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Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera - DMC-FZ200K

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Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera, Model DMCFZ200K

The essence of photography is being ready for any situation, and no compact digital camera achieves that better than the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. A constant aperture lens with an unprecedented zoom level, high sensitivity sensor and an extra-speedy operation help the Panasonic FZ200 rise to the occasion, regardless of your subject or environment.

Many cameras today boast superzoom lenses, but none as impressive as the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. With a range of 25-600mm, you can capture a wide scenic vista in one shot, and just as easily zoom in to capture the details in a far away bird. The FZ200 lens has a 14-element construction that includes aspherical and Extra Low Dispersion Lenses, which improve image quality by cutting down on optical aberrations. But most impressive about the Lumix FZ200's lens is its constant F2.8 aperture. Unlike any other lens in a compact digital camera, the fast lens of the FZ200 can be used at F2.8 up to 600mm, giving you extra light-gathering ability and the fastest shutter speeds possible even at long zoom lengths. With such an advanced, versatile lens, the Panasonic FZ200 is the perfect camera for everything from vacations to the sidelines of a youth soccer game.

Behind the lens of the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is a 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, powered by the Panasonic Venus Engine. This combo lets the FZ200 take vivid images in all lighting conditions, thanks to an ISO range of 100-6400 and an Intelligent Noise Reduction system. For scenes with contrasty lighting, the Lumix FZ200 can employ Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range), which takes multiple exposures and combines them for a perfectly exposed photo. The advanced Venus Engine gives the FZ200 pro-level operational speed as well. Flip the power switch and the FZ200 is ready to shoot in under a second. Carefully compose your images and snap them one at a time, or capture fast-moving action at 12 frames per second, in full resolution. For truly high-speed shooting, a special mode lets you take 60 photos per second at 3.5 megapixel resolution.

For all its advanced features, the Lumix FZ200 is also designed for total ease of use. If you prefer the feel of a traditional camera, compose your photos through the 1,312k-dot electronic viewfinder. Or find a creative angle for your photo with the 3-inch free-angle LCD screen, which tilts and rotates through a wide range of motion. A zoom lever is positioned for easy operation with your left hand, while you trigger the shutter with your right. And a wealth of creative modes ensures that even if you don't know the science of photography, your photos will still turn out great. With a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 digital camera at your side, you'll record all your life's moments in unprecedented clarity.

