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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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Dynamic range

This is one of the areas where a compact camera sensor will struggle against one of a larger format. Although the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 may be physically larger than a compact, the fact its sensor is the same size as a compact’s means that its dynamic range will be just as restricted. As such, the FZ200 behaves as would be expected, with highlights seeming to blow out quickly. This is particularly noticeable in blue skies, where white fluffy clouds appear devoid of detail.

That said, the metering system generally deals with difficult situations well, minimising burnt-out detail as much as possible while still illuminating the rest of the scene sufficiently. An HDR mode is also available, which shoots three JPEGs at different exposures and combines them to create a single image. Combined with the camera’s decent image stabilisation, this mode works well in landscape situations with no moving subjects.

  • 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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