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Nineteen Industry Awards

Camera experts love this bridge camera camera and have given it nineteen awards.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, 3dnews.ru, Reviewed.com and Firstpost.com all of whom concluded that this bridge camera camera was fantastic.

The experts at three more expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this Panasonic camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews, Techradar and Akam.no.

The experts at PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs both strongly endorse this bridge camera camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Furthermore, this bridge camera camera received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award and the reviewer at What Digital Camera gave it a "Gold" award and decided it was brilliant.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Thirty-six experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews have rated this bridge camera camera on average 84 out of 100. This puts this Panasonic camera in the top 12% of all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

This Panasonic camera has a superb average user rating based on 529 user reviews. This means that users think this camera is one of the better cameras of a comparable spec and age.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon three years ago “The eye level viewfinder is electronicand is amazingly sharp compared to the previous models”. Antoine wrote “I personally do not mind that, particularly because I use the lovely viewfinder most of the time, which in turn extends the battery life further”. Dave Ensor scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and he wrote two years ago “The reason I bought this particular camera, is the viewfinder” in his review.

Nine Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good screen. Amazon Customer mentioned “The fully adjustable rear screen” in their review. Happyshopper wrote on Amazon “The swivel screen is really useful” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review and scored it 5 stars. Ms. Rebecca J. Mason said in December “I also bought a Hoya screen protector lens which works well on it”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners agreed that it had an electronic viewfinder. Mark F. Lipscombe wrote on Amazon “I like the EVF although it is a little slower than a DSLR (i.e”. Nf_oz wrote on Amazon “Very easy to handle> Excellent video capture> Very good EVF> RAW option is good> Good flash”. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “A high-resolution LCD and EVF, fast auto-fo”.

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Good Video Capture

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Andy W mentioned in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “"one upmanship" on forums, this camera produces fantastic photos and fantastic video all in one, you don't have to carry numerous lenses everywhere” . Chris Harrison said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “It takes magnificent, high quality picture and records wonderful 1080p video and everything about it feels great” . Davet said in their review of this digital camera “This is one of the best bridge cameras with Full HD video recording (1080p/50) and the option to connect an external microphone for much improved sound recording”.

Good Quality Lens

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers thought the product had a good zoom. Amazon Customer said “I use the maximum aperture through the full zoom range often” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Always felt the long zoom was of limited use, mainly due to the f5.2 aperture”. Amazon Customer also said “The constant f2.8 lens of the FZ-200 has transformed zoom performance, remarkably so”.

Fourty-three people concluded that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 had a good lens. Antoine he mentioned three years ago “Add a bright f2.8 Leica lens to that”. Colin gave the product a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Wide aperture lens worthy of particular applause” in his review. Dave Ensor mentioned “This Panasonic gives me a wide focal range with a fast lens even at the highest zoom setting”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who bought it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Gary, Stockport said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon “One thing I've found less useful is the manual focus in some situations”. K. Wilson mentioned “Many images had pin sharp focus”. Larry Daniels said on Amazon in December this year “The focusing is so much better than my”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Peter Piper wrote on Amazon four years ago “Has the bonus of excellent optical image stabilisation which means your pictures at full stretch will have the very best chance of being pin-sharp” in his review. R Young rated the product 4 stars and mentioned three years ago “The very good image stabilization and deliberately subtle auto-focus in video mode is just right” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. R. Hancock mentioned on Amazon “It is probably as much as is practical for quickly taken hand-held shots, helped by Panasonic's good image stabiliser for those inevitable times when your hand wobbles”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of people reckoned that the product was able to produce good images. Alan said “Now have a nice bright sharp image” and rated it 5 stars. Allan wrote “Normal pics are fine and hardly noticeable up to ISO 800”. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “The pictures are really sharp and look good when printed”.

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Last year Amazon Customer scored it very highly and wrote on Amazon “The high resolution viewfinder, multi-angle screen” in their review. Davet mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has a higher resolution viewfinder (not screen)”. Librarylass 68 said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The multi shot options at full resolution are invaluable - as is the ability to use the F2.8 option all the way through the zoom range”.

A few customers concluded that it was good in low light. Three years ago Andy W mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Sure if your after super low light performance and low noise at high iso's then you pay for what you get.”. Gordon Shumway wrote in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon “As you will appreciate, low light levels can be a problem when you take your camera to a gig, as can the zoom range”. Two years ago Mr. P. M. Tasker mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Having become more interested in low light i bought compact system camera”.

