The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 24X superzoom with an impressive constant-F2.8 lens and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. That fast lens means that it should be easier to capture high-quality images at the full extent of the zoom, without having to use high ISO settings. It also has a 1.3m dot equivalent electronic viewfinder, as featured in the company's more expensive mirrorless cameras. It also has the ability to shoot at 12 frames per second and can capture 1080p video at 60fps or 720p at up to 120fps.
The camera's 25-600mmm equivalent lens features an improved version of the company's highest-grade Power OIS stabilization system and 'Nano Surface Coating' to minimize lens flare.
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Effective pixels||12.1 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–600 mm|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||588 g (1.30 lb / 20.74 oz)|
|Dimensions||125 x 87 x 110 mm (4.92 x 3.43 x 4.33″)|
Panasonic has done almost everything right with the FZ200, producing a super zoom with a no-compromises lens. It performs very well, takes photos that are comparable (or better) than other super zooms, and has a top-notch movie mode. With a few refinements in the design and image quality department, it would be darn close to perfect.
Good for: Sports and nature photographers who need big zoom power and don't want to settle the slow lenses found on typical super zooms.
Not so good for: Those taking a lot of flash people pictures, or who switch between the LCD and EVF frequently.