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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 248 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (169)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (196)
  • Good image quality (192)
  • Easy to use (178)
  • Image stabilization (161)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (158)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (10)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • Poor image quality (5)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (168)
  • Travel (166)
  • Wildlife (137)
  • Family photos (132)
  • Low light (104)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (106), Casual photographer (54), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (19), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (204), Yes (12)

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

Great Camera

By Trish

from Santa Cruz County

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
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

    I love this camera. It has an amazing zoom lens, and macro lens.
    I use it for sports (surf), nature, landscape and night photography.

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    • No

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    3.0

    WISH IT HAD WORKED WELL

    By KTBIRDER

    from CLEMSON SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Unable To Close Focus Spo

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

    A FEW OF THE PHOTOS I TOOK WITH THIS CAMERA WERE OF GOOD QUALITY, BUT ONLY AFTER REALLY STUDYING THE MANUAL AND "TWEAKING' THE SETTINGS SUGGESTED BY OTHER LUMIX FZ200 OWNERS. I RAN INTO TROUBLE WHEN TRYING TO DO MACRO AND THE CAMERA WOULD NOT ALWAYS FOCUS. FINALLY THE LCD SCREEN WOULD DARKEN WHEN I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF PHOTOGRAPHING. I SADLY RETURNED THE CAMERA DECIDING THAT I HAD A BAD COPY. B & H AS ALWAYS DELIVERS GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND I WILL BUY IN THE FUTURE FROM THEM AGAIN

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good extra camera

    By Lynell

    from Maryville TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 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
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

      I love that this camera has both a hot shoe for external flash, and comes with a lens hood, features I have not seen in many bridge cameras. Takes great moon shots.
      The menu for this camera can be quite confusing for the beginner, unless you use it frequently it seems like I have to almost re learn it each time.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Has everything I need and more !

      By KeeLo

      from Pittsburgh Pa

      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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

        I'm using this camera for short documentaries and for Youtube video's . So far I'm satisfied with this camera . B&H sent this camera to me in just 2 days which was very fast and exceptional . I will be shopping here more often !

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        • No

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        5.0

        An excellent bridge camera.

        By Mossy

        from York,PA.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

          I use this camera when I do not feel like carrying a lot of gear. It is always
          nearby to capture a quick photo if the opportunity arrises. This not a novice
          camera and even the most discerning enthusiast would love this camera.
          I really like the shoot through glass mode and use to photograph birds
          outside of my study window. My only complaint is that it is not that great in low light conditions.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Nice camera!

          By Ranger

          from Calico Rock AR

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

          Even though I don't know what I'm doing yet I'm getting very nice photo's, to get good close ups you will need a tripod.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Super low light...

          By Salvageman

          from Sacramento, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Takes Awhile To Learn Sop

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera:

          I use this camera for general photography pictures and find the f/2.8 aperture across the board really cool. The camera is not perfect, but for the money in todays market its priced right when on sale... This is a lazy person's camera when considering one grew up using Minolta XE7's of an earlier era... Like most products today its all plastic... so its light. Great camera worthy of taking it on vacation...

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          • No

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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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                • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                                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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