Some people who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 considered that it had a good image sensor. Two years ago M. Fagan wrote “It has a good sensor and I am impressed with the picture quality” in their review. Mike B said “The FZ200 has a small sensor (1/2.3" on the FZ200 ).”. Mr. N. Moffatt wrote on Amazon three years ago “A small sensor has two enormous benefits over larger sensors, especially the full frame sensor in cameras like my Canon 5D, which I used professionally to photograph weddings”.

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 considered that it had a good ISO range. Dave Ensor gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and he wrote in his review on Amazon “Having twice now taken the same shot at each supported ISO speed I found noticeable degradation even at 200 ASA”. Mr. P. M. Tasker mentioned on Amazon “Indoors too I got great handheld at Iso 800” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Mr. P. M. Tasker also said “The quick lens does mean at lower iso you get quicker shutter speed than some cameras as lens let's in more light”.

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Good Support

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers agreed that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “There is a quick start guide” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer also said “The full manual is supplied on CD”. Don C said in his review “A full suite of manual / auto controls” and gave the product an excellent rating.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owner who reviewed it considered that it had good customer support. Doc Pic mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon “However, if there are any problems, customers can be sure that Panasonic's professional customer support will be ready, willing & able to provide a solution”.

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Robust

Several customers concluded that the product was well made. Chris Harrison mentioned this year “The built in studio microphone” . Honeybee scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “It also has 18 pre set scene modes (SCN) including Sunset option! Plus it has 14 built in filter options called Creative Control modes including star-burst”. K. J. Southern mentioned “It has and transformed my walking hobby to allow me to get shots from 28mm-600mm as well as panoramas using the built in scene function” in their review and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

A few customers reckoned that this digital camera was reliable. Alan rated it as very good and he wrote in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “I wanted an upgrade to my trusty FZ100 so, after reading the (mostly) very positive”. Peter Piper gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a score of 5 stars and he said on Amazon four years ago “Focussing is fast and reliable and there are plenty of focussing options to ensure that the camera meets your needs”. R Young said on Amazon three years ago “* Very reliable and high standard auto-focus in nearly all lighting conditions* Manual focus” in their review of this digital camera.

Some customers reckoned that the product was strong and durable. Chris Harrison mentioned in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 on Amazon this month “It is sturdy, quite heavy”. Honeybee mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “All the extras! Then as family life became busy my gear gathered dust and I found compact, "tough" cameras perfect for family life” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars. In December Ms. Rebecca J. Mason gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and she mentioned in her review of this digital camera “The camera strap feels strong and sturdy and I always wear it around my neck when I'm out with the camera”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Andy W gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “So overall i'm glad i broke the habbit”. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress.

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Nice Design

Nine customers mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was good looking. This year Chris Harrison he said in his review “Other than these main issues, again the camera is pretty high quality”. Last year Glorybee said “Fits beautifully in my hand (small hands)” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Honeybee said “Starting a facebook group called Cloud Watching & Beautiful Sky-scapes has really rekindled my interest in photography again, so I decided to check out an upgrade”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 agreed that it was ergonomic. Mi mentioned in her review on Amazon “Hardware - incredible lens, good ergonomics, well built” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Tony B gave it a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The ergonomics are first rate and it has a lovely deep grip which I really like”.

Several customers said in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was a good design. Techreviewsource.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said four years ago “Good design and handling, easy to use, customisable features” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

Some customers considered that it was well designed. Last year P. Martin mentioned “Is ergonomically well designed” in their review. Tony B wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Always found them to be well designed and built as well as reliable” and rated the product 5 stars.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reckoned that it was good value for money. Allan said on Amazon last year “Fantastic value for money with lots of easy access controls” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. Allan also said “Great value for money at the moment”. Antoine Camilleri mentioned “Brilliant camera priced at cost of a DSLR lens !”.

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owners thought the product was a bargain for the price. Dr Chris mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “I got one for a good deal as I on traded-in old equipment to a local photography shop” .

A few customers who purchased the product thought it was cheap. In December this year Jbee gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a very good rating and wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “I would also recommend yo ubuy a glass screw fit lens cover- to protect your new possession easily available and not expensive”. Mr. P. M. Tasker wrote “That difference increases the darker it gets (outdoors I actually find it superior to budget SLRs due to the lens quality”.

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Good Size

Twenty-eight Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers considered that this digital camera was compact. Antoine wrote on Amazon “The FZ200 utilises the same proprietary `Light Speed AF' technology that is found on the more advanced `G-series' compact system camera range, such as the Panasonic G5” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Bbaghwala scored this digital camera 5 stars and mentioned in their review three years ago “A very good jump from compact camera”. Davet wrote on Amazon “It is cheaper and more compact than an equivalent DSLR” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

A few people who purchased it thought it was heavy and bulky. Amazon Customer gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Not too heavy and easy to use”. Kelido scored the product 5 stars and wrote in December last year “The camera is nicely balanced, not heavy”.

