Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1MP Digital Camera - Bundle - with Adorama $50.00 Gift Certificate and 16GB SDHC Memory Card

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About Panasonic DMC-FZ200

The LUMIX FZ200 is Panasonic's first digital compact camera to offer the incredible advantages of a full range F2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range (24x 25mm-600mm, F2.8 - 35mm equivalent), a feature usually reserved for very high end professional lenses. The added light collecting ability the F2.8 provides to the FZ200 enables capturing moving subjects clearly with fast shutter speed, even from a distance. At the heart of this amazing lens is the high-quality of LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT optics. A newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine provide the LUMIX FZ200 with high speed response, high sensitivity recording and superb image quality.

Light Speed AF (auto focus) combines with the LUMIX FZ200's ability to capture high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (frames per second) in full resolution and a quick start-up time of approximately .95 seconds, so users never miss even the most fleeting shooting opportunities. Furthermore, High Speed Video enables users to record fast-moving subjects at 120 fps (NTSC/HD) or 240 fps (NTSC/VGA). The LUMIX FZ200's powerful 24x optical zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, and takes advantage of Intelligent Resolution technology to maintain picture quality. The camera's POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) provides improved correction accuracy to minimize blur, even when zoomed, and Active Mode effectively suppresses handshake vibration in both still picture and video recording.

Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes light reflection at the entire zoom range (380nm-780nm) resulting in super clear picture with a dramatic reduction of ghost and flare. A newly developed 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic View Finder) features a 1,312,000-dot equivalent high resolution, 100% field of view and minimum screen freeze. The LUMIX FZ200's body has been designed as a full-fledged shooting style digital compact camera with ultimate controllability. The side lever has been redesigned and placed in a convenient location, allowing for smooth zooming control. Focus can also be easily changed with this lever, allowing users to concentrate on shutter operation and get the perfect photographic moment.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (34),Compact (29),Image stabilization (25),Exceeded expectations (23),Convenient (21),Fast / accurate auto-focus (21),Good image quality (21),Zoom range/performance (21),Good in low light (19),Large clear LCD (18),Durable (14),Short lag time (14) Nice body color (10),Inexpensive (7) View All
Pricey / poor value (6),Poor documentation (5),Did not meet expectations (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (18),Wildlife (18),Travel (16),Family photos (15),Sports/action (13),Low light (10),Video (8),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (16),Casual photographer (5)

Panasonic DMC-FZ200 Features

  • The LUMIX FZ200's Creative Control mode features 14 filter options including the newly added Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and Miniature Effect modes.
  • Photo Style is also available and allows users to create more artistic photographs with Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom options.
  • With iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus, users can take advantage of popular iA functions - POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR and Motion Deblur.
  • Additional controls include adjusting exposure compensation, white balance and defocusing background area for more flexible shooting control. For advanced photography users, the LUMIX FZ200 offers manual control mode allowing users to enjoy a more creative photography experience.
  • The LUMIX FZ200 is able to produce not only stunning photos but also stunning full-HD in 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) and MP4 formats. The powerful 24x optical zoom with 2-step zoom and POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording and high-quality Dolby Digital Stereo Creator offers highly realistic, sound for videos.
  • The stereo zoom microphone features a zoom noise reduction system and an Auto Wind Cut function to reduce background noise from wind.
  • Active Mode enables active video recording at wide angle and the popular iA mode allows creating motion images by simple pointing and hitting the record button. Creative Video mode allows setting the shutter speed and aperture manually to bring special effects to videos, shoot fast moving objects and shooting subjects at various distances.
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG data recording option
  • 3.0-inch, free-angle 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD screen with AR Coating and wide viewing angle ensures comfortable monitoring in various shooting positions.
  • Long battery life of approximately 540 pictures per charge.
  • Hot Shoe provides more advanced creative freedom, allowing for various accessory attachment including and optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1), external flash (DMW-FL220/FL360/FL500) or remote shutter (DMW-RSL1).
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
  • Panorama Shot mode
  • 3D Photo mode

