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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera

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12.1MP 24x MOS Apr 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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 Panasonic digital camera is one of the most awarded by experts in cameras of all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age.

The writers at CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, 3dnews.ru, Reviewed.com and Firstpost.com all said that this digital camera was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by Trusted Reviews, Techradar and Akam.no all of whom concluded that this bridge camera camera was good.

This Panasonic camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs, both of which thought that this camera was very good.

The reviewers at two other expert review sites liked this camera. This bridge camera camera received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award and it received a What Digital Camera "Gold" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this bridge camera camera is 84%. This puts this Panasonic digital camera in the top 12% of all the digital cameras of this age and spec when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Users have rated this bridge camera camera as excellent on average. Users think this Panasonic digital camera is one of the better digital cameras of this spec and age.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people who purchased it said that it had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer said on Amazon four years ago “The eye level viewfinder is electronicand is amazingly sharp compared to the previous models” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Antoine wrote also four years ago “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” in his review of this digital camera. Three years ago Dave Ensor wrote on Amazon “The reason I bought this particular camera, is the viewfinder” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who purchased it thought it had a good screen. Amazon Customer wrote “The fully adjustable rear screen”. Three years ago Happyshopper wrote on Amazon “The swivel screen is really useful”. In January last year Ms. Rebecca J. Mason said on Amazon “I also bought a Hoya screen protector lens which works well on it”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Two years ago Mark F. Lipscombe said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “I like the EVF although it is a little slower than a DSLR (i.e”. Nf_oz mentioned “Very easy to handle> Excellent video capture> Very good EVF> RAW option is good> Good flash”. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “A high-resolution LCD and EVF, fast auto-fo”.

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Good Video Capture

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who bought it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Andy W wrote “"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. Chris Harrison said on Amazon “It takes magnificent, high quality picture and records wonderful 1080p video and everything about it feels great” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Davet said on Amazon five years ago “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”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners concluded that it had a good zoom. Four years ago Amazon Customer rated the product as very good and mentioned on Amazon “I use the maximum aperture through the full zoom range often” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Amazon Customer also said “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”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 had a good lens. Antoine mentioned on Amazon “Add a bright f2.8 Leica lens to that” and scored it very highly. Three years ago Colin gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera “Wide aperture lens worthy of particular applause”. Dave Ensor mentioned “This Panasonic gives me a wide focal range with a fast lens even at the highest zoom setting” in his review.

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good autofocus. Gary, Stockport gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a very good rating and said on Amazon two years ago “One thing I've found less useful is the manual focus in some situations”. K. Wilson said “Many images had pin sharp focus”. In January last year Larry Daniels gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The focusing is so much better than my” in his review of this digital camera.

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Peter Piper wrote on Amazon five years ago “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”. Four years ago R Young said on Amazon “The very good image stabilization and deliberately subtle auto-focus in video mode is just right” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. R. Hancock gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “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” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Alan mentioned “Now have a nice bright sharp image” in his review of this digital camera. Allan mentioned on Amazon “Normal pics are fine and hardly noticeable up to ISO 800” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Amazon Customer wrote in their review “The pictures are really sharp and look good when printed” and rated it 5 stars.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The high resolution viewfinder, multi-angle screen”. Davet mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “It has a higher resolution viewfinder (not screen)”. Librarylass 68 mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “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” .

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was good in low light. Andy W wrote in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “Sure if your after super low light performance and low noise at high iso's then you pay for what you get.” . Gordon Shumway scored it 5 stars and he mentioned 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” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Mr. P. M. Tasker said on Amazon three years ago “Having become more interested in low light i bought compact system camera” in their review and rated the product as excellent.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good image sensor. M. Fagan wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review three years ago “It has a good sensor and I am impressed with the picture quality” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Mike B said on Amazon “The FZ200 has a small sensor (1/2.3" on the FZ200 ).”. Mr. N. Moffatt rated it 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “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”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers concluded that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 had a good ISO range. Dave Ensor mentioned in his review “Having twice now taken the same shot at each supported ISO speed I found noticeable degradation even at 200 ASA” and rated this digital camera 4 stars. Three years ago Mr. P. M. Tasker wrote on Amazon “Indoors too I got great handheld at Iso 800” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Mr. P. M. Tasker also mentioned “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 Size

Several customers considered that the product was compact. Antoine mentioned on Amazon “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. Bbaghwala mentioned “A very good jump from compact camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Davet mentioned in their review “It is cheaper and more compact than an equivalent DSLR”.

