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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review


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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.




  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108mm f/2.8 zoom lens
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. White balance and colour
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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