Panasonic DMC FZ200 Detailed Review

Panasonic DMC FZ200

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The DMC FZ200 was presented by Panasonic in July 2012. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional DMC FZ200 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also DMC FZ200's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. This resolution is far below average.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Sensor area6.04 x 4.56mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)12.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)12.00 megapixel
Pixel size2.20 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 12 frames/second
Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)600mm
Aperture (max)2.8
Aperture (min)2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC FZ200 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.30 megapixel, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution1.30 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DMC FZ200's shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC FZ200's sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 3200 ISO.

Also, Panasonic's sensitivity can be boosted to 6400. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity3200 ISO
Boost6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC FZ200 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC FZ200's auto focus processor uses 23 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points23
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC FZ200 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 13m (43 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(43 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DMC FZ200 display

The DMC FZ200 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The DMC FZ200 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC FZ200 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC FZ200 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Panasonic. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Panasonic DMC FZ200 has a BCL12E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 500 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC FZ200's battery battery parameters:

TypeBCL12E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life500 photos

The Panasonic DMC FZ200's dimensions are 125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm³. (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 588 grams (19.0 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC FZ200:

Panasonic DMC FZ200 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC FZ200 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Panasonic DMC FZ200 size comparison

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