Panasonic DMC FZ200

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.


Panasonic DMC FZ200


Camera Type: Super Zoom / Bridge Camera

12 Megapixels

24x Zoom

Dimensions: 25.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm

Weight: 588g

Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC

Panasonic DMC FZ200 Details

Camera Type:

Extended Zoom

Megapixels:

12

Zoom:

24x

LCD Screen:

3

Memory Cards:

SD, SDHC, SDXC

Aspect Ratios:

4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1

File Formats:

JPEG / RAW

Focal Length Equivalent:

25 - 600mm

Shutter Speed:

60 to 1/4000 seconds

Aperture:

F2.8 - 8

Sensitivity:

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)

Exposure Compensation:

1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV

Viewfinder:

Electronic

Flash Modes:

Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro ; 1st/2nd Slow Sync

Flash Range:

13.5m

Metering:

Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot

Shooting Modes:

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:

50 fps

Maximum Movie Duration:

Unknown

Macro Focus:

1cm

ManualControls

Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority

Image Stabilisation

Yes

Lens Converters

No

Self Timer

10 seconds or 2 seconds

Video Out (TV Playback)

Yes

Computer Connection

Yes

Batteries

Lithium ion

Dimensions

25.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm

Weight

588g