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 A

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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.

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