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- Panasonic Lumix FZ200
- The sequel to last year's best ultrazoom makes a few key improvements.
Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Digital Camera Review$599.00
Speed and Timing
This is a very fast camera, though we imagine speed will probably go down as one of the FZ200's most under-appreciated features.
Everything from interface speed, to the time between individual shutter presses (faster than almost any other fixed-lens camera), to the varied burst modes are uncommonly quick. The FZ200 is capable of a wide selection of bursts, including 2 fps and 5 fps speeds with continuous autofocus, full resolution bursts at 12 fps, 40 or 60 fps bursts at reduced resolution, and a reduced resolution burst with flash.
We clocked the full resolution maximum speed burst at Panasonic's exact claim, 12 frames per second. This is incredibly fast, but be aware this burst only lasts twelve shots, so you've got a 1 second window to capture the decisive moment. Luckily, if you miss it, the camera can pop right back into another—albeit shorter—burst while the previous shots buffer.