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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 241 reviews)

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    (164)

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    (68)

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    (5)

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    (2)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (189)
  • Good image quality (186)
  • Easy to use (174)
  • Image stabilization (155)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (154)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (163)
  • Travel (160)
  • Wildlife (133)
  • Family photos (131)
  • Low light (102)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (102), Casual photographer (53), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (19), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (198), 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

Take it from a camera ignoramus (2)

By Marsha, the Novice

from Petal, Mississippi

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

        Here's another pic or two that I took with it:

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        5.0

        Take it from a camera ignoramus....

        By Marsha, the Novice

        from Petal, Mississippi

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

              I know nothing about photography (what's an ISO? what's aperture? what's a zoom?), and YET, with this camera, look what little 'ole me could do!!!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Cool camera!!!

              By Very Happy

              from Tennessee

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

              Got for Christmas. This camera is awesome. Makes almost as good a pictures as my aunts 1200.00 dslr. Still haven't figured out all the modes just been using the auto mode. Love it I would recommend to anyone not wanting to drop serious $ on a dslr.

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              5.0

              Lumix DMC-FZ200

              By OZDEE

              from Thunder bay, Ontario, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                i was amazed at the price,so i bought it, then when i recieved the camera and saw that it was assembled in China i was extremely dubious as every other thing that i have bought that was made in China has failed within weeks but after using it for a lot more than two weeks i am pleasantly surprised and very pleased with the purchase, this camera is certainly not a point and shoot and is quite complex and can give amazing results. after a little research i found that the assembly line has Japanese overseers and instuctors from Panasonic, and that is good enough for me.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice Little Camera

                By Photochic

                from South Carolina

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Photo Battery Life
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Focus Speed A Little Slow

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                This small camera body is great to carry with me all the time. My bigger Nikon equipment is in my bag in the car as I am driving, but this camera is on my lap!
                The brochure that comes with it doesn't explain use well enough, so be sure to put the CD in your computer and read that very informative usage information.
                As a professional photographer I am looking forward to shooting weddings with this.

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                5.0

                Happy photographer

                By lovemycamera

                from New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                  Camera has so many more features than I realized. Perfect balance between zoom and close-up photography. Features are easily accessible. Have to get used to opening flash and sometimes it doesn't seem quite strong enough, but need to do more testing. Love the fast shutter speed. Love the adjustable LCD.

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                  5.0

                  Great value

                  By Elm

                  from Pittsburgh

                  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
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Graininess

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                  Full featured camera at a great price. Ultra high speed video works well only with strong lighting. Small sensor leads to graininess with higher ISO's. HDR mode works well. With the combination of the f2.8 aperture throughtout the zoom range and image stabilization, a blurry shot is rare (although graininess is its worst con). Battery life is very good.

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                  4.0

                  So far, I'm enjoying this new camera.

                  By CJ

                  from Oklahoma City, OK

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                    If you want to just point and click....it's easy. Great zoom range. Macro shots turned out good. I'm still learning about it, but I like it so far.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice little camera at a good price

                    By John the photofreak

                    from Lindsay,CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                      A good camera for some one or anyone who might want a good picture fast and with good quality. It has settings which allow the shooter many chices for the situatio. All in all a good camera.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Versatile Camera, Great in Low Light

                      By RetiredTraveler to the National Parks

                      from Brentwood, TN

                      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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

                        I purchased the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 in May before our trip to the Grand Canyon. The camera produced great pictures for that trip as well as for a later trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

                        The main feature that drew me to this camera is the 2.8 aperture which is great for low light situations. The ability to take sharp, clear photos for both wide angle and zoom without the hassle and added weight of a DSLR and extra lenses are what sold me on the camera. The weight of the camera is solid enough to keep a good, steady hold without feeling weighted down during a day of hiking or sightseeing. The viewfinder is a great feature and especially helpful for shooting outdoors. The camera works well for family photos and for photos on the go. The zoom is enough to capture wildlife in the distance without having so much zoom as to require a tripod.

                        The only thing I don't like about the camera is the fact that the flare ring has no way to stay attached to the camera when not in use.

                        The quality of the photos is outstanding for a point-and-shoot camera. I am totally satisfied with this purchase and give the FZ200 my whole-hearted recommendation.

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                        • No

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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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                            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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                            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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                                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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                                  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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                                    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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