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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 231 reviews)

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    (155)

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    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (183)
  • Good image quality (180)
  • Easy to use (168)
  • Image stabilization (150)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (148)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (9)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • Poor image quality (5)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (157)
  • Travel (154)
  • Wildlife (128)
  • Family photos (125)
  • Low light (100)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (97), Casual photographer (51), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (18), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (189), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Spectacular camera

I will be the first to admit that I don't want to bother to take the time to set shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, etc when I am taking pictures, but I still want...Read complete review

I will be the first to admit that I don't want to bother to take the time to set shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, etc when I am taking pictures, but I still want to end up with quality images. I have been the route with several CDCs and even one DSLR I have finally found my perfect camera in the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. Let me add that I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, so weight, flexibility and ease of managing controls is a huge factor for me - but I also want pictures that turn out very nicely. I can handle this camera with one hand easily.
Right out of the box, just figuring out how to use the camera, the resulting pictures are extremely impressive. The clarity and depth of field are outstanding. The Intelligent Zoom is unbelievable - it's like having a spy camera now! I am a novice photographer, but I know quality pictures when I download them. Obtaining the desired results with this camera is done with ease. You have to try very hard to get a bad shot. I can easily say the initial results were stunning.
The LCD is easy to view and very detailed. I am at the age where everything up close is a blur, but the LCD screen is perfectly sized. Having the option to switch to the viewfinder is very nice to have especially when zooming.
The icons on the display are easy to understand, managing the controls is pretty intuitive. And the camera takes over so much it is hardly ever necessary to adjust any settings. It truly is 'intelligent'.
I have only used the video feature once so far, but I very much like the one-button feature for recording video. Very convenient.
I am still figuring out all of the camera's features but I have yet to find something that I don't like about it. Habitually I have stuck to another highly regarded well-known brand of cameras, and I and very glad that I took the plunge and kicked the brand habit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Thank God for You Tube !!

I am amazed by this new camera however I almost returned it because the manual was so poor. I am new to this type of camera and it was the advanced features that I...Read complete review

I am amazed by this new camera however I almost returned it because the manual was so poor. I am new to this type of camera and it was the advanced features that I was most interested in understanding. The manual was useless - worse than useless. The small booklet which accompanies the camera basically instructed me on how to attach the strap and lens cover. Not much more ! The PDF file on the enclosed CD was vague and not helpful in understanding WHY or WHEN a particular action was appropriate. I reverted to You Tube and found a very knowledgeable Englishman -- Graham Houghton - has presented 12 or 13 short videos on how to get the most from my camera. Thank God for You Tube. Mr. Houghton calls his tutorial series "The Missing Manual". So at least I know I'm not the only one who has been frustrated by this poor excuse for a teaching manual. Happily - if one is able to learn how to use it, ...... the camera is great !!!!

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5.0

WOW great camera.

By John

from Rathdrum, Idaho

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

    Needed a new compact camera and what a great camera. Thanks B&H for stocking this camera, My wife loves the images even before she does anything with software!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very happy with my Panasonic dmc fz200

    By Caroline

    from Philadelphia

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

    I was apprehensive about buying a camera that was 2 years old and didn't have all the latest features like GPS and wifi however it had other features that no other camera has and this camera did not disappoint, I would highly recommend. Easy to use, great sharp, clear pictures. The flash is better than my old canon power shot, actually I think this is a much better camera than the canon., the only thing I miss about the canon is the double AA batteries.

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    5.0

    Great camera... for what it is

    By Sam

    from Kansas City

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

      As a semi-pro photographer I realize this isn't going to win any awards for high ISO/low light photographs. Even so, it's a great camera with an awesome lens that's a lot (A LOT) of fun to use. It's my new go-to camera when I travel, walk around town or want to have some fun at the park.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Unbelievable zoom and great video

      By Suza

      from Myrtle Point, OR

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Good video sound quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Rotating Lcd Screen
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

