Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review

September 29, 2012

Overall Rating:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200



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More than just an upgrade of its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a new 12.1-million-pixel sensor and a 24x lens that’s f/2.8 throughout the zoom range. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review

The competition

Image: Fujifilm X-S1

Featuring the same 12-million-pixel resolution as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, the Fujifilm X-S1 resolves about the same amount of detail, although it has the added advantage of a larger 2/3in (8.8×6.6mm) sensor. This gives the X-S1 a surface area 103% larger than the sensor of the FZ200, so the camera’s photosites can also be larger. This helps improve image noise and dynamic range. The X-S1 zoom lens is slightly larger, being equivalent to 24-624mm, although its maximum aperture is f/2.8-5.6, unlike the FZ200’s constant f/2.8 throughout the range. The X-S1 is also larger and is around the same size as an entry-level DSLR.

Image: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon’s PowerShot SX40 HS also a 12.1-million-pixel sensor, but it has an even more powerful 35x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 24-840mm. However, there are few situations in which most people will use even 600mm, let alone 840mm.

  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 custom and 1 manual
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC and SDXC, UHS-1 compliant
  • Viewfinder Type: EVF (1.312-million-dot equivalent)
  • LCD: 3in TFT with 460,000 dots
  • Output Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/4000sec with built-in flash
  • Sensor: 12.1-million-pixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Weight: 537g (without battery or card/s)
  • AF array: 713 individually selectable points, or automatic selection
  • File Format: Raw + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108mm 24x zoom(equivalent to 25-600mm on 35mm format)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Drive Mode: Max 12fps for 12 images, or 5.5fps with AF tracking. Up to 60fps at a reduced 2.5-million-pixel resolution
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Metering System: Intelligent multiple metering, centreweighted and spot
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £568.99
  • ISO: 100-6400in 0.3EV steps
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Normal, quick AF, macro, continuous or manual

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