Features

  • FZ200 With An Amazing F2.8 Aperture Across Its Entire Zoom Range
    The LUMIX FZ200 is Panasonic’s first digital compact camera to offer the incredible advantages of a full range F2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range ( [24X] 25mm-600mm, F2.8 - 35mm equivalent), a feature usually reserved for very high end professional lenses. The added light collecting ability the F2.8 provides to the FZ200 enables capturing moving subjects clearly with fast shutter speed, even from a distance. At the heart of this amazing lens is the high-quality of LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT optics.
  • Advanced MOS High Sensitivity Sensor
    A newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine provide the LUMIX FZ200 with high speed response, high sensitivity recording and superb image quality.
  • Advanced Features Provide Extra Speed
    Light Speed AF (auto focus) combines with the LUMIX FZ200’s ability to capture high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (frames per second) in full resolution and a quick start-up time of approximately .95 seconds, so users never miss even the most fleeting shooting opportunities. Furthermore, High Speed Video enables users to record fast-moving subjects at 120 fps (NTSC/HD)*2 or 240 fps (NTSC/VGA)*2.
  • Intelligent Zoom And Optical Image Stabilizer
    The LUMIX FZ200’s powerful 24x optical zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, and takes advantage of Intelligent Resolution technology to maintain picture quality. The camera’s POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) provides improved correction accuracy to minimize blur, even when zoomed, and Active Mode effectively suppresses handshake vibration in both still picture and video recording.
  • Anti Reflective Nano Surface Coating Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes light reflection at the entire zoom range (380nm-780nm) resulting in super clear picture with a dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.
  • High Resolution Electronic View Finder A newly developed 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic View Finder) features a 1,312,000-dot equivalent high resolution, 100% field of view and minimum screen freeze.
  • New Ergonomics The LUMIX FZ200’s body has been designed as a full-fledged shooting style digital compact camera with ultimate controllability. The side lever has been redesigned and placed in a convenient location, allowing for smooth zooming control. Focus can also be easily changed with this lever, allowing users to concentrate on shutter operation and get the perfect photographic moment.
  • Greater Creative Control With 14 Filter Options The LUMIX FZ200’s Creative Control mode features 14 filter options including the newly added Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*3 in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and Miniature Effect*4 modes. Photo Style is also available and allows users to create more artistic photographs with Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom options. With iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus, users can take advantage of popular iA functions – POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR and Motion Deblur*5 – in addition to adjusting exposure compensation, white balance and defocusing background area for more flexible shooting control. For advanced photography users, the LUMIX FZ200 offers manual control mode allowing users to enjoy a more creative photography experience.
  • Full HD Video Recording At 60P The LUMIX FZ200 is able to produce not only stunning photos but also stunning full-HD in 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) and MP4*6 formats. The powerful 24x optical zoom with 2-step zoom and POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording and high-quality Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator offers highly realistic, powerful sound for videos. The stereo zoom microphone features a zoom noise reduction system and an Auto Wind Cut function to reduce background noise from wind. Additionally, Active Mode encourages active video recording at wide angle and the popular iA mode allows users to easily create motion images by simple pointing and hitting the record button. Creative Video mode allows users to set the shutter speed and aperture manually to bring special effects to videos, shoot fast moving objects and shooting subjects at various distances.
  • Additional Features
    • RAW and RAW+JPEG data recording option
    • 3.0-inch, free-angle 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD screen with AR Coating and wide viewing angle ensures comfortable monitoring in various shooting positions.
    • Long battery life of approximately 540 pictures per charge.
    • Hot Shoe provides more advanced creative freedom, allowing for various accessory attachment including and optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1), external flash (DMW-FL220/FL360/FL500) or remote shutter (DMW-RSL1).
    • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
    • Panorama Shot mode
    • 3D Photo mode

Specifications

OPTICS

  • Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
  • Sensor Size 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Total Pixels 12.8 Total Megapixels
  • Filter Primary Color Filter
  • Aperture F2.8 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8 (W, T))
  • Optical Zoom 24x
  • Focal Length f=4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28 - 672mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
  • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 29.4x (4:3 / 8M), 37.5x (4:3 / 5M), 46.9x (under 3M)
  • Intelligent Zoom 48x
  • Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT (Nano Surface Coating) / 14 elements in 11 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens)
  • 2-Speed Zoom Yes
  • Optical Image Stabilizer1 Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode(only for Video) / Off)
  • Digital Zoom 2 Max. 4x
  • Focusing Area
    • Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent AUTO/
    • Motion picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
  • AF Assist Lamp Yes (On/Off)
  • Focus Normal / AF Macro / MF / Quick AF ON/OFF(On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / FOCUS Button, AF/AF Macro/MF Switchable, AF/AE Lock Button, Manual Focus / One shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
  • AF Metering 1/3 - 3 EV step, Max.+/-3EV, 3 frames
  • Shutter Speed
    • Still image : approx. 60 - 1/4000 sec
    • Motion picture : approx. 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec
    • Creative Video Mode : approx. 1/8 - 1/20,000 sec
  • Viewfinder 0.21" Color EVF (1,312K dots equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 18.4x
  • RECORDING
  • File Format
    • Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3), RAW, MPO
    • Motion picture: AVCHD, MP4
  • Mode Dial / Mode Button Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
  • Creative Control mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, / Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, 3D photo
  • Still Image Scene Mode Full- Resolution Image: 12 frames/sec Max.12 images / with AF Tracking: 5.5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec / Intelligent Burst Shooting  / High- speed Burst: approx. 60 frames/sec (recorded in 2.5 M) / approx. 40 frames/sec (recorded in 5 M) 
  • Motion Picture Recording 2 [HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [STD Video] 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [High Speed Video] 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (MP4) (Sensor Output is 120fps) / 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (MP4) (Sensor Output is 240fps)
  • AVCHD (Continuous recordable time [motion pictures]) approx. 160 min (PSH), 180 min(FSH)
  • MP4 (Continuous recordable time [motion pictures]) approx. 200 min (FHD)
  • AVCHD (Actual recordable time [motion pictures]) approx. 80 min (PSH), 90 min (FSH)
  • MP4 (Actual recordable time [motion pictures]) approx. 100 min (FHD)
  • Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
  • Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
  • Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3 EV step, +/-3EV, 3 frames
  • Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
  • ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 * (* Extended ISO) (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) / High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 1600 - 6400)
  • Still Picture Recording [1:1] / 2992 x 2992 (9M) / 2448 x 2448 (6M EZ) / 1920x1920(3.5M EZ) / 1536x1536(2.5M EZ) / 480x480(0.2M EZ) / [4:3] / 4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M EZ) / 2560X1920 (5M EZ) / 2048X1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640x480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] / 4000 x 2672 (10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640x424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] / 4000 x 2248 (9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560x1440(3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ) / 640x360 (0.2M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (3D)
  • Image Quality RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard (3D Mode : MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard)
  • White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Incandescent / White Set1 / White Set2 / Color Temperature (2-axis adjustable)
  • Photo Style / Film Mode Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
  • Color Mode / Color Effect / My color Color Mode (only in iA Mode) : Standard, Happy, Black and White, Sepia
  • Picture Adjustment3 Contrast, Sharpness, Color Saturation, Noise Reduction
  • Aspect Bracketing No
  • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes
  • GPS No
  • Wi-Fi No
  • Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
  • Self Timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec 3pcs

