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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 310 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (213)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (231)
  • Good image quality (227)
  • Easy to use (214)
  • Image stabilization (191)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (190)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (16)
  • Poor flash (11)
  • Poor image quality (7)
  • No image stabilization (5)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (203)
  • Travel (202)
  • Wildlife (164)
  • Family photos (158)
  • Low light (125)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (130), Casual photographer (64), Semi-pro photographer (45), Pro photographer (22), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (248), Yes (14)

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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4.0

Great Images

By Georgia Boy

from Gulfport, MS

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

Still learning but I have taken quality pictures with it. I don't like the fact that f stop only goes to 8.

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4.0

Still a great little camera

By Photo Bruce

from Elk Grove, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

I use a DSLR for wildlife photography. I bought this camera to use when out kayaking because I won't risk my DSLR out on the water. I chose the FZ-200 because if the zoom range and the constant f2.8 lens. It is considered older technology as the camera came out in 2012 but it meets my needs at a good price. It is fairly easy to use and takes decent photos - good enough for my kayaking needs.

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5.0

Good

By Big backer

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

It's good.

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5.0

Fabulous camera for the price

By Comfypjs

from San Jose, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

Crisp, sharp images!

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5.0

Great camera

By Littlebit

from Burbank il

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

I love this camera. Just beginning to get into photography and this camera is the best for me right now. The manual doesn't help much but I you tubed it and found this guy graham and he is amazing with it. Definitely worth buying

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4.0

Get one while you can before they are all gone.....

By Dwight

from Round Rock Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

This is one great little superzoom camera....the current price is great and while not 4K, it shoots great video. I searched on Flickr for samples from this camera, and was impressed by what I saw.... I even got some shots the first week I had this camera, and am sure as I get it customized to my liking, I will be a happy camper.

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5.0

This is my thoroughly amazing camera.

By Tuna

from Fayette, Mo.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

The B&H staff pointed out a great camera for me.
Thank you

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5.0

This was a great buy, and well worth it.

By Cecil

from Bellefonte, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

I really like the clarity of shots through the entire range, the quick focus, the ease of use in such a small package. I mainly do wildlife and scenics, but also people and places. I use it when I do not need my larger digital SLR.

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5.0

Great affordable camera

By Picture Mom

from Monsey, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

This camera is great. It's a little big but after seeing the pictures u make sure to always have it with u.
This camera takes VERY fast pictures, so its perfect for when u have to take pictures from kids.

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2.0

I returned it.

By BethR

from St Pete, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

I ordered this camera as a office camera so multiple people could take photos of summer art campers and events we have. I have professional gear but do not want to carry it around with its weight. Some students had used this and I thought is would be easy to use and good for covering what we do at a community art center. The focus is very slow. The ISO is terrible over 800 - too much noise - my pocket Lumix is better. It does have a great zoom but zoomed all the way in - the focus is even slower. So way too much digital noise, shutter lag and slow focus. At low ISO, the images were nice, good for still life maybe. I usually adore Lumix products but just not this model. Included an image I took - low light - not clear, zoomed in all the way.

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5.0

Great camera, great price.

By Steve H

from New Jersey

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

I'm so pleased with the camera and it's quick focus and accuate zoom, my friend asked me to order another one for him today.

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4.0

Very Nice Camera for General Use

By Grant F-1N

from Nashville, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

    This is a great camera for the avid digital photographer that does just about everything. The Lens, (designed by Leica), is a great zoom at 2.8. This is a upper/middle line camera that in my opinion beats the Nikon's or Canon's and Sony's in its price range. No, it will not beet my Rolleiflex 8000I or Leica MOT, but that's film and the price is crazy. It takes a little practice to get the color balance good with close up shots and low light, but all these digitals take time to learn. I have used this camera for about 6 months and have not had any issues at all. Its plastic so don't drop it, but the body and lens are quite solid. A very nice camera, and again the zoom lens can't be beat. If you have more money look at the Sony A7's.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Super Point-and-Shooter

    By Artystoid

    from Port Chester, NY

    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 Battery Life
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art Photography
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

      Not for technical perfection fanatics but if you can be satisfied with merely good to very good quality images suitable for prints up to 13"x19" this camera lets you capture the details of the world with unprecedented ease. It's all about the lens, weight and the ergonomics. The killer lens (24X at constant F2.8)combined with excellent OIS and fast AF brings the visual world within easy reach. Light and compact, it's great for travel and allows you to remain relatively inconspicuous as you shoot, even as you zoom out to the max.

