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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
47

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Launched August 2012
Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Updated by Panasonic FZ300
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Nikon L610 and Panasonic FZ200, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the L610 (16MP) and FZ200 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The L610 was manufactured about the same time to the FZ200 so they are of a similar age. Both cameras have different body design with the Nikon L610 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a short view of how the L610 matches up versus the FZ200 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Panasonic FZ200

 L610 FZ200 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Nikon L610

 FZ200 L610 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Panasonic FZ200

 L610 FZ200 
ReleasedAugust 2012July 2012Same age
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Display resolution460k460kThe same display resolution
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon L610 comes with outside measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ200 has proportions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have at the time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the L610 versus the FZ200.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the L610 and FZ200 is 90 and 65 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to picture the difference in sensor dimensions simply by researching a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the L610 and FZ200.

As you can see, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can expect to see the Nikon L610 to provide you with greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography details
30
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
48
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography features
Panasonic FZ200 Street photography features
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
57
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (588 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography information
Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography information
45
amazing zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
low battery life (120 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
46
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
good battery life (540 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon L610
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ200
66
lighter than competition (240 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (350mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low battery life (120 shots)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
55
good battery life (540 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (588g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 Landscape photography features
Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography features
41
quite wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
low battery life (120 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
48
focusing manually
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (540 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L610
Vlogging with Panasonic FZ200
33
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (240g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have mic port
63
quite wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (588 grams)
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic FZ200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Panasonic FZ200
 Nikon Coolpix L610Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L610 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-08-09 2012-07-18
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-350mm (14.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.8
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed - 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 13.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 240 grams (0.53 lbs) 588 grams (1.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 37
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.8
DXO Low light score not tested 114
Other
Battery life 120 pictures 540 pictures
Battery form AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $150 $499