The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ200 is a top of the range, super zoom digital camera. It is aimed at the serious photographer who would prefer the convenience of a camera where you do not have to change lenses for different types of shots.
Amongst its big attractions is the 24x zoom lens. Where this lens differs from many others is that it has a wide f/2.8 maximum aperture that is available across the full zoom range. With most other digital cameras that size of aperture is only available when the lens is not zoomed in, if it is available at all. The advantage of such a large aperture is that it increases your options if you wish to freeze movement or take pictures when light is not so great. Panasonic have coated the lens with a Nano surface coating. This should reduce ghosting and flare.
The range of the lens gives the Lumix DMC FZ200 the flexibility to capture most typical photo opportunities. This flexibility is further increased by a feature Panasonic call Extra Zoom. This allows you to swap megapixels for more zoom. Extra zoom becomes available on a sliding scale. The lower the number of megapixels you use the more zoom that is available to you. The maximum amount of zoom is 46.9x when shooting below 3 megapixels.
Another area where the Lumix DMC FZ200 is very advanced is when it comes to the movie mode. You can shoot Full High Definition Movies. Stereo sound is available and you have a choice of formats to shoot in (AVCHD, MP4).
Other features include manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), RAW mode, Image Stabilisation and a burst mode that can capture up to 12 frames per second. In macro mode the camera can focus from 1cm away from your subject.
You also have a choice when composing your photos. You can choose between an electronic viewfinder and a 3 inch LCD screen. The screen can be pulled out away from the body and twisted round to give you a more comfortable shooting position.
SD, SDHC, SDXC
4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1
JPEG / RAW
Focal Length Equivalent:
25 - 600mm
60 to 1/4000 seconds
F2.8 - 8
Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 (Extended ISO)
White Balance Settings:
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Incandescent / White Set1 / White Set2 / Color Temperature (2-axis adjustable)
1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro ; 1st/2nd Slow Sync
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, / Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, 3D photo
Maximum Movie Resolution:
1920 x 1080
Max Movie Frames Per Sec:
Maximum Movie Duration:
Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
10 seconds or 2 seconds
Video Out (TV Playback)
25.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Panasonic DMC FZ200 Specification