Panasonic FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front

Panasonic FZ200 overview

Panasonic FZ200 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially introduced on July of 2012. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Panasonic introduced this model to upgrade the older Panasonic FZ100 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards launched the updated Panasonic FZ300 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The FZ200 comes in at #36 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #477 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FZ200 history

The Panasonic FZ200 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can view all earlier and new models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
FZ200 vs FZ80
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ200 vs FZ300
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ200 vs FZ70
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ20025-600mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ200 vs FZ60
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ200 vs FZ150
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ200 vs FZ47
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ200 vs FZ100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ200 vs FZ40
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
FZ200 vs FZ35
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FZ200 vs FZ28
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Panasonic FZ200 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Panasonic FZ200 based on criterias which are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.

comes with external microphone support
comes with HDMI out
exports RAW files
flash built-in
fully articulated screen
good battery power (540 per charge)
great min ISO (100)
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
long zoom (600mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
provides face detection focus
provides tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Timelapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect auto focus
more heavy than competition (588g)
MP count low (12MP)
pixelated screen (460 thousand dots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Panasonic FZ200 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic FZ200 features the Venus Engine VII FHD chip. The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic FZ200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. This ISO can also be increased digitally to a high of 6400. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath displays the FZ200's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The FZ200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ200 dimensions

Panasonic FZ200 has a weight of 1.30 lb (588g / 20.74 ounces) and features outer size of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Panasonic FZ200 is weightier when compared with other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Down below is a image of the Panasonic FZ200 alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button design on the FZ200.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ200 Lens specifications

The FZ200 offers a fixed lens providing a focal range of 25-600mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is outstanding and is going to let you zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 making it very slow and not great in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also have to raise the ISO setting resulting in noisy outstanding zoom and

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Panasonic FZ200 Connectivity

The FZ200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy files and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic FZ200 Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Panasonic FZ200 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance for video quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to downsample. While the camera includes a microphone socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means that you won't have the ability to monitor your audio levels.

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Panasonic FZ200 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FZ200 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions might ruin the camera.

Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ200 is equipped with a 3 inch fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and group shots if needed. Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic FZ200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,312 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be quite useful.

Panasonic FZ200 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FZ200 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Panasonic FZ200 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FZ200 includes both inbuilt flash and external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/4000 seconds.

Panasonic FZ200 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic FZ200 includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor supports 23 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Panasonic FZ200 boasts manual focus in case it is needed for low light conditions or you want more exact control on focus.

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Panasonic FZ200 Battery life

The battery power for the Panasonic FZ200 is built to last for 540 shots based on the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average in comparison to its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest (600) battery life for this range of cameras.

Below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Panasonic FZ200 for varying forms of photography

The following bar chart displays a summation of the Panasonic FZ200 for varying forms of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic FZ200 has a points total of 48 which is average, meaning that it is somewhat adequate to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the ability to utilize external lighting.

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focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/4,000s)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography information

Getting a average points total of 57, the Panasonic FZ200 is relatively adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
sensor is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (588 grams)

Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography details

A moderate sports photography points tally of 46 indicates the Panasonic FZ200 is fairly acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery (540 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography advice

Portability is really crucial in choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FZ200 gets a average 55 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable to take on your trips.

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great battery pack (540 CIPA)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (588g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ200 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FZ200 and it's average score of 48 as a landscape camera is relatively suitable amongst it's competitors.

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has manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (540 shots)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse function

Panasonic FZ200 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic FZ200 is a fine pick as a vlog camera as it gets a nice rating of 63.

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rather wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone socket
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (588 grams)

Panasonic FZ200 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the FZ200, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart below will give you a bird's eye view of the FZ200 vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned above.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
1,312 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
13.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/4000 secs
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)
Max video resolution
Video format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
588g (1.30 lbs)
125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
Battery life
540 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch pricing