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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review

September 29, 2012

Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200


Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£540.00

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

Metering

In general use, there was little to fault with the Intelligent Multiple evaluative metering system of the Lumix DMC-FZ200. Images are bright, have a good level of contrast and the colours are quite vivid, which I will discuss in more detail later. The metering system seems to pay little attention to smaller highlight areas in a scene, instead looking at the overall picture and making sure that it is well exposed. For the most part this system works well, and the vast majority of users will be happy with the outcome. However, I found that I left the exposure compensation set to -0.33EV for most the time I was shooting, just to preserve a fraction more detail in highlight areas, especially as there is more chance that some detail can be recovered from raw image data. Despite this slight tweak, exposures in evaluative mode were generally spot on. Even when given a fairly complex metering task – a backlit woodland, for example – the metering did a good job of lightening the trees just enough to make them clear, while still leaving some dark shadow detail.

For novices, the iAuto mode works very well. By using a combination of evaluative metering, focal length, focus distance, and scene and face recognition, the iAuto system will attempt to detect what is being photographed and alter the exposure and image settings accordingly. When switching between macro, portrait and landscape scenes, this setting worked well, and point-and-shoot users should feel confident.

  • 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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