Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Compact Camera

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80% Gold Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine VII FHD
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–600 mm
Optical zoom 24×
Maximum aperture F2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
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 size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 1,312,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
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)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
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)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 70 MB internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini )
Remote control Yes (Optional DMWRSL1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Optics
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
80 %
Overall Score

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.

User Reviews

4.24306 out of 5 stars
  • quiddity, Feb 24, 2013 GMT:
    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, ...

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  • Ralf_L, Jan 21, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • DoctorJerry, Jan 18, 2013 GMT:
    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.

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  • Quixpeed, Jan 6, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

FZ200, synchronisation and external flash

Apologies if this has been asked before - I don't have a FZ200 myself and am being driven nuts by my curiosity after a little discussion started up in another forum. For those of you who have an FZ200, I wonder whether you have ever used it with a non-dedicated flash mounted directly on the hotshoe (of recent safe trigger voltage, of course)?  If so, is it possible to persuade the camera to operate with that flash at a fast shutter speed (say, 1/2000) and if so, how does the image look?  I'd actually be interested to know how it turns out if the result is unsuccessful as this will help answer the question that's arisen! Of course, if the mere presence of a flash in the hot shoe limits its shutter speed in any way, I'm not going to learn much, but any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks very much...

Helen asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

Thanks for this - interesting. The reason for my curiosity is that in a discussion on another forum, an FZ200 owner was quite insistent that the FZ200 has a focal plane shutter.  I would find that very surprising, given the size of the sensor and the configuration of the camera, since I don't think I'm aware of anything with a sensor smaller than Four Thirds using a focal plane shutter - and focal planes are almost exclusively used only because a camera has an interchangeable lens - after all, they have their own set of disadvantages, as with all shutter types.  The FZ200 owner claimed that high-speed flash sync on the FZ200 is only possible because of HSS features in the built-in and dedicated external flashes (i.e. a sustained, pulsing flash burst, which tends to reduce range and use the batteries much faster) - this would of course be necessary for such high sync on a focal plane shutter, but again I have no reason to suspect this is necessary on an FZ200, since with even a ... Continue Reading

Helen answered
1 month ago

This shows the location of the shutter motor... ( and the entire thread is pretty interesting) http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53415305 Continue Reading

sherman_levine answered
1 month ago

The FZ200 has both a conventional IRIS - which one can see closes down to the selected aperture on the half-press - and a leaf shutter which appears [to me] to close/open/close immediately in front of the iris when triggered. The lens diagram Sherm referenced shows separate iris and shutter motors as well. What you see is the closed leaf shutter as a solid black disc.  When you power down, the lens retracts and you can still see the iris opening until the final power-down step where the shutter closes over the iris. Continue Reading

kkardster answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Nikon TC-17ED History?

This question isn't FZ200 specific, but I see the Nikon TC-17ED teleconverter discussed a lot with this camera, and with bridge superzooms in general. These superb TC's are available from time to time on eBay from ~$350-$500 $US, and seem to sell quickly. But I can't find them new, or even any history on them, and they seem to have out of production for some time. Does anyone know when these were made, for what applications, and what they originally sold for? Or any other information? Just for interest only. Thanks. CraigK

Craig R K asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

Craig, The Nikon TC-E17ED 1.7X front-mouting converter is different from the TC-17ED 1.7X rear-mouting teleconverter.  The TC-E17ED was made for the Nikon Coolpix 8xxx digital cameras while the TC-17ED is made for DSLR lenses.  As a result, the TC-E17ED extends the focal length *AND* entrance pupil by 1.7X and mounting the lens on a digital camera or a DSLR lens will not affect the aperture, well maybe just a little.  The TC-17ED is mounted between a DSLR lens and a DSLR body.  Hence, it only extends the focal length without magnifying the entrance pupil, and, consequently, you lose 1.7X of the aperture (i.e., f/4 becoming f/5.8). My old DC page has an extensive testing of the TC-E17ED against other older but still popular tele-converter lenses: Please see the FZ30 page .  By the way, this article (of mine in Chinese) has some 100% of the TC-E17ED 1.7X paired with Nikon 200mm f/4 for your reference. BTW, the teleconverter designed for Nikon Coolpix 5700 is the TC-E15ED 1.5X rather ... Continue Reading

1 month ago

AFAIK, it was developed as an accessory for the Coolpix 5700, 8700 and 8800 cameras. The 5700 was released in 2002. This page shows specs as of 2014, and a compatibility chart for several tele- and w/a converters http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/accessory/converter/tc-e17ed/ This page shows the 8800 with the E17ED listed as an accessory http://www.nikon.com/news/2004/0916_03.htm Continue Reading

sherman_levine answered
1 month ago

I think they were released in 2002-2003. They were designed to be used with some Nikon cameras (possibly Coolpix) at the time. Since it went out of production, low supply and high demand have made it very difficult to obtain, probably because the quality is so high that people want to hang on to it. If you're a wildlife photographer, it goes with the FZ200 like a dream. 1020mm at f2.8 with no perceptible drop in quality? Yes please. The FZ70 is also a good match for it for long zooms in strong lighting. Continue Reading

nicodimus22 answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

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. 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. _________________ So, I made up a list of criteria that are of utmost importance for me. They are, in order of importance: 1) Image IQ. I like sharp , vividly colored, clear images. I know, I know, who doesn't? 2) I really really really dig the free angle LCD types, although titled-angle ones are OK. As long as the LCD can be "moved around" in aid of the users' comfort. 3) Build quality and sturdiness . No one likes that cheap plastic feeling. It's enough we live in an over-plasticized world. At least some quality plastic once in a while... . 4) Having a panorama-shot camera is ...

thePD asked
11 months ago

ANSWERS

To be honest with you, I did not look at such models due to one big factor: free angle LCD . I really like such a feature. Except these two, the only other model(s) that caught my eye were the ones from the Panasonic G series. But these, due to the fact that one has to carry (at least) two lenses, are also out of the question. My first post contains the entire and precise "plead" in regards of m dilemma. Thank you so much! Continue Reading

thePD answered
11 months ago

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

Footski answered
11 months ago

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 FZ200 would also be nice. Enjoy your new camera, Sky Continue Reading

skyglider answered
11 months ago

Warranty Information

"If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor."

PRODUCT OR PART NAME PARTS LABOR
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA 1 (ONE) YEAR 1 (ONE) YEAR
CCD 6 (SIX) MONTHS 90 (NINETY) DAYS
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK) 90 (NINETY) DAYS NOT APPLICABLE


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