Summary: I bought my Lumix in March and started to use it at the end of May when I went on a trip. It was working fine for 2 weeks. I then used it again in June when I went on my 2nd trip and this is when I started to have issues with the shutter. One day while taking photos, the shutter just froze, it seemed to be stuck for a couple of seconds so I couldn't take pictures. I had to turn the camera off and on again. After that it worked again but it is now slower.
Summary: I have tried very hard to like this camera but after two months and numerous care to PANASONIC and several attempts to find some way to capture just decent images and WA totally disappointed especially for the price i paid i finally went ahead and sold it, and even though i lost almost 100.00 i was just happy to see this piece of expensive plastic garbage go away.i am a PENTAX use and i also have a SONY ABC a CANON camera and from all that was written about this fz200 i...
Summary: My primary photographic interest is bird and macro / close-up photography. I decided to get the FZ200, based on glowing praise for the predecessor FZ150 by several people at BirdForum.net. I primarily use Canon DSLRs, but I have also used Nikon and Panasonic interchangeable lens cameras. Other bridge cameras that I've tried include the Nikon P500, the Canon SX40, the Fuji HS30 and the earlier Panasonic FZ35.
Summary: I have two FZ 35’s and three FZ 40’s, and I had a FZ 28 before them. Last year, I purchased and returned two FZ 150’s and a FZ 47 because the image quality of the still shots was significantly inferior to that which I consistently achieved with the three earlier models. I cannot understand why Panasonic has taken this big step backward. I can only assume it was in an attempt to achieve better video, but I cannot judge that.
Summary: In general, the camera is O.K. for the price, especially with the 600mm f/2.8 zoom which is an engineering milestone. It is small and very usable. However, the in-camera JPEG engine is worthless. It is VERY noisy with JPEG. I have to shoot them in RAW, and get that converted using Lightroom 4.2 RC. At the end, I use the camera to take photos, but the photos came out just OK with too much noise and lack of details.
Summary: I have this camera for a good 5 months now.. and I can say that its not what I paid 34k for.. Looking at the specifications I had very high hopes, and I am sorry to say but they were crushed :) Though its a very compact and a nice camera, my grudge is with the time it takes to Focus on the objects..
Summary: I just got the fz 200 (not through Amazon since in Italy the camera is still unavailable on its website) and did a comparative test with the FZ150 (that I purchased on Amazon.it). The RAW quality is practically identical, i.e. poor and quite noisy (samples available on demand). I actually hoped that the new fz200 would have fixed this problem but I was clearly wrong.
Excerpt: F2,8 constant ne suffit pas. Un hybride ou un réflex ira peut être moins loin en Zoom mais la qualité des photos sera supérieur, surtout à ce prix là on sent le capteur cmos encore mal géré et la gamme FZ a fait beaucoup mieux ne serais ce qu'en CCD . En plus en basse lumière la montée enIso est inévitable vue la taille du Zoom.