The Panasonic FZ200 managed to produce images of excellent quality. The macro performance is above average. The macro mode is useful for closer objects, but it slows down the focusing. The auto-focus mode has 4 categories – face detection, subject tracking, 23-area auto, and 1-area modes. The camera easily picks out faces and gives them priority in the Face Detection mode. On the other hand, you can select both the position and size of the focus point in the 1-area mode.
The pop-up flash completely surprised me. I tried to take a couple of pictures at night and the results were much better than expected. There is no noise at ISO 100. However, the noise gradually increases from ISO 200 to ISO 800. Noise is satisfactorily controlled until ISO 1600, however the noise increase tremendously when you go above ISO 1600. The Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilization) worked as advertised. I was able to get perfect pictures even when the object was at a great distance.
The Panasonic FZ200 packs 14 Creative Control modes – High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color, Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome and Impressive Art. These creative control modes can be easily activated from the mode dial or from the menu button. Some of the filters are not much useful, however you can have some fun with the filters and add amazing effects on your images. You can also use the Intelligent Resolution feature to make your images look sharper.
You can save images in normal or fine quality JPEGs, plus RAW or RAW+JPEG. A fine quality JPEG takes about 5 MB, while a RAW file eats up nearly 15 MB. The Panasonic FZ200 can shoot Full HD (1080p) video at 50 frames per second, however the frame rate drops to 25 frames per second if you record the video in MP4 format. The burst modes records at 12 frames per second for up to 12 images. Sadly, continuous auto-focusing is not available at 12 frames per second. Burst shooting at faster rates of 40 and 60 fps reduces resolutions to 5 megapixels and 2.5 megapixels.
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.