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Successor to the FZ200?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Chat' started by Spinonit, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Spinonit

    Spinonit Member

    Does anyone know, or heard any rumours, about a successor to the FZ200 superzoom bridge camera, i.e. what are the specs, when will it be released?
  2. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Well the FZ200 has only been around since late last year.

    I suppose Panasonic might be working on upping the zoom level to keep up with the 50x crowd.

    But they have always wanted to give a high level of IQ. Hence not racing up pixel count and cause problems.

    There are other power zoom options out there. But the FZ200 comes in as a high performer.
  3. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

    The Panasonic FZ200 is a one off I suspect with the F2.8 fixed aperture over the whole zoom range. It can shoot 60x with just a slight softening of images that can be bought back to life in post processing.

    The new FZ72 has 60x zoom plus, but the aperture does not stay at F2.8
  4. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah. Full range here:


    I could be wrong but it looks like Panasonic consider the FZ200 their flagship bridge.
  5. Spinonit

    Spinonit Member

    Thanks, good news I think - I placed my order for one today. Hopefully I'll receive it on Thursday :)

    I'm also thinking about ordering a Hoya UV filter. I know there are mixed views regarding the use of these filters, so any advice would be greatfully received. Are they worth it (for a ham like me), or would my money be better spent on a hood?

    Also going to order a Transcend 32GB Ultimate SDHC Class 10. Does that seem about the right spec/compromise for cost/performance?
  6. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

    Sounds good to me!

    I prefer a hood myself. Unless you are prone to scratching front elements ;)

    I use Transcend cards with no problems...
  7. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Paranoia I guess but I use both... Filter and hood. Transend have worked for me, I do thogh empty and format the card regularly.
    show us some pictures when you get the camera and "Happy new camera day!"
  8. J H Foto

    J H Foto Well-Known Member

    The FZ200 looks like an excellent camera with the Leica lens.
  9. J H Foto

    J H Foto Well-Known Member

    AKA Leica V Lux 4..........
  10. Spinonit

    Spinonit Member

    Hi guys - the camera arrived early this morning and after charging the battery (and reading the manual), I grabbed it for a quik shot. Spotted a flutterby in the garden and attempted a quick snap. This was taken in full auto mode, handheld, zoomed in from about 6ft. i don't think this is anything I want to put in the appraisal gallery, as it was literally just a test snap.


    Second was of our puppy:


    Hope the links work, but my first impressions of this camera are very positive and it makes me want to shoot some more.

    cheers all for your help and advice - hopefully I'll have some pictures soon for the Appraisal Gallery!!
  11. J H Foto

    J H Foto Well-Known Member

    Mine arrived today too, I will post test pictures on Saturday or Sunday

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