Excerpt: If you have the budget for an entry-level DSLR camera and are contemplating whether a prosumer-class camera with a good zoom lens would be a better idea, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 might sound more convincing. It sports much better optics than the standard 18-55 kit lens and offers a feature set that can put any entry-level DSLR to shame. Let’s find out what it packs under the hood that makes it exciting to use.
Panasonic's Lumix FZ200 is across-the-board excellent
14 December 2012
Summary: If you're searching for a long-zoom camera that falls in between a point-and-shoot and digital SLR experience, look no further than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.
Pros: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an excellent f2.8 25-600mm zoom lens; fast shooting performance, even when shooting in raw or raw plus JPEG; and excellent picture and video quality for its class. It has a ton of shooting options, including full manual for stills and movies. It also has a hot shoe and an audio input socket.
Cons: The FZ200 is expensive, especially if all you're after is a long zoom lens. It doesn't have built-in GPS or Wi-Fi, or a proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF. The SD card slot and battery compartment can't be accessed when the camera is on a tripod.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 falls into our "superzoom" category, boasting a 25-600mm (35mm equivalent) lens, which surpassed the rest of the super zoom category in terms of lens quality. Above the rest of the field, the FZ200 is packed with impressive video features, which makes the camera a quality choice for users with video as their priority.
Summary: The Lumix FZ200, Panasonic's Flagship super-zoom, marks a turn in the road for the FZ range and maybe even for the Super-zoom market generally. Rather than continue striving to produce ever longer zoom ranges with increasingly powerful telephoto focal lengths, Panasonic has taken a time out and thought of other ways of improving things. The result is one of those things that looks obvious in restrospect, but in truth takes a company with vision to bring about.
Pros: f2.8 aperture constant across zoom range., Superb 6 stop Power OIS stabilisation., 0.2in 1.3 million dot Electronic viewfinder., 3in 460k articulated LCD screen., HD slomo and miniature movie modes., 540 shots from a single charge.
Cons: Zoom range big but shorter than rivals., Short bust modes., Lacks viewfinder proximity sensor., Artifacts on miniature mode movies.
Summary: Panasonic has done almost everything right with the FZ200, producing a super zoom with a no-compromises lens. It performs very well, takes photos that are comparable (or better) than other super zooms, and has a top-notch movie mode. With a few refinements in the design and image quality department, it would be darn close to perfect.
Pros: Very good photo quality, 24X Leica lens maintains F2.8 maximum aperture from 25 - 600 mm, Power OIS image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies, 3-inch rotating LCD with 460,000 pixels, good outdoor/low light visibility, Super-sharp electronic viewfinder, Full manual controls with RAW support, numerous ways to adjust white balance, two types of bracketing, and three customizable buttons, Intelligent Auto mode does it all for you, including scene selection, face...
Cons: Tends to clip highlights; photos slightly noisy, Redeye a problem; no removal tool in playback mode, No eye sensor for electronic viewfinder; rainbow effect on EVF can be distracting, More expensive than other super zooms (though none have comparable lenses), Rear control dial a bit "sticky", Can't access memory card while camera is on a tripod, Full manual on CD-ROM (it's not very user-friendly, either)
Summary: Although they may seem like slight changes, the new EVF and the increase in maximum aperture throughout the zoom range make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 a notable improvement over the FZ150. The small sensor is always going to be a compromise in a bridge camera, so until technology advances it is wise for Panasonic to have chosen to stick to the 12.1-million-pixel sensor and not push it to a 14 or even 16-million-pixel resolution.
Excerpt: Le Panasonic Lumix FZ200 est une surprise, voir une très bonne surprise. En effet ce bridge est doté d'un surprenant zoom x26 de 25-600mm permettant une ouverture constante à f/2,8 ! C'est tout simplement exceptionnel et unique sur ce segment. L'innovation reste donc encore possible sur une niche photographique dite « marginale » et va dans le sens d'un acte photographique où la technologie est au service d'un usage et non pas exclusivement de celui des chefs marketing.
Pros: Ouverture lumineuse sur toute la plage de focale, Range du zoom très polyvalent, Qualité d'image jusqu'à 1600iso en raw, Raw disponible, AF convaincant