A number of people who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 concluded that it was heavy. Barry H gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said “I am not particularly nerdy and have so far tended to rely heavily on the intelligent auto exposure setting” in his review of this digital camera. M. Rubin mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “The second camera has been used heavily for 18 months now” and rated it as very good.

A number of people who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 thought it was lightweight. Three years ago Beaconridge mentioned on Amazon “Lightweight, easy to use, great results especially in low light” in their review. Michael John Ratcliffe he said “The zoom in such a lightweight camera is just fantastic” in his review. Four years ago Neilw wrote “Lightweight and versatile, i am really happy with this camera” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of customers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 thought it was a good weight. It Crowd mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review three years ago “With smaller size, lower weight, huge zoom range without changing lenses, better movie capabilities” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. R Young wrote on Amazon “For me the answer is weight and functionality plus excellent quality for those with a patient” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Alan mentioned on Amazon “The consistently good quality of the photos is amazing even on the iA (point” and scored it very highly. Three years ago Amazon Customer said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “It's well made and the camera is just brilliant at what it does”. Antoine scored this digital camera very highly and he mentioned “I was honestly blown away by the outstanding photo quality! Now I do own a Canon 7D (with an f 2.8 70-200 L”.

Good Technical Features

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had good features. Doc Pic said on Amazon “The stunning range of features combine to provide functionality only available from a number of different DSLR's combined” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Dr Chris mentioned on Amazon “Have tried most the impressive feature set”. Mike B mentioned “The FZ200 has a huge range of functions and features” and rated the product as excellent.

Easy to Use

Fifty-four customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use. Andratx Peter mentioned “Great images and so intuitive to use”. Andratx Peter also wrote “Each day it has become an even better camera to use”. Antoine wrote in his review on Amazon also three years ago “The brilliant EVF, which is a joy to use” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Nine customers who reviewed it agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Happyshopper wrote on Amazon “The camera is light to hold and has an amazing zoom although at full zoom a tripod is useful”. Mark F. Lipscombe mentioned in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “A delight to hold and it has more tricks up its sleeve than you can shake a stick at -”. In December this year Ms. Rebecca J. Mason gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a score of 80 out of 100 and she wrote “The centre neck strap protector feels comfortable” in her review of this digital camera.

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Barb55 said on Amazon “For anyone who doesn't want to use the other settings AI (auto) takes great photos”. Two years ago Happyshopper said “Also has some great manual settings” and rated it 5 stars. Happyshopper also mentioned “You can opt for the quick scene settings or get more involved with the manual settings”.

A number of people who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to handle. Martyn Anderson wrote on Amazon three years ago “Fast focussing, fast lens, high definition, easy handling, not heavy or large, can use at different heights” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and rated the product as very good. Mi mentioned “In terms of handling, I like the flexible LCD screen which can be tilted”. Mi also said “My Nikon J1 is superb, amazing image quality, handling, superb prime lenses”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewer reckoned that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was easy to setup. Michael Bevington said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “It seems easy to set up and use - the instructions which come in the box are easy to read” and scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 very highly.

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Good Battery Life

Several people who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Antoine wrote on Amazon “After waiting impatiently for the battery to fully charge, I fired a few shots” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Kelido mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review “The hand grip is just the right size and the battery life is excellent”. M. Davies gave the product a very good rating and mentioned on Amazon in December “Battery life is good too even though you will end up using the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder more often than not”.

Good Flash

A number of people considered that it had a good flash. Four years ago Davet said in their review on Amazon “There's a new HDR mode and better flash range”. Doc Pic wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 “It is always worthwhile to obtain accessories like polariser, UV & graduated filters plus an independent flash gun & remote shutter release”. Kelido mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review on Amazon “This allowed me to switch between each setting with a simple flick of the dial and to quickly flip the flash on for fill in”.

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Good Exposure Control

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good exposure controls. Bigbuff rated the product as excellent and mentioned “My only little thing I have found is the exposure compensation dial is a bit fiddly” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review. R Young said on Amazon “* Excellent white balance and exposure controls, coupled with very reliable auto-exposure/balance” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 80 out of 100.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Panasonic bridge camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports video recording, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports Full HD video. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a built-in flash.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of image editing modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this camera.