      The EVF (indispensable for outdoor shooting in bright light) is adequate and virtually grainless. There is now the FZ300 out which has a bigger and better EVF and a WiFi connection (which FZ200 lacks). It also allegedly has marginally better image quality though that's debatable. However, it also weighs more than FZ200 and costs a lot more. For my use (mostly art photography) FZ200 is a better value.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Another good one

      By Gerald W

      from Elyria, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accepts 52 Mm Filters
      • Can Use Hood And Filters
      • Constant F28 Aperture
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Very Good Battery Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

        This one is a replacement for one I sold in a weak moment. The first was made in Japan, and the new one was made in China. If anything, this one is slightly better. I have owned quite a few "bridge" style superzooms, and except for my FZ1000, this is the best. True, it has a small sensor; but that only becomes a handicap at higher ISO settings, and because of the constant f/2.8 aperture of the lens, I seldom need to use higher ISO. Most other superzooms get very small apertures at longer focal lengths, resulting in high ISO, or slow shutter speeds. The FZ200 has a 2-2.5 stop advantage in aperture, so instead of shooting at ISO 200 with the FZ200 you're at ISO 800-1120 with competing models.
        In other respects the camera is well featured with a fully articulated LCD and a high resolution viewfinder. AF is fast enough to shoot ice hockey at the college level.
        The FZ200 is good sized; but well below the FZ1000 in size and weight, and in my opinion, a better choice for travel.

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        4.0

        MY GO TO CAMERA

        By Jim

        from Orange, Texas

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

        I got tired of carrying 28 pounds of camera gear ($8,000 to $10,000 worth) and sold it all for this. This is a great camera as long as you're not going to make posters. I love going to concerts and this is my weapon of choice. Most venues will not allow a camera with a detachable lens so I'm good there. It works great in low light and the f2.8 25-600mm zoom comes in handy when you can't get those front row seats. Also the fact that camera has manual settings is a big plus, that away I can adjust the settings to my liking instead of using the auto modes. The multi controller needs a button to disable it when not needed because it is to easy to accidently bring up the menu while your trying to take pictures. It is lacking a little for fast action photography and panning shots. After shooting drag racing with a DSLR you can tell its not the same. Over all its a great camera and I would highly recommend it.

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        (6 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't think this will win me anything!

        By none

        from Tennessee

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

            Just didn't stand up to what I expected the product to be after the the reviews i read on this site or from members of a photo club. This camera offers really no real camera experiences for someone who knows anything about a camera. If you know nothing then maybe.

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            • No

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Camera For The Price

            By RichM

            from Voorhees, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

              I am not a high Tech Still Camera guy. This was easy right out of the box. Picture quality is amazing. It's going to Hawaii with me and I am confident I will have photos and video to remember.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By Liz

              from Vernon Center, NY

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

              Bought this on a recommendation of someone who has one and it has met every expectation so far.

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              5.0

              Love this camera

              By diane

              from NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                had 3 friends get the same one... good price great camera

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                • No

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Travel Camera for Me

                By Mr. Total Darkness

                from Georgetown, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                  I've used a lot of cameras over the years — none has given such pleasure in the use of it, primarily for travel. Use is straightforward and intuitive. Ergonomics are great. I love touches like the swiveling rear screen and high quality viewfinder. One of the greatest features is that f2/8 24-600mm equivalent Leica lens. It IS a jewel. Two other features important to me are the hot shoe for additional flash, and the ability to record in RAW, as well as JPEG. If I have one nit to pick, it's sensor-size and resolution. I crave more of both. The FZ1000 is a good move up in that arena, but it means giving up 200mm of telephoto reach. I would love to see Panasonic develop a version of this camera with a 24 mb, APS-C size sensor!

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                  • No

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