMOS).

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Specification

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Colour
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Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
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Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
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Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
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Bundled Software
Included Cable
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Expert Reviews

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5 June 2015

Jump to our Best Compact cameras, Ultra-zoom cameras and Bridge camerasTo make this article easier to browse, and to make it easier for you to find the camera you're after, we've split it into... Read more…

The Panasonic Lumix's body has options to add an additional flash unit and an external microphone
2.8 max aperture thru ought, image quality
Constant 2.8 maximum aperture
Excellent build quality and good handling
Impressive image quality
The camera's design makes it impossible to access the battery and SD card slots when you're using a tripod
No eye sensor in the view finder, small LCD
Lack of eye sensor can be a pain
EVF could be larger
Lack of an eye sensor on the viewfinder, viewfinder itself could do with being larger

You will like this prosumer camera for the variety of shooting scenarios it will work in, but not its steep price tag...

22 April 2013

The image quality of this camera is quite imoressive, thanks to its new feature which is ?world's first' constant f/2.8 aperture that runs throughout the entire focal range from 25mm to 600mm,...

It's a rare superzoom camera that features an f/2.8 lens -- especially a Leica-branded 24x zoom lens that maintains that constant max aperture throughout its range. But that's exactly what the... Read more…

28 February 2013

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Reviewed 9 September 2012 by Le5lieb
Le5lieb would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

I will be the first to admit that I don't want to bother to take the time to set shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, etc when I am taking pictures, but I still want to end up with quality images. I have... Read more…

Reviewed 6 September 2012 by NiceShotSteve
NiceShotSteve would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

I upgraded from an FZ150 to the FZ200. I really liked the FZ150 and used it as my constant travel companion over the past year or so. The FZ200 is equally as good but it is also different. The... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2013 by EARLYADAPTER
EARLYADAPTER would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

No GPS or WiFi are not deal breakers for me. A proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF would be helpful...

Reviewed 28 June 2013 by Erphyy
Erphyy would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Verified Purchase)

So far I like this camera which was reviewed as excellent for sports action pictures...

Reviewed 19 September 2012 by Dr. Hank
Dr. Hank would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Verified Purchase)

I was a professional photographer years ago. Now I'm an educated amateur.I look for a camera that allows me to over ride automatic settings, gives me a wide zoom range, and has quality optics.... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic w16, panasonic w32, panasonic w64, panasonic w64g, panasonic w16g, panasonic w32g, panasonic w64gb, panasonic w16gb, panasonic w32gb, panasonic fz200, panasonic fz200k, panasonic dmcfz200, panasonic dmcfz200k, panasonic dmcfz200kr, panasonic ospandmcfz200b1, panasonic ospandmcfz200b1b, panasonic ospandmcfz200b1bd, panasonic ospandmcfz200b1bdl
Barcodes 00008.8517E+11, 00033586895074, 00616641724665, 00617401923038, 00846875436885, 00885170087804, 00899949110068, 04984824965430, 05025232771530, 05711783222231

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