Conclusion: Panasonic has a long-standing legacy for producing quality long-zoom bridge cameras, including the FZ150 superzoom which we reviewed and heartily recommended a little more than a year ago. However, the company pumped some new excitement into the line when it was announced the Panasonic FZ200 would house a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded lens that boasted a f/2.8 max aperture across the entire 24x optical zoom range.
Pros: Leica-branded 24x optical zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent) with constant f/2.8 max aperture, Effective Power O.I.S. image stabilization, Full-res burst shooting at 12 frames per second, Fast autofocus and very low prefocused shutter lag, Excellent low-light AF, A ton of creative modes and filters, including panorama and HDR, High-res electronic viewfinder, Tilt-swivel 3-inch LCD monitor, Built-in popup flash and hot shoe, Very good flash range, Manual exposure and focu...
Cons: Leica-branded 24x optical zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent) with constant f/2.8 max aperture, Effective Power O.I.S. image stabilization, Full-res burst shooting at 12 frames per second, Fast autofocus and very low prefocused shutter lag, Excellent low-light AF, A ton of creative modes and filters, including panorama and HDR, High-res electronic viewfinder, Tilt-swivel 3-inch LCD monitor, Built-in popup flash and hot shoe, Very good flash range, Manual exposure and focu...
Summary: The headline feature of the FZ200 is its 'world's first' constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal range, so there's no doubt that the optical capability of the camera is going to be the main focus for many photographers. The good news is that the camera performs particularly well in this area, producing some excellent images with very few flaws.
Conclusion: If you want a superzoom cam then, we'd recommend the Lumix FZ200 which wipes the floor with rival snoopy snappers. A small and solid build coupled with 24x optical zoom and that excellent Auto mode make it a winner but remember, video can be a mixed bag. As an overall package, it's our superzoom of choice in Stuff's best compact cameras line-up .
Pros: Sublime picture quality, Built well, Movable display
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 was our favourite ultra-zoom camera of 2011, but this year's FZ200 ups the stakes yet again. It keeps its predecessor's relatively modest 24x zoom but now maintains an f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. Constant-aperture zoom lenses are nothing new – there are lots available for SLRs, but they're seriously expensive. The FZ200's constant f/2.8 aperture is completely unprecedented for an ultra-zoom camera.
Conclusion: The FZ200 has its f/2.8 aperture trump card to play, which will beat any other superzoom competitor out there, even the larger-sensor versions. Now that’s quite a statement, but this is quite a camera. It’s a shame there’s no touchscreen, the viewfinder suffers lag and continuous focus is short of the mark, but otherwise the FZ200’s performance is well on the money in this camera class.
Pros: An f/2.8 aperture throughout zoom range, 24-600mm equivalent range is significant, vari-angle screen, decent battery life, raw file capture available
Cons: It’s big, at more than £500 it is pricey, no touchscreen, viewfinder refresh rate on the low side (makes it a bit juddery), no display of AF/MF on rear screen, mic input is 2.5mm not 3.5mm
Excerpt: The DMC-FZ200 replaces the FZ150 at the top of Panasonic's fixed-lens, ultra-zoom line-up, introducing a new zoom lens and image sensor. The Leica-branded 24x zoom lens is the first of its type to support a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across its entire zoom range, which is revolutionary for this type of camera and places the FZ200 in a class of its own. Faster lenses always require more glass, making them larger, heavier and more costly to produce.
Pros: You want an all-in-one camera with P, A, S and M shooting modes plus a useful range of functions., You require effective image stabilisation., You like shooting close-ups of flowers and other small objects., You'd like good performance for shooting both still pictures and HD video clips. Don't buy this camera if:, You're looking for a pocketable camera., You do a lot of low-light shooting and need noise-free images at high ISO settings.Image sensor: 6.17 x 4.55 mm sen...
Conclusion: In der Praxis kann die Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 weitestgehend überzeugen. Wie sie bei der Bildqualität und der Geschwindigkeit abschneidet, klären unsere Laborergebnisse. Die Bildaufnahme übernimmt bei der Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (Datenblatt) ein High Sensitivity-MOS-Sensor mit 12,0 Megapixel Auflösung (4.000 x 3.000 Pixel) und einer Größe von 1/2,3 Zoll.
Pros: Klassenübliche Bildqualität, 24-fach Zoomobjektiv mit 25 bis 600mm KB-Brennweite, Mit 25mm sehr brauchbarer Weitwinkelbereich, Durchgängiges lichtstarkes Objektiv (durchgehend F2,8), Noch relativ kompakte und nicht zu schwere Kamera trotz großem Brennweitenbereich, Die Digitalkamera liegt dank Handgriff gut und sicher in der Hand, Direkter Zugriff über Tasten und Wahlräder auf sehr viele Einstellungen, Die Digitalkamera ist sehr schnell betriebsbereit, Schneller und s...
Cons: Verarbeitung des Kameragehäuses könnte hochwertiger sein, Elektronischer Sucher klein und schaltet nicht automatisch bei Bedarf um, Display mit "nur" durchschnittlicher Auflösung (460.000 Subpixel), Keine Liveview-Ausgabe über HDMI möglich