The 12.1MP Panasonic Lumix FZ200 holds a rare distinction in its super-zoom class: it boasts a 24x, 25-600mm equivalent optical zoom lens with a maximum F2.8 aperture maintained throughout the entire focal range. beyond this headline feature the FZ200 has plenty of other features to entice enthusiasts like 12 frames per second continuous shooting, RAW capture, 1080 HD video recording, a fully articulated 3.0 inch LCD and manual exposure modes. The 460,000 dot display is complemented by a very sharp 1.3 million-dot EVF. The FZ200 provides a high level of customization with three user-assigned function buttons and numerous ways to tweak white balance to your liking. A number of in-camera photo effects modes are available, including HDR and panorama modes, and image quality is excellent for its class.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Compact Camera
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“ The FZ200 has all the bells and whistles that you'd expect on a high-end super zoom, plus an F2.8, 25 - 600 mm lens that no other camera in its class can match.”
- 12.1MP 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor
- 12 frames per second continuous shooting
- 25-600mm equivalent F2.8 lens (24x optical zoom)
- ISO 100-3200, expandable up to 6400
- 1080p HD video recording
- 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 460,000 dots
- EVF with 100% coverage
- RAW shooting
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Other resolutions||4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 904, 1504 x 1504|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Processor||Venus Engine VII FHD|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–600 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||13.50 m|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||12 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames )|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)|
|Videography notes||1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p, 50p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps) 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps); 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) 1280 x 720 pixels, 30, 25 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Storage included||70 MB internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini )|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional DMWRSL1)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||540|
|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″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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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.
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.
Great Museum Shots
I've had the FZ200 for a few months, but last week was the first time I took it to a museum. The Smithsonian Hirshhorn was exhibiting some of the works of the dissident artist/sculpture Ai WeiWei, in an exhibit titled "According to What?" We were allowed to take photographs but not use flash. I set the camera to iA+.* The camera chose f/2.8 for all of the shots and most were shot at ISO 400 or 800, with shutter speeds in the range of about 1/20 to 1/8 sec. Although I have a slight tremor, ...
Nice travel and wildlife camera...
This was my first Panasonic camera. I have never used compact camera with such great zoom before and don't have anything to compare with. I wanted light camera for traveling when i don't want to take my Canon 1D M4 or 5D M3 with Ef USM IS 400 F/2,8 or Sigma 120-300 F/2.8 and still can take photos of birds on the longer distance. It is not the same quality and performance but good enough for everyday use like Internet, FB and even my homepage. After few day looking around and reading the ...
MORE THAN JUST OK
I just read the review by DPReview on the FZ200 and for the first time in a very long time I find myself in almost total agreement with them. I have now had the FZ200 for about a month and around 400 images and these are the pluses and minuses I have found 1. The F2.8 lens is fantastic and the zoom range is more than adequate. I will be taking it with me to Burma in 5 days along with my Sony NEX 6 and the 16-50 lens. 2. Battery life while great is depletes very fast in cold weather, really fast.
Excellent camera in everything it does...
You can't ask for more, all around excellent camera. As the review notifies that the image quality or processing could be better, but still the versatality and speed gives this cam superior power overall. For me i can't look any further than this quality. I don't need interchangeable lens cams or any more expensive kit, this cam does everything you actually need. I used it in abu dhabi F1 GP, the shots are amazing, even at night race times. Btw, this is the only cam i encountered that takes ...
FZ200 low light question.. kids school play
So.. I am taking pics of my sons school (5th/6th graders) play tomorrow... no flash, various and difficult lighting situation... I will be seated front center.. and would like some thoughts on what experienced FZ200 users feel would be the best setting for getting the best results... I have just recently stepped up to a FZ200 (in part just for situations as this) from a FZ40.. but have next to zero time on the FZ200.... Aperture or Mannual, Vivid, ISO 400, 2.8 ?? suggestions will be appreciated!
This is the only situation where I get frustrated by my FZ200. If the kids are on a stage with some lights you can get some good pictures, the problem is if it's almost dark or if the light is poor and the kids are moving fast. My settings are auto ISO up to 3200 and shutter priority of at least 1/50 to try not getting blurred images. And RAW+JPEG. This way I get images with lots of noise but at least not so blurred and (sometimes) usable. Probably there are better settings and I'm interested in them! Christian Continue Reading
There are lots of things you can try. F2.8 should be set to give max aperture. I have found that iA+ works pretty well in low light, but there's always a chance that any image will have some blur due to rapid movement. I would try not to go above ISO 1600, but you may not have a choice depending on the light. Video has been suggested and is a good option, as is taking stills while the video is running. The hand held night shot mode does well, but its not designed for moving things, so I doubt whether it will give good shots. In the beginning, before anything starts happening, I would set the camera to M, then set the aperture to F2.8, ISO 800 and a shutter speed of say 1/250, take a shot of the stage and see what you get. If its underexposed, try lowering the shutter speed to 1/100, take another shot and see what that gives. This is what I do when I go into a dark place like a rain forest. Its trail and error. The advantage of the M setting is that you can tailor each of those ... Continue Reading
I have an FZ70 so your lens has wider aperture than mine. I was just at my grandson's karate class and low light was an issue. I found that the videos came out the best. I used VLC, a free video player to capture single frames as "snapshots." National Geography wouldn't be interested but I got some fairly good memories. the other advantage video captures is the continuous "burst" of images allows you to catch the moment of stillness that isn't motion blurred. Below is not edited other than the capture. Continue Reading
Same old battle FZ200k vs. HS50EXR (perhaps with a twist?)
