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Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Bridge Camera - Black (12MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
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- Continuous F2.8 Shooting
- x 24 Optical zoom
- 12mp High Sensitivity MOS sensor
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|Display Size||3 inches||0.2 inch||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1||16.1||20.1||20.1||8||20.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||—||—||Yes||—||—|
|Item Dimensions||10 x 10 x 10 cm||11.82 x 13.02 x 9.7 cm||10 x 10 x 10 cm||71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm||—||13.8 x 13.5 x 10.2 cm|
|Item Weight||0.54 kg||0.56 kg||0.78 kg||0.63 kg||0.61 kg||0.92 kg|
|Max Focal Length||600 mm||1,200 mm||400 mm||1,550 mm||1,365 mm||480 mm|
|Min Focal Length||25 mm||20 mm||25 mm||24 mm||21 mm||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.8||16.8||20.9||20.1||16.8||20.9 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; CompactFlash|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority|
Panasonic Lumix FZ2 Bridge Camera
12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
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.
The World’s First 600mm/F2.8 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT Fast Lens
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.
Anti-ghost & Flare with Nano Coating Lens
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.
Super Zoom 24x Optical Zoom Lens
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.
25mm (Equivalent) Wide-angle Lens
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.
Power O.I.S. With Active Mode For Video
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.
Fastest Auto Focus
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.
50P FULL HD Video Mode With AVCHD Progressive
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.
High-speed Video Recording Mode For Super Slo-motion
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.
ISO 3200 Low Light Shooting
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.
Functionality & Ease of Use
High Resolution 3.0 Inch, Free-Angle LCD Screen
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.
High Resolution (1312k dot) Electronic Colour Viewfinder
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.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode
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.
12 Frames Per Second High Speed Burst Shooting
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.
Multiple Creative Effects For Recording
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.
Creative Re-touch For Playback
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.
Stereo Sound Recording
A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.
Optional Stereo Microphone Input
The FZ200 offers an input for an optional stereo microphone which is a great way of maximising the sound recording quality of this camera.
External Flash Option With Hot Shoe Terminal
In addition to the built-in pop-up flash, a hot shoe is provided for the use of an optional, more powerful external flash.
High Stamina Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
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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Well done Panasonic and a million thanks to Graham who is not sponsored by Panasonic (but should be!)
I've learned the basics and I'm really happy with the camera - it was everything I wanted.
I took some photos at my grandsons' sports day and I was really impressed - the shots taken when they were running had them suspended in midair.
The photos that intrigued me the most were those taken of my eldest grandson from a distance with the zoom lens.
I got him when he had no idea I was taking photos and the pictures were so much more interesting than those posed.
Then - I can zoom into photos on my PC and lose very little clarity.
I know to professionals this is maybe a bit laughable .............. but it suits me! More to learn!!
My only niggle isn't one with the camera at all but the way its packed in factory as for some completely mysterious reason panasonic send their cameras out without the lens cap attached ! the cap is all nicely packed in its bag as is the rest of the boxes contents so i shouldnt moan i know , but why they dont just click the lens cap on and avoid any chance of damage is beyond me . Anyway mine arrived completely perfect in every way so maybe its just me being picky ( its now got a uv filter and lens cap on lol ) . In summary then id say if your looking for a quality bridge camera this ones a belter and you wont go wrong buying a fz200 .
Im and enthusiast photographer and even though i admit it cant match a dslr for outright performance ( which i didnt expect it to ) it still gives fantastic results and above all feels and handles like a proper camera , and thats something other manufacturers never seem able to achieve with their bridges . Look no further if your after the bees knees of the bridge camera world (well apart from the fz1000 anyway) !
The real star, and the reason I bought this particular camera, is the viewfinder. Superb. In the past I've tried to take photographs while holding a camera (or phone) at arms length and it just does not work for me, especially when zoomed in to any degree. That said the screen on this camera is really rather smart - it lives with the side that shows the picture hidden until it is folded out so it is well protected in transit (and, in my case, it is also well protected while taking shots because I only fold it out when I want to admire my work or to use the menus).
I nearly bought a Fuji just to get manual zoom but I've found that using the EVF on my Panasonic the motor-driven zoom is easy to set to (pretty much) where I want it. The side-mounted zoom/focus control would be much more sensible if it moved in and out rather than up and down but I zoom using the switch on the top of the camera and the auto-focus has not yet let me down so I have yet to use manual focus.
There are, however, two issues that I feel that prospective buyers should take into account. Having read other reviews I was rather expecting the first of these but the second came as a bit of a shock.
First problem - if you want the excellent photographic quality that this camera can easily achieve then you need to set it to 100 ASA. Other reviewers have said that quality tails off over 400 ASA but having twice now taken the same shot at each supported ISO speed I found noticeable degradation even at 200 ASA.
Second problem - the menu switches on the back are quite sensitive to the touch so more than once I've found myself in a menu when I just wanted to take a photo.
In short if you want a light, small and easy to use camera with a long telephoto lens and a decent viewfinder then this is what you buy and you learn to live with its minor drawbacks.