Pros f2.8 Appeture throughout the zoom range-only camera with this feature.
Great viewfinder with tilting LCD screen - your choice!
Great indoor shots without flash.
Wide range of settings, custom modes, etc.
Cons No RAW in full Auto.
The rest are minor personal issues
Summary Downloadble manual. I have had Canon DSLR (Rebel, 20D, 50D) previously as well as a Canon IS 10 mega zoom (no raw). With the FZ200 I can enjoy all the benefits of a DSLR sans the weight, bulkiness, extra lenses and having to change lenses and missing great shots in the process. Raw allows me to correct a world of shot flaws that jpg will not. Just love this camera and worth every cent I paid!
Pros -Excellent Zoom and Performance!!
-Available to Shoot RAW
-Medium weight and comfortable camera grip
-Leica tele lens, MotherofGod
-Stunning design and texture out look, looks actually like a DSLR!
Cons -Auto/Ai mode avaiable in Jpeg file only (which also consider good as it encourages you avoid shooting in Auto mode, 'cause you learn less.)
-Viewfinder slightly inconvinient.
-Quite expensive as a compact digital camera
Summary Overall Lumix FZ200 was a Beast, no doubt that this was one of the best compact digital camera out there, this Beast can even compete with DSLR camera!
Pros Fast 24x Zoom! Full featured. Superb quality - proof is in the resulting pictures! Compact size. Features reasonably accessible.
Cons Poorly written manual on PDF only and no index! Software is NOT "top shelf". Camera itself has absolutely no Cons!
Summary I have been involved in photography since the late 50's. I have owned a Nikon DSLR's and a point 'n' shoot nikon super zoom. This is the best digital camera I have ever owned. I highly recommend it to any photographer interested in compact sized camera with long zoom!
Pros Crisp well saturated images.
Stabilizer allows hand held photos at max zoom.
Intelligent Auto handles difficult lighting superbly.
Excellent viewfinder combined with tilting LCD screen.
Shoots RAW (but see Cons)
Software supports MAC.
Cons No RAW in full Auto.
Tendancy to blow out highlights.
No rubber eye cup on viewfinder.
Easy to knock focus selector and viewfinder dioptre controls.
Silkypix software/RAW converter not the best.
Manual only on disc/internet - not printed.
Summary I find this camera subjectively better than my Canon EOS 50D which I replaced with the Lumix. It was a choice between this as a 'bridge' camera or an ILC camera but despite there being more noise from the tiny sensor in the FZ200, it is well controlled. The constant f2.8 long zoom is much more versatile, especially for holiday use when I don't want loading down with a bag of lenses and accessories. Highlights are easily controlled in 'creative' manual modes where you can also use RAW for even greater control of the final image.
One of the best feature is the 'back-light' function where the camera takes 3 exposures and combines them as an HDR image which brings out the best in both shadows and highlights when shooting against the light.
The minor niggles are easily overcome, but the lack of a paper manual means a long learning curve sitting in front of a computer screen.
I would recommend this as an ideal travel camera because of its sheer versatility, good image quality and lightness.
Pros Does (most) of what it says on the box.
Cons TAKE NOTE: No reviews mention this anywhere but it will NOT take RAW pictures in full auto mode. You are limited to JPEG. Extremely disappointed by this, a huge step back from my previous Panasonic camera
Summary Good camera, spoilt by the con above.