Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 hands on first look review

Panasonic announces 24x super-zoom Bridge camera with constant maximum aperture of f/2.8

Panasonic LUMIX

Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 Highlights:

12MP MOS sensor
25-600mm f/2.8 optical zoom
ISO 100-6400
3in, 460k-dot free-angle screen
1080p HD video capture
12fps burst mode

The FZ200 is more than just a subtle upgrade to the FZ150. While the 25-600mm 24x optical zoom range is the same, the maximum aperture is a constant f/2.8 through the entire focal range.

This means you'll be able to shoot wide open at f/2.8 at 600mm - something that's never been possible before on a Bridge camera, while even DSLR users would have to invest in very expensive glass if they wanted to get close to matching that. Very impressive stuff.

To help reduce the effects of camera shake the lens features Panasonic's Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilisation) anti-shake system.

Panasonic's also improved the performance of the 12MP MOS sensor, with the FZ200 now capable of shooting up to IS 6400, while a rapid burst of 12fps at full resolution is possible.

For video recording, the FZ200 can capture footage at 1080p at 50fps with Dolby Digital audio. There's also a choice of AVCHD Progressive or MP4 recording options.

The FZ200 will be available at the end of August, beginning of September, priced at £499.

Buying Advice

Other site sections

News Forum

Sony Alpha 5100 First Look Review


Sony Alpha 5100 First Look Review


Nikon 1 J4 review now live!


Nikon 1 J4 Review


Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS review

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Is the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, the first telephoto zoom for Sony's Alpha 7 full-frame cameras, a worthy addition to the range? Richard Sibley finds...


Top 5 photography competitions to enter in 2014

Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Take a look at our top 5 photography competitions to enter this yearImage:...


Samsung NX3000 Review

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

The Samsung NX3000 continues the NX series tradition of combining a full specification with a broad range of imaging technology at a competitive...


Nikon D810 full review now live!

Mon, 11 Aug 2014

Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR put through its pacesImage: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/whatdigitalcameracom/feed/rss/newsxml/~4/xHFyUcjBfiE ...


Kaili Kelda 85mm f/1.8 review

Fri, 8 Aug 2014

We all love a bargain, but can a portrait lens that costs just £136 really be worth having in your camera bag? Damien Demolder finds out ...


Best Free Smartphone Photography Apps

Thu, 7 Aug 2014

There are loads of tools you can use to improve your smartphone photography, many of which are absolutely free! We round up the best photography apps...


Ricoh introduces Pentax Q-S1 compact and HD PENTAX-DA645 28-45mm ultra-wide-angle zoo

Mon, 4 Aug 2014

The Pentax Q-S1 is a slim, compact interchangeable lens camera available in 40 colour combinations, while the HD Pentax DA645 28-45mm lens is...


Sigma dp2 Quattro Review

Mon, 4 Aug 2014

The Sigma dp2 Quattro features a striking, unconventional design and a completely reworked sensor in comparison to its predecessor - the DP2 Merrill....


Digital version of What Digital Camera September 2014 issue

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

See what's in the digital edititon of this month's What Digital Camera!Image:...


Nikon D810 sample images posted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

First collection of test shots from D810 review now liveImage: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/whatdigitalcameracom/feed/rss/newsxml/~4/G28uJhOBA8U ...


More forum posts