PLAYBACK

  • Playback Mode4 Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback(Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
  • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Yes
  • Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
  • Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
  • Show Histogram Yes
  • Show Highlights Yes
  • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
  • Retouch Auto Retouch / Creative Retouch
  • Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
  • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
  • Cut Animation Yes
  • Video Divide Yes
  • PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

SETUP

  • OSD language English, Spanish

OTHERS

  • LCD Monitor5 3.0"(7.5cm) Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating / Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / Power LCD mode, AUTO Power LCD mode
  • Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro ; 1st/2nd Slow Sync / 0.3 - 13.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 13.5m (Tele/ISO Auto)
  • Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I Standard)
  • Built-in-Memory Approx. 70MB
  • Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Mono
  • Interface miniHDMI, AV Output (NTSC), USB Multi, Microphone
  • Power6 Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 1,200mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)
  • Battery life (approx.) 540 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
  • Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.3 PE, SilkyPix Developer Studio, Adobe Reader
  • Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Cap

Approximate Dimensions

  • Width: 4.93"
  • Height: 3.41"
  • Depth: 4.34"

Approximate Weight

  • Without Battery and SD Memory Card: 1.18 lbs
  • With Battery and SD Memory Card: 1.29 lbs

Footnotes


*1Recording conditions by CIPA standard / - CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / - Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50%RH when LCD monitor is on. / - Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). / - Using the supplied battery. / - Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].) / - Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. / - Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. / - Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. / *2 / - These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 oC (73.4 oF) and a humidity of 50%RH. / - The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use. / - Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc. / - Motion pictures in [MP4] can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Also, motion picture recorded continuously in [MP4] is up to 4 GB.

*2 The recording format is 30p (NTSC).

** 30p(NTSC) in MP4 recording.

*3 For photo only

*4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

*5 The picture size may be reduced *6 30p in MP4 recording

1. MEGA O.I.S. may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted

2. As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases

3. Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness, Color, Gamma Correction

4. In PAL regions, images are converted from 60i to 50i, 60p to 50p and 30p to 25p for playback.

5. Video feature is designed to function only when vehicle is parked and emergency brake is applied.

6. This cameras comes with a function to check whether the battery and unit can be safely used together. Batteries made by other companies which have been certified by Panasonic may be used with these units, but we offer no guarantee as to the quality, performance or safety of such batteries. Exercise care when purchasing batteries. Many fake or imitation batteries have been found among those sold at unusually low prices and those which customers cannot check for themselves before purchasing.

