Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200: Great specs for an all-in-one shooting solution

By Paul Carroll - Monday, February 04, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 sensor performance | Conclusion

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200: Great specification but not the best image quality

With an Overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 37 for the Lumix DMC-FZ200, compared to 40 for its predecessor the FZ150, this latest Panasonic Bridge camera maintains the good image quality of the DMC-FZ line. Despite the slightly lower score than its predecessor a difference of only 3 points equates to less than -1/3 of a Stop overall and in real world terms there’s no difference.

The FZ200 also boasts some impressive specifications, the most notable of which is the fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. If you’re after a compact style camera for sports and wildlife photography this is significant as it enables you to use lower ISO settings for better quality images when fully zoomed in.

The drawback however is the FZ200’s image quality is really surpassed by both the Canon SX50 HS and Nikon P7700. In the case of the SX50 HS its DxOMark Sensor Score of 47 ranks a full 10 points and +2/3 of a Stop better than the FZ200, which is a little surprising considering both cameras feature the same sized sensor and 12-megapixel resolution. Utilizing a larger 1/1.7-type sensor however it’s no shock that the Nikon P7700 offers the best image quality of the 3 cameras. With a DxOMark Sensor Score of 53 it’s a full 16 points ahead and offers +1 Stop improved image quality over the FZ200.

So the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 bridge camera boasts a top specification but if image quality is more important the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon P7700 both rank higher in the DxOMark Sensor Scores and cost less on the high street, too.