Panasonic DMC-FZ200 Specifications

Effective: 12.1 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 12.8 Megapixel
1/2.3" MOS
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution
12MP: 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3
Resolution cont.
6MP: 3264 x 1840 @ 16:9
3.5MP: 2560 x 1440 @ 16:9
2MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
0.2MP: 640 x 360
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, 14 elements in 11 groups 5 Aspheric, 3 ED
EFL: 4.5-108 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-600 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 2.8 (T) to f/8.0
Optical: 24x
Intelligent Zoom: 48x
Focus Range
Wide: 11.81" (30 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 78.74" (200 cm) - Infinity
Wide: 0.39" (1 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 39.37" (100 cm) - Infinity
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-6400)
Shutter: 60 - 1/4000 sec
Exposure Metering: Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Shade
Burst Rate
Up to 12 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 12 frames
Up to 5.5 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 12 frames
Up to 2 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 12 frames
Up to 60 fps at 2.5 MP
Up to 40 fps at 5 MP
Self Timer
10 Sec, 2 Sec
Built-in Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Effective Flash Range: Wide: 0.98 - 44.29' (0.3 - 13.5 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 44.29' (1.0 - 13.5 m)
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Built-in Memory
Memory Card Type
Video Recording
NTSC/PAL Video Clip Length Up to 100 Min
Audio Recording: With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder Type: Electronic, LCD Display
Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
Screen: 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460000 pixels)
1/8" Microphone
AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1200mAh
AC Power Adapter: 110-240V AC (Optional)
Dimensions WxHxD
4.93 x 3.41 x 4.34" / 125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2mm
1.18 lb / 537g without battery and card

Panasonic DMC-FZ200 Reviews

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Reviewed by 59 customers


Almost perfect


from Bonney Lake, WA

I upgraded from my FZ28 and I am so glad I did! Just the tilt-swivel LCD screen was worth it. I take a lot of macro shots and this LCD allows me to take photos without becoming a pretzel. The viewfinder is one of the few that I have been able to use with my glasses on. I've gotten some amazing shots with this camera. I do think that some improvements are possible (why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars - but actually I'd say it is 4.5). I would prefer to be have a touch screen to determine point of focus. It is frustrating to have to push a button and then move the focus point up and down. Also, I think the exposure system needs improvement. In some situations I have to decrease exposure significantly and in others increase it just to get the right level. Finally, I want a hard copy manual and they do not provide them or even sell them. However, despite those limitations, I don't think you can go wrong purchasing this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


All you probably need in a camera!


from Spring, Texas

Just as you think it can not get any better, I decided to upgrade from my DMC-FZ60 to this FZ-200. Now, I love my FZ60, and still use it, but this one is really over the top with even more amazing settings and options to use. My hands tremor like crazy, but you would never know it looking at the photos these cameras produce. Total quality in all ways. A shot from this camera allowed me to win my first photo contest Best in Show! Now I am a semi-professional Nature Photographer. No need to lug around all those mega lenses either. :) So if you are looking for the next step up and still want the ease and top features, this is the camera for you!


Panasonic DMC-FZ200 Offers A Great Option


from Colorado, USA

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is capable of being used for professional assignments with excellent image quality! Certain times SLR or Rangefinder Cameras are not allowed into events. Have used The DMC-FZ200 for some of those assignments. Having a constant 2.8 aperture across the whole zoom range and offering RAW provides excellent results. While the noise level above ISO 800 is marginal at best, ISO 800 is acceptable, and have made 13" x 19" prints using Lightroom! While some may say the cost is is a bargain compared to the Leica branded model. The Leica lens on the DMC-FZ200 is first rate for a camera of this type. The DMC-FZ200 is a good choice because of the image quality, zoom range, RAW, and constant 2.8 aperture. The list above makes the camera a good choice for travel/vacations where one does not want to take a camera and a bunch of different lenses. I would suggest possibly taking an external flash more flexibility. I have no reservations in recommending this camera for anyone looking for a wide range of photographic subjects!


