You might have seen a number of super zoom cameras currently available in the market. However, they does not offer a constant aperture throughout the focal length range. For example, the Nikon Coolpix P510 comes with 24-1000mm range, but the maximum aperture at 24mm is f/3.0, while the maximum aperture at 1000mm is just f/5.9.
Even the Lumix FZ200′s predecessor, the FZ150 had the same focal length, however the widest aperture f/2.8 was only available when the lens was at its widest position. At 600mm, the aperture was limited to just f/5.8. This is where the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 has taken a different approach. It might not offer 24-1000mm range, but the the aperture of f/2.8 remains constant from right from the beginning till the end.
The main advantage of constant aperture is that, the camera will allow four times more light to enter the lens, compared to a f/5.6 aperture. The large aperture offers faster shutter speeds without changing the ISO settings. It will not only help you to take less noisy shot in poor light, but also get sharper results without decreasing the ISO settings.
If you are taking pictures of an object from a great distance, then most of the times the result turns out to be a blurry image, thanks to your hand movement or camera vibration. To solve this problem, the Lumix FZ200 comes with Panasonic’s Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilization), which helps you to take sharper images at longer focal lengths by preventing any unwanted camera shake. The Power O.I.S. works even while shooting a video.
Panasonic has bundled a petal-shaped detachable lens hood in the box to avoid lens flare. The Leica lens comes with Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology which minimizes light reflection at the entire zoom range to avoid any unwanted ghosting or flare effects resulting in super clear picture.
Product Reviewed: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is one of the best bridge camera currently available the market. It is the first super-zoom camera which packs a 12.1 megapixel sensor with 24x zoom and maintains a fixed aperture f/2.8 lens right from 25mm to 600mm.