      • Larger Than Compact Ps
      • Lens Cover Hard To Put On

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

      I'm excited about getting to know my Lumix FZ200. Haven't had much chance to put it to the test, but I did experiment with the zoom. Amazing! Took a few long-range (1/4 mi)shots at 24X, handheld and I'm impressed. I also shot some video of our grandson's band concert using iA mode under gymnasium lighting. The color and clarity are 10x better than my Lumix P&S. Auto-focus on zooming was a bit delayed, but the sound quality (with the built in mic on zoom setting) was awesome, picking up very little background noise. It didn't, however, adjust for the out of tune trombone section. Maybe there's a software edit for that? LOLOur weather has been too poor to get many outdoor pictures, but we are going to see the Christmas light show at our botanical gardens tomorrow. I'll be able to compare to the same taken with the P&S a couple of weeks ago.I'm anxious to learn to use manual exposures and produce some outstanding photos. I'm not complaining about my "Little Lumix" P&S, which has given me some pretty decent pictures, but am expecting better with my upgrade.I considered getting a Nikon SLR, as I have Nikkor lenses that were my dad's, but I'm not crazy about packing around all that weight. My passion is outdoor photography and we do a lot of hiking and biking. I purchased a Ruggard Triumph 15 sling bag for on the trails. I'm the photographer in the family and my husband expects me to carry my own gear :) This pack is comfortably compact, yet holds and neatly organizes both cameras, all my gear (tripod if needed), and even a bit of lunch. Most important, I am able to stow all my camera accessories in one place so I know where to find them. I feel the FZ200 was a great choice for me.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera by Panaso

      By Sophie

      from Aguada, PR

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

        This camera paired with the amazing lens is wonderful. But for me it was just to big. Not as big as a DSLR but 3/4's was still to big.

        For travel, it might be a big bullish, but if you are cool with that, then this is your... I can do everything camera!

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        5.0

        Takes great pictures

        By retired

        from Adrian, Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

          I got my wife this camera to replace her old one. The lens is better than expected. It make very good 16x19 prints. I think that it is as good as my Canon Lenses.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice step up from FZ150

          By Big Al

          from Silver Spring, MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Articulated LCD
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Historical Documentation
            • Travel

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

            With the constant aperture and a few other improvements, this was the logical upgrade when my FZ150 died. Feels very familiar in the hand, and controls were an easy adjustment.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Satisfied product

            By Na

            from Charlottesville, Virginia

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

            Nice product. Good lenses. If you are not a professional photographer, this is enough for you. Con is slow focus.

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            4.0

            Substitute for DSLR Big Zoom

            By Taiko Fan

            from Bay Area, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

              I plan to use the Panasonic FZ200 as a substitute for having to get a big telephoto zoom for my Nikon DSLR. The size, weight, and price of a DSLR zoom that has the same equiv focal length as the FZ200 would be many times higher. Plus the big DSLR would only be used on a few occasions, such as on an African safarai or animal watching in Alaska.The Leica banded lens on the Panasonic is good enough for me, where my output is 12" x 12" print in a photobook.

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              • No

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              5.0

              love it

              By scratch

              from Montreal Quebec Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                I already own the FZ150 and the 200 is pretty much the same except for the 2.8f across the whole zoomrange. I love my 150 so I'm sure I'm going to have even more fun with the 200. My main use for thses type of cameras are for vacations and travel.I've been using LUMIX cameras since they first came out and they never disappoint. the best part was getting at half price during the black friday sale.BHphoto is the best

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lumix DMC-FZ200

                By dojca

                from harwood heights

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                excellent camera

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                5.0

                Great camera with quality pics!!!!

                By Barry G

                from Sarasota, Fl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                Great zoom lens

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                4.0

                Good

                By Lou

                from San Juan

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Diffculty Focusing

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                Generally good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Hard value to beat.

                By JWS

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • A Bit Difficult Changing
                • Quickly Changing Settings

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                If you want a light weight all around camera that does most everything well with an amazingly sharp Leica lens that zooms from 25 to 600mm at f2.8 at a reasonable cost, this may be the camera for you. I have a Canon T2i SLR that I like very much, but when I compared my results with those of my lady using her FZ200, I was shocked to see that her images were often as sharp or sharper than mine. Frustrated, I bought a FZ200 myself and have been using it most of the time for the past year. I went on a photo road trip with a friend. He took his Nikon SLR and several lenses while I took only my FZ200. My results were on a par with his in most circumstances. I know three other very good photographers who use the FZ200 and have won contests entering prints as big as 11x14. I've never used the flash or shot movies with it. I shoot a wide range of subjects, from street scenes to portraits and fast moving subjects. I often use the intelligent automatic setting because I'm shooting fast changing subjects on the fly. The color rendition, white balance and focus are all generally great. In other circumstances, I shoot manual, aperture or shutter mode. Making adjustments to the settings is straight forward, but somewhat difficult to achieve quickly. I find the articulating LCD screen to be very helpful and tend to use it rather than the viewfinder in many circumstances. If the light is decent, you'll get wonderful results, but performance falls off under low light circumstances or when using a high ISO. Since the zoom is motor driven, it is somewhat slower than with my SLR. I've also had some problems with the auto focus when attempting macro shots. I've had no problem with battery life. Since the lens is not removable, you don't have to worry about cleaning your sensor. I love the light weight of the camera particularly on trips. My tripod shoe interferes with the battery and memory card slot and so has to be removed to gain access to them. Bottom line: In spite of some rather minor shortcomings, this is an excellent all around camera for most uses. Both my lady and I are so happy with ours that we are contemplating buying second ones as backups in case something happens to the ones we have or the model is discontinued. I recommend it without reservation to all but the most advanced photographers and even to them as a second camera.

