Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

A fast aperture and direct controls on a bridge camera

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Overall, the Panasonic FZ200 is a pleasure to use, and the quality of images delivered by the camera leaves a generally good impression. Compared to other bridge cameras we've used, the raft of features, direct controls and manual control over your pictures make it stand out from most other popular models on the market.

Oh, and that fabulous lens. While there are bigger or equivalent zooms on the market - and even in Panasonic's catalogue - the maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the whole of the 25-600mm focal range gave us the freedom to shoot anywhere, at any time.

We liked

The lens, the 24x zoom, that fast aperture… oh yes. The flexibility of the Panasonic FZ200's optic and its bright, fully articulated LCD screen meant this was a take-anywhere camera in every sense of the phrase. Manual mode, raw capture and having the option to move the focus point around your frame and adjust its size only added to the camera's flexibility.

We disliked

With a metering system that is biased towards the mid-tone, pictures were sometimes a bit too flat. The Panasonic FZ200 also seems to struggle a bit with luminance noise, even at lower sensitivities.

Final verdict

The Panasonic FZ200 offers a great number of features and direct control over the image-making process. But with its full price of £568.99/AU$799/US$599.99 and considerable size for a bridge camera, you might instead be tempted to consider upgrading to an entry-level DSLR.

The Nikon D3100, for example, can be found new for as low as £350/AU$550/US$500.

That said, its versatility, efficient AF system, fast f/2.8 aperture, manual mode, 3-inch fully articulated LCD screen, option to shoot raw and wide range of creative filters make the Panasonic FZ200 a wonderful all-rounder.

It's a suitable back-up camera for your DSLR, or could even be your primary camera if you just want to shoot holidays and other pictures to share online or make small prints for your photo albums.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)537 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height86.6 mm
Width125.2 mm
Depth110.2 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsMPO, RAW, JPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-FZ200
Product NameDMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FZ200EBK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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 featuring full range F2.8 aperture. The full range F2.8 aperture enables capturing a moving subject in a distance clearly with fast shutter speed. The powerful 24x optical zoom can be used in photo and video recording. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the 48x Intelligent Zoom is also available. The lens features the Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes ghosts and flaring.

Package Contents
  • DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
Limited Warranty1 Year