Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

A fast aperture and direct controls on a bridge camera

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Panasonic FZ200 with the Panasonic FZ150, Canon G12 and Nikon D3100. Follow this link to see how it compares with the Canon SX50 HS.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

These results show that the Panasonic FZ200's JPEG files have a similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Panasonic FZ150, Canon G12 and Nikon D3100 at lower sensitivities, but it tails off at mid to high ISO settings.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic FZ200 are higher than those from the Panasonic FZ150 and Canon G12 but lower than those in the Nikon D3100's images.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are more spread out than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Panasonic FZ200 producing results similar to the Canon G12, better than the Panasonic FZ150 and worse than the Nikon D3100 at low to mid sensitivities. There's a sharp drop-off at the top ISO setting, falling well below all the other cameras.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic FZ200 start off the best at low ISOs, and are similar to the Panasonic FZ150 from ISO 200-3200. It scores the same as the Nikon D3100 at ISO 400, before falling below it. Its images consistently have a greater dynamic range than those from the Canon G12.

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