Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Visit Site

Pros / The Panasonic Lumix's body has options to add an additional flash unit and an external microphone.

Cons / The camera's design makes it impossible to access the battery and SD card slots when you're using a tripod.

 Verdict / You will like this prosumer camera for the variety of shooting scenarios it will work in, but not its steep price tag.

If you are looking for a digital bridge camera that really fits the niche between SLR and point-and-shoot cameras, consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. The lens has a 24x optical zoom that is ultra wide angle, so you can capture more of the action and your subjects. The LCD screen sweeps out and rotates, giving you multiple viewing angles. The positioning of the battery and memory card slots makes them unreachable when the camera is mounted on a tripod, which can be annoying. Overall, this Panasonic bridge camera has a few more features than traditional pocket cameras.

This prosumer camera is one of the few high-zoom cameras that keep an f2.8 aperture though the entire zoom range, which is from 25mm to 600mm. This isn't a large zoom – it's a 24x optical zoom to be exact – but it has a wide viewing angle for capturing images that are filled with more of what you want to photograph. The 12-megapixel CMOS sensor is the smallest on our lineup, although it still gives you perfect 8 x 10 and smaller prints. While you will get better images that are more color rich with a SLR camera, it's hard to ignore how well the FZ200 performs.

The video quality is equally impressive with this camera. With good lighting, you can record excellent 1080p video shot at 60 frames per second. There is even an option to record in the MP4 format if you want web-ready video. You can zoom while recording video, but the camera picks up the sound of the mechanical zoom on videos' audio tracks.

This digital bridge camera has 14 different creative controls and retouches available. You can use the cross process to give your photos a dramatic look or create a miniature effect on your photos. There's also a 360-degree panoramic mode and a night shot mode that layer consecutive images. The 3D mode takes 20 images and picks the best two for a 3D composite, though you can't view 3D images on this camera. You can also choose between manual and automatic shooting.

The design of the camera is solid, but there is a drawback, and that is the location of the battery and memory card slots. If you are using a tripod, you won't have access to them unless you detach the tripod. Beyond the direct controls, there are places to add additional flash units, lens filters and a mic socket. A lens hood is also included with the camera. There is 70MB of built-in memory, and the battery life gives you about 540 shots on one charge.

Panasonic doesn't offer much in the way of support. The company's website does have an email address, telephone number and FAQs section. You can download a user manual from the site as well.

  • Resolution
  • Video Frames per Second
  • Optical Zoom
  • Minimal Focal Length
  • Maximum Focal Length
  • Camera Weight
  • Battery Life
  1. The resolution of each digital camera.
    More is better
  2. 9  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
    12.1 Megapixels
  3. 18.2 Megapixels
  4. 16.0 Megapixels
  5. 18.1 Megapixels
  6. Category Average
    16.29 Megapixels

Summary

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is one of the closest bridge cameras to giving you a full SLR experience. While the 16-megapixel lens and low focal length aren't ideal, the extra features and extra slots for a microphone and flash really add value to this camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Visit Site