Some people who bought it agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Two years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “Not too heavy and easy to use”. Kelido wrote on Amazon “The camera is nicely balanced, not heavy” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

Several customers who bought it concluded that it was heavy. Barry H said on Amazon “I am not particularly nerdy and have so far tended to rely heavily on the intelligent auto exposure setting” in his review of this digital camera. M. Rubin said in their review on Amazon “The second camera has been used heavily for 18 months now”.

A number of people wrote that it was lightweight. Beaconridge scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review four years ago “Lightweight, easy to use, great results especially in low light”. Michael John Ratcliffe mentioned on Amazon “The zoom in such a lightweight camera is just fantastic”. Neilw said in their review “Lightweight and versatile, i am really happy with this camera”.

Some customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good weight. It Crowd said in their review of this digital camera “With smaller size, lower weight, huge zoom range without changing lenses, better movie capabilities”. R Young wrote on Amazon “For me the answer is weight and functionality plus excellent quality for those with a patient”.

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Good Support

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote “There is a quick start guide”. Amazon Customer also said “The full manual is supplied on CD”. Don C gave it a score of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “A full suite of manual / auto controls”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewer considered that it had good customer support. Doc Pic wrote “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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review.

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Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Alan said “The consistently good quality of the photos is amazing even on the iA (point” in his review and scored this digital camera very highly. Antoine wrote on Amazon four years ago “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 of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Antoine also said “Photos are pin sharp with vibrant colours, thanks to the high quality Leica glass, which sports Nano Surface coating to minimise the effects of ghosting”.

Easy to Use

A number of people mentioned that this digital camera was easy to use. Andratx Peter said on Amazon four years ago “Great images and so intuitive to use” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Andratx Peter also wrote “Each day it has become an even better camera to use”. Antoine mentioned on Amazon “The brilliant EVF, which is a joy to use” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review.

Nine people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago Happyshopper scored the product 5 stars and said “The camera is light to hold and has an amazing zoom although at full zoom a tripod is useful” in their review. Two years ago Mark F. Lipscombe wrote “A delight to hold and it has more tricks up its sleeve than you can shake a stick at -” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Ms. Rebecca J. Mason gave it a rating of 4 stars and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “The centre neck strap protector feels comfortable”.

Several people wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was easy to use the menus. Barb55 mentioned on Amazon “For anyone who doesn't want to use the other settings AI (auto) takes great photos” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Happyshopper said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review three years ago “Also has some great manual settings”. Happyshopper also said “You can opt for the quick scene settings or get more involved with the manual settings”.

Several customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was easy to handle. Martyn Anderson said on Amazon four years ago “Fast focussing, fast lens, high definition, easy handling, not heavy or large, can use at different heights” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product very highly. Three years ago Mi wrote “In terms of handling, I like the flexible LCD screen which can be tilted” in her review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Mi also said “My Nikon J1 is superb, amazing image quality, handling, superb prime lenses”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewer reckoned that it was easy to setup. Michael Bevington 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 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 thought it had a good battery life. Antoine scored it 5 stars and he mentioned “After waiting impatiently for the battery to fully charge, I fired a few shots” in his review of this digital camera. Kelido wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “The hand grip is just the right size and the battery life is excellent”. M. Davies wrote on Amazon “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

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who bought it said that it had good features. Doc Pic mentioned 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”. Three years ago Dr Chris mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “Have tried most the impressive feature set” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Also three years ago Mike B wrote on Amazon “The FZ200 has a huge range of functions and features” in his review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was good looking. Chris Harrison said “Other than these main issues, again the camera is pretty high quality”. Glorybee wrote “Fits beautifully in my hand (small hands)” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Five years ago Honeybee said in their review of this digital camera “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”.

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

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good design. Techreviewsource.com wrote “Good design and handling, easy to use, customisable features”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. P. Martin said “Is ergonomically well designed” in their review. Tony B mentioned in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “Always found them to be well designed and built as well as reliable” .

