An interesting development in the world of bridge cameras is that as they become ever more popular, buyers and users seem to want to push the boundaries a little more in terms of additional features.
As a potential user who is considering something more than a simple “point and click,” you may want to upgrade to something better. It can often be difficult to balance features against price and still keep the camera user friendly.
I think, and over 150 Amazon buyers would agree, that the FZ200 is about as close as you come to finding a good quality bridge camera with some useful and practical extras. Those along with a price point of less that £275, Panasonic have a good product on their hands.
I have included the main features in the short specification below. I don’t want to get over technical about these but I do know some readers like to know the key features.
- It measures 10 x 10 x10 cm
- Weighs 535 grams
- 1/2.3inch 12.1MP High-sensitivity MOS sensor
- 24x optical zoom (25-600mm)
- Constant f/2.8 max aperture – super feature for shooting fast action with no blurs
- JPEG and Raw still image capture
- ISO 100 – 6400
- 1080p Full HD video capture
- 3in, 460k-dot vari-angle LCD
The Important Benefits Of Using the Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Technical specifications are all well and good, but when I want to buy a camera, I am more interested in knowing how the camera performs, and at the end of the day, the quality of the photographs. Bearing that in mind, here are the really good benefits of using this one.
The Nano Coated Lens
When I read about this feature it sounded like a bit of jargon to me. The reality is that I discovered you normally only get this on the very high end of the best SLR lenses. The difference in picture quality is in my opinion quite amazing. If you want to say goodbye to ghosting and flaring, then go Nano for sure.
Wide Angle Lens
I missed this feature on any point and click that I have used and forgot just how many times I would love to have been able to use that. Think group photographs, panoramic shots and you will know what I mean.
I was at the Irish Open Golf Championship and had the opportunity to take a snap of the Royal County Down golf course. Up close was of course Rory McIlroy with Ricky Fowler and the back drop the Mountains of Mourne. Thank goodness for the 25 mm wide angle lens on this camera.
World’s First 600 mm/F2.8 Fast Lens
We all know that conventional lenses will lose brightness at the tele end. Ths camera maintains the full 2.8 aperture and gets rid of blurs. This is a subtle but important difference in terms of overall picture quality.
Check out the sample photos above which were taken with the FZ200.
You have a split second to capture a great shot. You just want the camera to focus quickly. At a speed of 0.1 seconds you can relax and know that you have that.
Now there are other great benefits including a nice screen, great video options and even low light operation. The ones I have mentioned above are the ones that I like in terms of practical use and quality of photos.
What People Love About the Lumix FZ200
- They were very pleased with the constant f/2.8 maximum aperture
- The camera was exceedingly well built
- All buyers were impressed with the image quality
- Photos are pin sharp with vibrant colours
- It has a jack point for an external microphone, and a built in stereo microphone
- 14 built in filter options called Creative Control modes
- The lens has a ton of features usually only found in an SLR
One Reviewer said this:
“Brilliant kit. Clear sharp images and easy to use.”
What People Didn’t Like About the Panasonic FZ200
There is no eye sensor and at times that can be irritating.
EVF could certainly be larger.
SLR users thought it lacked features..well to be honest it doesn’t pretend to be a £700 SLR.
Summary & Verdict
With over 150 buyer reviews on Amazon rating this an average 4.6 out of 5 stars this is an excellent product. We would not hesitate in recommending this product to you. The reviews on Which Magazine are also excellent and rate this one highly. I always ask myself one question when buying a bridge camera and that is am I getting value for money?
This FZ200 model from Panasonic does all the basics really well, has a tone of extra features, an amazing lens and takes great pictures and video. All of that for under £275 I think is a fabulous deal.