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TypePoint and Shoot
Effective Pixels12.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)3.41
Width (inches)4.93
Depth (inches)4.34
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Lengthf=4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28 - 672mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
Focus ModesNormal / AF Macro / MF / Quick AF ON/OFF(On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / FOCUS Button, AF/AF Macro/MF Switchable, AF/AE Lock Button, Manual Focus / One shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
LCD TypeTFT
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2sec., 10sec.
Shutter SpeedStill: approx. 60 - 1/4000 sec, Motion Picture: approx. 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec
Storage MediaBuilt-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Power SourceLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 1,200mAh)
White BalanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Incandescent / White Set1 / White Set2 / Color Temperature (2-axis adjustable)
  

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Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 42 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Exceeded expectations (24)
  • Convenient (22)
  • Compact (21)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Durable (14)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • Poor documentation (5)
  • Did not meet expectations (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Low light (3)
  • Travel (3)
  • Wildlife (3)
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Excellent "Advanced Point & Shoot" camera

The FZ200 is an excellent advanced point & shoot - or "bridge" - camera, albeit one that may (UNfortunately) find a somewhat limited audience. Cons are a fairly high...Read complete review

The FZ200 is an excellent advanced point & shoot - or "bridge" - camera, albeit one that may (UNfortunately) find a somewhat limited audience. Cons are a fairly high price tag, awkward menu system, and a reasonably steep leaning curve (required to take best advantage of the many features) that is not all all helped by the lack of a Printed Manaul. An entry level DSLR, with a kit lens (or even 2!), can now be had for about the same purchase price as the FZ200, and, of course, there are a number of other less expensive SuperZooms, featuring longer zoom ratios, higher MegaPixels, or both. And it can be a hard sell to convince the Casual Buyer that LESS Zoom Range, and a LOWER MP Count can still result in BETTER Photo quality. BUT: none of the above combine the feature set of the FZ200, with a (relatively) Fast F2.8 lens (across the entire zoom range!), a physical size & form factor that manages to be both significantly smaller than the typical DSLR, while still being Large Enough for a steady grip & comfortable handling. Also, Panasonic's "iA" setting does a remarkably good job for those times when one doesn't want to "think too much." This is our 4th digital camera, and second Advanced P&S: as much as we loved the earlier Advanced model, the FZ200 runs circles around it in every performance characteristic that comes to mind. (Ignoring User Manual, Menu system, and the odd times when a Slightly Smaller physical body has some advantage.) If you fit the target market [that is, if you do not want or cannot afford a decent DSLR, but are still looking for a quality piece of gear, capable of VG - Excellent photo, AND are willing to ignore the Numbers Hype...] the FZ200 comes highly recommended, both from personal experience, as well as from every "professional" Review seen to date.

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Lumix DMC-FZ200

The FZ200 is a nice all around camera. I carried it around all the time when I didn't feel like carrying my heavy Canon DSLR and it's very heavy L lenses, until I purchased...Read complete review

The FZ200 is a nice all around camera. I carried it around all the time when I didn't feel like carrying my heavy Canon DSLR and it's very heavy L lenses, until I purchased the awesome LF1. The Leica lens with its 25-600mm, and constant, f2.8, aperture all the way from 25-600mm is the camera's best feature. It does a good job when shooting birds, or wildlife in general, or maybe spying on the neighbor while sunbathing for some folks! I attach a Canon video extender (1.4x) to the front of the lens for shooting birds, and that makes it even more powerful. I have captured some great videos of hummingbirds using this setup on a tripod from a distance. The ability to shoot video at 120 and 240 frames/second is a very nice feature as well, and I have used it while taking videos of hummingbirds. What I don't like is the sensor size, but I understand that it wouldn't be possible to package such a lens with a large sensor without making the camera considerably larger and heavier. The ability to shoot RAW is a wonderful feature, but the lack of firmware updates, and no pocket-size (printed) manual is quite annoying. A firmware update would be greatly appreciated so the camera can recognize newer SDXC (64GB) formats. I don't carry the FZ200 nowadays as much as I used to because I bought the Panasonic LF1, which fits nicely in a shirt pocket, has a larger sensor, WiFi, control ring, and an adequate Leica lens. I love the LF1. In addition to the above, the high-speed shooting capability of the FZ200 is a very helpful feature, especially for fast-moving objects. I love this feature. All in all, the FZ200 is a welcome addition to Panasonic's point-n-shoot fine cameras. I highly recommend it for those who are NOT looking for a shirt-pocket size camera. This camera does not fit in a shirt pocket, or even a larger pocket!