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Robust

Several customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Amazon Customer wrote four years ago “It's well made and the camera is just brilliant at what it does”. Chris Harrison rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “The built in studio microphone”. Five years ago Honeybee scored it 5 stars and mentioned “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”.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Four years ago Alan wrote “I wanted an upgrade to my trusty FZ100 so, after reading the (mostly) very positive” in his review. Five years ago Peter Piper mentioned on Amazon “Focussing is fast and reliable and there are plenty of focussing options to ensure that the camera meets your needs”. R Young rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “* Very reliable and high standard auto-focus in nearly all lighting conditions* Manual focus”.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Chris Harrison said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is sturdy, quite heavy”. Honeybee rated it as excellent and mentioned “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 of this digital camera. Ms. Rebecca J. Mason mentioned in her review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon “The camera strap feels strong and sturdy and I always wear it around my neck when I'm out with the camera”.

One customer considered that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Andy W gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and he said “So overall i'm glad i broke the habbit”. One customer who purchased it considered that it was good at resisting water ingress.

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Good Flash

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good flash. Davet mentioned “There's a new HDR mode and better flash range” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Doc Pic mentioned five years ago “It is always worthwhile to obtain accessories like polariser, UV & graduated filters plus an independent flash gun & remote shutter release”. Kelido mentioned “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” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product as excellent.

Good Exposure Control

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it had good exposure controls. Bigbuff scored the product 5 stars and wrote “My only little thing I have found is the exposure compensation dial is a bit fiddly” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. R Young wrote “* Excellent white balance and exposure controls, coupled with very reliable auto-exposure/balance” in their review of this digital camera.

Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,743 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically for its bridge camera digital cameras.

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A Best Selling Product

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is one the top selling digital camera currently available for purchase according to sales data from Amazon.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports video capability, unlike most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 which do not support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Two Image Editings

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of image editing modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a Resizing image editing, which is the most commonly found image editing found on cameras of this age and type. The image editing "Crop" is also found on this digital camera.

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Very Wide Field of View

Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the field of views range from 95% to 100%. With a field of view of 100 percent, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a very wide field of view compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 that we have checked, the Lumix DMC-FZ200's slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest. The slowest camera shutter speeds of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 range from 2s to 120s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 19s.

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Has Six White Balances

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

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540 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a camera that takes 540 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 take between 180 and 869 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of this age and type. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

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

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 8, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras of this spec and age is 2.7 and the smallest is 20.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s 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. The worst still image resolution of all cameras that came out more than two years ago is 640 x 360 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of digital cameras of this age and type is 54MB, and the internal memorys range from 8MB to 200MB. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the bigger internal memorys (70 megabytes) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 890mAh, the biggest is 1,500mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,100mAh. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the bigger battery capacitys (1,200 milliampere * hour) amongst cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The 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 resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This Panasonic digital camera also supports a video resolutions 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

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

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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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the minimum aperture numbers range from 2.6 to 19.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The number of power sources supported by the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The power source type "AC" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it was not noisy. Harry wrote on Amazon “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”. Mike B he said “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” in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Three years ago Mr. P. M. Tasker mentioned on Amazon “The Panasonic pictures were slightly more noisy.” but in spite of that they still rated the product as excellent.

Poor Connectivity

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

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most digital cameras of this age and type do not support wi-Fi. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 12MP and the highest is 21MP. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly low megapixel (only 12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst cameras of this age. The motion JPEG frame rates of bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 range from 24fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 39fps.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.8 megapixels) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 22MP, and the average total megapixels is 17MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 digital cameras of this age and spec.

Across similar types of camera the best image resolution is 5184 x 3888 pixels.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you want a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Weight

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a relatively standard weight (537 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (637g).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a relatively average optical zoom (24 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR[plb_2071810_price] (CMOS).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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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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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic ptw001, canon dmcfz200eb9, panasonic 8mlrzs00, panasonic dmcfz200, panasonic 8mlrza00, panasonic dmcfz200e, panasonic dmcfz200eb, panasonic dmcfz200ebk
Barcodes 05025232683710, 05025232771530, 05025232771554, 05711783222231

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