Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Availability: August 2012
The outlook: For the FZ200, it's not the length of the lens that matters -- it's the width of its aperture. Unlike other megazoom cameras that let in significantly less light as you zoom in, the FZ200 can stay at a bright f2.8 aperture, meaning you won't always need high ISO settings that introduce noise and softness, something no competing model can claim.
- Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $434.57
The good: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an excellent f2.8 25-600mm zoom lens; fast shooting performance, even when shooting in raw or raw plus JPEG; and excellent picture and video quality for its class. It has a ton of shooting options, including full manual for stills and movies. It also has a hot shoe and an audio input socket.
The bad: The FZ200 is expensive, especially if all you're after is a long zoom lens. It doesn't have built-in GPS or Wi-Fi, or a proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF. The SD card slot and battery compartment can't be accessed when the camera is on a tripod.
The bottom line: If you're searching for a long-zoom camera that falls in between a point-and-shoot and digital SLR experience, look no further than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.
September 10, 2012 9:30 AM PDT
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