Conventional Digital Cameras use image sensor technology built around a CCD (Charge Coupled Device). However the demand for faster readout and lower power consumption has led to the development of MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors as the preferred technology to deliver the advanced features of today's models. Panasonic's advanced 12 megapixel MOS sensor offers a digital readout from the sensor that supports Full HD video recording and high speed burst shooting. Also, due to a newly designed micro lens tube structure, light capture is maximised and picture noise greatly reduced.
Outstanding Leica optical technology has led to the development of the world's first Elmarit 600mm/F2.8 through the range lens. Conventional lenses lose brightness at the tele end resulting in a slower shutter speed requirement to maintain correct exposure. The FZ200 lens on the other hand maintains its full F2.8 aperture resulting in the ability to shoot faster action with less blur when zooming in.
In addition to multi-coating lens technology to reduce flare and reflections, the application of a Nano thin coating outer layer (usually only found on high-end Digital SLR lenses) virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely.
One of the benefits of a bridge camera is the wide choice of focal range on offer in a lens that is built-in to the camera. With a huge focal range of 25-600mm equivalent (that means a zoom magnification of 24 times) the lens would normally be bulky and heavy weight. But with the FZ series, you get the zoom capability without the bulk.
Of course sometimes you want to photograph wide vistas or just fit a large group of people into the shot. This is where the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens on board this camera comes into its own. Its wide angle of view allows more of your subject into the photograph, which is great for those times when you can't step back far enough to fit it all in.
Our highest and most effective order of image stabilisation. Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. With the option of Active mode during movie recording, videoing from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise.
Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.
The newly developed Venus Engine FHD supports video recording at 50 frames per second in Full HD resolution (1920x1080). This offers the smoothest and most detailed video mode ever for a compact digital camera and is perfect for fast action sports recording.
HD video recording (1280x720) is available at 100 frames per second. This means when played back at normal speed (25fps) the action becomes 4x slower, which is very useful for creative slow-motion effects. At a lower resolution, 8x slower playback speed can be used which would be great for analysing a golf swing, for instance.
A combination of improved noise reduction and redesigned MOS sensor means that you can now shoot in very low light conditions by selecting a high sensitivity mode of ISO3200.
The free-angle positioning of the large 3.0 inch, 460,000 pixel high resolution LCD offers greater flexibility when getting the camera in position to take the shot. Whether you want to take photos from above your head at a concert, or crouch down to a low position for taking low angle pictures of your children or pets, the screen angle is flexible enough to give you the right set up for the right moment.
A full colour, high resolution (1.31M dots equivalent) electronic viewfinder is provided for monitoring the image from the sensor. Offering 100% field-of-view, it enables accurate composition of your photos with the camera held close to the face in the traditional camera shooting style.
The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person's face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.
High-speed burst shooting, up to 12 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.
Up to 14 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature effect, Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One Point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus, Impressive Art and Cross Process offering you a wider choice of creative style.
Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Soft Focus, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.
A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.
The FZ200 offers an input for an optional stereo microphone which is a great way of maximising the sound recording quality of this camera.
In addition to the built-in pop-up flash, a hot shoe is provided for the use of an optional, more powerful external flash.
A high capacity 1,200mAh battery is supplied as standard offering up to 540* shots from each full charge. *CIPA standard recording conditions.
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