While a large optical zoom used to be enough to mark out a bridge camera, the proliferation of such technology now means that manufacturers are having to do more to make their model’s stand out.

Up steps the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 – not only does it feature a 24x optical zoom, but is the world’s first of its type to feature a constant aperture of f/2.8 through the focal range. Have any sacrifices been made for such optical performance, or does the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 truly succeed in breaking new ground?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix FZ200

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:90%


  • Contact maximum aperture of f/2.8 is a real welcome feature, excellent build quality, good handling, solid image quality


  • Lack of an eye sensor on the viewfinder, viewfinder itself could do with being larger, LCD screen not the highest resolution


Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Review


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Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review – Image Quality and Verdict

Image Quality

On the whole, the standard of images produced by the FZ200 is high. Images display a good, even tone with a respectable tonal range with detail maintained in both shadow and highlights. The camera’s metering system also performs well, with the FZ200 offering even exposures both in a variety of conditions and throughout the full focal range.

The FZ200 is also reliable with regards to white balance performance, with the model displaying a slight yellowy or magenta tinge around neutral areas. In low light conditions there is a slight tendency for images to appear cooler than the presented scene, although once again this doesn’t present any major performance issues.

Considering the large focal range and constant maximum aperture, the optics on the FZ200 present very few issues. Barrel distortion is much lower than expected at the wide end of the zoom, while chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum and mostly restricted to the tele end of the zoom.

The FZ200 also notably performs well at higher ISO settings. The model handles noise well throughout the ISO range, with quality only really falling off at the very highest settings. Most notable is its performance at ISO 3200, which remains eminently usable.

Any of the image quality issues raised above can be largely dealt with if you choose to utilise the FZ200’s ability to shoot Raw. Any of the smudging found through noise reduction at higher ISO settings is noticeable in its absence with Raw files, and although they appear noisier to the eye they also appear sharper.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review – Verdict

The headline feature of the FZ200 is its ‘world’s first’ constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal range, so there’s no doubt that the optical capability of the camera is going to be the main focus for many photographers. The good news is that the camera performs particularly well in this area, producing some excellent images with very few flaws. Not only that, but being able to shoot at f/2.8 and a focal range of 600mm is a real luxury when you consider the size of the camera.

The FZ200 offers solid performance across the board and is just as capable shooting at its wider focal length as it is zoomed in. The vari-angle LCD screen is also a welcome feature, although it could do with being of a slightly higher specification.

The same can be said of the EVF, however it’s not surprising that certain elements we’re kept from being premium as the lens alone has made the FZ200 one of the more expensive bridge cameras on the market.

All told, as a complete package you’ll struggle to find a better camera in its class than the Panasonic FZ200.


Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
White Balance:Auto, 6 preset, custom
LCD:3in, 460k-dot free angle LCD
Video:1920 x 1080, 50p, 50i
Sensor:1/2.3in High sensitivity MOS, 12.1MP effective
Metering System:Intelligent multiple, Center weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes:PASM, iA, Scene
Flash Modes:Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced on, Slow sync
Connectivity:miniHDMI, AV Output, USB multi, Microphone
ISO Range:100 – 3200 (6400 in extended mode)
Lens:24x optical zoom, 25 – 600mm in equivalent terms, f/2.8
Power:Li-ion rechargeable, approx 540 pictures
Shutter Speeds:60 – 1/4000 sec
Dimensions:125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm
File Formats:JPEG, Raw, MPO, AVCHD, MP4
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