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                5.0

                Excellent camera, Fantastic lens

                By Craig S.

                from Leesport PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent battery life
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Hot Shoe
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                  I've had the FZ200 about 6 months now and absolutely love it. I also have a Canon SX50HS and that to is a great camera. The FZ200 does have slightly more noise in the photos, but you will only see it if you print large prints. But the lens and speed of AF and overall speed of the camera goes to the FZ200 hands down. Both have excellent image stabilization and both have a hot shoe for external flash (wouldn't buy a bridge camera without one). And the difference between 600mm and 1200mm isn't as much as you would think. The FZ200 comes with a lens hood and has threads for filter if you want to use one. HERE'S A LITTLE SECRET: If you haven't already figured it out, YOU CAN USE THE ZOOM RING AROUND THE SHUTTER BUTTON TO PAGE THRU THE MENU. Make sure to visit Graham Houghton's tutorials on You Tube or his web site. They will show you everything you need to know about this camera. The best thing about bridge cameras is that they are FUN to use and so easy to take with you. You will be ready for almost any situation. Enjoy!!

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                  4.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Zipper

                  from Middleton, ID

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Poor viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                  I am an amateur photographer so most of the images I take are of anything and everything. What I like about this camera is that it is light to carry around, flexible to use for closeups or telephotos, and for what it is, it takes great photos, even in low light conditions. Videos are great, even in low light conditions. My only complaint that it is poor for sport action types of shots, and the viewfinder is useless. But all of the good things other reviewer said are spot on. Need to use a tripod for long telephoto shots, which is normal.I had a Nikon and a Tamron telephoto lens that I sold to buy this camera but after finding out that action shots are hard to take, I bought another Nikon and telephoto lens.

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                  5.0

                  FZ - EZ ,the Lumix DMC-FZ200, FZ- Easy

                  By charlie B

                  from Hertford N.C.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                    the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has enough features to make you look like a pro, until to can get use to the features,work with the auto setting and pay attention to the focus range and you will have great results! the camera takes sharp pictures and the color is right-on - the range on the lens is a big plus (24mm to 600mm ) and the f/stop to 2.8 - f8.0 - i don`t record movies much but the f/stop will close to f11 - great camera thats ready when you are .

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                    4.0

                    panny fz200

                    By Tom V

                    from New Jersey

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                    It's still a great camera considering it is built with three year old technology. There is no GPS no nfc, only 12 megs and 24x zoom. The 2.8 lens across the entire zoom range makes up for these deficiences. I like the small compact size and articulating screen which produces nice images even though it has only 408 thousand pixels.I would recommend this camera to anyone needing a great walk around camera and would buy it again

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                    5.0

                    Awesome

                    By Yearbook Advisor

                    from Farmington NM

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                      I bought this camera for our yearbook department at school. We have a hard time getting action shots of games and this camera does the trick. It shoots great pictures in our gym as well and we never get good shots in there. I will be buying another one soon.

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                      5.0

                      wonderful camera. wonderful B and H

                      By Speedballjet

                      from spokane washington

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                      I love this camera. Bought after much research. Had a new Sony HX50 compact which had a 30x zoom. It had 2 fatal flaws: no view finder which rendered the LCD useless in bright light and second, it only allowed you to do a 3x zoom when reviewing....so if you wanted to double check that everyones eyes were open when you shot the picture, you couldnt zoom in sufficiently to tell.The controls are well placed on the FZ200 although I am still learning. It is a very advanced camera. Graham Houghton's Youtube videos are very helpful. He also has a Manual for sale on [@]which I bought. I have taken some of the best pictures of my life with the FZ200 using Graham's recommendations for settings.The main negative became obvious on a recent trip to NY city...the camera is still really too big to leave dangling from your neck as you walk along for hours touring. A smaller camera could be tucked in a waist pouch. Other than that, this is a camera you wont regret buying. I was fortunate to log onto the Band H web site in early Aug.2014 when they had a special price of $[$]inc. 32 class 10 memory card and carrying case, no sales tax and free shipping. I received the camera in 4 days in perfect condition. Made in Japan not China as Ive heard some FZ200 are now made in China. I think B and H is a very honest and reliable co. Theyre highly rated by Consumer Reports. Ive bought from them over the years and always received exactly what I ordered in perfect condition and quickly.

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