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4.0

Nice Super Zoom Camera

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from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pros

  • Compact
  • Convenient
  • easy to use

Cons

  • poor software for processing raw images

Best Uses

    Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

    Pros: Intuitive interface Excellent lens with F2.8 constant max aperture Excellent zoom range Image stabilization works very well Ability to shoot RAW files Stereo microphone input jack Usable electronic view finder (EVF) Articulated LCD screen with logical switching between the EVF and LCD display. Decent built-in pop-up flash Cons: Poor computer software, could only adjust a single RAW file at a time, can not use the settings from one image on another (extremely slow work flow if you need to make the same noise reduction adjustment on 100 images). Noisy chip at moderate ISO. For reasonably low noisy, stay at ISO 800 or below. The hand grip is a little too short, my pinky can't fit on the grip

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    5.0

    Excellent purcbase

    By 

    from Woodstock,NY

    Pros

    • Compact
    • easy to use
    • Exceeded expectations

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

        The Lumix FL 200 really Iives up to Panasonic' s description.

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        4.0

        Almost perfect

        By 

        from Bonney Lake, WA

        Pros

        • Exceeded expectations

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Poor Documentation

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

          I upgraded from my FZ28 and I am so glad I did! Just the tilt-swivel LCD screen was worth it. I take a lot of macro shots and this LCD allows me to take photos without becoming a pretzel. The viewfinder is one of the few that I have been able to use with my glasses on. I've gotten some amazing shots with this camera. I do think that some improvements are possible (why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars - but actually I'd say it is 4.5). I would prefer to be have a touch screen to determine point of focus. It is frustrating to have to push a button and then move the focus point up and down. Also, I think the exposure system needs improvement. In some situations I have to decrease exposure significantly and in others increase it just to get the right level. Finally, I want a hard copy manual and they do not provide them or even sell them. However, despite those limitations, I don't think you can go wrong purchasing this.

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          5.0

          All you probably need in a camera!

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          from Spring, Texas

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Convenient
          • Durable
          • Exceeded expectations
          • great zoom lens!
          • Inexpensive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

              Just as you think it can not get any better, I decided to upgrade from my DMC-FZ60 to this FZ-200. Now, I love my FZ60, and still use it, but this one is really over the top with even more amazing settings and options to use. My hands tremor like crazy, but you would never know it looking at the photos these cameras produce. Total quality in all ways. A shot from this camera allowed me to win my first photo contest Best in Show! Now I am a semi-professional Nature Photographer. No need to lug around all those mega lenses either. :) So if you are looking for the next step up and still want the ease and top features, this is the camera for you!

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              5.0

              Panasonic DMC-FZ200 Offers A Great Option

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              from Colorado, USA

              Pros

              • Convenient
              • Exceeded expectations

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is capable of being used for professional assignments with excellent image quality! Certain times SLR or Rangefinder Cameras are not allowed into events. Have used The DMC-FZ200 for some of those assignments. Having a constant 2.8 aperture across the whole zoom range and offering RAW provides excellent results. While the noise level above ISO 800 is marginal at best, ISO 800 is acceptable, and have made 13" x 19" prints using Lightroom! While some may say the cost is expensive...it is a bargain compared to the Leica branded model. The Leica lens on the DMC-FZ200 is first rate for a camera of this type. The DMC-FZ200 is a good choice because of the image quality, zoom range, RAW, and constant 2.8 aperture. The list above makes the camera a good choice for travel/vacations where one does not want to take a camera and a bunch of different lenses. I would suggest possibly taking an external flash more flexibility. I have no reservations in recommending this camera for anyone looking for a wide range of photographic subjects!

