Alongside a successful line of Mirrorless Hybrid cameras Panasonic continue to refresh their lineup of fixed lens Bridge cameras. Launched in July 2012 the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 offers a 24x super zoom, 12fps continuous shooting and 1080 60p HD video. Upgraded from its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-FZ150, this latest model also boasts a fixed maximum aperture, higher resolution EVF, greater ISO and shutter speed ranges as well as a new HDR mode.
Panasonic’s flagship high-end compact the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is aimed at serious enthusiasts looking for an all-in-one shooting solution for holidays, day trips and general photography. It features a 24x optical zoom with an equivalent 25-600mm focal range and a fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. The latter is unusual for a bridge camera and should be of interest if you’re considering one for sports or wildlife photography.
Its impressive features don’t stop there either and although continuing to use the 12.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS 1/2.3-type sensor found on its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 offers a number of other improvements. These include a higher resolution 1.3m Dot EVF, a greater 100–6400 ISO range, an improved 60secs – 1/4000sec shutter speed range, not to mention High Speed movies, a HDR mode and improved battery-life. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 also features 1080 60p video in AVCHD or MP4 formats, a 3.0-inch, free-angle 460k-dot LCD screen, Panorama Shot mode and RAW+JPEG image capture.
So does all this extra functionality affect the good DxOMark Scores achieved by its predecessor? And with a $598 price tag how does it rank against cheaper rivals like the $450 Canon PowerShot SX50HS with its incredible 50x zoom or the $450 Nikon COOLPIX P7700? We put all four cameras in one review to see how their DxOMark Sensor Scores compare.