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Very Wide Field of View

When compared to other cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 that we have checked, the Lumix DMC-FZ200's field of view of 100 percent is one of the widest. The average field of view of bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 99%.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At 60 seconds, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a very long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The maximum camera shutter speeds of cameras of this age and type range from 2s to 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 20s.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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540 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a camera that takes 540 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 180 and 889 shots per battery charge.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 8, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 20.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution which is higher than most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 640 x 480, 1536 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 1840, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 the battery capacities range from 890mAh to 1,500mAh. At 1,200 milliampere * hour, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Panasonic camera). This camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras of this type and age.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of digital camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Panasonic camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Supports Two Power Sources

The number of power sources supported by the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is more than most similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The power source "AC" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

The smallest minimum aperture of bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 2.6, the largest is 19, and the average minimum aperture is 3.5. At only 2.8, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a quite small minimum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 reviewers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was not noisy. Harry wrote “Down side is the sensor is small (that's how they get the huge zoom) so images are a bit noisy and you can't crop too much”. Mike B said on Amazon “Software - also its 12MPx sensor is less noisy than if say 16MPx had been used because the size of individual pixels is bigger with 12MPx” but in spite of that he scored the product 5 stars. Mr. P. M. Tasker mentioned “The Panasonic pictures were slightly more noisy.” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 nonetheless they still gave it a score of 5 stars.

Poor Connectivity

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 owner said that it did not have gps. Last year Expert Reviews wrote “It doesn't have builtin GPS or WiFi, or a proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 are not 3D compatible. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 also do not have a GPS.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 12.1 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age. The average megapixel count of cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 16MP, and the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 21MP.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a greater number of flash modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 24fps and the highest is 120fps. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a quite low JPEG frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 12.8 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly few total megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200. The total megapixel counts of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 range from 12MP to 15,000,000MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a higher image resolution than most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This digital camera's image resolution (4000 x 3000 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

The best image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 5472 x 3648 pixels.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 24 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ200 have optical zooms of between 1.3x and 65x.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Released Over Two Years Ago

This bridge camera camera was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a relatively average weight (537 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a better sensor type than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

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Expert Reviews

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5 June 2015

Jump to our Best Compact cameras, Ultra-zoom cameras and Bridge camerasTo make this article easier to browse, and to make it easier for you to find the camera you're after, we've split it into... Read more…

The Panasonic Lumix's body has options to add an additional flash unit and an external microphone
2.8 max aperture thru ought, image quality
Constant 2.8 maximum aperture
Excellent build quality and good handling
Impressive image quality
The camera's design makes it impossible to access the battery and SD card slots when you're using a tripod
No eye sensor in the view finder, small LCD
Lack of eye sensor can be a pain
EVF could be larger
Lack of an eye sensor on the viewfinder, viewfinder itself could do with being larger

You will like this prosumer camera for the variety of shooting scenarios it will work in, but not its steep price tag...

22 April 2013

The image quality of this camera is quite imoressive, thanks to its new feature which is ?world's first' constant f/2.8 aperture that runs throughout the entire focal range from 25mm to 600mm,...

It's a rare superzoom camera that features an f/2.8 lens -- especially a Leica-branded 24x zoom lens that maintains that constant max aperture throughout its range. But that's exactly what the... Read more…

28 February 2013

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Reviewed 9 September 2012 by Le5lieb
Le5lieb would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

I will be the first to admit that I don't want to bother to take the time to set shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, etc when I am taking pictures, but I still want to end up with quality images. I have... Read more…

Reviewed 6 September 2012 by NiceShotSteve
NiceShotSteve would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

I upgraded from an FZ150 to the FZ200. I really liked the FZ150 and used it as my constant travel companion over the past year or so. The FZ200 is equally as good but it is also different. The... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2013 by EARLYADAPTER
EARLYADAPTER would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

No GPS or WiFi are not deal breakers for me. A proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF would be helpful...

Reviewed 28 June 2013 by Erphyy
Erphyy would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Verified Purchase)

So far I like this camera which was reviewed as excellent for sports action pictures...

Reviewed 19 September 2012 by Dr. Hank
Dr. Hank would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Verified Purchase)

I was a professional photographer years ago. Now I'm an educated amateur.I look for a camera that allows me to over ride automatic settings, gives me a wide zoom range, and has quality optics.... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon dmcfz200eb9, panasonic 8mlrzs00, panasonic dmcfz200, panasonic 8mlrza00, panasonic dmcfz200k, panasonic dmcfz200e, panasonic dmcfz200eb, panasonic dmcfz200ebk
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