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Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
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Imaging
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Features
51
Overall
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Succeeded the Panasonic FZ100
  • Updated by Panasonic FZ300
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Released January 2012
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic FZ200 and Samsung WB850F, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Samsung. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the FZ200 (12MP) and WB850F (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FZ200 was brought out 7 months later than the WB850F which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung WB850F being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summary of how the FZ200 scores against the WB850F when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Samsung WB850F

 FZ200 WB850F 
ReleasedJuly 2012January 2012Fresher by 7 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Panasonic FZ200

 WB850F FZ200 
Display resolution614k460kSharper display (+154k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Samsung WB850F

 FZ200 WB850F 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera, you will need to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ200 has got outside dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") along with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Samsung WB850F has sizing of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the FZ200 versus the WB850F.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ200 and WB850F is 65 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading through specs. The graphic here may offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ200 and WB850F.

All in all, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You should anticipate the Samsung WB850F to resolve more detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more modern FZ200 should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography advice
Samsung WB850F Portrait photography advice
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you can focus manually
high flash sync (1/4,000s)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography information
Samsung WB850F Street photography information
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screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (588 grams)
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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250g)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Sports photography camera
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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery (540 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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long zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography features
Samsung WB850F Travel photography features
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good battery (540 CIPA)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (588 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography information
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography information
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you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
good battery (540 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse mode
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focusing manually
reasonably wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging details
Samsung WB850F Vlogging details
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relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
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reasonably wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic support
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Samsung WB850F
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Samsung WB850F
General Information
Brand Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Samsung WB850F
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-07-18 2012-01-09
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460k dots 614k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/4000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 gr (1.30 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 114 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $499 $599