Panasonic Lumix FZ200 First Impressions Review

In a field where zoom ranges always grow, Panasonic throws a curveball.



The most obvious way to upgrade a superzoom is to extended the zoom range, but Panasonic is tossing us a curveball with the FZ200. The lens is still the headline feature, but it isn't because of a longer zoom—it's the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout its 24x zoom range. In an oversimplified nutshell, it'll be easier to take zoomed-in photos indoors with the FZ200 than other superzooms.

Most of the vital specs are held over from last year's excellent FZ150 superzoom—still the top-scoring fixed-lens camera on—including a 24x zoom range, an articulating 3-inch LCD, manual exposure control, RAW capture, and 12fps burst shooting.

We got some hands-on time with the FZ200 at a press briefing last month. Read on for our first impressions. Pricing and launch date haven't officially been announced, but Panasonic tells us that the FZ200 will debut at $599—up $100 from the FZ150's original launch price—and will be available in black.



  1. Our First Take
  2. Product Tour
  3. Handling
  4. Modes
  5. Controls
  6. Hardware
  7. Conclusion
  8. Photo Gallery
  9. Specs
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Panasonic Lumix FZ200

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