Lumix DMC FZ200


from Niagara Falls, Ontario

A brilliant camera, almost as versatile as a DSLR but compact and gives great performance. The 2.8 lens is amazing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A versitle and high quality camera


from Estero Florida

I was very happy with my previous Panasonic camera but wanted a little more updated camera. I am an armature that takes a lot of pictures of scenery, wildlife, family and macro shots. The FZ200 can perform all the things that I needed in a camera that does not need a bunch of extra lens. I carry it with me when I go fishing, walking, and to family events. I am amazed at the detail and image quality of this type of camera with a long reach lens. This purchase was one of the best I have made.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Lumix DMC-FZ200


from USA

The FZ200 is a nice all around camera. I carried it around all the time when I didn't feel like carrying my heavy Canon DSLR and it's very heavy L lenses, until I purchased the awesome LF1. The Leica lens with its 25-600mm, and constant, f2.8, aperture all the way from 25-600mm is the camera's best feature. It does a good job when shooting birds, or wildlife in general, or maybe spying on the neighbor while sunbathing for some folks! I attach a Canon video extender (1.4x) to the front of the lens for shooting birds, and that makes it even more powerful. I have captured some great videos of hummingbirds using this setup on a tripod from a distance. The ability to shoot video at 120 and 240 frames/second is a very nice feature as well, and I have used it while taking videos of hummingbirds. What I don't like is the sensor size, but I understand that it wouldn't be possible to package such a lens with a large sensor without making the camera considerably larger and heavier. The ability to shoot RAW is a wonderful feature, but the lack of firmware updates, and no pocket-size (printed) manual is quite annoying. A firmware update would be greatly appreciated so the camera can recognize newer SDXC (64GB) formats. I don't carry the FZ200 nowadays as much as I used to because I bought the Panasonic LF1, which fits nicely in a shirt pocket, has a larger sensor, WiFi, control ring, and an adequate Leica lens. I love the LF1. In addition to the above, the high-speed shooting capability of the FZ200 is a very helpful feature, especially for fast-moving objects. I love this feature. All in all, the FZ200 is a welcome addition to Panasonic's point-n-shoot fine cameras. I highly recommend it for those who are NOT looking for a shirt-pocket size camera. This camera does not fit in a shirt pocket, or even a larger pocket!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Totally satisfied!


from Tucson

After over three years using the DMC-FZ200, it's still my "go-to" camera which is always in my bag, even though I have since purchased a DSLR. I still use it for its extended zoom, and it's great in lower-light situations as well. I appreciate the all-in-one function; no need (or ability) to change a lens, or to carry around another heavy lens. Photos out of the camera are near the quality of my DSLR, and there are so many shooting options I still haven't tried them all. This camera was a great purchase!


Awesome camera


from Ontario Canada

Easy to use with great photos. Was considering an interchangeable lens camera but this meets all my needs.


The lens is awesome


from Rio Azul, Parana, Brazil

I use this lens (camera) a lot for Macro (pictures of orchids) and for general landscapes. I bought it for the aperture 2.8 at full zoom. Pictures are amazing. Although I own the camara for a long time allready, it continues to surprise me in such a way, that I wanted others to hear about it. The Buzz is always about MP, but should be on lenses period, this lens is awful. At my home we view the pic's on a 60" TV and quality is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lightweight Bridge camera!


from Tucson, Az  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to carry all day. Great range of zoom and Æ’ stops. Works well in low light and not noisy at 1600 ISO! Would be MUCH BETTER at 16 megapixels, and it needed a closer focus Macro function. 16 megapixels and closer focus, OH, and a manual you can READ would have given this a 5 star. Image quality not up to par with Nikon P600 ;~(, even shooting RAW.

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