Pierre Couture: Certainly allows for awesome photos, but the reach is too short for me.
Let me put it this way... Sitting in a tree stand with lots of stuff when hunting requires something smaller than a bridge, but with sufficient zoom to reach to far away game. The TZ5 has proven its worth for this on many occasions, as in this example http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s111/pierrecouture/Souvenirs%20de%20chasse/P1040211.jpg
Or this one... http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s111/pierrecouture/Souvenirs%20de%20chasse/P1100448.jpg
As many are fond of saying "the good camera is the one you have with you" ;-)
A camera dedicated to this, but with more versatility than a P&S would probably be a m43, like the EM-10, as it's still light enough to carry and offers much better IQ than my P&S.
No need for those astronomic price lenses to shoot wildlife ;-), unless you are a professional.
I can get great results with m4/3 too... ;-)
HowaboutRAW, I agree that a fast lens is good, but my first film camera, a Ricoh P&S I bought in 1990, had the same reach, and I was always frustrated when it came to one of my favorite topics: wildlife. For that reason, I chose to go with a TZ5 six years ago. When I'm ready to upgrade, I'll probably keep a similar P&S camera, and add something like the Oly EM-10 for more serious purposes.
Certainly allows for awesome photos, but the reach is too short for me.
Daniel Lauring: I'd rather see Tamron, or Sigma go after a truly empty space. For example focal lengths over 300mm. How about a 100-400mm F3.5-5.6. Or how about a mini-Bigma...150-500mm?
Mini-Bigma? Me likey!! :D
Very impressed to see the dynamic range using gradation auto in the samples. Very nice indeed.
mrdancer: I see a great use for this camera. On a tripod, on my back deck, overlooking the lake in the valley (no, I would never "show it off" to friends, that would be somewhat embarrassing). But it would capture lots of great wildlife/bird shots, sailboat shots, etc. Will they be award-winning 18"+ prints? Absolutely not!!! But they will be great for the standard 4"x6" prints and websharing, etc. Don't need a bigger sensor for that stuff.
I'm rather impressed by the F numbers on a zoom of this magnitude. Curious as to how quickly it falls off in the zoom range - i.e., how does it compare to the FZ200's 2.8 at 600mm? Also curious if Samsung has improved their image quality in their P&S cameras. If it is on par with the FZ200, this could be a contender.
Yes, this is a camera primarily for shooting distance in daylight. I use a GX7 for all of my 'normal' stuff and have gotten used to the NFC - bump it to my Nexus and do remote shooting, etc. - would like NFC on all of my cams.
They have chosen to maintain a rather low ISO range, good for them. Would it be my choice of camera? Not sure, but kudos for trying to think outside the box.
That would be interesting for M4/3 cameras...
petebryan: I wonder why Olympus have put such a limited movement articulated screen on the back. I have a Pana G3 whose screen flexes in any direction - so for example I can use the camera at waist height in portrait mode which can't be done with the Olympus. By comparison the Olympus screen is a very poor design.
Incidentally, this is not a moan about the brand, as Panasonic have done the same with their new GX7. I just don't get why you would make an artic screen that is very restrictive and must cost more to manufacture compared to the simple two way hinge on the Pana G3,G5 or G6.
I believe that there's a matter of patent involved here, but I could be wrong...
Would that it were made for M4/3... imagine a 240-600 F2.8 equivalent....
vroger1: to me- the image quality and extraordinary zoom range of the FZ 200 could not be better.
If you can fit in a 1/1.7" sensor, and maintain an equivalent lens 25-600 f2.8, that might be even better...
As if we didn't already have enough problems with a quasi-police state... imagine all the possibilities for spying on others or for being spied upon. No thanks
Robert Gallery: Not sure that the change in section of the center column is that good an idea as it will substantially reduce the torsional stiffness.
Actually, it might make it more rigid, as Y-shaped beams are very strong, but testing would be required in order to find out.
Same zoom reach as the Pany FZ200, but with lesser grip, and slower lens. I like my TZ5, but this kind of reach is too big without a tripod on such a small body.
Sephirotic: If only they made such a camera with a revised 1.63 LX5 sensor. That would be just damn perfect.
Indeed, but a 25-600 mm f2.8 constant lens would be a LOT bigger and therefore more expensive and cumbersome...
coastcontact: Even granting that there are some improvements in this model compared to the FZ150, the total weight of the camera is an issue! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V weighs 1.29 lb and now so does this camera. It becomes no fun when the camera gets heavier. I have the FZ150 (1.16 lb) and also the FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. You think I can feel the difference?
For 2 ounces? Maybe, but that is to be expected for a brighter, faster, and therefore bigger lens over the FZ-150
Pierre Couture: Impressive on paper... no MP increase, a fast and constant lens, RAW and RAW+jpeg plus fast burst mode... what's not to like? We'll see...
Haven't seen any yet, that's why I'm saying that we'll have to wait and see... but if it holds up to the FZ150 IQ and improves on lens speed, that would be very tempting indeed
Impressive on paper... no MP increase, a fast and constant lens, RAW and RAW+jpeg plus fast burst mode... what's not to like? We'll see...
As best I remember, Olympus lenses have never been on the cheap side when it came to primes... wonder how this one will fare compared to the 50 f2.0...