The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 looks similar to other super zoom cameras. Even the external design of this camera is strikingly similar to its predecessor. If you hide the name of FZ150 displayed on the front side, then it would be hard for anyone to guess which one is FZ200. The body of this camera is made of a mixture of metal, plastic and rubber. You can easily hold the camera, thanks to the large grip provided for the right hand. There is also adequate space to hold the camera from the left side, which makes it easy to click pictures.
The FZ200 is little bit bulky, compared to other super zoom cameras available in the market. It measures 87 x 123 x 117 mm and weighs 588 grams. Panasonic has provided a neck strap, which will help to to conveniently move and take pictures at multiple locations. If you are uncomfortable with the neck strap, then you can even use a wrist strap. You will find a number of buttons, lever and dial strategically placed around the camera.
On the right side of the lens, you will find a switch marked with AF, AF Macro and MF. A dedicated focus button is placed right below the switch. Panasonic has also provided a vertical zoom rocker next to the focus button, which offers an alternate way of zooming for those who does not want to use the zoom lever on the top of the camera. It proves to be extremely for zooming the image view from the left hand and simultaneously using the right hand to click the shutter button.
On the left side of the lens, you will find Auto-focus assist light/self timer. Panasonic has also provided a contoured rubber grip on the left to hold the camera firmly. A small rubber thumb rest is also placed on the back of the device. The flash is hidden right above the lens. You will need to slide the button to pop-up the hidden flash. The working range of the flash is 0.3 – 13.5 m at wide-angle and 1.0 – 13.5 m at Auto ISO. You can also attach an external flash, if you need more flash power. Apart from that, a twin built-in microphone is mounted above the flash.
On the top, you will find a on/off switch along with a shutter button/zoom lever, direct movie button, burst shooting button and a customizable Fn button. The on/off switch is integrated with the mode dial which includes two custom modes, scene mode, creative control, intelligent auto mode, shutter priority, manual exposure and a manual movie mode. On the back, LCD display is placed on the left, while a four-way controller, Q-menu/ delete button, Fn button and DISP button is placed on the right. Above the display, you will find the electronic view finder as well as EVF/LCD button, Play/Gallery button and AF/AE lock button.
The LCD screen rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down. It is extremely useful for those who wish to take self-shots. Panasonic has also upgraded the resolution of FZ200’s electronic view finder (EVF) from 201,600 dots to 1,312,000 dots. Sadly, there is no in-built proximity sensor. It means that, you will need to manually click the EVF/LCD button to switch between the two.