Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 25-600mm 24x optical zoom with constant f2.8
  • 1080/60p HD video capture with stereo sound
  • 5.5fps burst mode with tracking autofocus, 12fps full resolution burst without
  • Electronic viewfinder with 1.3 million dots
  • 3-inch 460,000 dot swivel LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • RAW capture
  • Lithium-ion battery rated to 540 pictures
  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

4.6 Star Rating: Recommended
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Panasonic focuses on high performance.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The FZ200 marks a return to the series' vaunted past, with this latest addition boasting an incredible nano coated 25-600mm f2.8 constant zoom. While other manufacturers are piling on the megapixels (Sony) or the zoom range (Nikon and Canon), Panasonic is clearly carving themselves a niche in the high-performance segment of the market. The new 12.1 megapixel sensor coupled with that constant f2.8 and the new "lightspeed" autofocus make the FZ200 a real functional alternative to a DSLR with bulky telephoto lens. The FZ200 actually bests the mirrorless G5's burst numbers at 5.5fps with full-time autofocus (12fps single focus) and high speed 720p recording at 120fps. These performance numbers are supported by a 1 second start-up time and 540-shot battery life. At an initial asking price of $599 only those who really need such performance will bite, but we're glad to see a high-end option like the FZ200 now exists. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive so far, with few finding any real faults in the camera.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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