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                  5.0

                  Lumix DMC FZ200

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                  from Niagara Falls, Ontario

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • easy to use
                  • Exceeded expectations
                  • love that 2.8 lens
                  • worth the purchase price

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                    A brilliant camera, almost as versatile as a DSLR but compact and gives great performance. The 2.8 lens is amazing.

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                    5.0

                    A versitle and high quality camera

                    By 

                    from Estero Florida

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Convenient
                    • Durable
                    • Exceeded expectations
                    • Image Quality
                    • long reach 24x lens
                    • Versitle

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                        I was very happy with my previous Panasonic camera but wanted a little more updated camera. I am an armature that takes a lot of pictures of scenery, wildlife, family and macro shots. The FZ200 can perform all the things that I needed in a camera that does not need a bunch of extra lens. I carry it with me when I go fishing, walking, and to family events. I am amazed at the detail and image quality of this type of camera with a long reach lens. This purchase was one of the best I have made.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome camera

                        By 

                        from Ontario Canada

                        Pros

                        • Convenient
                        • Easy to use
                        • Exceeded expectations

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                            Easy to use with great photos. Was considering an interchangeable lens camera but this meets all my needs.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Totally satisfied!

                            By 

                            from Tucson

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Exceeded expectations

                            Cons

                            • Poor Documentation

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                              After over three years using the DMC-FZ200, it's still my "go-to" camera which is always in my bag, even though I have since purchased a DSLR. I still use it for its extended zoom, and it's great in lower-light situations as well. I appreciate the all-in-one function; no need (or ability) to change a lens, or to carry around another heavy lens. Photos out of the camera are near the quality of my DSLR, and there are so many shooting options I still haven't tried them all. This camera was a great purchase!

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                              3.0

                              Lumix DMC-FZ200

                              By 

                              from USA

                              Pros

                              • Battery Life
                              • Compact
                              • completely flexible screen
                              • Convenient
                              • leica 25-600mm f2.8 all the way

                              Cons

                              • certain macro colors can be far from actual colors
                              • inability to recognize 64gb sdxc (newer ones)
                              • lack of a printed pocket manual
                              • lack of firmware updates
                              • Poor Documentation
                              • Small sensor

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic Black Lumix FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:

                                The FZ200 is a nice all around camera. I carried it around all the time when I didn't feel like carrying my heavy Canon DSLR and it's very heavy L lenses, until I purchased the awesome LF1. The Leica lens with its 25-600mm, and constant, f2.8, aperture all the way from 25-600mm is the camera's best feature. It does a good job when shooting birds, or wildlife in general, or maybe spying on the neighbor while sunbathing for some folks! I attach a Canon video extender (1.4x) to the front of the lens for shooting birds, and that makes it even more powerful. I have captured some great videos of hummingbirds using this setup on a tripod from a distance. The ability to shoot video at 120 and 240 frames/second is a very nice feature as well, and I have used it while taking videos of hummingbirds. What I don't like is the sensor size, but I understand that it wouldn't be possible to package such a lens with a large sensor without making the camera considerably larger and heavier. The ability to shoot RAW is a wonderful feature, but the lack of firmware updates, and no pocket-size (printed) manual is quite annoying. A firmware update would be greatly appreciated so the camera can recognize newer SDXC (64GB) formats. I don't carry the FZ200 nowadays as much as I used to because I bought the Panasonic LF1, which fits nicely in a shirt pocket, has a larger sensor, WiFi, control ring, and an adequate Leica lens. I love the LF1. In addition to the above, the high-speed shooting capability of the FZ200 is a very helpful feature, especially for fast-moving objects. I love this feature. All in all, the FZ200 is a welcome addition to Panasonic's point-n-shoot fine cameras. I highly recommend it for those who are NOT looking for a shirt-pocket size camera. This camera does not fit in a shirt pocket, or even a larger pocket!

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