Hello DP community. I am currently in the market for a "bridge camera". I am a beginner in photography and I am not planing becoming a guru in this field. Still, when I feel my "artsy" side roaring, I like to have a good device to rely on. I am planning to shot landscapes (both urban and natural), people, macros and black and whites. Photo light conditions will range from early morning to city lights and inside environments. I am also not planning to use the pictures I make for anything bigger than your average-sized living room wall mounted framed photo. No huge posters printings in the future, although having at least the opportunity to zoom on and cropping something when I view the pictures on the PC would be a nice add-on. Also, I am not really into software editing. Call me a purist or maybe lazy on this one... . Until now, I probably look like one of those in search of a Swiss-army a.k.a. do it all camera. I probably do. But I am no daytime dreamer. Such thing does not exist. ...
Chris R-UK wrote: thePD wrote: Hello guys and thanks for getting involved. It is my fault for not being clear. As I am new to this filed, I am still learning. What I wrote there was in regards to what I read on the "Aperture" topic, here: http://digital-photography-school.com/aperture The sample pictures to which I pointed are there. It is not a direct hint to the Fz 200 nor the HS50EXR. Just a point to better understand and underline the aperture matter, and weather or not it would be usefull in pursuing my photo themes. That article was written for large sensor cameras such as DSLRs where you can achieve a lot of control over depth of field. The cameras that you are looking at have very small sensors and it will be difficult with them to achieve a short depth of field to throw the background out of focus, e.g. for portraits. On the other hand if you need a deep depth of field, e.g for landscapes, that will be no problem. As I said in my previous post, the advantage of the ... Continue Reading
Hi there and welcome aboard. I have the Leica version of the Panasonic FZ200. I do not know the Fuji at all. You shave obviously researched these cameras well and normally my strong advise would be to handle both cameras before making a choice. In your case as this is not possible, you need to choose based on what you read from others, which is not always easy. That said, The Panasonic is a superb little camera. It has a fast f2.8 lens right through the zoom range, which really. Is a big advantage. The rear articulated screen is the best I have ever used. Even in bright sunshine the screen can be clearly seen, making the camera very versatile indeed. The Leica lens is magnificent and I am delighted with the results. I am sure others will be able to add more. Continue Reading
thePD wrote: Hy there and thaks for the input. I went ahead and bought the FZ200. In the end, the battle was between Fz200, the Canon sx50 and G5 (2 lens kits 22-42 and 42 300 I think). The G5 is the IQ king between these three but not by tht much, and I DID NOT want to have the stress of carrying around and safekeeping multiple lenses. The sx and the FZ were kind of a photo finish but in the end I went for the FZ 200. Both of them would have probably suited my needs, but the Fz200 is quite the superzoom compact star, all over the Internet. They almost hit a home run with that one (Panasonic I mean). Got a very good price for it, brand new so I went for it. Thank you all for your help. God bless! It's refreshing to see someone post their buying result. The large majority of people who ask which camera to buy don't do that. They just ask and then disappear. Although I did not participate in this thread, thanks for posting what you ultimately bought. A follow up on how you like the ... Continue Reading
FZ200,, Waist/Belt bag
I"m asking the question here rather than the "accessories" forum as I thought,, so many of you guys own and use the FZ200,, you may have a better idea to this question. Currently carrying my cameras etc. around in my old Lowepro Orion Trekker back pack, but rather than keep stopping to get the FZ out when I want to shoot something, or have it just hanging around my neck,(never been keen on this), I was thinking of a waist/belt bag so its ready to take out and use with ease. Any ideas to a good one,, most of the ones I've looked at are either so big or you cannot fit the camera in while the lens hood is in place. Thanks for looking,, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rolandb52/
Thank you Erik and everyone for the reply's,, I have so many good suggestions from you guys, I think in order to save me money keep buying and possibly returning until I find one that fits and is "the one for me",, I think I may have to find a good photographic retailer and try some bags out "in store" Thanks again to everyone,, rolandb Continue Reading
I use the Lowe Toploader Zoom 45 AW with the FZ200 - Lowe Toploader Website . It can take the FZ200 lens-down or sideways with the hood deployed. There is a front pocket that will hold a spare battery, charger, lens pen, etc. and a top flap pocket that can take a filter and extra memory cards. Here are some photos with the FZ200 camera: FZ200 in LowePro Toploader Zoom 45 AW FZ200 in LowePro Toploader Zoom 45 AW LowePro Toploader Zoom 45 AW Top Flap Pocket LowePro Toploader Zoom 45 AW Front Pocket - I usually keep the charger, spare battery, lens pen, and mini tripod base. T may swap the charger for additional filters or a wireless intervalometer, etc. depending on the shoot. It comes with a shoulder strap but also has a belt loop - though I don't know if I would use it in front of me on a belt. The combination of FZ200 and bag is just a bit too big. A chest harness is available for the TLZ bags, but the smallest 45 AW model is not compatible for some reason. You might consider ... Continue Reading
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|RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK)||90 (NINETY) DAYS||NOT APPLICABLE|