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Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

A fast aperture and direct controls on a bridge camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ200 review

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Looking over the shoulder of tourists, the Panasonic FZ200 at its widest focal length takes in a huge surrounding view.

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Zooming in further over the tourists' shoulders to the end of the FZ200's optical zoom, you can see spectators at a local rugby match.

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Zooming in further, to the end of the camera's digital zoom, you can even see what beer the spectators are drinking.

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Colour saturation was strong in all the images we took for this test.

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Using the FZ200's iDynamic function on its highest setting, we were able to pick up detail in the dimly lit corridor in the background of this scene.

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The Sepia option among the FZ200's Creative Control menu is a nice, simple way to get a retro look to your photos.

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The FZ200's Miniature Effect Creative Control mode provided strong colours and a very pleasing effect.

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The FZ200's Dynamic Monochrome Creative Control mode was our favourite by far, providing strong contrast and dramatic images.

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The Panasonic FZ200 fared pretty well in mixed lighting, but as you can see in the 100% crops of this scene, noise was visible even at lower ISO settings.

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The FZ200 showed signs of luminance noise and smudging of colours even at lower ISO settings. This is taken at ISO 160.

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Noise increased as you moved up the ISO scale. This is taken at ISO 800.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
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
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedDMW-BLC12E
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height86.6 mm
Width125.2 mm
Depth110.2 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsMPO, RAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FZ200
Product NameDMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FZ200EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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.

Battery Life540 Shot
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
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker