Excerpt: Casual user hoping to become enthusiast, so learning to use it. Can be complex if you go out of auto mode, but worth the trouble to get better quality photos. Nice constant f/2.8 lens to equivalent 600 mm zoom worth the lower optical zoom (24x). Also, don't have to carry multiple lens as in a DSLR. NFM had it at suggested retail price, but they matched Amazon's price. A bit overpriced compared to other similar cameras, but it does have a better lens.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, High Res Viewfinder, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
Excerpt: I bought this camera back in January 2014 and reviewed it on this site. It's a great camera for those wanting to step up from a pocket Point and Shoot without having to buy a DSLR wit a variety of lenses. The quality is good for a small sensor. I love the added control you have with this camera.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time
Summary: Panasonic, now is time for the FZ250 ... FZ1000 is successor to FZ50 FZ200 need one ... - eye sensor - 24-800 f2.8 lens or 25-600 - biger viewfinder - better iso perfomance - faster speed - manul zoom ring like FZ50 & You will have the best bridge camera ...
Excerpt: Needed a camera with a long zoom that works well in low light, is easy to use and not bulky. So far the FZ200 has exceeded my expectations in all categories. Camera is very intuitive and Panasonic even embedded help screens in some menus. The FZ200 is lightweight and can be help with one hand. Grip is rubberized and even has a place to rest your thumb so you don't accidentally push a button. Image quality is excellent.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Small / Compact
I recommend this to anyone wanting great photos and easy point and shoot.
1 May 2014
Summary: I did not want to tote a DSLR in my travels, but wanted better images that the pocket cameras produce without the weight, expense and extra lenses. There were lots to choose from and I am sure I would have been happy with some of the others, but I selected this because of the faster lens and usable zoom length. (certainly not the longest). This camera is light weight, but not tiny... and has an excellent lens in my opinion.
Excerpt: I use the FZ200 as my everyday walk around camera.I hesitated at first only because of the EVF.I'm not a fan of the EVF and still not crazy about the feature however the camera takes tack sharp pictures.I'm amazed at the quality of a basically point and shoot camera.It gets a little getting used to especially if you are used to a DSLR with an optical view finder.There is some lag time but not enough to ignore the Pros of the camera.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I bought this as a DSLR replacement for travelling and work use - I am a Work Health and Safety Consultant here in Australia. The concept of a brilliant super zoom appealed, especially with the constant f/2.8 aperature available for the full zoom range, which is great for getting items at a distance in low light industrial situations So I love it's versatility and not having to 'setup' as per a DSLR, as well as the much reduced form factor and weight to lug around...
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact