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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review

September 29, 2012

Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200


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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

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Autofocus

Image: The 24x zoom range is really about as much as most casual photographers will ever need

In the past few years Panasonic has made big leaps forward in the speed of the contrast detection AF systems in its G-series CSCs, and now it would appear that this technology has found its way into the Lumix DMC-FZ200. While the bridge camera cannot claim to be as fast as models in the G series, it is certainly quick, especially given the range of the zoom lens. At short distances the lens snaps quickly into focus, although at 600mm switching between a subject at the minimum distance and infinity takes a second or two. It will also occasionally hunt bit more if focus is suddenly switched from infinity to something just a few metres away.


 

Image: Shot from a few metres away in the FZ200’s macro mode, the camera has done a good job of picking up the fine dew in the cobweb

Having a dedicated AF button on the side of the camera makes it quick and easy to change the AF point: the left hand hits the button on the lens, and the right uses the directional controls on the rear of the camera.

In manual focusing mode, this AF button acts as an autofocus override, which is useful considering that focusing the lens manually is slow and a little awkward to do accurately, despite an enlarged section of the image being shown on screen.

Due to the size of the sensor, the camera’s macro mode isn’t truly 1:1, but with a 1cm minimum focusing distance from the end of the lens, it is close enough.

Using the  macro mode is also one of the few times when switching the FZ200 to manual focus may be advantageous, although even when as close as 1cm the AF still snaps into focus.


  • 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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